Business Unusual Conversations

By Neil Davy Communications in a new era of responsible business Protecting balance sheets, supply chains, reputations, jobs and people. It’s what we’ve all been thinking about, talking about, preoccupied with. Survival. When we emerge from this pandemic the relationships and interdependencies between businesses, investors, governments and society – between all of us – will […]

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We’re not all in the same boat, but we are all weathering the same storm. Job hunting is stressful at the best of times but in a pandemic?

Job hunting in a pandemic

Don’t sweat the small stuff This week I’ve been interviewing candidates on Zoom. So far, so normal. I’ve worked from home for five years and although I’d rather be out and about meeting people face to face, location and schedules often necessitate video calls. However, like most people in the communications community, I’m now juggling […]

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The COVID-19 disaster has challenged the PR industry like nothing before. This isn’t Crisis Management; this is Contagion Comms.

Communicating in a contagion

By Steve Marinker, Partner at Powerscourt Notes from a Spare Room This isn’t Crisis Management; this is Contagion Comms. The COVID-19 disaster has challenged the PR industry like nothing before. While dealing with our own upheavals – lockdown, fear of illness, the spectre of redundancy – PR consultants have been advising clients as they deal […]

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Comms Leaders and COVID-19

These are unusual times. Yesterday the Prime Minister announced unprecedented measures to keep us all safe and to keep the NHS running. I hope that your employer has taken the responsible step of sending you home. In which case, many of you will be busy managing Coronovirus communications for your stakeholders and colleagues. You may […]

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Communications in the public and private sectors - same difference

Communications in the public and private sectors – same difference

By Mark McMahon, Senior Communications Manager at HSBC. A change of direction “Man is disturbed not by things, but the views he takes of them.” Would that sentence change your life? It did for me. Ancient Stoic philosophy might not be top of everyone’s reading list, but I came across this quote by Epictetus in […]

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Why it pays to talk Human. A blog by Sam Knowles about communicating with empathy and how not to alienate your audience

Why it pays to talk Human

By Sam Knowles, Founder & MD of storytelling consultancy, Insight Agents Here’s a paradox of communications. Otherwise eloquent folks often adopt the most curious dialect when they’re thrust into the spotlight and asked to explain why they do what they do. The invitation to tell your story ought to usher in a moment of clarity […]

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using tools from the applied anthropology toolbox can help organisations of all kinds, by enhancing their ability to sift through the layers of individual, social and cultural meaning that shape so much of what they do

The future of being human

By Ezri Carlebach, communications consultant, writer and lecturer, member of the PR and Communications Council, and Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication and the Royal Society of Arts.  As we approach the third decade of the third millennium, there seems to be a powerful narrative informing the zeitgeist (“an invisible agent or force dominating the characteristics of […]

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Do organisations in the UK feel they are well understood by their customers and stakeholders? Powerscourt and Kantar Millward Brown conducted indepth research to find out. Here are the results.

What’s your Narrative Gap?

By Steve Marinker, Head of Corporate,  Powerscourt, an independent strategic communications consultancy If there is one plaintive cry I have heard from clients more than any other, it’s that that their organisations are not properly understood. Time and again I hear the frustration. If only our business model was better understood; if only commentators acknowledged the […]

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