Every now and again I see a tongue in cheek write up about jargon and vocabulary use that makes us communications professionals have a little laugh, then a think and then look at ourselves in the mirror. This recent one by Louise Powney is the best I’ve read in a long while and, cough, quite close to home. Take a read and pop back! It spawned this post on a similar theme. Continue reading “A little communication shop of horrors”
I really haven’t felt like saying this in a fair while, so to put it down in words obviously means something has changed. This week has been a good week. I mean a really good week.
Good, not so much for what’s been produced workwise or on the home front, though I’ve had my moments, but in terms of realising I’ve had a period where I’ve been saying I’m fine in the usual pleasantries, when actually it’s been a bloody hard slog and I probably haven’t been fine.
I’ve noticed things this week that made me realise I’ve got my mojo back, which is good.
Like fog, grey areas can be places where it is difficult to see what is going on and where sight of the bigger picture can be lost. Continue reading “The grey area of disruption – a breakthrough from #agecamp”
This week I attended #buyyorkshire, the North’s biggest business conference put on by the Yorkshire Mafia. Great event and the two speakers I saw didn’t disappoint. Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer, and former football referee Howard Webb MBE. Both achieved against the odds, and both so passionate and committed in what they did.
Summarising Howard Webb’s talk with images, he described how ordinary people with passion, dedication and a little bit of luck can achieve great things. He certainly did. Continue reading “Pleasing all the people”
Not that I entered the communications profession for an easy ride but some topics are more sensitive to talk about than others, as is finding the most appropriate way, places and times for people to access and understand what is being communicated. Having trust in those explaining things is a big issue too. “I’m a PR guy I would say that wouldn’t I” etc More on that here.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter if not everyone knows about something. There are times when people do find out about things but they might not be interested. There are however times when people need to know the implications of something as they might need to make a choice that affects them or others. Times when they need to understand what is being talked about so they see it as being for them. Continue reading “Simplifying my quantified self”
The only time I can recall a guaranteed ‘more from less’ was a science experiment at school. Set fire to ammonium dichromate and watch the orange crystals triple in size as they turn into a green mass. It had no purpose other than leave a huge mess and waste 20 minutes of a science lesson. No doubt others remember that bit of science as it threw up something not quite believable. And then there’s a story I heard about bread and fish.