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Writing statements: avoid clichés like the plague

If you write media statements, advise colleagues or clients or speak to the media regularly yourself – it can be comforting to fall back on familiar phrases and reassuring sayings. But try to make your statement sound like it wasn’t composed by a cliché-bot. In this scribble, each item of clothing is made up of my…

Is your social media a psychopath

Just how social is your social media?

Most are not serial killers – in fact psychopaths are more likely to find their way into politics, boardrooms or media organisations than be jailed for murder.” Will Black In this post, I want to show how some of the behaviours that have become standard or accepted in the world of social media communications, share qualities…

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Some tips for new podcasters

A few weeks ago, I made the trip to London to do a podcasting course at the Guardian offices – this meant driving from South Wales at 5am on a Sunday morning (no public transport to get me there on time) – it was worth it. Podcasting seemed to be seen as quite a nerdy…

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Collaboration and communications need trust: is Knowledge Hub the answer for the public sector?

I’m lucky to have some amazing clients doing great things in social housing and public service. So many government departments, housing associations, local authorities and health organisations are tackling similar problems, in challenging environments and with a shrinking budget. That’s why I think the new Knowledge Hub – a free-to-join website allowing public sector staff…