5 things journalists hate – soundings from the Stempra North Conference

On Friday I attended the Stempra North Conference in Manchester and wanted to share the highlights from the media round table event which highlighted 5 things journalists hate. The round table included Rachael Buchanan from the BBC, freelancer Richard Gray and Oliver Moody from the Times. I would have preferred the tone to be a…

7 tips for effective print management

I really enjoy the process of print management. It suits my psychometric profile as I thrive of seeing things happen from A to Z. I just managed a project that involved a complex set of printed collateral in a short space of time. Thankfully I’ve managed a lot of print jobs in my career so…

6 tips to keep your professional portfolio up to date

I’m a big fan of collecting evidence for my professional portfolio as a weekly task. It’s all too easy to move onto the next piece of work without pausing to reflect on our achievements. Plus, when you get to the point of applying for the next role, you can’t always remember everything you have accomplished….

13 tips for better ‘all staff emails’

“Can you send this email to all staff?” That dreaded question all comms people loathe. Fear not, as here I am with another topic others dare not speak of. Here’s my 13 tips for better all staff emails. I don’t know about you, but in my experience: Staff routinely tell us that they get too many emails They…

Why comms people should never make headline news

This week’s shenanigans at the White House are a timely reminder for us comms folk that we need to remember our professional standing. I firmly believe that it is our role to influence from behind the scenes – and that comms people should never make headline news. Last night news broke that White House communications director Anthony…