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the fabulous ‘talking comms podcast’ episode 2 is here 

13 Dec 17

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and do the same thing over, and over, and over again in our careers.


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30 days of human comms: #31 the NHS Trust with a sense of humour 

12 Dec 17

Health people can have a sense of humour too.


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30 days of human comms: #30 London Midland signs off 

11 Dec 17

It’s unplanned and ironic that the 30th post in this series is one from a railway company I’ve often despaired at.


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is pr similar the world over? 

11 Dec 17

A book that maps pr the world over.


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NICE, NICE BABY: Seven examples of good icy weather comms 

10 Dec 17

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… and its the time to baton down the hatches.


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30 days of human comms #29 Kirklees Council’s GIF to remind people that gritter drivers are human too 

10 Dec 17

There’s an easy target when the snow falls.


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30 days of human comms: #27 A newspaper interview with medics who treated Manchester bomb patients 

8 Dec 17

So far in the round-up of human comms we’ve looked at digital content that the organisation has shaped itself.


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30 days of human comms: #26 Lochaber & Skye Police talk to someone at risk of domestic abuse 

7 Dec 17

A while back a colleague ran a campaign against domestic violence that stays with me.


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30 days of human comms: The @FarmersOfTheUK Twitter account 

6 Dec 17

You’d be surprised at just how little of the land is built on in the UK.


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make income generation everybody’s business 

5 Dec 17

  Income targets.


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30 days of human comms #24 the Yorkshire motorway police officer and his wife 

4 Dec 17

A while back someone asked what the point of having more than the corporate account was.


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it’s the most wonderful time of the year: reflections on the unawards17 

3 Dec 17

The UnAwards17 ceremony was a chance to recognise excellence, celebrate success, connect with new faces and say hello to old friends.


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30 days of human comms #23 Dorest Police’s Christmas song 

3 Dec 17

On the one level this is great.


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30 days of human comms #21 the human railway conductor 

1 Dec 17

There’s something about trainspeak that somehow misses out on the English language.


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30 days of human comms: #21 Cardiff Council’s traffic warning 

30 Nov 17

The GIF is something that the public sector is gradually getting used to using.


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Technical Blog – Standards Complaint – Cllrs Eling and Marshall 

30 Nov 17

Here is the main part of the Standards Complaint about Cllrs Eling and Marshall that I am hand-delivering to Oldbury Council House tomorrow morning when I attend to see the charade of probably the most ridiculous Standards case in the history of …


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30 days of human comms #20 A missing dog pic from the New Forest 

29 Nov 17

Sometimes things just fall into your lap.


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supercharged social media 2018 – an exciting new workshop 

28 Nov 17

Social media.


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30 days of human comms #19 a Welsh hardware shop’s Christmas advert 

28 Nov 17

This is beautiful.


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30 days of human comms #18 Bath & North East Somerset’s singing food hygiene certificates 

27 Nov 17

There was a curry house when I worked as a reporter who used to ring up every week to try and get into the paper.


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30 days of human comms: #18 the busking police officer 

26 Nov 17

Communications should not just be what a small group of people in the comms office does.


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30 days of human comms #16 Thames Valley Police’s drugs find 

26 Nov 17

Here’s a thing.


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COMMS GIFTS: Creative present ideas for comms, PR and digital people 

26 Nov 17

We’ve all been there… what do you by the PR and comms person for Christmas? Or birthday? Or as a leaving present? Here are a few ideas that could help solve your present buying dilemma.


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christmas present ideas for comms and pr people 

26 Nov 17

We’ve all been there…


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30 days of human comms: day #14 Queensland Ambulance Service takes a dying patient to see the ocean a final time 

24 Nov 17

This is beautiful.


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how a dumped speedboat thread went viral. BLOG: 

24 Nov 17

Doncaster Council have been pulling up trees just recently.


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the #unawards17 – your guide to the big day 

23 Nov 17

Well after a three-month build up the #UnAwards17 is almost here.


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30 days of human comms: #14 Sefton Council’s message on a national subject 

23 Nov 17

Look, I know I’ve been shouting about video for some time now.


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4 key steps to improving a council web site 

22 Nov 17

  Websites.


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Tamworth secures £92,600 to support domestic abuse victims 

22 Nov 17

TAMWORTH Borough Council, in partnership with Lichfield District Council, has secured more than £90,000 in Government funding to provide more tailored support to the growing numbers of domestic abuse victims who have additional or complex needs.


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30 days of human comms #14 Burger King tackles the bullies 

22 Nov 17

Is bullying a brand thing? On the face of it, no.


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announcing the #unawards17 shortlist 

21 Nov 17

Well it’s here.


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30 days of human comms #13 Sandwell Council as Car Share for #ourday 

21 Nov 17

I’ve a soft spot for #ourday the local government day of posting day-to-day tasks to show a bigger picture.


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30 days of human comms #12 North West Ambulance Service’s response to a man abusing a paramedic 

20 Nov 17

Paramedics see the best and worst that life has to offer.


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30 days of human comms #11: London Fire Brigade remember the Kings Cross fire 

19 Nov 17

Thirty years before Grenfell Tower there was another fire in London that cast a long shadow over the capital.


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changing adjectives: what’s in a word? 

19 Nov 17

Setting realistic targets and ambitions is an important part of any leader’s job.


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30 days of human comms: #10 Doncaster Council’s gritter World Cup  

18 Nov 17

There have been fewer things greater than Doncaster Council’s World Cup competition to name its two new gritters.


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Key comms lessons from the manchester terror attack and 24 points of learning from #firepro2017 

17 Nov 17

The FirePRO event in Birmingham comms2point0 supported saw a some of the best learning you are likely to come across.


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parental advisory: a list of 50 swear words to add to your facebook page’s blocked list 

17 Nov 17

By Dan Slee and Louise Gibson A list of swears one comms officer came up with to keep the language on a page family-friendly.


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why #ourday might just be the most important day of the year for local government 

16 Nov 17

#OurDay is the annual 24-hour Twitterfon led by the Local Government Association to promote the many things local government delivers on our behalf.


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30 days of human comms #9 The BBC respond to The Sun 

16 Nov 17

In the olden days large organisations when they came in for a shoeing by the tabloids had to grimace and bear it.


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30 days of human comms: #8 a fire’s station’s rescued bench tweets 

16 Nov 17

Human comms can come in different shapes and sizes from the deliberate to the instinctive.


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an update on the fantabulous #unawards17 

16 Nov 17

Well the big day is now just over two weeks away and the #UnAwards17 shortlists will be announced VERY soon.


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30 days of human comms: #7 the basketball playing Gainesville Police officer 

15 Nov 17

Sometimes good human content is deliberately created and other times it was an accident.


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30 days of human comms: #6 Sydney Ferries name their new boat Ferry McFerryface 

13 Nov 17

It had to happen.


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VIDEO KIT: Your essential kit-out-your-team-for-video-for-around-sixty-quid guide 

13 Nov 17

Cost has always been a factor in helping to train comms people into how best to use video.


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30 days of human comms: #5 Virgin Trains 

13 Nov 17

For me, trains get people from A to B quickly so long as there are no leaves on the line.


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your essential kit out your team for video for around sixty quid guide 

12 Nov 17

To co-incide with the launch of new dates for our acclaimed Essential Video Skills for Comms workshops here is a blog that aims to get you kitted out for the cost of an Americano a day for a month.


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30 days of human comms: #4 Edinburgh City Council 

12 Nov 17

For a good three years 365-days-a-year I was a public sector account.


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30 days of human comms: #3 Place marketing Finnish style 

11 Nov 17

Helsinki in November is a grim place.







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