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Three Billboards, One Minor Disappointment

And What We Can Do About It

There was a point, watching “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” when I literally hugged myself – friends had recommended it, the critics had raved about it, Frances McDormand was being wonderful in it and the storytelling was both initimate and epic. I was loving it. And then, about a third of the way through, while(…)

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Proceed With Caution – Emotions at Work

Harnessing the power of emotion in marketing communication

I let myself down this week. My emotions got the better of me at a conference breakout session on how we can best use the personal stories of our lives in the workplace. Fearing public tears and that I’d make fellow delegates feel awkward and, because of the utter shame of it all, I excused(…)

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Is Context Everything?

Putting context in its place for your marketing communications

How important is context? After all, communication by its very nature doesn’t happen in a vacuum. But how much does, and should, the where and to whom, influence the how and what you say? Should you just grant yourself the freedom and power of speaking your truth regardless and concentrating solely on being true to(…)

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“Will I win?”

The meaning behind the words

A recent newsletter from revered adman, Bob Hoffman carried the oh-so-true words: “what you say is different from what you communicate” and a link to an article about him being the handsomest man in the world. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the UK is facing a snap general election. Our generally highly regarded(…)

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Gifts for all Seasons

(And where to find them)

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to gifts. But I’m not going to be joining the blogging crowds down those seasonal paths of well-worn cliché. This is about a different category of gifts. The gifts, if we learn to recognise them, that keep on giving. The gifts that we can harness and put(…)

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Riding the social wave

How to position yourself for social media success

Today’s technology-based Internet society means pretty much most of us have a digital footprint. Making that presence meaningful, and more than just a tick-box, incidental or accidental ‘being there,’ can bring significant benefits to you and your business. Jim Claussen, founder of the Executive Social Academy which helps managers and business leaders thrive in the(…)

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