PINCH YOURSELF BLOG

Cutting all jargon is essential to effective communication, or is it?

Part of the Effective Communication series from Pinch Yourself Communication

It’s a widely-accepted rule of communication that when you speak in jargon, you may exclude or isolate people, fail to be understood or come across in a way that’s disengaging.

But are there any occasions when a bit of jargon doesn’t hurt, or in fact, where it could actually help make communication more effective?

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Why Pinch Yourself?

That’s a question I’ve often been asked since Pinch Yourself Communication was launched, so here’s the story behind the name and some of the core beliefs it’s based on…

It was the lowest point in my career. In a moment when I found myself ejected from a redundant global executive role and suddenly unemployed, I decided to share my story and I needed to find the right name to call my personal blog. Continue reading “Why Pinch Yourself?”

How to rethink 3 concerns that hold back storytelling for business

Part of the Effective Communication series from Pinch Yourself Communication

Most human beings have a natural desire and ability to tell stories – right up until the moment they step in to a business environment, it seems.

When we meet with friends and family over coffee or a meal we automatically share stories about things that have happened to us since we last caught up. Yet in business, bland corporate speak can often prevail.

So why this blockage in the office and how can we overcome it to harness the power of storytelling for business?

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Why authentic communication is like learning to downhill ski

Part of the Effective Communication series from Pinch Yourself Communication

Does the thought of standing on stage telling confessional stories that bare all about yourself seem as scary as hurtling out of control down a mountain on skis?

No problem. Because that’s not really the point of authentic communication.

However, if you are apprehensive about sharing personal stories, this article looks at why treating it like learning to ski may help you get over your initial hesitation. Continue reading “Why authentic communication is like learning to downhill ski”

5 steps to help transform communication from a cost centre to a value centre

I was delighted to be asked to contribute an Australian perspective for the Public Sector Digital Engagement World Tour held by Granicus. The tour stopped in Birmingham last week and has dates in the United States and United Kingdom through to December. Search #govtour17 on Twitter to join the conversation and find out more.

In sharing my experience leading communication teams through significant budget cuts, I will talk about what I learned about the need to shift communication (corporate affairs) from a ‘cost centre’ to a ‘value centre’ and five things that can help move the function up the value curve. Continue reading “5 steps to help transform communication from a cost centre to a value centre”