Communication

The Sharing Economy: Communism or Hyper Capitalism?

Markus Barnikel | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Markus Barnikel

Until now we have been approaching our cars and our apartments without thinking economically. If we want to change that, it is neither communism nor turbo capitalism. It is not to reach a higher moral goal either and certainly not an evil act. It is simply reasonable and in addition also human and beautiful.

Top Tips on How to Deal Effectively With Criticism

Annie Ashdown | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Many people cant find it within themselves to say anything positive and take pleasure from flagging up someone's shortcomings. Don't make it about you, as these people need to feel superior because they are so insecure and the only way they can do so is project their own flaws onto another person. They do it with everyone.

Mothers Day - How to Stay Calm With a MIL You Don't Get on With...

Cat Williams | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

First of all, we need to recognise that our mother-in-law poses a uniquely powerful threat to our self-confidence and self-worth. She is a person who might come across as having 'been there done that' and so could potentially judge our 'success' as a wife, mother and woman.

The Art of Being Authentic

Adrian Kirk | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Adrian Kirk

When we experience someone being genuine we believe them. Be that a politician, someone asking for help at work, or the member of staff in a store who genuinely seems interested in helping us. We notice when people are being real, when they forget about trying to impress but come from a genuine desire to connect with us in that moment.

Mother's Day - How to Be an Ideal Mother in Law

Cat Williams | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

An 'interfering mother-in-law' is one of society's favourite stereotypes. The term 'mother-in-law' sounds negative and criticising even before anything is known about the individual themselves. Mothers and daughters-in-law often find it particularly difficult to get along. What is the secret of those who can overcome the stereotype, and build a friendship with their 'DIL'?

Can a Person Really Change?

Claire Brummell | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

The more I've become the kind of woman I want to be, both in and out of a relationship, the man in my life has become even more of the kind of man that I really appreciate...and he was pretty amazing to begin with!

The Danger in Copying China's Classrooms

Chris Jones | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

While I believe that there is much to learn from other countries, I have to ask if the Chinese system is right for us. After all, the UK is very different from China and has vastly different needs.

How to Become a Marketer

Gimhani Gunasinghe | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gimhani Gunasinghe

If you wish to become a marketer, you will need two things: qualifications and experience. Marketing is not something that you can learn from textbooks. You need to develop logical thinking, practical skills, networking skills, negotiating skills and creative thinking, all of which comes with experience...

CIOs Must Use Their Voice...

Andrew Carr | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Carr

Stereotypes always have a certain amount of accuracy and truth about them. For example, many IT professionals live up to their perceived image. In other words, they are not always great at communicating.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Bullies

Annie Ashdown | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Hold your ground; this is crucial when confronting a bully. Imagine they are a professional fighter in a ring and you are in the audience with no protective gear on and they are desperately trying to hook you in the ring for a fight. DON'T get in the ring.

Innovation: Communication and Inspiration in the Organisation

Hugh Salmon | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The overarching theme of this blog is to show that better use of the skills and creativity of the UK advertising and communications sector would benefit society as a whole as well as business... But even I admit that, with all the creativity in the world, none of us could stop the floods which have dominated our media landscape.

Why Brands Must Communicate From the Shelf Out

Mark Artus | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK
Mark Artus

Consumers consistently tell us that brands should provide clearer messaging from the supermarket shelf outwards, rather than relying on marketing to drive sales. I fully agree and believe many brands simply aren't doing enough to capture consumer imagination where it matters most - in store.

To Avoid Special Surprises on Social Media, Curate, Don't Control

John Coventry | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Tech
John Coventry

Cursory lessons all round this week on Social Media - as two quite different organisations trying to assert too much control of their message end up losing control of it entirely.

Three Very Simple Things You Can Do to Build Confidence

Annie Ashdown | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Annie Ashdown

Confidence is the key to improving our performance in the work force and to creating and maintaining healthy relationships.

How About Just Being Nice and Polite to Each Other?

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy May Sitch

Certain happenings of late have got me thinking about etiquette. Take for instance the sorry state/lack of genuine "Hey, good morning. How are you?" in the workplace or the mass disruption of the tube strike by the RMT and TSSA unions. Better yet, a fellow journalist being trolled for getting Vincent Vinturi's "rape manual" eBook removed from Amazon.

Valentines Day: What Is Love and How Can I Find It?

Cat Williams | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

A healthy friendship or relationship is one in which both people are being themselves, and feel valued for being themselves.

The Importance of Face to Face Contact

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For isolated older people in the UK there can be periods of days, weeks, even months where they see no one in person. Family may have moved, partners may have passed away and mobility may be limited.

Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The fact that this age group is facing almost unparalleled employment challenges must be linked to their literacy skills; one in five young people are unemployed, whilst the numbers unemployed for two years or more are at a 20 year high.

Will We Ever Win the Battle Against Climate Change When Fighting It Sounds So Boring? The Story of Climate Gentleman

Matthew Phillips | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Matthew Phillips

I am bored to tears with how climate change is being portrayed in the media. We - the public - are routinely subjected to commentary that is abstract, dull and, all too frequently, delivered by sandaled individuals who it would be unthinkable for me to introduce to my parents.

Five Steps to Communicate With Confidence and Ease

Annie Ashdown | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Do you feel needy for approval and want to be liked by everyone? Do you sometimes find you automatically say yes without considering the consequences?

Polyamory, This Season's Gay

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

In the battle for the right to choose how to demonstrate your sexuality, polyamorists are the new 'convenient issue', the latest depraved people to pick on. We are the slippery slope. Because the mind loves polarities of definition.

How Do You Manage A Virtual Workforce?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

As small businesses are outsourcing an increasing number of their services to freelancers, the result can often mean working alongside several, or in some cases, an entire group of colleagues you've never met in the flesh. It can save precious time and money. There are, however, some important things to bear in mind to ensure a harmonious remote working environment.

Chinese Whispers: The Art of Communicating as a Foreigner China

Jane Mountain | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Mountain

The policeman comes into our room. It's almost 10pm, and we have been at the hotel for five hours, but it is clear that there is something he needs urgently. He says a few things to us in Chinese. We give him our now well-practiced blank stares of incomprehension.

Guess What? The More We Use Our Phones, the Worse We Are at Communicating

Pandora Sykes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Pandora Sykes

It's the modern epidemic that's worsening by the day: the omnipresence of the smartphone. On the loo (my favourite spot to tweet from), on the bus, in bed, in the middle of meetings, at dinner, during s--- yep, seriously, some people do it.

The March of the Millenials - Are We Ready for Them?

Michael Bernd Bayer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Michael Bernd Bayer

My daughter and millions of other millennials will make up 75% of the workforce in less than ten years. A 75% that is wired differently - not only have they never known a world without the internet, they also don't remember a world that isn't instant and collaborative.