#Communication

Boring? Hardly. Brits Can Learn A Lot From Angela Merkel's Communication Style

Laura Shields | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Politics
Laura Shields

In short, Merkel breaks all the rules of Type A, Anglo-Saxon communication which is probably why so many Brits are baffled and find her dull. But Merkel is also a study in energy conservation, listening and absorption. She doesn't burn herself out, uses her words sparingly and appears comfortable in her own skin, which is not something that could ever be said about Theresa May.

Is Labour's Gain Is The Unions' Pain?

Simon Sapper | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

Tim Roache of the GMB summed it up well. "We no longer look like the members we need to recruit. And more of the same is not an option. It isn't "one more heave"". He's right. We need to be different. We need to be daring. We need to be brave. Frankly, what's the alternative? What's left to lose?

Back To School: Beating The Bullies Together

Claire Stead | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Stead

The start of term can be a daunting prospect for some pupils. For many, they'll be starting a new school. For those going to secondary school, the likelihood is that they will begin using social media in order to help them make friends and adjust to the new school, even though they are below the intended age for them.

Technology: The Lifeline For The Socially Isolated

Karen Dolva | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Tech
Karen Dolva

With every week that passes I grow increasingly upset with the world, so trying to change it for the better simply makes sense. The idea of somebody suffering in solitude, lacking meaningful connections in their life, is something I cannot abide. People need to be social

Is Technology Helping Or Hindering Our Contact With Friends And Family?

Patrick Stannah | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

In particular, social media has grown into a phenomenon and it's now easier than ever before for people to connect and share experiences with each other. As well as making the world feel like a smaller place, it has enabled individuals and organisations to share ideas and develop faster than previously possible.

A Positive Story Must Be At The Heart Of A New Pro-EU Party

Laura Shields | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Politics
Laura Shields

If it does get set up and (presumably) wants to be successful in changing enough people's minds and/or win a second referendum on the terms of the final deal then it needs to learn from previous communications mistakes about how to engage with the public on Europe.

Loneliness: An Epidemic Of Our Time

Karen Dolva | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dolva

At No Isolation, we're taking steps every day to solve this problem. Heartbreakingly, people are often embarrassed to admit that they're lonely and so will continue to suffer in silence. Tackling loneliness begins by simply opening up this important conversation; making sure that society is aware of this on-going and critical issue, and encouraging those who are struggling in solitude to seek help.

Internet Memes Are Changing The Way We Communicate IRL

Jamie Wareham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jamie Wareham

The reason Dawkins describes it as a hijack is because internet memes make no attempt at the accuracy of copying. It's a a key part of his definition and Internet memes are deliberately altered.

How To Nail Your Groom Speech

Lawrence Bernstein | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Bernstein

I'm constantly warning clients not to use cut and pasted lines from the internet. However, an early use of "My wife and I....." gets everyone onside and gives a nod to tradition too. This one-liner is part of the wedding tradition fabric. It doesn't matter how many times guests have heard it before, it will always receive a warm cheer and set your nerves at rest.

Glastonbury: How To Keep Attendees Safe At Public Events

Nick Hawkins | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Tech
Nick Hawkins

The UK is yet to adopt direct communication with the public. In the case of music festivals and other highly attended events, should a crisis occur, strategies need to be put in place for attendees and emergency services to ensure safety. With any emergency, communication is critical.

How To Nail Your Best Man Speech

Lawrence Bernstein | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Bernstein

It's the ultimate challenge. A one-off opportunity to be a stand-up comedian in front of a roomful of happy people. A chance to put your best friendship and all it entails into words. But so many people get it totally and utterly wrong. And it's all so avoidable! Here's how to nail it in nine simple steps!

Corbyn And May: Communication Top Trumps

Lawrence Bernstein | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Politics
Lawrence Bernstein

So the votes are counted and the results are in. Corbyn and May have been dissected by sharper minds than ours. We're not political here at Great Sp...

Six Tips For Managing Difficult Conversations Well

Sam Owen | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Owen

It can be difficult to confront the loved ones in our life about important conversations we want to have with them. Heck, it can be difficult confronting the reality of those situations ourselves. It's also easy to get caught up in the fear and let that motivate our actions rather than get caught up in thoughts of what could be if we successfully resolved the relationship issue we're having.

Five Ways The New Government Can Heal Divisions Between The Generations

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Tackling intergenerational inequity is the challenge of our times. Economic measures are required urgently to address the housing crisis and develop fairer taxation. But we also need to bring older and younger people together to discuss mutual concerns and provide shared spaces which can promote stronger understanding and trust between people of all ages.

Stories About Speaking Out Are Vital - It's Why I've Written A Children's Book About A Girl Who Can't

Tamsin Winter | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tamsin Winter

I always knew talking was important. I grew up in a noisy, busy family. The only way to get anything was to speak up. The louder, the better. Then once, when I was about six years old, an adult leant down to me and said, "You'd better not talk so much or your voice will run out."

What Happened To The Dove Appeal?

Sam Ellison | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Ellison

And with evolving aspirations for wellness and experiences, a need for flexibility, recognition and self-development, it will be the brands that engage and entertain their female audience on an intuitive level - and give them an emotional and intellectual incentive to spend time with them - that she will trust.

Could You Last A Week Without Your Smartphone?

Emma Wood | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Emma Wood

The first two days of being without a phone were euphoric. I felt rogue, emboldened - I became a productive, uninterrupted human being. (This is mainly because being without phone relieves you of lots and lots of chores.)

Understanding Why The Human Face Is The Way It Is

Adam Wilkins | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech
Adam Wilkins

What is the face of an animal for? In biological terms, what is the "function" of the animal's face? The answer is not immediately obvious, as it is for other parts of the body, for example, the heart (pumping blood) or the lungs (breathing).

The Max Factor - Celebrating My Son Maxwell's Third Birthday On World Down Syndrome Day

Molly Macleod | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Molly Macleod

Will he be isolated, with no friends because he can't talk to them the way they talk to each other? Will his needs be overlooked when he is in the care of others because they can't understand what he is trying to say through signing? How will he find his place in the world and will his voice ever really be heard and valued?

Turn To A Chatbot - Your Customer Service Companion

Dean Withey | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Tech
Dean Withey

In this age of ever-changing tech, consumers want a quicker, easier and more personal experience when dealing with brands. Now, consumers are enjoying the fastest way to reach a brand the world has ever seen - chatbots.

Mindful Ways Of Dealing With A Difficult Boss

Smita Joshi | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Smita Joshi

A lot of difficulties with your boss can be resolved by understanding your nature and your boss' nature. By truly listening to the spoken communication that lives in the realm of "being human", you can effectively dissolve the individual from being the rock that blocks your career progress.

It's Time To Embrace AI To Create Smarter Humans

Ather Gattami | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Ather Gattami

When AI is applied and integrated intelligently within customer communication channels, it is capable of creating personalised and highly relevant dialogue between brand and consumer. It's about using data to help understand how we as customers behave and react, and then using this insight to adapt and create a better experience.

His Master's Voice

Tina Medlock | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Recently I have stated that Joseph struggles with communication, yet reading this definition, I should actually retract that. He may find it difficult to use the spoken word to compile perfect sentences, but he has other ways he utilises effectively in order to get his point across.

Survey Of CYP's Workforce Reveals 'Training Gap' In Speech, Language And Communication

Octavia Holland | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Octavia Holland

Over half (53%) of the children and young people's workforce have received 'little' or 'no' learning in their initial training about typical speech, l...

Unsafe Selfies And Check-In Troubles: Four Tips To Stay Safe Online

Claire Stead | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Facebook now sees eight billion average daily video views and Snapchat users aren't far behind, sending more than seven billion photos and videos each day. They say sharing is caring - and that's true to an extent. But when you overshare or share the wrong information online, that can often lead to tricky conversations or unintended consequences.