Monthly Archives: March 2012

Life is like a rice pudding …

… crunchy on the top and slowly moving liquid underneath. I’ve just finished reading a wonderful book about metaphor: ‘I is an other: The secret life of metaphor and how it shapes the way we see the world’ by James Geary. Every chapter delighted me. And every chapter (and the book itself) included the wonderful challenge of […]

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Connecting dots & drawing conclusions

One of the classic mistakes we make as communicators is failing to connect the dots and/or draw conclusions for our audiences. It’s easy to assume that, because we understand the message and our underlying intent, everyone else will understand it too. The obvious examples occur when fundraising letters forget to specifically ask for a donation, […]

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Communicating with intent

I’ve just returned from a three-day masterclass in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement, facilitated by Lyn Carson and Jan Elliott. It was a ‘big’ experience, and it’s going to take me some time to think through what I’ve learned. Here are some of the communication questions that emerged from the three days – questions which can be […]

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