Take the 31 Days of Creativity Challenge 

Take the 31 Days of Creativity Challenge 

Take The 31 Days Of Creativity Challenge Unleash your creative side in under 15 minutes a day Our gift to you: an easy programme with 31 quick tasks that will boost your creativity. A lot of people think creativity is just for people like artists, graphic designers...
Do you get the comms butterflies of dread?

Do you get the comms butterflies of dread?

Being a creative comms person is not the easy option. You create something a little different that you think is pretty good – but you don’t know how it will be received by your audiences, & colleagues It’s emotional. Nerve-wracking. Ever since I...
Punctuation: five fun facts

Punctuation: five fun facts

It’s National Punctuation Day! So I thought I’d share five more-interesting-than-it-sounds trivia about punctuation. Because I KNOW you comms creatives have a sneaky obsession with punctuation. 1. Do you correctly use hyphens and dashes?I have discovered...
Replace your inner critic with an inner fan club

Replace your inner critic with an inner fan club

How much do you let your inner critic hold you back? Maybe it’s a comms and marketing thing, but we seem to be quite hard on ourselves. We view our own work and ideas as harshly as would a sworn enemy. We let the occasional mistake or sloppy piece of work linger...
Great comms takes courage

Great comms takes courage

I’ve mentioned before on this blog that great comms takes courage – but this is a really quick post to say well done to creative comms professionals out there.Because, our job isn’t as easy as it looks to others. No matter what we say in interviews, doing...
12 Podcasts for comms, PR and marketing pros

12 Podcasts for comms, PR and marketing pros

I want to share some podcasts to inspire comms, PR and marketing pros, because it’s often hard for us to slot in learning, or CPD of any kind, into our schedules. I listen to about 5 hours of podcasts every week, I learn SO MUCH from them while I get ready to go...
Social Media Marketing Awards: I won!

Social Media Marketing Awards: I won!

On Monday, I won Freelance Social Media Marketer Of The Year at the Social Media Marketing Awards! I’m super chuffed, especially since I was up against some incredibly talented social media professionals. ‘But, hang on’, you might be thinking, ‘You’re a social media...
The comms manifesto

The comms manifesto

I have written The Comms Manifesto, partly because I want something I can show people when they have the wrong end of the stick about what I do. Modern and professional communications has nothing to do with spin, lies and propaganda. This is my idea of what we do....
Writing statements: avoid clichés like the plague

Writing statements: avoid clichés like the plague

If you write media statements, advise colleagues or clients or speak to the media regularly yourself – it can be comforting to fall back on familiar phrases and reassuring sayings. But try to make your statement sound like it wasn’t composed by...
Some tips for new podcasters

Some tips for new podcasters

A few weeks ago, I made the trip to London to do a podcasting course at the Guardian offices – this meant driving from South Wales at 5am on a Sunday morning (no public transport to get me there on time) – it was worth it. Podcasting seemed to be seen as...
The social media election in nine tweets

The social media election in nine tweets

It’s getting a bit of a cliché to describe it as a ‘social media election’ but things have changed drastically since 2010. In 2010 adults spent 14.2 hours per month on the web, but, thanks to widespread use of mobile devices, our total use of media...