Blogging for CharityComms

CharityComms is the membership network for communications professionals working in UK charities. Every so often I write a blog for their Knowledge Hub on wordy type topics. Here’s a selection.

1. Live tweeting at events: seven tips for avoiding the pitfalls

It’s a marketing must at events and conferences. But live tweeting can feel a bit stressful, especially when you’re new to it. Here are some tips to help you gather the best in tweetable takeaways, share them successfully, and avoid any clangers.

Read my blog here

2. Five ways to boost your communication with volunteers

Whether they’re raising money or running services, volunteers are the lifeblood of charities across the world. A vital part of keeping volunteers feeling passionate and dedicated is communicating with them regularly and respectfully. This blog offers five tips and quick wins to improve your volunteer comms.

Read my blog here

3. “Comms people are the first up and last to go to bed”

What’s it like managing comms for a global event that brings together over 500 people from 52 countries – and doing it solo? I spoke to Mariana Mercado about the highs, the goals and tackling challenges of heading a team of volunteers at the Homeless World Cup, an annual international football tournament for people who are or have been homeless.

Read my blog here

4. Tips for giving feedback to creatives

Giving good feedback can save you time, stress and late nights fixing mistakes that needn’t have happened. Fewer rounds of changes will keep your costs down too. But how do you make sure your feedback is well received and inspires the results you’re looking for? Here are four things you should be when you give feedback.

Read my blog here

5. Plain English: what does it really mean for your comms?

Commercial brands have been doing it for years. Even lawyers are committing to it these days. But what are the key things charity communicators need to remember when writing in plain English?

Read my blog here

6. Five tips for briefing your copywriter

It’s a copywriter’s responsibility to make sure they fully understand the intricacies of your project and the subtleties of your tone of voice. Giving them a brief that clearly explains what you need, and why you need it, will help you get what you want. Here are five things to think about when putting a brief together.

Read my blog here

I also attend events and write follow-up articles, like this one on partnership working:

7. What charity communicators should know about working in partnership

Are you working with a celebrity to raise your profile? Boosting your fundraising by getting a big corporate on board? Maybe you’re joining forces with other charities to campaign for policy change?

Whatever kind of partnership you’re involved in, the CharityComms seminar on partnerships had an inspiring case study or practical tip to help. Here are four key points the speakers agreed were vital to making your collaborative communications a success.

Read my blog here

Leave a Reply