Posts Tagged ‘Charity Comms Consultant’

Snow: Hot tips to keep working when the snow falls January 14th 2013

It looks like winter is about to hit, so what can you do to keep on top of things when the snow falls – and the trains, roads and buses grind to a halt? Thanks to social media and mobile technology, there’s no reason why you can’t keep on keeping on! Here’s my take on what you can do if you are stuck at home when the inclement weather arrives.

Be a good citizen

Use Facebook, Twitter and IM’s to let local friends and colleagues know the state of play in your area. It amazes me how the weather can be so different in the next village. Last year, our street was knee deep in snow, but the town centre was hardly affected! You might be able to get to the office after all….

Don’t cancel meetings – do them online

If you’re stuck at home on a day when you’ve scheduled back to back meetings, why not grab that hot chocolate and do them online? Sure, it’s not the same as being face to face, but I find that most people who have access to Skype or similar are more than happy to have an online meeting. This year, I’ve been working internationally with clients and partners, and video calls have been absolutely essential to this work.

Launch a winter-themed competition

Why not run a ‘snow-themed’ competition to drive traffic to your website or blog? Let your imagination run wild, and make the competition prize worth winning too! Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr are great resources for this kind of activity.

Do ‘the thing’ that you’ve been putting off!

For me ‘the thing’ I usually put off is updating my contact lists, which seems to grow every day because I’m an avid fan of networking. So that’s one of the activities I’ll be sorting out if the snow falls. It always feels great when you finally get round to doing something you’ve been putting off, and it’s never quite as bad as you imagined!

Look to the future – it’s only just begun!

Now 2013 is here, take time to plan for the coming months. Use your enforced time at home to plan where you’re going to focus your efforts and resources. Do you want to more of the same, or something different? You may not come to any firm conclusions today, but once you get started, who knows where your thoughts might take you.

And of course, if the snow does fall where you are, go throw some snowballs!

What are your hot tips for keeping business moving when you’re stuck at home? Please share in the comments section.

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Raising awareness of human trafficking: Anya17 January 19th 2012

With only two months until its première on 7th March 2012 in Liverpool, I’d like to spotlight this incredible arts project that I support – a unique, contemporary and highly topical new opera: Anya17. 

Composed by ‘British Composer Award’ Winner Adam Gorb to a libretto written by Ben Kaye, Anya17 aims to raise awareness of the secret world of sex trafficking, where up to 800,000 young women and children are trafficked into the EU every year.

Anya17 exposes the intertwined lives of those sold into sexual slavery as they fight to survive.

Anya17 - A unique opera about human trafficking

The opera has its première in Liverpool on 7th March followed by a performance on 9th March at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Why I support Anya17

I first heard about Anya17 when I was developing this charity comms and careers blog with designer Anna Celeste Watson. Anna had just started to talk to Ben Kaye about a website for Anya17 and I was shocked to hear about the living hell that trafficked women and children face every day.

NGO’s estimate that there is likely to be a sex trafficking victim forcibly working in a house or flat just 20 minutes’ drive from your own doorstep, no matter where you live in the UK. Just think about that for a moment. It’s a horrifying thought isn’t it, and one that should make us all want to stand up and do something to end this modern day slavery.

With my charity comms background, I’ve been doing my bit with online promotions and helping to recruit the project’s two digital marketing managers. But there’s much more we can all do to get involved. And here’s why we should come together to fight this despicable trade.

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Digital charity jobs: part one January 2nd 2012

Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button on the alarm more than you used to? Are you counting the hours every day – and the days until the weekend comes around?

Sounds like it might be time for a career change!

Changing career can feel like such a huge challenge that it might deter you from even considering new horizons. But you can give yourself the best chance of finding a new career by following a few key steps during your job search. With my 15 years’ experience in communications, including recruiting for great charity communications jobs, here’s the first part of my insider guide to help you with your career change. Although I talk about the charity sector, these strategies will help you if you’re working in other sectors.

Why do you want to make a career change?

Some people know from an early age the direct path their career will take, although most of us have a rather meandering path, if we ever have one at all! If you’ve come to a crossroads and just don’t know where you want to go next, one of the first questions I would ask you is ‘what first attracted you to your current job, and what frustrates you about it now?’ This could be the starting point for you to take a good look at your values, what you want out of your career, and what really makes you get up in the morning – even on these cold, dark January days!

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