Dan Slee has been doing his best to tell us all that the press release must (or will) die in future comms and PR. In this blogs he shares how he has the backing of some big hitters – as Coca Cola join him in, and take it one step further by predicting the corporate website will also be a thing of the past. In this blog Dan encourages us to look at social conversations and the part they play in replacing the press release.
A very personal blog this week from Nicola Davies who writes about giving up her much loved career as she tried to juggle work, children and her own expectations. Nicola has since gone on to continue to make her career a success but not before making significant changes. An interesting blog which I am sure many women can relate too. Can we really have it all? Should be even be trying? And do men have to face this dilemma when they become parents?
This week Chris Bolton shares with us his thoughts on posters, and why they shouldn’t be under estimated or over looked when it comes to not only convaying information to a wider audience but also to engage with staff.
A fantastic post this week by Andy Johnson who looks at the subject of leadership for week 24 of weekly blog club. After a recent visit to the home of Manchester United, Andy is inspired by the leadership within the football club as a whole but in particular with Sir Alex Ferguson. The blog looks at vision, communication, learning and mistakes.
Hello, it’s me Kate Bentham again this week, starting with a shuffle of the feet and staring at the floor apology for the delay in getting this summary to you. My standards are slipping. I’ll try harder. Am I forgiven?
So, let’s cut to the chase and get on to those blogs, you’ve waited long enough for them after all. There were 12 perfectly formed blogs this week, which turns out to be one of the quietest weeks we’ve had for a while. If ever you are struggling for inspiration then just get in touch on the #weeklyblogclub tag, and someone will tweet you some ideas. If time is your issue, we can’t help there, but if you found a solution then do share.
A couple of blogs posed questions to us this week, one of which was an important one was around mental health. Susan Munro asks Are You Aware?, do we know enough about mental health issues and the impact on a person’s life. Susan questions if enough is done to raise awareness of mental health to the general public and also questions whose role it is to do this. It’s also important to consider what success might look like, how would we know that people are aware. A very interesting blog to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.
Rough Cat aka Llana Rockette blogs this week about being Scottish and the all of the fabulous things associated with being Scottish. In Scots Abroad – Surely Not That Obvious? Rough Cat looks at Scottish stereotypes, such as accents, weather, communities, sun bathing, and lager.
Mark Wood is often asked Why hang around on mountains then? In his blog this week he not only explains why but also shows us why. As a talented photographer Mark patiently stands for hours on the snowy Welsh hills to capture stunning images of military jets.
Richard Overy regularly shares wonderful photos with us, which may have been lost but are now found again. This week Richard shares a group photo entitled Wilson & Mrs W. Hoskin which possibly shows generations of neighbouring families. There are lots of interesting faces to look at in this glimpse of the past.
Samuel-James Wilson also looks at the past this week, with a focus on our cultural and architectural heritage. In St.Andrews Church – Starbeck Church – Update Samuel-James updates us on his campaign to protect the integrity and heritage of this local church, sharing some of the recent correspondence he has received from the local council and company carrying out the work, which does not actually address the professional and informed questions he asks. We wish Samuel-James well with this important campaign.
We regularly get health related blogs and this week is no different. We have a real personal blog by Ros Gray called Daffodils in full bloom , which was posted on the Ayrshire Health Blog. In this blog, Ros looks beyond the technical care of patients and focuses on compassionate, person centred care, and ensuring patient safety. Lots of important questions are asked in this blog, but have your tissues at the ready; it might bring a tear to your eye.
Anyone who likes the sporting section of the weekly blog club summary will be pleased to read there are two sports related blogs this week (sort of). First up we haveThe Sporting Wag who argues that it’s Not All Bad For UAE Rugby But Much More Needs To Be Done, after a recent defeat against Japan. The sporting wag, aka Hannah Chia, suggests that the amateur status of the players of the UAE team will continue to struggle against professional players, unless some investment into a league is taken forward.
The other sporting (sort of) related blog is from Kenny McDonald who in Living life the Wigan way looks at the leadership and management style of Wigan Football club manager Roberto Martinez. Kenny greatly admires the professionalism of Roberto and how he worked to strive to implement his strategy to avoid relegation. We can all learn something about leadership style from this manager, I even learnt a bit about football.
We have a very helpful blog from Louise Brown called A quick look at targeting your Facebook page posts this is an particularly useful blog for anyone who manages a corporate Facebook page. Louise has produced a step by step guide for anyone who wants to know more about targeting posts. Graham Budd shares an interesting blog this week called Getting your name “in the paper”. The blog looks at why someone might object to their name appearing digitally but are very comfortable with other elements of their public profile – I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on this? Why might digitally differ? if you have any ideas include them on Graham’s blog.
Fragmentation of TV Audiences and Illegal Downloads by Karl Green this week looks at how TV audiences are becoming more and more fragmented as a result of technological developments. Karl also looks at how pay to view channels are causing some audiences to illegally download programmes. A great read.
Finally My personal demons by Karen Hart looks at procrastination and perfectionism, two characteristics she is cursed with. Karen blogs on how they cripple her into inactivity and a feeling that nothing is never any good. I can certainly see myself in this blog, I often faff about until the deadline, and then sometimes that comes and goes and still I’m not finished. Thank goodness for the invention of Squidgy Deadlines. I’ve certainly needed one this week for this summary. Thankfully I’m not cursed by perfectionism – but you already knew that, you might have read this far to find that out.
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I’m back again for the week 21 summary. So until then, take care, eat some cake and keep blogging.
Summary of Week 20 posts
- Living life the Wigan way by Kenny McDonald
- My personal demons by Karen Hart
- St.Andrews Church – Starbeck Church – Update by Samual-James Wilson
- Wilson & Mrs W. Hoskin by Richard Overy
- Scots Abroad – Surely Not That Obvious? by Rough Cat aka Llana Rockette
- Daffodils in full bloom by Ros Gray
- Why hang around on mountains then? by Mark Wood
- Are You Aware? by Susan Munro
- Fragmentation of TV Audiences and Illegal Downloads by Karl Green
- Not All Bad For UAE Rugby But Much More Needs To Be Done. by The Sporting Wag
- Getting your name “in the paper” by Graham Budd
- A quick look at targeting your Facebook page posts By Louise Brown
This week Kenny McDonald talks football, and in particular the leadership of manager Roberto Martinez. Kenny admires the professional manner in which Roberto presents not only himself but all associated with Wigan Football Club, showing us that we can all take something positive from his style of leadership.
Jayne Holgate of Age UK Business Directory writes a guest blog about an issue that affects people throughout the UK, and Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s initiative to help them find trustworthy tradespeople.
Five years ago, Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire were thinking of ways in which they could proactively help to protect older people from rogue traders. With constant tales in the media of older people being ripped off by untrustworthy tradespeople it quickly became apparent that this was a vital area that they could offer help to older people.
In order for older people to feel safer when selecting a trader, whether it was work in their property or choosing a solicitor, they would have to feel confident that these people were telling them the truth, for example whether they were qualified, whether they were even going to get the job done efficiently and effectively etc.
Out of this idea came the Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Business Directory. The Business Directory combats the fears that older people, or anyone for that matter, may have when choosing a trader, by only listing traders who have been thoroughly checked by Age UK staff. Also as extra reassurance, the Business Directory team mediate should any problems occur.
This concept, initially implemented by Age UK Nottingham, was so well received in Nottinghamshire that other Age UKs all across the country started to see how it could help older people in their local area and help their charity. As a result, five years later the Age UK Business Directory now operates in eight different regions.
These Business Directories are an online resource, assuring that they are up to date and local. However, if someone is not online, each directory has a Freephone/ Helpline number, meaning that if they are unable to search the directory themselves, all they have to do is call that number and a member of local Age UK staff will search the directory for them, and supply them with the names and numbers of traders over the phone then and there.
The not-for-profit project has made a huge impact and has given many older people peace of mind whilst still allowing for independence.
We’d love for as many people to be able to access the directory as possible, if you think you know anyone who would benefit from knowing about the scheme click on the following link and select the relevant region, this will direct you to your local site which lists a Freephone number: www.aubd.co.uk
A really interesting blog from Derek Barron this week looking at how leaders can involve a team in the Why, How and What, to ensure that teams are clear of the vision and will follow. The blog also looks at the importance of giving feedback to candidates after interviews and Covey’s work on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Karen Hart introduces us to some of the amazing women she works with at Stepney City Farm. Many are volunteers who give up their time to be involved in the day to day running and promotion of the Farm. The members of the Communication Committee talk about what being involved means to them.