Biggest-ever UK-wide Brand Story Tour 2018

I am doing the biggest-ever UK tour to transform the story telling capabilities of public relations and comms professionals. It is taking place in March and April visiting Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and London – with only a few tickets left.

The goal is to enable PR and Comms practitioners move from being tellers of news stories into better storytellers, and outstanding narrative and story strategists, enabling them to be at the forefront as the industry evolves into becoming master storytellers across Owned, Shared, Earned and Paid-for media.

The one day Brand and Brand Story workshop provides delegates with a toolkit with new thinking, strategies and tools to transform how they deliver results at work. The biggest excuse not to do training is ‘I can’t afford to spend a day out of the office.’ The workshop overcomes this by combining working on your own real world challenges coupled with a profound learning and development experience, so avoiding any downtime.

Here’s how one delegate, Emma Wheat of leading food, health and well-being specialists Ceres PR described her experience of the Brand and Brand Story workshop. ”The course really confirmed to me how much more effective and exciting communications can be once a brand story is invoked. Stories attract people, and people are driven to make decisions based on their emotions.” Emma’s full blog can be read here. Read more

Helping Ireland lead the way in new qualification for Creativity in PR and Comms


I am really delighted to be working in partnership with the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) to launch a new professional qualification in ‘Creativity’ for the communications industry – believed to be a world first – enabling professionals to achieve a competitive advantage in their work.

The course is designed to provide both the strategic and tactical skills to achieve better results in offline and online communications and improve delegates’ management of the creative dimension at work.

Delivered through four linked weekend courses, with assessment based on producing a campaign case study, successful delegates will receive a Certificate in ‘Creativity and Creativity Management in PR and Comms’. Read more

Do a ‘Pre-Mortem’ on 2017 to make your planning and strategic thinking even more powerful

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Do you want to be really prepared for all the opportunities and challenges that 2017 throws at you? Then you need to do a Pre-Mortem.

“You’re familiar with the concept of Post-Mortem – where you review and quickly identify what didn’t work, what went wrong – and who was to blame. All made easy by that greatest of gifts – hindsight.

One of your greatest enemies to your planning is over-optimism. Yes, even pessimistic you can be guilty of over emphasising the positive in your thinking.

Optimism bias is recognised by behavioural scientists, such as Robert Cialdini, for encouraging you to overstate the positive and underestimate the negative in your future planning.

So if you are planning for 2017, devising new strategies or new ideas you need to be aware of your optimism bias, and take constructive steps to counter its pervasiveness.

A great tool I use is the ‘Pre-Mortem’. It is a great way to help you overcome undue optimism or failing to fully appreciate certain risks. Read more

How Leave won the Meme Wars in Referendum and lessons for you

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The UK is still reeling from a Referendum vote that surprised the global markets, institutions, and even the Leave campaign supporters.

One lesson is how the Remain campaign lost the ‘Meme War’.

Mention ‘memes’ and the fashion now is to think of virial Internet messages that capture people’s imagination and get passed on.

Yet memes are more profound, I would argue they form the DNA of communications, of how information gets passed on, received and crucially passed-on again.

And what’s clear the Leave campaign won its Meme War – by gaining a disproportionate part of popular culture – leading to a majority result in favour of the UK leaving the EU.

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How the BREXIT vote is the latest consequence of our Social Capital crisis

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How many working class people do you know? Did half the people you know vote Brexit?

The Referendum result revealed a disturbing reality of two tribes within Britain – and what’s worse they’re increasingly having less to do with each other.

It is all part of a hidden crisis within our society – the decline of Social Capital – and it was partly responsible for the recent Referendum result.

This hidden Social Capital crisis affects the very heartbeat of how our communities work. Fewer people devote themselves to the communal good. Less of us are getting involved in doing things, running things or just hanging around with each other – how we help each other to help each other – reducing our capacity to connect, co-operate and collaborate.

As a result, things we took for granted in our communities start to happen less and less, or not happen at all, and people are increasingly operating within distinct silos of like-minded people – and we are all poorer as a result.

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The need for a new narrative post Euro Referendum

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A seismic change in Britain’s history now needs a seismic change in our future story: the UK is in urgent need of a new narrative. One that explains our past and one that works to rebuild our society and create a stronger platform for a better collective future for the UK.

Otherwise, we face up to creating a future destiny amidst uncertainty, bitterness, rancour and despair.

A narrative is like the string in a pearl necklace, providing the thread for connecting your pearls of your story of the past and of the future, that shape your story of the now.

Not since the darkest hours of 1940 where Winston Churchill stood tall and inspired the British people – and history – of a Britain that its people will fight on its beaches has there been a need for creating a new narrative for our future.

Communicators, PR people, all of us who work in our business have a critical role to play.

At the heart of this is how we in the UK go forward as a society – with a new story.

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