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Banish awkward silences! Expert ways to kickstart a conversation

Posted in: Career Advice, Networking, PR and Communications

29 Apr 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

When it comes to the art of great conversation, most people in the field of PR and Communications are naturals. You can chat up a storm with just about anyone, you’re a pro at listening and you love meeting and connecting with people. However, when it comes to starting a conversation, it can sometimes be a different story. Arriving at an event to find yourself suddenly faced with a room full of complete strangers can be a daunting prospect to even the most seemingly unflappable of talkers. How do you just walk up to someone and start talking?

In need of some inspiration?  Check out our Top 5 TED Talks!

Posted in: Career Advice, Inspiration

15 Apr 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

Long enough to be credible and short enough to hold the attention of even the busiest of people, the global phenomenon that is TED Talks is a great vehicle for genuine learning, encouraging us to build on what we already know or simply gaining a new perspective on something. Choosing our favourites was a tall order but we whittled it down to these five talks which we think are truly life changing and definitely worth talking about!

Asda Magic – 7 Key Ways to Create a Great Company Culture

Posted in: Book Reviews, The Working World

08 Apr 2015 by Megan Crayford-Noble Comments

As long as you have a business, you have a company culture. You don’t have to have earned a place on a Forbes list or be offering on-site massages and paid lunches before you start thinking about how employees feel about their workplace. Talk to almost anyone and they will say that work is not defined their pay cheque and the benefits. People want to work somewhere where the company culture places value on its employees and nurturing a fun and productive working environment.

Don’t let Social Media ruin your job search…

Posted in: Career Advice, Social Media

24 Mar 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

Social media can be an incredibly effective way to widen a job search and get access to employers, but with greater access comes a greater chance to get things wrong. Surely a brief Facebook post or a Tweet of a mere 140 characters (or less) isn’t going to do any harm? Absolutely not – when used mindfully. However, there is no certainty how one thing said today will be viewed and construed tomorrow.

Run through our handy checklist of ‘don’ts’ to ensure your social media presence is fit for purpose.

Surname & Surname celebrate their third birthday

Posted in: Consumer PR, Guest Interviews, PR and Communications

18 Mar 2015 by Renee Wo Comments

To mark one of our favourite clients, brand PR consultancy Surname & Surname’s third birthday, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to co-founder, Kev O’Sullivan. Kev reflects upon what has been a whirlwind three years for himself and fellow co-founder, Lotte Jones, and gives us a taste of what they have lined up for the next three – and beyond!

5 Habits of Highly Effective Heads of Corporate Communications

Posted in: Career Advice, Corporate Communications, PR and Communications

11 Mar 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

While the ability to communicate – and do it extremely well – ranks highly on the remit of any Head of Comms, there are several other finely honed skills and carefully cultivated qualities that make the real star perfomers stand out. So what are the fundamentals that the dynamic and discerning Heads of Comms focus on to become highly effective?

What I enjoy about executive search and the challenge of it

Posted in: PR and Communications, The Works

04 Mar 2015 by Sarah Leembruggen Comments

If you asked me to list 5 things that I love about my job, executive search would be up there – without a doubt. Just to clarify, the aim of an executive search assignment is to find the very best person in the market for a particular role with specific skills and attributes. The search looks at only the cream of the crop – the top 5% of professionals. To carry this out to maximum effect, an extraordinary amount of very discriminating and meticulous work is required. It’s painstaking at times, but it’s a process that runs deep, comes with a ‘no ifs ands or buts’ pre-requisite – and I love it!

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