Starting Up

This is technically day three of CommTogether and establishing a website has been a priority. I want to be able to give everyone a sense of me, and what I can offer. I know that the unique experiences I have had in my working career have created a skill-set that many organisations, particularly in the not-for-profit sector and smaller businesses, think they can not afford. Worse still they are not really even thinking about the necessity for having a professional approach to the way they communicate ...
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Following your passion

Since making the decision known to friends and colleagues about establishing my own consultancy, I have been asked the question 'why?'. Well that is after the congratulations and the comments and about how it must be 'scary' and 'exciting' ...
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Not-for-profit is not and should not be second best

My experience has been that often people take a dim view professionally of the not-for-profit / NFP/ non-profit / charity (take your pick as to which term you prefer) sector. People tend to think that because of the not-for-profit tag it means the level of expertise is not as good as the commercial sector, that the people who work there are not at the same professional level. This is simply not true and more to the point it should never be the case ...
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Virtual management gives a competitive edge

I have joined the trend and I now work in a 'virtual' office, perhaps I need to have a lower case 'i' in front of my name to complete the integration. It's a wonderful idea - the virtual office. From the clients perspective of you can be anywhere but still be there with the client. Turn on Skype or FaceTime for those of us with a new Mac (for those of you who know me you will appreciate the fact that I am celebrating being able to work exclusively on a Mac every day) and you are right there face to face, looking at shared monitors ...
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Making yourself heard

The question of how you are heard is more pertinent today for business than it has ever been. CommTogether is no different in that regard, operating as a voice amongst such a sea of noise both online and offline ...
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Marketing yourself

One of the joys of establishing your own communications and marketing business is having to market yourself. It's so much easier to be telling other people what and how they should b doing things ...
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Making an impression

There is an old and poignant expression, "you don't get a second chance to make a first impression." ...
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The future for charities

The landscape for charities has been changing and significant events are likely to take place soon that will impact the sector forever. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is firmly on the agenda and its implementation will open the not-for-profit sector up to market forces like never before ...
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Is social media making being friends good business?

There is an old saying - "don't mix business with pleasure." So many people have learned the hard way over the years that doing business with friends can harm relationships, even end them. I know of a few cases myself and invariably the endings are sad. But in a world of social media, can we really afford to stick by this wise old adage? ...
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How to get a social conscience online

Business talks about corporate responsibility or having a social conscience, but are charities / not-for-profit (NFP) / non-government organisations (NGO) doing enough to support this thirst (usually driven by staff) to give back to the community? ...
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