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Are you ready for the social media revolution?

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NEW SOCIAL MEDIA COURSES NOW AVAILABLE

We’ve completely revamped our social media courses to make them more practical and platform-focused.

In addition to new trainings on using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn professionally, we’ve rejigged our popular courses on Mastering Social Media and Drafting a Digital Strategy. And in the run-up to the European Parliament elections we’ve refashioned our Social Media Campaigning coaching to focus on politics and policymaking.

We hope to see you at one of our tailor-made courses soon.

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October Newsletter

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TELLING THE EU’S STORY BETTER

John has been busy putting his storytelling skills to good use in Turkey and the Balkans over the past few months. Together with our social media coach Steffen Thejll-Moller, he has led a series of trainings for the European Commission on how to tell the EU’s story better by focusing on values and emotions as well as data.

So far, John and Steffen have trained project managers in Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Turkey. Montenegro, a return journey to Ankara and a wrap-up session in Brussels are planned for later in the Autumn.

The pair have earned rave reviews from the 40+ participants at each workshop. “The trainers were very energetic, positive, open and supportive,” said one. “They worked perfectly as a duo,” said another. “The trainers are real experts in their field.” Not that we’re proud or anything!

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July Newsletter

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HOW TO TELL THE EU STORY

We’re often critical of the way the EU communicates. But we are delighted to be working with the European Commission to help project managers in future member states make EU funding more visible.

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June Newsletter

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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON COMMUNICATING

“Get the people who panic out of the room,” was Amadeu Altafaj’s blunt advice on how to handle a crisis at the latest News and Booze event for NGO communicators.

As a European Commission spokesman during the financial crisis, Amadeu knows how to keep calm and carry on communicating when things go pear-shaped. So does experienced comms consultant Jo Sullivan, who advised: “You need to be at the front of the crisis with a solution.”

Other tips on how to handle a crisis were: Make sure you have an updated crisis communication strategy, accept there is a problem and talk about the solution, and stick to your core principles when messaging.

If you missed the session, News and Booze co-founder Julia Ravenscroft has kindly summed up all the tips for you.

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How to keep calm and carry on communicating during a crisis

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We all experience a crisis or two in our lives. But what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger, right?

What happens, though, when it’s our organisation that is facing a crisis?

Suddenly, we need to work with five, ten, or maybe 1,000 colleagues to respond to an unexpected, growing disaster.  How do we, as communicators, make sure our organisations swim rather than sink?

In our latest News and Booze event for NGO communicators, speakers Amadeu Altafaj and Jo Sullivan, explained how to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ during – and beyond – a crisis.

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Five takeaways from Reuters’ digital news report

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Social media as a source of news is falling, messaging apps for news are growing, subscriptions for online news are steadily rising, general trust in the news remains relatively stable and fake news on the internet is a top priority. These are some of the key findings from this year’s Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, which was published today.

The report, which is based on a survey of more than 75,000 news consumers in 37 markets from 25 countries, found that:

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May Newsletter

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HOW NOT TO ZUCK AT CHAIRING 

Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing in the European Parliament on May 22 was a textbook example of how not to grill a speaker or chair a debate.

After pontificating for an hour, MEPs let the Facebook boss cherrypick which questions he answered in his 20-minute response. This technique of bunching questions together encourages long-windedness from interrogators and evasiveness from speakers. It also makes for a lousy debate.

If only MEPs had read our ’10 Commandments for Conference Organisers’ first: lnkd.in/gCyJB3b

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April Newsletter

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NEW COURSE: HOW TO SHINE ON CAMERA 

Many people dread being in front of the camera as much as going to the dentist. The problem is it’s difficult to be professionally camera-shy when communication relies more and more on you looking and sounding good on video.

In our new hands-on course with media trainer and former TV reporter John Holland, you’ll discover how to deliver snappy soundbites, convey powerful messages and tell compelling stories on screen. Whether it’s for a corporate video, Facebook live or televised debate, we’ll help you tell your story more clearly and confidently in front of the camera.

Details Here.

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