All posts tagged Articulous Communication

It’s a celebrity… get ME outta here!

When it comes to reality TV, celebrities sell. But when it comes to facilitation, sticking a celebrity out front won’t fool ‘em. And you might pay dearly for the mistake.

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Five things every community engagement person should stop doing

Every day and in every industry we are continually adding ideas or processes. But so often we forget to delete.

When we review or audit community and stakeholder engagement within organisations, we see how passionate our engagement colleagues are. Their passion for engagement means we’re adding innovations and improvements every day.

But what should we be deleting from our engagement practice?

  1. Outdated processes – legislation is being updated every year in different sectors and states. If your engagement policy or framework was completed more than 5 years ago, it may need updating. Since then, we’ve seen new legislation, policies and standards introduced at the national level, as well as the state level in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
  2. Newspaper notices – unless it’s required by legacy legislation, a newspaper notice is simply not enough to attract community attention. Very few people read newspapers and even fewer read the notices section.
  3. Burn out of great professionals – at the IAP2’s last engagement conference, I was moved to tears by tales of great engagement professionals who felt burnt out and traumatised by having to work with daily angry, aggressive or bullying behaviours. We need to make sure our colleagues are supported and encouraged on those tough projects.
  4. Jargon – yes, even engagement people can over-use jargon. So if you find you’re spending too much time talking about scope, deliberative, collaborative partnerships, levels of engagement, the DPM, honeycomb profiles and more … then stop and translate to your project teams.
  5. Engaging solely on problems – if you’re only engaging when things are contentious or there’s a risk, then you need to stop. We could spend an entire blog talking about this, but in essence it causes (a) a failure to engage on topics that the whole community wants to engage on (b) an engagement capacity gap – where we unintentionally build the skills of those who always turn up, and diminish the engagement skills of those who don’t (c) we don’t ask the right questions of community (d) our innovation is focused on problems rather than opportunity (e) it can create a false sense of what community really thinks

If you’d like to keep up with the latest in engagement strategies, why not enrol in the Strategies for Complex Engagement course.

Project E

Here at Articulous we have been working on a very exciting start up project which promises to be a game-changer in the world of engagement and evaluation.

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Could a conversation with a computer change how we engage?

Conversational User Interfaces (CUIs), more commonly known as voice recognition tools or chatbots, have big implications for engagement professionals, and we should be excited – very excited. The question on my lips is not whether the rise of conversational interfaces can help us to engage, but how we can best use them to engage in meaningful ways.

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Can Business Executives catch the Digital Wave at 50-something?

Social media is just another communication channel. With its own pros and cons, different measurements, different tone of voice and a whole new way of connecting. Catching the digital wave is possible even if you’re a 50-something or 60-something executive.

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Community Engagement Definition of the Month: Engagedy

Some community engagement programs are easy to predict. They're relatively routine. But others suddenly turn from routine to tragedy.

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Corporate Networking and the Curse of Small Talk Syndrome

You're at a networking breakfast at a table full of strangers. It's early. The coffee hasn't arrived yet. And you worked late last night. Somehow you've got to make small talk.

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Eight Signs You Need to Declutter Your Business’ Communication Processes

Just as our personal lives need decluttering, so too do our businesses. And it's not just decluttering our desks. Increasingly our internal and external communications are being bogged down in unnecessary systems and processes. Processes that are outdated but we that cling to out of misguided loyalty or organisational hoarding.

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Community Engagement Definition of the Month: Entourengage

If your engagement entourage outnumbers the public at an event, you have officially sent an entourengage. We've all seen it. There's 12 of us - engagement specialists, a welcome team, back up comms people, plus specialists from every technical team - and no one comes.

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Managing Reputations In the Face of a Crisis

Reputation management doesn't happen in a moment. It's a three-stage process: 1. Building and maintaining reputations 2. Protecting reputations 3. Rebuilding reputations Some are lucky and spend most of their time building and maintaining reputations. Others get stuck, toggling between protecting and rebuilding. And others never get out of crisis control, constantly defending their organisation and never getting the chance to be proactive. Articulous has developed the RPCM Model for reputation management.

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