the curse of ‘busy’

I spend all my time helping comms people to be more creative and effective in their work. If there’s one thing I regularly see as a barrier to creativity, it’s being so bloody busy that you can’t think straight. I remember it used to make me feel important and useful to have so much on, it felt like I had no time to rest. Then I burnt out and made a load of crap decisions (which turned out OK, but still). Holidays, breaks, lunches, walks – they are not a luxury.  They’re fundamental to doing good work. Drop everything, know … Continue reading the curse of ‘busy’


I’ve been researching ways to build confidence, and how I can instil it as part of my social media training for comms people. I heard recently that the brand, Innocent – who make the smoothies and soups – have a staff mantra that’s all about empowering staff to crack on and do interesting things. It’s this: “If you’re 70% sure, go ahead and do it.” Perfectionism is no friend to doing great things  – if I waited until everything here was perfect, you’d never see a single cartoon! Having confidence doesn’t mean blundering into any old decision Confidence is about … Continue reading confidence

freelancer facepalm bingo

It’s lovely being freelance, I love every minute. But often, people can forget that we don’t get paid for holidays, meetings, phone calls, coffee chats. And imagine how employed people would react if every month their employer stalled on paying their salary?! Everything – client management, finance, office cleaning, PR, motivation – is our own responsibility. It’s fantastic but no means an easy ride. So here’s a game of Freelancer Facepalm Bingo to make the requests and comments we get feel like fun. I hope you don’t get a full house too soon. If you’re a comms freelancer, you might … Continue reading freelancer facepalm bingo