Plan and Prepare For Your 2018 Communications Success

Planning and preparation can play a vital part in ensuring your communications success – and the news around the British New Year’s Honours Awards has helped underline this point.   There’s been general delight over popular decisions such as the knighthood for the...

Festive Message: “Christmas Means Christmas”

The magic of Christmas has struck.   It’s given us one of the greatest ever festive images!   And it’s arrived just in time for the Michael Dodd Communications annual Christmas goodwill message to you.   The image comes courtesy of three of the highest profile...

How To Be Smarter Than These Stumblebum Politicians

Wherever your toughest questions come from, it’s always desirable to be well-trained, well-planned and well-practised for them in advance.   This applies to tough questions from clients, would-be customers, inspectors, lawyers, the media, job selection panels and...

Avoid The Crocodile Jaws In Your Answers

One of the secrets to giving great answers to tough questions is to make sure you convey an important powerful message along the way.   But it’s vital that your important powerful message is on the same topic as the question you’ve been asked.   If it’s not, you can...

AVOID LOOKING DODGY DURING A SEX SCANDAL

The exploding series of sexual harassment scandals in British politics is raising endless tough questions for elected representatives:   “Did you touch the knee of X?”   “Did you grope Y?”   “Did you hug Z a bit too vigorously?”   These are becoming routine questions...

WORDS ARE BULLETS; SELECT WITH CARE

Whenever you’re seeking to make an important point, the words you choose play a crucial part in determining your success or failure.   A one-time Australian politician once memorably underlined this point.   I don’t often quote the wisdom of elected...

LESSONS FROM THE BIG BEASTS OF THE JUNGLE

There are vital things to learn about communications - and also about personal and business survival - from the big beasts of the jungle…   One lesson comes from a particular hippopotamus in Kenya who decided that I represented a threat.   Another lesson comes in...

Make Your Point In The Time You Can Make Toast

It’s been estimated that the number of emails sent each day around the world amounts to 205-billion!   If you’re anything like me, it probably sometimes feels as though you’re receiving most of them!   Add that to the 87-bIllion texts sent every day…   Then consider...

Lessons From Prime Ministerial Failure

The British election has provided a treasure chest of learning points that we can use to help us become better communicators.   This is mainly by doing the opposite of what the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been doing over the past few weeks of campaigning.  ...

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