Editor’s note: I like this article for the fact it tries to address a huge problem for organisations and that is effective communication. Lockdown has accelerated the use of digital communication but are we using it effectively? This piece provides some pointers on how to communicate in bursts.
Editor’s note: I’m lucky that my job enables me to read a lot. This week I noticed more jargon than usual. using jargon is easily done but it is not useful to anyone. At best it can be exclusive and at worst meaningless. With my journalist hat on, my advice is to keep it simple. And this guide from the Plain English Campaign does just that.
Editor’s note: Getting slide design right to effectively tell a story or get you message across is not just an elearning challenge, it is a communication challenge for all of us. And it is likely to be more of a challenge as slides can be a useful way of sharing information in virtual environments. There are some good tips here on how to simplify slide design.
‘A completely new culture of doing research.’ Coronavirus outbreak changes how scientists communicate
Editor’s note: Will Coronavirus lead to new ways of doing things? More remote working, a reduction in globalised business etc? This piece shows how science communication has shifted to help scientists from all over the world work together on the virus. Could this be a catalyst for making remote working more accepted in organisations?
Editor’s note: A simple mechanism of writing weekly notes and sharing them up and down the organisation had a huge impact on the Apollo space programme . . .
Editor’s note: MIT professor Alex Pentland studies how ideas flow through groups and the effect that flow has on productivity, something he calls “Social Physics. He says social physics can predict the creativity and productivity of a team based on their communication.
Editor’s note: It sounds like the stuff of Star Trek but telepresence tech is getting cheaper and browser-based, which will lead to lots more possibilities for virtual meetings.
Editor’s note: A few tools here that you may not have heard of or thought were only for non-work use.
Editor’s note: Research debunks the myth that open plan offices lead to better communication.
Editor’s notes: Attend to the ‘weak signals’ in the organisation and make sure they are not crowded out by group-think.
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Editor’s note: The global nature of personal communication coupled with the easy of use of doing it – through mobile devices – is changing the way we learn, says Steve Wheeler. This will have a big impact on the role of schools and work-based learning.
Editor’s note: Author Euan Semple looks at mobile communication and why companies need to pay attention – and adapt – to this ever-growing phenomenon.
Editor’s note: Nothing new in these survey findings but useful when you start to link the need for better employee communication with the benefits of employees being able to better share and collaborate.
Editor’s note: ‘You are in the process of change in order to add new dimensions of performance: to do what you do better, or do radically new things.’ Now is the time for organisations, and learning professionals, to embrace social media technologies to help support performance and deliver that change.