Category Archives: Communications

Fa-la-la-la-HUH?! Bizarre gifts exchanged by co-workers

Leave it to the most recent CareerBuilder annual holiday survey to zero in on a completely meaningless but totally fascinating bit of workplace intelligence—the most unusual gifts they have received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

See if you agree that these are, as CareerBuilder’s press release suggests, creative interpretations of the word “gift”:

  • A box of Hot Pockets
  • A chess piece (just one piece, not a set)
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A voucher for a free lawn game of the co-worker’s own invention
  • A turquoise leather vest
  • Zombie action figures
  • A Ziploc bag with coffee (enough to make one pot)
  • A “gun of the day” calendar
  • A bag of chips
  • A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.

NTMA repays €9bn in IMF loans; new board members and SBCI CEO named

The NTMA has completed the early repayment of €9bn of IMF loans.
Business and Leadership – Leadership

Flying solo: 5 tips for success in a one-person communications shop

Editor’s note: This story is taken from Ragan’s distance-learning portal The site contains hundreds of hours of case studies, video presentations and interactive courses.

Great! You got the job. But you’ve never felt so alone, working as a one-person communications department.

Executives are demanding press releases for every minor rejiggering of the website or redecoration of the office. Colleagues are requesting time-sapping commitments to their projects. And you’ve got to answer to your boss’s priorities.

Petroceltic senior director stepping down for role with exploration company’s auditor KPMG

James Agnew is to step down from his role as senior independent non-executive director at Petroceltic International “on or around” 11 January 2015.
Business and Leadership – Leadership

6 ways internal communications cost you customers

Many business leaders, determined to maintain control and efficiency, fail to recognize the direct effect employees and internal culture exert on customer experience. Internal communications are a huge part of that culture.

Have you considered how the internal language you use affects the way you deliver information to your customers?

It’s not just about saying what needs to be said:

Persuasion requires connecting on three levels

A new programme from Smurfit Executive Development at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School will draw from ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle’s ‘triad of persuasion’ – logos, ethos and pathos.
Business and Leadership – Leadership

Infographic: Beware these commonly misused and misspelled words

As communicators, we pride ourselves on our mastery of language.

We like to call out typos, argue about the Oxford comma and rile our siblings by replying to their text messages with grammar corrections (or is that just me?).

Even the best of us misuse or misspell a seemingly simple word every now and then.

For example, do you know whether “borrow” and “lend” are interchangeable, or when to use “stationary” instead of “stationery”?