Guest blog: Jane Guest, Knowledge Exchange Manager, UKRI
In this blog Jane shares her support for the Community of Practice, and reflects on our recent communication workshop.
Guest blog: Jane Guest, Knowledge Exchange Manager, UKRI.
Hello! For those of you who haven’t already seen me beavering away on our Healthy Ageing Challenge social media channels, I am Jane, the Knowledge Exchange Manager, a hugely proud member of UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge Team and massive supporter of your fabulous Community of Practice!
I’ve attended a fair-few workshops during 2021 and even an informal meet up too, which for me is the heart of what a good community of practice is all about, a place where you can safely come to discuss challenges, celebrate success, share knowledge and a great opportunity to connect. As the saying goes it’s not always what you know, but who you know. Each of these events were designed to support and add real value to the critical work you are doing, to ensure that we achieve our shared goal of literally ‘giving life to years.’
One of the most recent events I just had to attend being a lover of words, and of course in a communications role, was the ‘Communicating with your target audience effectively’ workshop, run by Richard Uridge. A true expert in his field, as per all our workshop facilitators, Richard brought to bear not only his knowledge, skill and an engaging sense of wit and humour, but years of experience as journalist dealing with all sorts of PR interview scenarios.
From giving specialist advice on how to determine and ensure you get your key messages across in presentations and pitches, to demonstrating how best to navigate tricky questions and steering the conversation the way you want it to go in media interviews, the information he imparted was worth way more than what it would normally cost for you to get this advice one on one. What’s more for those projects who attended Richard gave them free access to a presentation skills booklet, which provided even more great tips.
But what about those who couldn’t attend? Well, all is not lost, here is a great practical tip Richard gave out on the day. It may be a bit old-school, but nevertheless it’s genius. Basically, a Post-it Note with a hole. Can you guess what it’s used for?
To get involved and have a little fun head over to our LinkedIn page and vote for the answer you think is right here.
I look forward to seeing you there. Please do drop me a comment as I’d love to help start a conversation with you all. And, of course, do remember to tag us both on twitter ‘@HealthyAgeingUK’ and LinkedIn ‘UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge’ so we can amplify all your great news!
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