Since running several workshops for clients on both managing online communities / networks and applying 'new communications' to organisational challenges, I decided to standardise it into a 1 day in-house workshop.
Was talking to a friend recently. He told me about a very interesting format for running plenary style conferences. It's called 'Pecha Kucha'. In essence, it operates by restricting a plenary presentation to 20 slides with each slide being displayed for a maximum of 20 seconds. (20 x 20).
The 20x20 format of Pecha Kucha is now also being adopted in the business world, with some company internal business presentations being run in a strict 6 minutes 40 seconds, with all discussion and questions held to the end of the presentation. This is primarily a device to help timebox presentations, force presenters to be more focused in their message, allow them to flow uninterrupted, and ultimately to avoid the "death by powerpoint" syndrome, of sitting through long and often tedious PowerPoint presentations.
Communication across borders and within organisational cultures inevitably gives rise to various difficulties linked to how people handle differences. Most approaches to this challenge compare cultures and give tips or construct models as to how individuals or organisations should interact with them. This is problematic for a number of reasons, not least of which is that communicative competency is sometimes imagined to be a simple matter of gaining access to the right data and applying it - a scenario ripe for disaster.
For this short session we will be using experiential exercises, breakout groups and brainstorming to explore the difficulties inherent in internal and external communication during business transitions (such as organisational restructuring, downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, high-level personnel change, offshoring) and to suggest a way forward for those who must communicate across organisations.
If you are reading this and would like to get involved, drop me a line or call 07815 876 904.
Those of you who follow this blog will have read about the acquisition of Imarco Frontline by Swedish group, Adera. Whilst this doesn't have a major impact on what we're doing, I am pleased that our new CEO, Magnus Penker, is a blogger.
I thought I'd seen it all after writing a post about being able to form letters on the surface of water. Well, it now seems a U.S company called Skytypers have extended the notion of smoke streams in air displays to form dot - matrix style print in the sky.
As marketers and communicators look for new and innovative ways of messaging their constituencies, are we likely to see a growth in this new medium? Sure, it may be part of a growing series of faddish media, but seeing it made me sit up, for sure! I can certainly see the demand for this from consumer led brands. Does anyone think the B2B market would find this worthwhile?