It’s Not Rocket Science
‘It’s not rocket science this comms lark is it? said a CEO to me recently, ‘it’s common sense’. Well, of course, it is not rocket science but common sense is not as common as one thinks.
There is much dabbling in ‘comms’ in the broad sense, all of the time – many becoming instant experts. We all communicate
Professional Comms/PR, is more than crafting clever words to land the messages. It is about understanding different audiences and what makes them tick. It is about advising the CEO and their senior team, how to present effectively and engage their audience. It is about being that critical friend and often offering encouragement – senior leaders need a pat on the back as much as anyone and why not comms giving that? It is about knowing the channels to promote the message. It is about knowing how to react in a crisis – keeping calm but responding with speed and clarity. It is about sniffing out that positive story and placing it in ‘normal’ speak for an internal and external audience. It is about dealing with the traditional media and reacting to the news agenda to get your organisation message out there.
To my comms colleagues – my 2019 top 3 tips:
- Be brave to constructively critique and advise the senior team on delivering key messages.
- Be out there with the senior team and if it calls for it then boost their confidence – praise goes a long way – up and down.
- Be brave to release others to do comms under your guidance and tutelage.
No ‘comms’ is not rocket science but expertise, knowledge and understanding in this depth and