Monthly Archives: October 2012

Speaking at a conference…

By Alastair Grant The conference season is here. We are already seeing plenty of speeches from the Democrats and Republicans, and two UK political party conferences have now happened, the Liberal Democrats and the Labour parties. The Conservatives are now having theirs. Much analysis is going on. Now let’s suppose that you have been asked […]

Less is more

By Lynda Russell-Whitaker “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it – whole-heartedly – and delete it before sending your manuscripts to press. Murder your darlings”. So said Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch in his inaugural lecture series in Cambridge (published in 1916). The expression ‘murder your darlings’ though has […]

Win (or lose) the pitch off the pitch

It is a little odd to be writing about winning pitches when currently we are surrounded by the news that the UK’s West Coast main line rail franchise tender, awarded recently by the UK Government to FirstGroup, has just been recalled. Not only is that new contract cancelled, but 3 other tenders have been halted […]

Difficult conversations made a little easier

By Tim Farish Most of us, if we’re honest, put having difficult conversations near the very bottom of our to-do list. If you’re like me it’s probably next to ‘lose weight’ or ‘get fitter’ and dealt with the same conviction: poorly and inconsistently. Like most things we put off, there is a very good reason […]

47th Edition

Here is our latest GPB journal packed with a wealth of information and good hands-on tips and tricks from the world of communications, presentations, business development. Please write back if you wish to comment and we hope you’ll enjoy reading it. In this edition: Difficult conversations By Tim Farish Tim suggests how to make these a […]