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Difficult residents’ meetings - How to plan, anticipate and prevent them getting out of hand

Prepare, prepare, prepare - then prepare some more. (12 May 2018)

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10 things to bear in mind when researching and consulting with teenagers

Simply getting them to talk to you can make them feel pretty self-conscious and silly. So finding out what they think and why is a bit tricky – but by no means impossible (12 May 2018)

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Cherishing “the usual suspects”

The sad fact is that there is no phantom army of ‘real people’ out there who are dying to be involved in your latest initiative (10 May 2018)

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Writing that works - for blogs, websites, newsletters, leaflets and reports

How to write so clearly and persuasively that other people read, understand – and do what you want. (08 May 2018)

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15 ways to improve your reports and presentations

No matter how good your efforts, they count for nothing unless you explain what is happening and “sell” what you are doing to all concerned. (23 Apr 2018)

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How to assess the true impact community involvement: A seven step guide

These priceless tips from a professional evaluator guide you through the maze (05 Apr 2018)

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Freakonomics? Or lead? Something for you to think about

Two fascinating theories about cause and effect that relate to your work (03 Apr 2018)

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