A well-meaning podcast for communications professionals and their friends. Facts and fun from a dark, soundproof cupboard.
Two comms people signing off
From the Comms Cupboard draws to a close after 40 episodes. John + Shaun discuss why they started the podcast in the first place. It's been a strange year, with multiple lockdowns affecting how we work, where we work and what we work on. Some people started a podcast about communication. What have we learned about ourselves during the Coronavirus, and what will happen to the fish if no one eats it? Produced by Shaun Weston Media. Music by CyrilNikitin, Music Standard Licence.
Has Covid-19 helped digital communications, or revealed gaps?
A new report looks at trends in employee engagement and internal communications. John + Shaun discuss some of the bullet points and statistics. There are some positives and downsides to the findings, with "going digital" a key area under the microscope. Are we still obsessed with meetings? Is the IT department still deciding what tools we use? And how come no one's making a chocolate bar called Conduit? (Probably because it sounds wrong.) Produced by Shaun Weston Media. Music by CyrilNikitin, Music Standard Licence.
Who should help managers communicate better?
Managers are often thrust into positions they're unsuited for. Whose job is it to help them handle communication better: the comms department, HR or the boss? John + Shaun navigate the different scenarios where one department may be better than another in making life easier for a typical manager. Produced by Shaun Weston Media. Music by CyrilNikitin, Music Standard Licence.
Performance appraisals, communications and Covid-19
Performance appraisals will look different this year because of Covid-19. But how so? And are communications clear enough about what they might look like? John + Shaun discuss comms clarity around objectives taking into account a stressful year for some and a good year for others. What motivates us? Are ratings fair? And how do John + Shaun rate the past year as podcast hosts? Produced by Shaun Weston Media. Music by CyrilNikitin, Music Standard Licence.
Communicating through the mist of bureaucracy
Humans seem to love hierarchy, but red tape and bureaucracy can lead to poor communication and lack of respect for creativity. John + Shaun cite the Handforth Parish Council viral video as an example of poor communication, and of status, titles and officious behaviour. It's good for a giggle, but corporate culture is something we may need to check if we want individual creativity to flourish. Produced by Shaun Weston Media. Music by CyrilNikitin, Music Standard Licence.
'Must have excellent communication skills ... '
Professional comms teams aren't the only ones with the ability to communicate well. John and Shaun talk about what makes an effective business. It turns out communication is something we can all improve, especially if we're members of different teams and departments, or we're ducks and moorhens. (Take a listen to see what we mean.) Produced by Shaun Weston Media. Music by CyrilNikitin, Music Standard Licence.