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Angela Jones and Dave Harries share their journey exploring the communication paradox - the tension between perfection and authenticity in business communications. Follow their insights and discoveries, as they discuss the communication paradox, interview expert guests and travel through the minefield of communications learning lots and (hopefully) growing a little along the way.

Angela Jones and Dave Harries share their journey exploring the communication paradox - the tension between perfection and authenticity in business communications. Follow their insights and discoveries, as they discuss the communication paradox, interview expert guests and travel through the minefield of communications learning lots and (hopefully) growing a little along the way.
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Angela Jones and Dave Harries share their journey exploring the communication paradox - the tension between perfection and authenticity in business communications. Follow their insights and discoveries, as they discuss the communication paradox, interview expert guests and travel through the minefield of communications learning lots and (hopefully) growing a little along the way.

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English

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07989448670


Episodes

Episode 26 - The Power of the Interview

1/9/2019
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In this first episode of 2019, Angela and Dave are joined by BBC presenter Faye Hatcher to talk about the power and effectiveness of the broadcast interview and how it can offer a form of very authentic communication, if done well. Faye shares her experience of interviewing 1000s of guest and contributors over her BBC career and we learn why Dave based his whole business around the broadcast interview form.

Duration:00:35:22

Episode 25 - A Look Back at our First Year

12/21/2018
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In Episode 25, Dave and Angela take a look back at the first 24 episodes and what they have learnt along the way, especially from their expert guests, about the whole authenticity versus perfection philosophy.

Duration:00:30:30

Episode 24 - The Thinking Environment

11/5/2018
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This episode features special guest Lynne Philp. Lynne is a Time to Think consultant, which means she's worked with and been trained by Nancy Kline who wrote the bestselling book “Time to Think” – subtitled “Listening to Ignite The Human Mind”. In this fascinating episode we examine the Thinking Environment, its role in the workplace, and what it means for authenticity in our professional lives and in life more generally.

Duration:00:30:38

Episode 23 - The Imposter Syndrome Paradox

9/27/2018
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Following an article written by Angela for Linkedin about Imposter Syndrome, she and Dave discuss the ins and outs of a condition that is said to afflict the majority of us at some time or another. So what exactly is Imposter Syndrome, how does it relate to authenticity and can it actually be a positive force? All this and more in this week's Communication Paradox.

Duration:00:33:10

Episode 22 - Even more Authentic Networking

9/10/2018
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In this episode Dave and Angela are joined by NRG Networks founder Martin Davies, who discusses the process of networking and its effect on building relationships. In particular, Martin stresses the need for authenticity when networking and tells us about the NRG networking experience as well as the common networking mistakes we all make and what not to do when we are starting out.

Duration:00:30:08

Episode 21 - Authentic Networking

8/13/2018
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Author and Emotional Intelligence coach Jeremy Marchant joins Angela and Dave to discuss the issues of authenticity around business networking. Jeremy has just written a book called "Network Better" to be published in Autumn 2018, so he brings some interesting and critical insight to the authenticity versus perfection debate, in the networking arena.

Duration:00:29:22

Episode 20 - The Journey so Far

7/30/2018
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Angela and Dave look back at some of the interesting guests that have appeared on the show over the previous 19 episodes and discuss some of the key issues and lessons they've gleaned from those interviews.

Duration:00:27:35

Episode 19 - Shifting Sands of Communication

7/16/2018
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Angela and Dave are joined by two times Marathon de Sables competitor, Rich Carpenter, who also happens to be head of B2B Marketing at Lloyds Bank, to find out if running 100s of miles across the Sahara Desert can change your perspective on what matters in your professional life - does extreme physical and mental achievement make a difference to your own authenticity?

Duration:00:25:38

Episode 18 - Integrity in Financial Planning

7/2/2018
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Angela and Dave invite Andrew Stinchcombe of GL Integrity Financial Planning to discuss his approach to helping his clients manage there money. In this fascinating podcast, Andrew's authenticity shines through as he explains the importance of understanding his clients values and purpose over and above simple financial goals.

Duration:00:27:27

Episode 17 - The Engagement Paradox

6/18/2018
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Dave Harries and Angela Jones are joined by internal comms consultant Nick Wright, to talk about authenticity in internal communications and its bearing on the effectiveness of employee engagement in large organisations.

Duration:00:31:44

Episode 16- Communications - All at Sea

6/4/2018
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Special guest, round the world skipper Brendan Hall discusses the challenges of leading a team of amateur sailors across the world's most dangerous oceans. What happens to a team in a life-threatening situation? How do the decisions and attitudes of the team leader influence the outcomes. Brendan's powerful and compelling story contains valuable lessons for us all.

Duration:00:32:28

Episode 15 - Authenticity and fitting in

5/21/2018
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Angela and Dave discuss the work of Brene Brown and her recent book "Braving the Wilderness" and what her theories around belonging and fitting in say about the quest for authenticity. Quite a lot, it turns out, because the only way to truly belong is to be your absolute, authentic self according to Brown.

Duration:00:23:33

Episode 14 - Discovering Your Purpose

5/8/2018
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In this weeks episode Angela and Dave tackle the issue of purpose and why we do what we do. Most of us don't think about this stuff very much, but when we do, it can create a solid foundation for really authentic communications both at work and in our personal lives. But how easy is to to discover our purpose? Angela and Dave look at a few possible routes with the help of a new book by Simon Sinek "Find Your Why".

Duration:00:30:12

Episode 13 - The reader persona

4/30/2018
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In this weeks excellent adventure, Angela and Dave discuss their progress in identifying a reader persona for their book, how that influences the structure and writing of the book and what difference they hope to be able to make to this person's approach to communications.

Duration:00:24:58

Episode 12 - The Visual Communication Paradox

4/24/2018
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This week Angela and Dave's excellent adventure explores the impact of visual communications in business and the problems of authenticity vs. perfection that inevitably accompany them. Their guest is Yola O'Hara, who founded and runs Visually Explained, an agency that specialises in creating visual representations of business messages in books, documents and increasingly via social media. Yola explains her approach to authenticity in the visual images she creates, and talks about the...

Duration:00:26:36

Episode 11 - Authenticity in the bid process

4/16/2018
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In episode 11 we meet special guest Pat Thomas, a bid consultant who advises her clients how best to present themselves to potential customers running a procurement process. If ever there was a case for "perfect" communication, surely a bid document is it. Well maybe not, according to Pat, who says even in a beauty contest like this, authenticity, honesty and integrity are essential to long-term success.

Duration:00:30:58

Episode 10 - The process of publishing

4/9/2018
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In this weeks podcast Angela and Dave are joined by publisher Sue Richardson of The Right Book Company (last heard from in Episode 3) as she talks them through the multi-faceted process of actually publishing a book and explains why it can easily take over a year from conception to print even if you're a fast writer! We also find out about the mysterious but all-important role of the book editor and reflect on the importance of authenticity in authorship.

Duration:00:31:20

Episode 9 - What does Authenticity really mean in business comms?

4/2/2018
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In episode 8 we had an interesting and robust discussion with psychologist Caroline Gourlay, exploring some of the meaning around authenticy. However, we didn't have the time to fully explain our approach with the clarity that this fundamental aspect of the "Communication Paradox" project deserves. So in this episode Angela and Dave re-visit the basics of their definition of authenticity, in an effort to explain clearly and simply what they mean by authenticity in business communications.

Duration:00:26:04

Episode 8 - Authenticity - The tension between being yourself and fitting in

3/26/2018
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In this episode we're challenged by our guest Caroline Gourlay - a Business Psychologist - to define what we mean by authenticity and to address the tension between being ourselves and fitting in. This conversation really stretched our thinking and opens up some questions we'll need to revisit.

Duration:00:30:48

Episode 7 - Authenticity and selling

3/19/2018
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In this episode we welcome special guest Chris O'Riordan to the podcast microphone. Chris is the the founder and boss of Firestarter Business Solutions, a company that specialises in building effective sales engines for its clients. Chris has a long history as a very effective and successful sales professional, so Dave and Angela were very keen to find out how their view of the importance of authenticity in business communications plays out in the sales arena.

Duration:00:27:08