It was May 2020 and in the midst of COVID-19 quarantine, the Black Lives Matter protests were on in earnest. Admittedly, I was affected. I couldn't verbalise how exactly but in many ways my mood took a serious dive and every protest, every video made me sad, outraged, achy in an often inexplicable way.… Continue reading I won! Intercultural Dialogue competition about listening & understanding differences
By Shanoy Coombs Back in April 2018, while a delegate at the International Social and Behaviour Communication Change (SBCC) summit, I sat engaged, involved and ever so active as presenter after presenter spoke about the varied Social and Behaviour Communication Change projects they were implementing in their countries. You see, I was generally intrigued about… Continue reading The Global MenCare partnership & what it could mean for Jamaica
By: Shanoy Coombs I started writing this post a while back and initially intended to cover the more negative aspects of workshops along the lines of "Why workshops don't work in your favour" but now I'm sitting at the Social and Behaviour Change Communication summit here in Bali, Indonesia, soaking up so much knowledge… Continue reading IT’s NOT THE WORKSHOP, IT’s YOU: How to maximize your benefits everytime
By: Shanoy Coombs While the discussions around millennials (those born approximately between 1982 and 2000) and some communication challenges have been ongoing, recent conversations in the local space shows that the challenges continue. This again brings to the fore the need to highlight how best to communicate with "the millennials". Indeed a Jamaica Gleaner article dated… Continue reading The Millennials: Understanding and communicating with them
By: Shanoy Coombs A few weeks ago, I was invited on a panel to assess a series of University behavior change campaigns. I sat, intrigued and engaged as varied final year students went into the strategies and tactics they intended to use to reach their different audiences. As one group presented, they went into how… Continue reading Communicators know: The “General Public” isn’t so “General” after all…
By: Shanoy Coombs A few years ago, a colleague of mine in the Information Technology field bemoaned daily that just about no one in his organization seemed to know the full capability or capacity of an Information Technology personnel. He grumbled through several rounds of requests to service the office's printer, to layout a greeting… Continue reading Misconceptions of Communication: What Colleagues, Clients and Customers need to know
the labour landscape has evolved in line with Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs), their attendant flexibilities yet there is the sometimes blurred lines between work and personal space.
In late 2016, I spoke to a group of teenagers during a Flourish Mentorship programme session under the theme "What Messages Am I sending?" During this presentation I sought to highlight several aspects of communication in a 'teen friendly way'. In addition to firstly defining Communication, I broke down… Continue reading What Messages Am I Sending? Inspiring Teenagers to communicate with clarity.
I love the Christmas season for more reasons than one! Commercialization aside, this festive period is indeed the most wonderful time of the year for persons like me who are big on family. Importantly too, the Christmas season remains special because it is a time when I get to utilize one of my favourite… Continue reading Tis the season’ and some communication lessons
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