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The nuts and bolts of monitoring projects

Evaluation is often considered to be the final part of a project, but in reality should be woven into a project from the very beginning.  There is a big difference between essential feedback, validation and actual evaluation. In the context of arts related projects, it can be particularly difficult to assess effectiveness of projects because it often requires measuring results …

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How on earth did I get 75 Twitter followers in 2 days?

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As a small start up business, with a ‘to-do-list’ as long as my arm, I think this is quite a big achievement.  I know for those of you who get 1000s of Twitter followers in a day, this is tiny. I’m aiming for quality not quantity, as I want to build valuable relationships with my followers who share a mutual …

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Supporting arts administrators

This week the Arts Council England announced The Clore Leadership Programme as the national delivery partner for their £1.8 million Developing resilient leadership programme. Supporting cultural leaders to develop their leadership skills and work collaboratively. While this is great news, it raises a number of questions concerning the steps that arts organisations are taking to support entry level arts professionals, …

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Retaining talent

It’s a New Year and most people will plan to make life changes, particularly relating to their work and career. While you may not expect employees to move jobs in this current economy, staff retention is a challenge all companies face at this time of year. In fact, it is believed that employers are holding on to skilled staff more now than …

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How to create brand advocates for your organisation

Potential brand advocates include your board of directors, trustees, partners, funding organisations, sponsors, audience and employees. In short your organisation’s stakeholders are all potential advocates for your organisation. We know that word of mouth marketing is the most effective form of marketing.  So creating brand advocates is essential. People who will listen to others, respond on your behalf and share …

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Listening, monitoring and evaluating your work

  We all love being listened to, right? But how often do you find yourself saying ‘I simply love being monitored’? Accurate monitoring relies on effective listening and this is a key component of the monitoring and evaluation process. Here are four key steps to help us keep our monitoring and evaluation in perspective. Keep an open mind about the data …

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We have a bun in the oven…

Renown Care and Creative Training Hub – Promoting Healthy Eating in Enfield. Today, 10 November 2012, Creative Training Hub worked with Renown Care International on a Bake n Take Session at Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield. The fun cooking session aimed at children, between ages 4 to 7, and their families was designed to promote healthy eating. Creative Training Hub and …

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How to boost your business confidence?

Confidence can be the biggest barrier in starting a new business. Seven ways to boost your business confidence? 1. Find your passion.   Ken Robinson’s book, The Element – How finding your passion changes everything, emphasises the importance of applying your energy to something you are passionate about and it makes perfect sense. 2. Look at the bigger picture.  The time and commitment …

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Staying one step ahead

A good employer will invest in their employees by offering them the relevant training they require in order to do their job. Even the most altruistic of employers however, are unlikely to offer the full support an employee needs to bring them to the next level of their career. It’s important therefore that we take responsibility for our own professional …

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How can we inspire others with our online brand?

Here are five key tips to inspire others with your online brand and build lasting relationships. 1.      Create useful content – This will connect your business with your brand and enable you to build loyal relationships. 2.      Open up – It may seem risky, but you must be open if you want to connect and engage with your online network. 3.     Think …

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