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Communications Advice? Be Bold, Be the Bit of Grit in the Oyster

If there is one piece of advice I came to late in my career that I value in my career it is this… the role of comms is sometimes to be the bit of grit in the oyster.It was Paul Willis of Leeds Metropolitan University who I first hear use the phrase.Really?What the heck does this mean?My take on it is that sometimes, the role of the comms person is to politely stand your ground and to challenge and to point…See More
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Corporate Criticism Shouldn’t Be Taken Personally

There’s a thing about people who put their heart and soul into making a social media account work.They go the extra mile, they’re pushing at the margins and they take a real sense of pride about what they are doing.But there’s also something that connects them whether profile they are running whether that’s a town centre Facebook, a corporatel Twitter or an NHS Trust YouTube channel.Because they…See More
Jul 1
Dan Slee posted a blog post

PROTEST PR: How Comms Should Answer Cuts Questions

You’re a public sector PR person and you’ve got to answer a question from the media about cuts, what do you do?Forecasts say there will be 40 per cent job losses in some areas of the public sector with £3.3…See More
May 15
Dan Slee posted a blog post

FAIL FORWARD: Don’t Fear Failure – blog and slideshare

It’s such a damning word isn’t it, failure? It’s the bowler hatted man falling on a banana skin or the wrongly sent tweet that leaves us falling about LOL-ing.But the truth is, failure is beautiful. From failure we learn and we can do a better job. We shouldn’t fear failure. We should leave space for failure so we can have the confidence to do bigger better things.I was faced with a real dilemma just recently. I’d agreed to…See More
May 13
David B. Grinberg liked Dan Slee's blog post 'SPACE LAB: We need to create time to experiment to survive'
Apr 29
Dan Slee posted a blog post

SPACE LAB: We need to create time to experiment to survive

There’s been a real drive for evidence based campaigns in the public sector just recently.Government communicators have been asked not to do anything unless it’s based on data.The argument goes that this cuts out the vanity campaign or the SOS – the Sending Out Stuff – that sees press releases and other things shovelled out the door because some action is better than nothing.Don’t get me wrong, I can see real…See More
Apr 29
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Apr 13
Dan Slee posted a blog post

FAIL SUCCESS: It’s time to celebrate failure

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to celebrate failure.Not just the small I’ve-forgotten-to-put-the-bins out fail but the epic failures that really leave egg on your face.So, say it once say it proud, I’ve failed and I’m proud.Because he or she who really knows the bitter pill of underachieving is dealt a golden weight of life lessons that will make them better.‘Fail fast, fail forward,’ is a good maxim to…See More
Apr 3
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INFO SKILLS: Essential social media skills for librarians (and others)

In all my years in local government I’ve not come across anyone so Militantly passionate about the job they do than librarians.So, it was great to be able to sit down with 12 of them and talk to them about social media and how it could work for them. Walsall Council countryside ranger Morgan Bowers came along too and I’ve hardly finished a training session over the past few years without pointing to her as an…See More
Mar 3
Dan Slee posted a blog post

RIGHT WRITING: The Business of Blogging: One Voice of 14

Blogging. Why bother? It’s a question I’ve asked myself before as I’ve reached for the laptop after a busy day when probably a bottle of wine would have been better.As it turns out, I’m not alone. According to one estimate there are more than 200 million and that’s not event counting micro-blogging platform Twitter.For me, it’s a place to think things…See More
Feb 17
Marian Henderson liked Dan Slee's blog post 'WATER HERO: Why tweeting from the riverbank frontline works'
Feb 13
Mark Hammer commented on Dan Slee's blog post 'WATER HERO: Why tweeting from the riverbank frontline works'
"Good observations.  There are few things quite so dangerous as decision-makers trying to develop public policy, legislation, or budgets, whilst observing their region or nation through a telescope from the moon.  Their motives may be…"
Feb 12
A blog post by Dan Slee was featured

WATER HERO: Why tweeting from the riverbank frontline works

So this, ladies and gentleman, is what I’ve been banging on for years. You give a smartphone and social media access to a frontline worker who ‘gets it’ and gets out of the office and then you sit back.For the past six weeks swathes of England has been under water with the wettest January for more than 200 years deluging rivers and forcing them to burst their banks.  Platoons of soldiers have been deployed as…See More
Feb 12
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Feb 11
Dan Slee posted a blog post

CHART POST: My top 10 at being in the top 10

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve made the charts new in at number four.An unexpected email dropped the other day from the nice people at Cision. They’ve rated this blog as 4th in their list of UK PR blogs.I haven’t a clue what metrics they’ve used but I suspect pictures of cake have played a role in this. Still, this did make me…See More
Jan 9
A blog post by Dan Slee was featured

CHANGE THE MODEL: 10 predictions for local government communications in 2014

“I’d rather not predict,” US Democratic strategist James Carville once said, “I’d rather affect.”Seeing as the only thing I’m affecting between Christmas and New Year is a large cake tin and a box of celebrations I’ll be ignoring the man who helped put Clinton in the White House.But first here’s a few things I predicted 2013 would have in store for us in my corner of local government communications on my own…See More
Dec 30, 2013

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Current Title:
Senior Press and PR Officer
Current Agency or Organization
Walsall Council
What Best Describes Your Role?
Communications
Educational Background (Degree, School):
Ba English & History, Northumbria University
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
Blog: www.danslee.wordpress.com
Twitter: @danslee
Facebook: Daniel Slee
Topics I Care About
Communications, Gov 2.0
I work for the government because:
it means I can make the place I live a better place.
My favorite public servant is:
Darren Caveney

Dan Slee's Blog

Communications Advice? Be Bold, Be the Bit of Grit in the Oyster

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

3875021320_445f89a757_b (1) If there is one piece of advice I came to late in my career that I value in my career it is this… the role of comms is sometimes to be the bit of grit in the oyster.

It was Paul Willis of Leeds Metropolitan University who I first hear use the phrase.

Really?

What the heck does this mean?

My take on it is that…

Continue

Corporate Criticism Shouldn’t Be Taken Personally

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:00am 0 Comments

There’s a thing about people who put their heart and soul into making a social media account work.

They go the extra mile, they’re pushing at the margins and they take a real sense of pride about what they are doing.

But there’s also something that connects them whether profile they are running whether that’s a town centre Facebook, a corporatel…

Continue

PROTEST PR: How Comms Should Answer Cuts Questions

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 2:28am 0 Comments

8544982977_36a47ac99a_o You’re a public sector PR person and you’ve got to answer a question from the media about cuts, what do you do?

Forecasts say there will be 40 per cent job losses in some areas of the public sector with …

Continue

FAIL FORWARD: Don’t Fear Failure – blog and slideshare

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:28am 0 Comments

IMAG0519 It’s such a damning word isn’t it, failure? It’s the bowler hatted man falling on a banana skin or the wrongly sent tweet that leaves us falling about LOL-ing.

But the truth is, failure is beautiful. From failure we learn and we can do a better job. We shouldn’t fear failure. We should leave space for failure so we can have the confidence to do bigger better things.

I was faced with…

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