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how can i make free-range communication more useful?

December 13, 2010

in communication

i’ve been writing this blog for more than a year, and i’ve never asked for your direction or feedback. that’s something i’d never let a client get away with…so, why me?

i considered creating an online survey until i came across these suggested areas for feedback on problogger. i’ve adapted them for my purposes, and i think they do the trick. consider them guideposts. answer where you have an opinion. and don’t feel constrained by what i’ve asked.

readership. why do you read free-range communication? why would you recommend it to others?

content. are there topics (specific or general) you’d like covered in the coming months? what would help you do your job better?

types of posts. which types of posts do you like the most? which would you like to see more of or less of? would you be interested in any of the following: answer reader questions, guest posts, tool reviews, vlogs or podcast interviews?

blog design and features. is there anything about the blog design that interferes with your reading pleasure, either online or via smartphone?

community. is having a wellness community important to you? do you feel one exists here or through cohealth? would you want added features, like a forum, that would help you connect and share more?

pet peeves. anything frustrate you about free-range communication, the blog or content itself?

if you want to email me instead of commenting here, send it to fran [at] contextcommunication [dot] com. oh, and just so you know, there are no prizes. you can mention that as a “fail” in your comments.

thanks for reading and guiding.

f

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Michelle James December 15, 2010 at 12:48 am

Hi Fran,

I look forward to reading your blogs because I know they will always provide an opportunity to see what other companies are doing with health in the workplace. For me, it provides an opportunity to see what new ideas others are doing or confirm some of the things we are doing for our employees. I would like to see more on the “:how” employers are implementing or reaching employees vs. just the “what” they are doing. For me personally, communication and marketing help with my job and always like to see how employers are changing their communications to become more like they way employees receive information outside of work, social media, streaming, etc.

Thanks for sharing this information in an easy to find and read format 🙂

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fran December 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

thanks for commenting, michelle. i’ll continue to dig into the how in my interviews with companies. and i’ve recently started exploring it by sharing more of my own work with clients. let me know how i’m doing.

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Andre Blackman December 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

I read the blog because I know of it’s focus on wellness/health and it’s great insight into corporate wellness – something that may sometimes get overlooked. That leads to the reason why I would recommend it to others, because of it’s great thoughts and discussion around important subject matter.

I definitely look the tool reviews and interviews. The blog design is awesome and something that has made me think about my own, I wouldn’t change anything!

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fran December 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

andre, thanks for the thumbs up! someone sent me an email of her thoughts rather than write them here. for her, the comments are where the richest dialogue takes place. the discussions are a major plus for me too.

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Cali Williams Yost December 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Hi Fran,
I love these questions! What a thoughtful exercise to go through. You’ve got me thinking…okay, why do I read your blog? I read it first and foremost to see where you smarts and insight take me.

Second, health and wellness are important objectives of work+life flexibility strategy and yet I am not an expert in these areas. You give me great research on impact and case studies BUT you also talk about how to communicate and therefore, make change understood that I really appreciate.

What do I want more of? More of the same really.

Hope this helps! Happy holidays.

your fan, (lower case in your honor :))
cali

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fran December 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

cali, you know what? you need to guest blog here. can we make that happen?

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Steve Boese December 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Fran – this is the worst kind of feedback, because I can’t really say I wish there was anything you were doing differently. I like your direct, and right to the point approach, and how you don’t bury the main idea with 300 words of preamble. So I guess I would say, post more often as my only criticism and advice 🙂

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fran December 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

steve, thanks for commenting. i can stand that criticism. 😉

unfortunately, i’ve found i can’t deliver posts *i’d* want to read when i post more frequently, let alone you or others. everyone’s time is so precious. i don’t want to waste mine or yours with filler. so i’ll post links to other resources from time to time, but i’m going to stick with the less is more approach…for now.

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Janet McNichol December 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I thought it was going to be tough to provide feedback until I saw the questions you asked. You made it easy… I read your blog because we share an interest in wellness, but come at it from different perspectives. I appreciate your focus on communication and think it’s an area where I too often come up short. You make me stop and think. I like that you keep most of your posts brief too. Even when I’m short on time, I can usually find a minute to check in. You know I’d love it if you started a podcast. And, I think your interviews are interesting. I do read your blog on my iPhone fairly often and it’s easy enough to read and navigate. I also find it easy to leave a comment unlike some other blogs.

Having a wellness community is important to me. I love the co_health twitter chats and the daily paper. I would like to get to know the people in the group better. Sure would be fun to meet in person one of these days. I’m not feeling excited about a forum though. Too often they’re just one more site to check.

Thanks for doing what you’re doing!
Janet

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fran December 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

hi janet. greg and i’ve talked about pulling together a cohealth unconference. who knows? maybe 2011 will be the year! thanks for reading and commenting.

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Sharron Clemons December 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Hi Fran, I look forward to reading your blogs because I know they will always provide an opportunity to see what other companies are doing with health in the workplace. For me, it provides an opportunity to see what new ideas others are doing or confirm some of the things we are doing for our employees. I would like to see more on the “:how” employers are implementing or reaching employees vs. just the “what” they are doing. For me personally, communication and marketing help with my job and always like to see how employers are changing their communications to become more like they way employees receive information outside of work, social media, streaming, etc. Thanks for sharing this information in an easy to find and read format 🙂

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Jean Christensen January 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Fran, as you might tell by the long delay for my response, the main problem I have with your blog is making the time to read it! I absolutely ALWAYS find relevant information — things that I don’t otherwise have the time to keep on top of — and your content provides me a perfect opportunity to give our benefits director reliable information and outstanding food for thought. (Yes, I steal shamelessly — always crediting you!). It think much of your fodder is especially pertinent because we wrangle with the business case around wellness/leadership involvement. Having that external perspective and seeing what other companies are doing can add fuel to our fire, and gives us ideas on ways to keep the momentum going in the meantime.

BTW I have a new person on my team who is FANTASTIC and this should free up more of my time to stay connected with your blog and cohealth!

Keep it coming and best to you in 2011,
Jean

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fran January 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

sharron, thanks for your comment. i’ll be sharing more of the how on my own work with clients, as long as the client’s comfortable with my doing so. and i’ll make sure to dig into that a bit more in future free-ranging conversations. be sure to check those out if you haven’t. there’s lots of good info in those posts.

jean, yay! i’m going to be looking for you on this month’s cohealth chat, jan 19 at 12pm ET.

f

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