was the word (so they say) but it is more likely to have been an image, a memory, a blur of the senses.......Increasingly most communication aims to find the perfect balance between words and images for the right combination is a powerful one. In a professional capacity, I offer mainly words.
The best words are used sparingly. They compete for attention. To use them well you have to know what it is you are trying to achieve in the first place, what 'mental image' you want to convey. It's a first hurdle - but many businesses never clear it with ease.
I can help with most forms of communication across media - broadcast, print and online. It can have an 'in-house' or external focus, with goals ranging from 'employee engagement' to 'brand building' to 'investor focus.' Interviews are a powerful tool, especially when you want to create role models.
The art of 'story telling' lies in the use of empathy with a delicate touch - it can create ties that bind. I intend to use this skill to 'make the invisible visible' and bring to the forefront of attention all those who get overlooked - many of whom are women, or from ethnic minorities. Take a look at the 'TalkToMe/Interviews' tab here - a work in progress.
My international background began in India and spanned almost a decade on the eastern coast of the US before I claimed the United Kingdom as home. I have deep knowledge of the Indian subcontinent, have covered business, industry and the agricultural sector in the field, still speak Hindi, have an excellent network, and no visa requirement.
In terms of journalism, my experience started with writing and broadcasting for the BBC (radio), being on permanent staff and writing for the Financial Times (print and online), freelancing for The Economist (print) Financial News (print and online), and a slew of magazines and outlets. I cover business and the boardroom, issues of corporate governance, diversity and equality and have a sponsored blog - 'Board Talk' - on this site. I am also on the European team for Forbes, with a remit to cover corporate leadership, and I have just started a corporate governance blog for the International Bar Association.
As a consultant my clients have ranged from Laura Tyson, then Dean of London Business School, who welcomed my media contacts and hands-on senior-level headhunting experience, to diverse corporates and senior executives wanting help with articles and books. In recent years I have worked with Experian plc, EY, Accenture, ING, the Institute for Government, the Institute of Directors and others.
My intellectual curiosity has a wide span, and my desire for creative expression is growing. I am keen to make good use of my ability to span cultures and work particularly around issues of diversity, equality and inclusion with plcs around the world. Comfortable at very senior levels across continents and cultures , I am interested in working with companies in India and other fast-growing markets, perhaps acting as a bridge between them and UK plc at senior levels and around boardroom concerns. I hope this DIY website with a portfolio of my work gives you a flavour of what I can offer, and I am always open to new challenges. References updated June 2014.
In December 2013, delighted to join the Grants Board of the Women's Sport Trust - check it out.
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