Big words, big ideals - Podcast

Big words, big ideals

Purpose, values, vision, narrative… These are all words that get bandied about, but why are they important, how do they help, and what do they really mean? If you’re interested…

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believe in yourself

Tricky testimonials – and how to take the pain away

Asking for a testimonial can be tricky. Actually getting one is even trickier.

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Simon Drayson and Darren Leach and I looking very pleased with ourselves at the Archiboo Awards

Chuffed to bits

Here are George & James (aka Simon Drayson and Darren Leach) and I looking very pleased with ourselves at the Archiboo Awards.

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archibo awards

Another shot at the Archiboo Awards

I love these awards, and I love the many different categories that celebrate all the people hidden away in corners and working away to make great websites

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Out of office Written On White Paper Hanging On Blue Background With the Latch

A risky thing – and a return to the out-of-office reply

I did a risky thing this summer – I didn’t use an out-of-office reply…

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FAQs

Good question?

An FAQ about FAQs: are they a good thing to have on your website or not?

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Simon Drayson and Darren Leach at George and James Architects

An Alternative Guide to the RIBA Work Stages

RIBA Plan of Work An alternative Guide to the RIBA Work Stages

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New Architects 4

A brick of a book

New Architects 4 from the Architecture Foundation

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Images and words – pitching one against the other

Images and words – pitching one against the other

Storytelling in words and images.

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Images and words – pitching one against the other

How to tell a great story about architecture – in words and images

Telling great stories is one of the best ways of winning clients, changing minds, and sparking conversation.

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Jargon is a strange thing

Jargon is a strange thing

In architecture, there are so many words and phrases that leave me cold.

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Word-tinkering: my two-week challenge

Word-tinkering: my two-week challenge

It’s funny how often people whose business is communication can’t quite get comfortable with the words on their own website.

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I’ve always been a LinkedIn sceptic

A place to hang out?

Finding collaboration and connection on LinkedIn.

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Website content: a quickstart guide just for architects

Website content: a quickstart guide just for architects

If you want the words on your website to work harder, these simple instructions are written with you in mind:

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Do we grapple with the same things?

Do we grapple with the same things?

I imagine the feedback process is just as pitfall-strewn for architects and designers as it is for writers like me.

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Juliette Mitchell

ArkiBee – a new platform for people who work with architects

A new platform for consultants who work with architects.

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Blogs that get it right

Blogs that get it right

A blog doesn’t have to be all things to all people. It just needs to do one thing well.

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Five websites worth checking out

Sometimes it’s by seeing what others have done well that you can be inspired to do things better yourself.

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Architects Award Submission handbook

We’ve done it at last!

At last, our Architects Award Submission handbook is done, dusted and ready to buy.

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A word about your favourite client

A word about your favourite client

Thinking about what makes a great client is a very useful first step in working out how to write and talk about yourself.

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A copywriter might not be what you need right now

A copywriter might not be what you need right now

A new website is the opportunity to rediscover the driving force of your practice.

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Archiboo shortlist 2020

Lovely news for a rainy September afternoon

Best Written Content category shortlist for Archiboo Awards 2020

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Museum of Architecture

Three of my favourite things

Purpose, story and voice for the Museum of Architecture.

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Nikita Morrell

Can you help us help you?

A toolkit to guide architects through the process of writing an award submission.

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Looking ahead, not down

Looking ahead, not down

I’ve been very silent recently, but it hasn’t felt like a good time to give out tips about how to write better.

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Bikes, books and stamps. And a proper welcome.

Bikes, books and stamps. And a proper welcome.

I do like a brand new year. I don’t make resolutions, but I do tidy up my working habits and straighten things out a little. And I do make changes.

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Bartlett

Is ‘out loud’ so very different?

I’m all about the words on the page. But sometimes it’s good to do something a bit different.

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Shorter, simpler, better

Shorter, simpler, better

Why do we write words that we don’t use when we speak?

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Two shortlistings in one go

This year two of my clients have turned up on the shortlist for the Best Written Content category for the Archiboo Web Awards.

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Why are so many of us so reluctant to write?

Why are so many of us so reluctant to write?

The reasons sometimes seem endless: it’s difficult to get started, difficult to keep going, and difficult to get finished.

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fountain pen

Do you need another way of writing about yourself?

Those pesky descriptions of ourselves that we all have to write at one time or another.

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Calling all copywriters…

Calling all copywriters…

Are we better at writing about other people than about ourselves?

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Why do numbers always come down to words?

Why do numbers always come down to words?

I’m a words person, not a numbers person. But I know that in business you can’t ignore the numbers, and I’m always up for getting to grips with that side of things.

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8 ways to make your to-do list a thing of beauty and efficiency

8 ways to make your to-do list a thing of beauty and efficiency

I can’t promise I always do all of these things all of the time, but I know that each of them helps me at least some of the time.

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Top Ten Conversations around Architecture 2018

Top Ten Conversations around Architecture 2018

This year I’m stepping out of my comfort zone – words – and I’m giving you 10 little films, all starring architects.

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Bring on the verbs!

They’re the real movers and shakers of the writing world, and they do a lot of the real work of getting down to specifics.

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Speaking plainly podcast

Speaking plainly

What’s wrong with the way architects communicate? And how can they get better at it?

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write for your website

Does your heart sink at the thought of writing project descriptions?

Project descriptions often turn into a long and uninspiring series of here’s-one-I-made-earlier moments.

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Seven ways to take the stress out of writing

Seven ways to take the stress out of writing

To kick off the autumn, I’ve just sent out another email in my ‘writing for architects’ series.

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How not to kick off your practice profile

How not to kick off your practice profile

Here is another of my occasional emails in which I try and take the mystery and hard work out of writing…

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110 architects and me at the RIBA

110 architects and me at the RIBA

Running a workshop for 110 architects.

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Studio Egret Framing Serendipity RIBA

Another good reason to write about what you do

The process of writing is good for our brains and good for our creativity.

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Juliette Mitchell with colourful background

How to write a better website bio

I’m always happy to talk through what you could do to make your website more human and more engaging.

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A blog for Archiboo

A blog for Archiboo

I’ve been a fan of Archiboo ever since becoming involved in the business of architecture.

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Top 10 Conversations around Architecture 2017

Top 10 Conversations around Architecture 2017

Here, in the reductive spirit of the end of the year, are my top 10 ‘conversations around architecture’ of 2017. I

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Driving fast and writing badly

Driving fast and writing badly

Words are important: they change minds, they make things happen, and they bring what’s on the inside onto the outside.

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Writing for your website

Blank pages – or blank documents on your screen – are all depressingly similar.

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How to write

How to write (the simple version)

Words can be tough: strangely tough for people who call themselves writers and weigh up each and every one…

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Judging the Archiboo Web Awards

Judging the Archiboo Web Awards

I’m delighted to be joining the beat of my own drum to that of Archiboo.

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winner-plus-panel

Architecture as a spectator sport

Sometimes it’s lovely to be out of the hot seat and firmly in the background, which is exactly where I was at last night’s Architect Pitch.

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