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Charlotte’s latest blog posts

Staying happy and productive in an economic slowdown

07 May 2020

Freelancing for 14 years has proved good practice for life in the time of the Covid-19 crisis. When the lockdown was imposed, I share my top tips for how to work well from home. The uncertainty associated with being your own boss is now proving a useful experience as the economic slowdown starts to bite….

Tackling uncertainty

30 April 2020

Last month I noted the Covid-19 crisis is forcing us to be better communicators. To help those who want to write well, I recently shared my top tips gleaned from working as a journalist over the last 16 years. The pandemic has highlighted our attitudes to uncertainty and risk. This creates significant difficulties, even for…

Uncertainty, risk and control in the time of Covid-19

30 April 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has brought our relationship with uncertainty into sharp focus. It has shaken our feeling of control and called into question how we quantify risk. While the confusion created by the virus has made everyone feel more exposed to risk, some are more used to quantifying these hazards. Asset managers and pension schemes…

Tips for writing

22 April 2020

The lockdown has made us embrace communication. Marketing departments need extra content as they grapple with maintaining relationships in this restrained environment. Both portfolio and relationship managers are under pressure to produce clear copy to capture the attention of their clients. For those of you who want to improve your writing, here are my top…

Work in the time of coronavirus

31 March 2020

Communication becomes a vital skill during a pandemic. Every professional has their role to play. Journalists document the challenges the virus poses for those managing pension schemes. Copywriters tell clients about the threats and opportunities which have arisen from the crisis. All of us need to find ways of talking to our colleagues and clients…

Working well from home

19 March 2020

While many in the professional service sector are used to remote working one or two days a week, turning your home into your office can be challenging. Over the last 14 years I’ve learnt how to make running a business from my flat a productive and enjoyable experience. Here are my top tips: Establish a…

How to get the most from a conference

04 March 2020

The Pension and Lifetime Saving Association’s investment conference gets underway in a week’s time. Here are my top tips on how to get the most of a hectic few days without feeling like a wrung-out dishrag afterwards. Failure to prepare is to prepare to fail Conferences are an excellent opportunity to network. Not only is…