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JLo C&IT A List

2016 A Lister Jade Langston … One Year On

With the C&IT A List announcement for 2017 looming … we thought we’d have a quick chat with our most recent A Lister, Jade Langston who made it onto the 2016 A List. Successfully climbing the career ladder from a Production Assistant to Account Director (she’s been promoted since making it onto the A list […]

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Jenny joined Top Banana for two weeks

My time at Top Banana … a student’s view

19 year-old university student Jenny recently spent two weeks working with our marketing team here at Top Banana … this is her take on what it was like working here. I arrived at Top Banana ready to make a good impression and crack on with typical work experience stuff (tea and coffee making extraordinaire and […]

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Three great reads on effective leader communication

We’re always trying to better understand the challenges faced by leaders trying to communicate with teams … often spread far and wide across the globe … to enable us to support them in achieving important business goals. Here are three articles on the subject of leadership communication that we found interesting … and hope you […]

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Listening

Top 10 killer questions to improve listening

As professional communicators, IC teams already understand the value of listening … but putting that into action can be a challenge. Here are ten questions to ask to help you promote listening in your organisation. What’s already in place to promote and facilitate listening? An audit of any tools already in place to facilitate listening […]

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Three breakouts that really worked

Three break outs that really worked

Looking for ways to engage your audience around key messages but stuck for ideas? Here are three break-out sessions that really worked for our clients. Building collaboration Kellogg’s South Africa needed to re-ignite the passion of its entire workforce and motivate them to achieve ambitious business goals. At the company’s first ever, all-staff, off-site event, […]

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Edelman 2017

Edelman 2017 highlights all time low levels of leadership trust

According to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, credibility of CEOs has dipped to an all-time low of just 37% … that’s 12 points in a single year. Not only that, but two thirds of the countries surveyed by Edelman for the report now register under 50% trust in business, government, media and NGOs to do […]

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Glensanda shoot

Glensanda … a brand is born

In 2016, Aggregate Industries celebrated 30 years of shipping high quality granite from its Glensanda super quarry on the banks of Lock Linnhe on the picturesque West Coast of Scotland. Although the quarry had been the beating heart of this part of the Aggregate Industries business all those years, it had little or no visibility. […]

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Trust

Three things leaders can do differently in 2017 to build trust

Trust helps fuel business growth. This is an irrefutable truth, supported by research from highly respected organisations the world over. Only recently, the Harvard Business Review included a fascinating article on the neuroscience of trust (read it here) reporting the significance of trust on work performance. According to the author Paul J Zack, respondents whose […]

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Themes event professionals should be getting up close & personal with in 2017

There is still a lot of noise in the events industry about uncertainty in our post-Brexit world. But we all know that events remain fundamental to any organisation’s communication strategy, so event professionals need to stay up to speed with all the latest trends. So …here’s our super quick guide to three themes that will […]

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Awesome venues for awesome adventures in 2017

Awesome venues for awesome adventures in 2017

We’re always on the lookout for awesome venues. We work our socks off to find you the ideal venue for your event, whatever and wherever it may be … from Newcastle to New York, Birmingham to Beijing and Manchester to Milan. If you’re looking for a more adventurous venue for an event this year, check […]

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Design Academy

Design Academy students turn the tables on our graphics team

The Design Academy was set up to nurture young designers and support them to achieve their ambition of working in graphic design. As part of the programme, students get the chance to have their portfolios reviewed by us. It’s a chance for them to hear professional feedback on their work, to help them understand how […]

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Our board

Did we lead by example in 2016 and build trust here at Top Banana?

We’ve done a lot of work around Trust in recent years and recognise that it’s absolutely fundamental to a successful business. We also know that listening is crucial to building Trust – especially when it comes to the leadership team – and that authenticity is crucial. So … how have the board here at Top […]

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Beautiful Vancouver

Vancouver steals our heart

Our Venues heroes have been out and about again, this time in the beautiful city of Vancouver, which has totally bowled us over … so much so that we were googling ‘Canadian visa applications’ on our way home! So what’s so special about this coastal seaport city on the West coast of Canada? Pride Venue […]

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Creating the agenda

Do unconferences work for business events?

Earlier this year we went along to The Big Yak unconference in London, a highly democratic opportunity for the internal comms community to define and discuss the burning IC issues keeping them awake at night. For the uninitiated, an unconference (as defined by Wikipedia) is ‘a participant-driven meeting’. In simple terms, this means that delegates turn […]

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Leaders need to step up and communicate with middle managers

Leaders need to step up and communicate face to face with middle managers

Leaders need to step up and communicate face to face with middle managers to build trust and fuel growth – that’s one of the findings in our report with the Chartered Management Institute, The Middle Manager Lifeline. The research looks at upwards and downwards communications within organisations. Good communication is a two-way process, which should […]

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