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Talking the Walk: A Communication Manual for Partnership Practitioners

Author(s): McManus, S. & Tennyson, R.
Publication Date: 2008

Talking the Walk is a toolbook for partnership practitioners from all sectors, to enable them to understand the importance of good communication to their work, and to help them develop techniques to improve their communications - both inside, and beyond, the partnership.

Talking the Walk is the fourth in The Partnering Initiative toolbook series, which deals systematically and authoritatively with challenges commonly faced by partnership practitioners. This fourth book zooms in on cross-sectoral partnerships and provides guidelines on the use of communication to build and maintain effective partnerships.

Talking the walk presents a broad range of welcome contributions in the form of case studies, think pieces and tools from more than fifteen practitioners and covers communications as a continuum from the very first partnering conversation to a PR blitz of a successful partnership.

The book begins by examining the realities of communicating in partnership. It then provides a series of guides, tools and checklists to enable better communications. There are a selection of stories and case studies about communication, reflecting the experience of a range of practitioners in the field. It concludes with an analysis of future challenges that partnership practitioners will face, and how communication skills can be used to meet these challenges.