russell-olivia brooklands

In a nutshell

Russell-Olivia Brooklands, has been a professional communicator for 35 years. Starting out as a local radio broadcaster, he then became a copywriter for Zurich Insurance, where he eventually rose to Corporate Brand Manager.

Latterly he would be one of the founding Directors of The Institute of Internal Communication.

Beyond the nutshell

The Communication Game is the new incarnation of a training and consultancy business he first established in 1996. Over the years he has taught his ground-breaking training programmes across the world, in SMEs, large corporates and government bodies. Some of his better known clients have included:

  • Airbus
  • European Central Bank
  • GSK
  • GCHQ
  • Lloyds Banking
  • Petronas
  • Sony
  • UN
  • Vodafone

But he is never content to rest on his laurels. He has an unquenchable fascination with:

  • human blind-spots (particularly his own).
  • the cultural paradigms we’ve all inherited from our forebears

And he’s constantly seeking better ways of understanding and explaining how they affect people’s ability to communicate effectively with others inside the organisations for which they work. For example:

  • Why do so many people struggle to discriminate between all the ‘stuff’ they could say, and that which is actually worth saying?
  • How can two communication approvers have such different responses to the same words?
  • Why do employees sometimes swear blind they don’t know things they’ve been told – often several times?

The list of questions is as endless as it is fascinating. And over more than two decades he’s been:

  • seeking them out
  • discovering some fairly mind-blowing answers
  • teaching them to widespread acclaim