BRICKWALL: How do we learn when there’s no-one to watch and learn from?

In all the rush to the brave new world of sacking the office for WFH with touchdown spaces one thing has been missed.

It took a junior member of a comms team on a Zoom call to point this out to me.

“I don’t have much confidence,” they said “because I started two weeks before lockdown and I’ve never really sat opposite from anyone who has dealt with a call from a journalist.”

It got me thinking.

I worked as a journalist in an office where I learned watching and listening to other journalists.

I worked as a press officer where I learned watching and listening to other press officers.

I wouldn’t have been the person I was without watching and learning.

So, how do we pass on like passive smoking the ability to do jobs where judgement and confidence is key?

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