Bespoke communication and design services
Got communication or design dramas?
I'm here to help.
I’m Kate Talbot and I founded Talbot Communications in 2019 to support individuals, charities and small businesses and solve all their communications and design dramas. From websites to social media, speeches to video editing, I am here to help. You bring your challenge, I'll bring my skills and experience, and together we will find the solution.
I am a Geordie down under so work mainly with people based in the UK and Australia. Previous clients include charities like Refugees at Home, political groups like the Fabian Women's Network, training organisations like Westminster Skills Centre, consultancies like Woburn Partners, as well as high profile politicians and individuals. Before I started Talbot Communications I worked in the UK Houses of Parliament and London City Hall, Australian local government and as a campaigns coach. I studied at Cambridge and Harvard.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Vice President of the British Fabian Society
Kate delivered a top quality professionally designed booklet for us working at amazing speed. She understood exactly what was needed, came up with plenty of options and responded very flexibly to our feedback. She carried out some of the research and she’s a good communicator as well as designer. She’s reasonably priced which makes using her extra appealing.
Having her working from Australia was a real bonus as she could give us overnight updates and she sent the draft to the printer with days to spare. I’d totally recommend Kate-particularly as we got so much positive feedback for our publication.
Sara Nathan, Co-founder of Refugees at Home
Kate redesigned some of the Refugees At Home Instagram posts of texts so that they not only looked much more coherent but also attracted more attention. Then she went on to design a funding application: the grant-maker said she had never seen such a beautiful and clear pitch. We got the grant approved – for the full amount – within 24 hours!
Kate is wonderful to work with. She grasps a brief very quickly and accurately, delivers it to or within the deadline and then, if any tiny changes are needed, does them speedily and without complaint.
WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
There’s no two ways about it, your business needs a website. Do you want a small simple site to ensure you have a basic online presence? Are you looking for a fully developed site that allows you to sell products, take bookings, and manage your business online? Or perhaps something in between? Get in touch and I can find the perfect fit for you. All my sites are made to be fully accessible from mobile devices as well as desktops.
Do you need to improve or create your social media presence? Not sure which platforms you need to be on or how to best engage with your audience? What about dealing with difficult comments and avoiding trolls? I can demystify the algorithms and ensure you’re reaching the right people in the right way. From setting up accounts to carrying out an audit to developing a full social media strategy for you, or using my graphic design skills to improve a campaign, I can help you get this vital communications tool right.
With videos accounting for nearly 80% of all internet traffic, you are doing a huge disservice to yourself if you’re not using this communications method. They are a highly effective way of advertising your services, explaining complex messages, and engaging your audience. You can also showcase yourself and your previous public appearances using a speaker reel. Talk to me about what you want to achieve and I can produce videos for your website and your social media pages that tick all the boxes.
You know how fantastic your organisation is and what you can do for your customers, but it can be hard to craft the right words to reflect that. That’s where my copywriting service comes in. Whether it’s for your website, a proposal, a newsletter, an industry piece, a blog or something else entirely, let me take care of the words and communication so you can get on with the job. Already have the content but want to make sure it’s perfect? I can provide a proofreading service so that even the tiniest typo doesn’t make it to print.
If you’re using basic word documents for things like proposals, quotes, and letters then it might be time to shake things up. I can create one off professionally designed documents and briefing notes, or set you up with a range of templates you can use for everything from presentations to letters and anything in between. My flexible approach to reviewing and updating means you’ll end up with the document design you really want. Need a new business card or even a wedding invitation?
I can sort that too.
SPEECH WRITING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
I have written speeches for corporate executives, mayors, ministers and more. Been invited to speak on a panel or give a key note at a conference? Whether the event is in person or online, let me know what you need to get across and how long you want to speak for, and I will craft something that your audience will remember. Not sure how to make a speech? I’ll give you the tools and public speaking tips to deliver a confident, informative and memorable performance.
MEDIA AND MEDIA TRAINING
Not sure how to get in the news or how to speak to the media? If you need to raise your own or your organisation’s profile in the media, I can help. From writing well crafted media releases to preparing for an on camera interview, my extensive media and public relations experience will ensure your voice is heard.
Things can, and unfortunately will, go wrong at times. How you deal with a difficult situation or a bad news story can make the difference between a small bump in the road or a ruined reputation. I can work with you to identify your key risks and create a bespoke crisis communications plan that will keep you calm and clear headed when the worst happens.
LONDON CITY HALL
Press and communications including provision of live briefings during major incidents and terror attacks
Media, speech writing and other parliamentary duties for a Shadow Cabinet Minister in Westminster during the Brexit referendum and major party leadership contests
Produced hundreds of videos including speaker reels for prominent politicians, promotional videos for organisations, and talks from industry experts
Oversaw social media development and training in local governments, including the creation of bespoke social media videos and graphics
Various public speaking engagements including at the British and Scottish parliaments, and industry and political conferences
Part of a team providing vital updates and communications 24/7 during natural disasters
Created websites, logos, design guides, documents, business cards, communications strategies and more for a range of organisations
Prepared briefing documents and managing media appearances for visiting Australian State and Federal Ministers
Commercial Manager for a large multi national retailer with a focus on employee engagement and internal communications
TRAINING AND CAMPAIGNING
Delivered campaigning and communications training to national organisations. Worked with individuals and community groups in an organisation set up by a former Foreign Secretary to effectively campaign and lobby for policy changes
Assistant coordinator of an award winning national mentoring scheme: researched and published evaluation of the scheme with academics from Birkbeck University
GET IN TOUCH FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
From website design to public speaking training, just tell me what you need and I’ll tell you how I can help. I offer free initial 30 minute consultations.