Thursday, 11 January 2018
(Re-)Introducing Vanbar Associates
It's not uncommon for people you've just met to ask you what you do for a living. Indeed, it's a polite thing to do and, keeping with good etiquette, it's right and proper to ask them back.
What is less common is for friends you've known for years to ask you the same question.
It's a bit like names. There are countless people I know and speak to regularly but have absolutely no idea what to call them. And because I've maybe interacted with them for years, it's now too rude to ask.
It's the same with jobs. I should know what pretty much all of my friends do during working hours but I often have no clue.
So, with a new year just dawned, I thought it might be helpful to briefly explain to those who don't know - or don't care - what I do to pay the bills. And I'll go further. I'll even tell you what Vanessa does too.
Do you see that logo up above (skillfully designed by the great Dylan Lloyd Parry)? Well, the VAN belongs to Vanessa and the BAR belongs to me. And when you put the two together, you end up with the name of our little company - with Associates helpfully added in to underline that we can put larger teams together should the scale or nature of the work require it.
And would kind of work would that be, Barry?
Good question, and one I am very happy to answer.
Communications is the over-arching description. Within that you can include writing stuff, promoting things, protecting other stuff, liaising with people and organisations and helping other people and other organisations be better at saying what they want to say at the right time and in the correct order.
Got that? Excellent. I've never pretended it was particularly complicated. But I'd like to think that we are quite good at all of the above, which is why we often get asked to prove it - for a reasonable fee, of course. (That's where the need to pay the bills comes in).
We have Facebook and Twitter pages. Heck, we even have a website. You can check it out by clicking on HERE.
If you think we can do for you or someone you know what we are already doing for others, feel free to let us know. Then we'll get on with doing it.
And if you do get in touch, perhaps you'll also be kind enough to tell me your name and what you do to pay your bills. I might already know but, there again, I might not. But if I don't, in no way expect me to admit it.