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Mary Murphy
Communications Trainer

Ms Mary Murphy is a communications trainer and publishing consultant based in Hungary. She specialises in communication bootcamps for non-native-English speakers, one-to-one and group coaching in public speaking, and English-language writing assessments and training. Her goal is to help people find their spoken and written voice. A columnist with the Budapest Times, Mary is also an active blogger. She holds a Master’s in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta.

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Communication skills workshop for Serbian MFA

As part of the Strengthening transparency in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through improving strategic communications with Serbian citizens training programme, the Diplo Foundation delivered a third cycle of worksho...

Workshop on public speaking

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YDL and the Churchill Breakfast

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Diplomatic reporting in the Internet era Event

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Mr Olaph Terribile delivered a one-day workshop on Protocol and Etiquette organised by the European External Action Service (EEAS) in collaboration with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), for Euro...

E-Diplomacy day at Malta workshop

Participants at the Malta Master/PGD Workshop on Contemporary Diplomacy are learning about the applications and implications of e-diplomacy tools. Today, guided by Diplo staff members Stephanie Borg Psaila, Mary Mu...

Workshop on Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette

Diplo Lecturer Olaph Terribile assisted by Mary Murphy gave a four-day workshop to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova focusing on Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette. ...

Vienna Launch of E-diplomacy Initiative

The launch of E-diplomacy Initiative of DiploFoundation was organised in cooperation with Vienna Diplomatic Academy. The  May 25th 2010 launch was held at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. Ambassador Hans Winkler, dire...

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