Personality, Voice & Tone
We share our personality, defined by set of characteristics, with audiences through our voice and tone. Our voice is consistent while our tone has a range. Audience and communication goals should determine the right mix of UND personality traits to emphasize.
These six adjectives make up who we are as UND.
We are hardworking and diligent. We persevere when faced with challenges and believe in actually doing, not just talking about doing.
We are strong-willed and passionate. We embrace our UND community and celebrate our achievements as a team.
We are genuine, welcoming and supportive of all students and cultures. We help those with a desire to learn and make a positive impact.
We are down-to-earth and realistic in how we go about our business. We are reliable and determined to make an impact on our community, state and the world.
We are challengers, unafraid to question how things are done. When we see a problem, we fix it with smart thinking and decisive action.
We were founded on a bold vision and a resiliency that defied all odds, characteristics that remain in all of us to this day. We are independent and tough — able to overcome any obstacle.
Our Brand Is
- Always proud, open and honest.
- Empowering to our students, faculty and staff.
- Intentional and direct, using an active tone and unpretentious language.
- Positive to communicate our impact and convey opportunity and confidence.
- Straightforward, using proof points and statistics to prove our commitment to hard work, positive impacts and the future.
- Packed with action verbs and powerful language to reflect our determined culture.
- Concise, featuring digestible content, particularly for online and social media posts.
- Be descriptive yet concise.
- Be conversational, personal and relatable to the audience.
- Use personal stories about students, alumni, faculty and staff to communicate the UND experience.
- Demonstrate that we understand and care about each group’s different wants and needs.
Our Brand is Never
- Complicated, confusing or featuring overly technical language.
- Forced, feigned or overly excited.
- Trying to be something we are not. We avoid passive phrases such as “we will” or “we’re going to.”
- Packed with clichés or “fluffy” language.
- Clouded with sales-speak, long-winded passages of text or verbose content.
- Let our pride for UND come across as arrogance by using too many superlatives.
- Use UND lingo and insider references when communicating with audiences who are not deeply connected with the community.
- Use long words or phrases when shorter ones will work just as well.
- Speak down to an audience.
Our tone reflects our brand personality and voice. It is how we choose to communicate with our audiences, including the choice of words, communication style and emotional tone. Just like an individual adjusts their tone based on the situation, our tone also has a range. The range allows our tone to vary depending on the audience, media, and overall communication goal.
For more direction on how to use our brand tones, complete brand training.
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Student & Unit Communications
Student & Unit Communications
Presidential or Timeless Communications