Facing future challenges in a safe environment

"What do you get when you have 1300 communicators in one place? Yes, you guessed it. A lot of noise, a ton of stories, huge empathy, probably more passion than is good for you, and remarkable diversity." So says Sheila Parry, who attended the recent International...

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What IC professionals are talking about

As trusted advisers we need to understand our business and know what's on the minds of our stakeholders and employees. But what's on the minds of your peers? What's hot and what's not for internal communicators right now? I have the answers for you. On Saturday I had...

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How to help managers communicate

How effective are your managers when it comes to communicating? Do line managers understand their role in facilitating two-way conversations and being a visible presence? Or are there barriers in place? Today I’m delighted to share the next article in my brand...

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Top tips for public speaking

How do you feel about public speaking? Comms pro Advita Patel had her first public speaking event this week and has written for the All Things IC blog to share what she's learnt from the process. Advita has more than 12 years of experience in internal communications,...

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How to communicate a Royal Wedding

Weddings are stressful at the best of times. But when the town you work for is chosen for a Royal Wedding, it's a whole new ball game. Today I have a guest post by Louisa Dean, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. She's...

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How to rebrand a company… part one

A few months ago I signed off my All Things IC logo while sat in the theatre in London with my daughter. I'd opened my emails during the interval and saw my new logo staring back at me. I knew it was the one. (I know, I know, I shouldn't have been checking as I was...

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A question of comms: Jess Roberts

What is the currency of internal communication and what should people starting out in Comms do? Today Comms Manager Jess Roberts is in my #QuestionOfComms hot seat to share the answers to these questions and many more. I'll hand you over to Jess... 1) When did you...

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Ten must-haves for your internal comms strategy

Now, more than ever, global businesses are looking to implement their business strategy with tangible results - and quickly. So if you’re in the hot seat and need to draft an internal communication strategy, what do you need to know? Change and Internal Communications...

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A question of comms: Bridgette Williams

What was your path to internal communication? Today I've dusted off my questions of comms chair as I'd like to introduce you to IC superstar Bridgette Williams. Thank you for introducing me to a new word - commsaroke. Love it! You can find Bridgette on Twitter...

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How to be a trusted adviser

Are you a trusted adviser? If you are, what impact does it have on the way you work? Being a trusted adviser is often hailed as the pinnacle of being a strategic internal communicator. But what does it actually mean? How can you be one, how do you know if you are one...

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Five reasons to get help with change comms

The business world is operating in a state of constant transformation and this is driving the demand for change communications, skills and experience.  This extract from recruiter VMA Group's latest Inside Insight benchmarking report is underlined by their findings...

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Just how big was The Big Delete?

How are your General Data Protection Regulation comms going? In April the Royal College of Nursing organised an organisational wide Big Delete in preparation for GDPR. I’m thrilled to welcome Matthew Batten, Organisational Development Adviser at the Royal College of...

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Are the words on the wall your values?

How can you live your core values? According to values expert Jackie Le Fèvre, internal communicators need to be "active sense makers not just message transmitters" - I couldn't agree more! If you attended the Institute of Internal Communication's annual conference...

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Why purpose is the engine of performance

Purpose was a hot topic at last week's annual conference from the Institute of Internal Communication and today I have news of a brand new book to help you learn more about it. Christine Crofts, Global Employee Engagement Director at Diageo reiterated the value of...

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Free internal comms plan template

How good are your planning skills? Need a helping hand? Today I have a guest post and template for you thanks to strategic communications professional Saskia Jones. Saskia (pictured) has wide-ranging experience and has kindly shared her recommended advice to help you...

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How to network at comms events

How good are your networking skills? If you've been working in internal communication for a while, you may have a large network of comms pros and feel comfortable going to events. But what if you're new to IC? Or if the thought of going somewhere full of people you...

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How to communicate mergers and acquisitions

What's the best way to communicate mergers and acquisitions? What's the worst mistake you could make? What works well? Hot on the heels of the proposed merger of Asda and Sainsbury's supermarkets, I thought I'd collate some advice and guidance to help you learn more...

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What unicorns and IC have in common

Much like fabled unicorn tales, you'll hear many myths and untruths surrounding internal communication. They reflect the reality of working as an internal communicator today. Today I have a visual treat to share with you thanks to the super team over at Alive With...

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UK Government comms plan goes live

The Government Communication Service launched the Government Communication Plan 2018/19 here in London tonight. The plan is important because it outlines what communication professionals across Government will collectively deliver to support the Government. It will...

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Top tips for GDPR communications

There's less than a month to go until the new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. Over the past year I've been publishing information and advice to help you understand what it is, how it works and what you need to do. Today I'm delighted to share the...

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How to communicate office moves

Is an office move on the horizon for you? If so, this article will help you navigate through it. It's packed with idea and covers what you need to know, how to approach the move/s and what to watch out for. You're reading the first in my new #ICVoices series and I'm...

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These are the skills you need to be a comms pro

Today is an important day in the world of Comms and PR as an incredibly valuable piece of work has just been published. The Global Alliance has launched the first ever Global Capabilities Framework (GCF) for Public Relations and Communication Management. It's a...

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Calling all new internal communicators…

Are you new to the world of internal communication? Welcome, you've made an excellent career choice. If you're just starting out, I have news of a brand new network from the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) to help you learn, meet peers and get up to speed...

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The power of kindness

Today my five-year-old daughter had her waist-length hair cut to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital here in London. I'd like to say thank you to my clients, friends and contacts who have supported her through sponsorship. Regular readers of my blog will know...

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How to use video to communicate culture

How can you enable employees and leaders around the world to contribute their own take on your company culture? How could you curate and share it? Today I have a guest post for you by Erika Lee, Internal Communications Manager at Aggreko in Houston, Texas. The company...

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The State of Public Relations in 2018

According to brand new research out today, the UK's public relations workforce has grown by almost a quarter (22%) over the past four years and one in six of us are living with a mental health condition. So the numbers are up and the average salary is up (£50,447 in...

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