How to prepare for World Values Day 2017

Values are what make us who we are. They are the compass guiding everything we do – our choices and our actions. When we forget that compass, we take the wrong turn. It’s the same for our families, for our communities, for the world. Our values show us the way. How...

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Is your employee engagement work award winning?

The 2017 Employee Engagement Awards are officially open for entries in the UK and across Europe. I've been invited to judge the awards and am excited to see first-hand the hard work that has been happening inside organisations. The closing date for entries is 6...

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How to save money on comms conferences

What's in your diary for the rest of this year? If you're in planning mode, I have news of three upcoming comms conferences to see you through to the end of 2017. I also have some discount codes to save you money off your ticket/s simply by being a reader of the All...

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How to help team leaders communicate

How effective are your managers at communicating with their teams? Want to read a guide written for managers to help them improve? You're in luck, I've got a free one to share with you, plus a deal to save you 10% off PRWeek's Strategic IC conference in November. The...

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Want to be an IC strategist? Get your bake on…

What is an internal communication strategist? Well, according to the latest UK issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, an internal comms strategist is concerned with cakes, headsets and jargon. I spotted this article via Natasha Liedl-McDowall, Senior Manager, Organisational...

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How to measure communication

The weakest area for most communicators is measurement. From knowing what measurement is, to how best to do it, it's an unhelpful skills gap for many Comms and PR practitioners. However, help is at hand in the form of a whole month worth of ideas and knowledge sharing...

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How to write an Annual Report

How effective is your Annual Report? Is it a story to be proud of or something you're glad to tick off your to-do list? I've seen many examples over the years, both good and bad, and today have a guest post by Shan Chatoo of OCS Group. If you're looking for advice or...

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Three technology megatrends you need to know now

Want to know how to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years? Gartner has just published its Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 and identified three "megatrends" you need to be aware of: Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere...

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How to improve ethnic diversity in PR

There is a lack of ethnic diversity in PR. It's obvious, it's embarrassing for an industry aiming to represent the communities we serve, and there is something we can do to change it. Stats from various industry surveys highlight the gap, including The PRCA Census in...

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How a supermarket chain uses Facebook at work

How can a supermarket chain use Facebook’s enterprise social network to connect employees? I’ve interviewed Daniel Chasemore, Communications Manager at Countdown Supermarkets in New Zealand to find out. They were the first business in the country to use Workplace by...

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How to benchmark your comms budget and resources

How does your comms budget compare to other organisations? What about the size of your team? If you would like to benchmark, today's guest post and resource will help you analyse what you're doing. It's written by Elizabeth Kilbride, a research analyst for the...

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How blogging can help your business

Are you thinking about starting a blog for you or your company? Want to know how to begin, whether it works and how to promote your content? Today you can hear me talking about all of these topics via the latest podcast from the marvellous Janet Murray from Soulful...

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Seven ways to earn CPD points this Summer

What are you planning to do this Summer? If you're a Chartered Institute of Public Relations' (CIPR) member, you'll have noticed their #SummerofCPD campaign has kicked off. It's their annual drive to encourage professional communicators to reflect on their career,...

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A question of comms: Laura Fischer Vestergaard

What is it like to work in IC in Denmark? The latest professional communicator to sit in my #questionofcomms hot seat is Laura Fischer Vestergaard, Communication Advisor at Open in Copenhagen. You can find her on Twitter @fistergaard. She's revealed the best career...

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Your invitation to join Comms Unplugged

Imagine a weekend with no devices, surrounded by professional communicators in tents. Sound good? You're in for a treat... Today I have a guest post by Sally Northeast, @salzasal, Deputy Director of OD, Participation and Communications at Dorset HealthCare University...

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What Facebook is plotting with its ESN

What has the latest Enterprise Social Network (ESN) on the block been up to since its official launch in October? Could it really be the community glue that helps employees stick together? What's the role of chatbots at work? Tony Stewart, @TSDigi, Head of Digital at...

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Are you ready for GDPR and shadow comms?

Do your employees use personal messaging apps such as WhatsApp at work to help them do their job? I've written before about the rise of 'shadow IT' - decisions and technology being introduced without the knowledge of corporate IT departments. Now it appears shadow...

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How to learn about change communication

The only certainty in business is change. It typically comes out of nowhere and requires communicators to be tenacious, confident and competent in their approach. Today I'd like to invite you to join me at my next Change Communication Masterclass in January 2018. How...

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Who made the IoIC national awards shortlist?

The shortlist for the Institute of Internal Communication's national awards is hot off the press. Want to see who's on it? Congratulations if you have made the list. I've published it in full here so you can see who is in the running for the #IoICAwards17. I had the...

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What is internal communication?

What is internal communication? If you've reached this article hoping to know the answer, you're in luck. If you are having conversations in your organisation about the role of internal communication, why it's important and what you need to know as a professional...

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Eight internal communication myths

There are many myths, misconceptions and untruths about internal communication. I've addressed eight of them. They reflect the reality of working as an internal communicator today and are conversations I've had with clients, peers and people in my network. What have I...

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How to study internal communication

What is it like to study internal communication and when is the right time to hit the books? Today I'm delighted to share a guest post by Annique Simpson, who has just graduated from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' (CIPR) Internal Communications...

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What to call an intranet

What should you call your intranet? Should an intranet have a name? How can you choose the best name for your intranet? If you've ever worked on a project looking at a new intranet, chances are you've had this discussion. In this article you'll find examples of...

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A question of comms: Gillian McGill

Discover what Gillian McGill, Global Head of Internal Communications at Aviva likes most about working in comms and why she thinks your job should scare you. Honestly! Gillian is the latest practitioner to sit in my #questionofcomms hot seat. Want to take part? Here...

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How to explain what you do in 10 words or fewer

How do you explain what you do in 10 words or fewer? Here's mine: I help companies communicate internally through personalised consultancy and training. Today I've got an excellent resource to help you create your own. I'd love you to share yours by commenting below...

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How the National Trust created their intranet

“How do you keep a secret in the organisation? Put it on the intranet.” Sound familiar? It doesn't have to be that way. If your intranet is the place PDFs go to die, there is hope. Today I've got a guest post for you by Sue Palfrey, Head of Internal Communications at...

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How to teach internal communication

Have you ever been asked to teach others about internal communication? If so, this guest blog by Lou Robinson will help you. Every month I have the privilege of welcoming professional communicators to my All Things IC Masterclasses and teaching them about internal...

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Why you need to focus on The People Business

Why is now the time to focus on internal communication? A brand new book, The People Business, is hitting the shelves next week, I've read an advanced copy and think you'll like it. Authors Annabel Dunstan and Imogen Osborne offer readers a unique, inside perspective...

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