How to fulfil your 2018 ambitions

Tomorrow is the first day back to work after the Summer break here in the UK. Do you have the blues or are you raring to go? Have you packed your work bag and lined up a stash of new stationery? Or has it been business as usual over the past couple of months and...

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Diary of a freelancer – six months in…

What's the reality of working as a Comms Consultant? Today I have a special guest post for you by Ellie Buckingham. Regular readers of my blog will know Ellie shared her thoughts about launching her own business six months ago. She's back to reveal the highs and lows...

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How to communicate an office move effectively

What is it like to communicate an office move? What do you need to do and how should you plan? Next week Energy UK will move office from the Regent Street home the association, in one form or another, has had for over 18 years to a new base in the Moorgate area. I'm...

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Who am I?

Who am I? Simple question but it provokes a vast array of different possible answers, all of which contain the truth. I'm currently working on a new way to support internal communicators to help you answer the question Who am I? for yourself. I'll share full details...

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How can internal communication be improved?

How good is your organisation's internal communication? Want to know how to improve it? I'm going to share a top tip with you today that will help you improve your internal communication. Q: How can internal communication be improved? A: Set your intentions. Asking...

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Why leaders need to serve

How capable are your leaders? How can you help them prepare to serve? I'm so disappointed by last night's England football result in the World Cup, but full of admiration for the impeccable leadership qualities displayed by Coach Gareth Southgate. His genuineness and...

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What to read this Summer

The sun has had its hat on for weeks and it's glorious here in London. I can't remember the last time I spent a day without applying factor 50 sun lotion to my three children and rummaging around for hats and glasses. If your thoughts are turning to holidays and what...

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What is a Mastermind?

Have you ever taken part in a Mastermind? I'm introducing them as part of my brand new How to be a Comms Consultant Masterclasses and have received questions from internal comms pros who haven't heard of them before. So I thought I'd demystify it and share what you...

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Free change communication strategy template

How good are your planning skills when it comes to communicating change? I'm delighted to welcome Saskia Jones back to the All Things IC blog to share brand new guidelines with my readers to help you develop a 10-step change communication strategy. [cp_slide_in...

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Why Missguided launched cultural vibes as values

I have a crush on a brand. Over the past year I’ve been watching the Missguided Twitter feeds and LinkedIn updates from employees and marvelling at the way they communicate. If you think internal communication has to be corporate and stuffy, think again. Prepare...

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Come and explore being a Comms Consultant

Last week I launched my brand new How to be a Comms Consultant Masterclasses and they sold out in record time! If you missed out on a place, I'm delighted to offer another opportunity for you to sign up. I've set an additional date of Thursday 8 November for my...

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Why should you attend conferences?

Why do you go to conferences or events? Or what has stopped you from going in recent years? Comms pros regularly ask which conferences or events I prioritise attending and what I recommend. So I thought I'd lift the lid on my own decision making in the hope it...

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Learn how to be a Comms Consultant

Today I'm proud to announce the launch of two brand new All Things IC Masterclasses focused on helping you be a Comms Consultant. If you've ever thought about going solo or are already, I have two additional ways to support you. The Masterclasses are: How to be a...

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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....

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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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