On Saturday night I donned my headphones, set up my microphone and co-hosted the iconic Hobson & Holtz report, which is out now for your listening pleasure.

fir-hobsonholtz-itunes1-150x150I’m an avid listener of the weekly podcast to learn about the latest happenings in the world of communication and technology.

It has been produced for 10 years by Neville Hobson @jangles, and Shel Holtz @shelholtz, and on Saturday night I stepped into Neville’s co-hosting chair while he takes a well-earned month off.

I host my own show on the For Immediate Release (FIR) network, called All Things IC, but was delighted to be part of the main show.

I’m taking a break from my podcast while on maternity leave with my five-month-old twins, but it was good to get back on the airwaves for this one-off appearance.

You can hear the show here:

RachelMiller_FIRShel called me from California via Skype at 9pm my time, and we recorded show #811 focused on “The state of internal communication.”


Neville’s first show off, welcome Rachel Miller — host of All Things IC — as guest co-host, new interview with Netvibes’ CEO and head of marketing has been published, Digital India will join the FIR Podcast Network lineup.

Quick News:

  • BBC inadvertently Tweets about the Queen’s ill health during an “obituary rehearsal,”
  • JPMorgan is dumping voicemail,
  • Alton Towers theme park criticised for horrific roller coaster crash,
  • US Federal Trade Commission will hold publishers accountable for deceptive native advertising,
  • Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop;

News That Fits:

  • The state of internal communication: Is it still viable as an independent function? Will it ever go mobile? Why isn’t “small business” embracing it? What values should be at internal communication’s core?
  • Listener comments from the FIR Podcast Community on Google+;
  • The end of the manel (all-male panel)? as IBM’s Andrew Grill gives up his seat on a conference panel to a women who asked why no women were on stage;
  • Dan York’s Tech Report: linking FIR’s Book Reviews to a Pinterest board, EuroDIG, Google+ Collections; Igloo Software promo;
  • The last week on the FIR Podcast Network; a look at Social Media Examiner’s 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report;
  • Music from Mr. Blotto; and more.

Books I mention in the show are:

Organisations don’t Tweet, people do, a manager’s guide to the social web, by Euan Semple
Writing on the wall – the first 2000 years, by Tom Standage
Exploring internal communication, by Kevin Ruck.

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I thoroughly enjoyed myself, thank you to Shel and Neville for inviting me to participate.

Happy listening! As ever you’re welcome to comment below or Tweet me @AllthingsIC with your thoughts and comments.


Post author: Rachel Miller.

First published 8 June 2015.