What are you most proud of from the past year? How has your work made a difference?

If you’ve worked your socks off over the past 12 months, now is the chance to have all that graft recognised by the Institute of Internal Communication, as their annual awards are now open.

Entries are invited from in-house, agency and freelance communicators. You don’t have to be an Institute member, but there’s a discounted entry fee if you are.

There are nine categories to choose from (classes), which have multiple options in them. There really is something for everyone!

Justine Stevenson, (pictured), IoIC Awards Chairman said: “Internal communication is, more than ever, at the heart of organisations.IC professionals have an increasing strategic focus and work more collaboratively within communication and engagement teams with professionals from other disciplines.

“As we strive to inform, excite and engage our colleagues, we find ever more new and interesting ways to communicate with them. We are embracing creativity and technology in our day-to-day work and we are getting more sophisticated at measuring the impact of what we do.

“The IoIC is the only independent and not-for-profit organisation solely dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of internal communication and helping our members to be the best they can be – today, and in the future. It has more than 65 years of experience in driving the profession forward through qualifications, career development, thought leadership and best practice.

“And of course, through awards! The IoIC awards aim to seek out those great examples of work that celebrate their creators and inspire other practitioners in their work; to celebrate how the profession is developing and demonstrating relevance and results.”

Why enter? 

What’s different
The award categories have been revised. There’s some new ones in the mix to reflect the changing nature of our business.

Further reading: IoIC has also published guidance on what makes a winning entry.

I’ve judged the awards a number of times. It’s a thorough process, with judges evaluating and critiquing all the work.

Entry deadline is 28 April, and if you’re super organised you can take advantage of an early bird discounted rate if you get your entry/entries in by 7 April 2017.

Check out the IoIC website and download the entry kit for all you need to know.

Winners will be announced at the National Awards Dinner on 29 September at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London

Good luck!

Rachel.

First published on the All Things IC blog 6 March 2017.

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