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 Things IC blog. Result!

Strategic Internal Communications – PRWeek

I’ve partnered with PRWeek again for its Strategic Internal Communication conference on 21 November 2017 in London. I went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was one of the best conferences I’ve ever been to – and I’ve been to lots over the years.

It resonated with me because the speakers were all at a senior level and shared their struggles and successes in a candid way. It wasn’t the usual case study-led conference and was well worth investing a day of my time in.

Further reading: Six things I heard at PRWeek’s Strategic Internal Communications conference 2016.

This year’s event is at Shoreditch Courthouse and has an excellent speaker line-up including:

What to expect
The agenda is focused on “creating progressive workplaces” and key topics will include:

  • Communicating in times of transformational change and uncertainty
  • The importance of storytelling in creating a strong employer brand
  • Demonstrating value to the board through effective measurement
  • Investing in social platforms and dealing with channel overload.

It’s refreshing to see such a mix of speakers, the conference promises to be a varied and interesting one, with lots of topics communicators are grappling with at the moment.

Save 10% 
If you would like to attend the conference on 21 November, feel free to use my discount code to save 10% off your ticket/s.

The code to enter at checkout is: ATIC.

There is an early bird discount until 13 October 2017 and my code will even save you 10% off that rate. I look forward to seeing you there.

Find out more
See PRWeek’s website for full information about their Strategic Internal Communications conference on 21 November in London. You can also find them on Twitter @PRWeekHub and follow conversations #PRWInternal.

Social media in the large enterprise – Simply-communicate

Simply-communicate’s social media in the large enterprise (SMILE) conference is on Monday 20 November 2017 in London.

Known as smilelondon, it’s packed full of speakers and ideas to help get your future digital workplace into shape.

Readers of the All Things IC blog can save a third off ticket/s using my discount code: ATIC. Simply enter the code at the checkout to save.

Simply’s Marc Wright (pictured) told me: “The UK’s leading conference on social intranets and collaborative platforms is back!
“We feature the best case studies of those organisations who are ahead of the curve – learning from their successes and the bumps they suffered along the way.”
 If you have these questions, smilelondon hopes to provide the answers:
  • Are you riding the crest of the digital wave or lagging behind the workplace curve?
  • What are the mission-critical success factors?
  • Should IC run your digital workplace transformation
Marc adds: “There’s a new kid on the block – Workplace by Facebook – and it is stirring up the marketplace that has been dominated by Microsoft. We will be examining topics such as can Workplace replace your intranet? What is Microsoft doing with Yammer to match the Facebook user experience? Can you combine the power of both?”
I went to see the Workplace team last week at their London office and hear first-hand about the work they are doing with organisations. A few of my clients are now using Workplace and will be sharing their stories via my blog soon. Stay tuned.
 Further reading on the All Things IC blog about Workplace:
What you’ll hear at smilelondon
smilelondon promises to showcase the latest ideas and techniques to help you engage employees with your intranet and collaborate freely on the platform.
Topics up for discussion include: why 80% adoption has become the new target, how bots, notifications and gamification can drive people to your intranet and how Live Video is changing the face of leadership.

Want to find out more?
See the dedicated smilelondon website: simply-smile.london. You can follow conversations on Twitter @simplycomm and the hashtag is #smilelondon.

Book your tickets and use my code ATIC to save your budget.

Making It Count – CIPR Inside

Unfortunately the early birds have caught the worm on this year’s CIPR Inside internal communications conference tickets, as the early offers have now ended.

However, there’s a range of options to choose from depending on your role, with prices starting from £150 for students. So do take a look to make sure you save by selecting the correct ticket. There are also discounted rates for independent practitioners.

This year’s annual conference from the sector group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is on 1 November at Hilton London Wembley. It aims to help you make your internal communications count – and help you align all that you do with the CEO’s agenda.

Love that.

Chair of CIPR Inside Jenni Field @mrsjennifield (pictured) told me: “For the first time we have conducted research with CEOs across the UK to find out what they think about internal communication – what value does it bring to their organisation and what does good look like. The results have been enlightening.

“But we didn’t stop there – we have been running a survey with our members alongside this to find out what you think good looks like and what value you believe it brings. This year’s conference has been designed to answer the questions we have been asking for years and to move us forward in the discussion about how we become strategic partners to the board.”

The day will start with a keynote from the team sharing these results and all those who attend will get a copy of the report in their goody bags. Delegates will then put the findings into action supported by conference partners from Weber Shandwick, Alive with Ideas, H&H, Media Maker and Scarlett Abbott.

Jenni adds: “Our partners will work through the themes covered to support your journey to really make an impact. We will also have time for you to set part of the agenda – embracing the unconference style so that you can make sure your specific challenges are aired, shared and solved throughout the day.”

The move to the Hilton in Wembley will allow more flexibility, with breakout spaces, informal discussion areas and a sky bar for post-conference drinks.

You can get a taste of what to expect via this film:

Ask the Guru – CIPR Inside

Have you seen the latest Ask the Guru event from CIPR Inside?

If you’re not able to go to their conference, do see their website to explore what’s coming up. Each session will earn you 5 CPD points, so if you’re looking to become an accredited practitioner, you’ll earn while you learn.

The next one is at Ruder Finn’s offices in London: The future of work – going beyond engagement to experience. It’s happening on 28 September, 6-8pm. Tickets and full info.

Jenni adds: “There’s also a breakfast event on 19 October at The Hospital Club in London, hosted by one of our key partners for this year, Scarlettabbott. It will look at IC measurement and proving the value of IC to stakeholders.”  See full info and how to get tickets.

September saver for All Things IC Masterclasses

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for an All Things IC Masterclass between now and the end of the year.

I’m running a promotion to save you 20% off if you book before 30 September 2017 and am delighted to see practitioners have been benefitting from this offer.

I run a Masterclass every month and invite internal communication practitioners to join me at my training venue in Covent Garden, London. If you are an IoIC or CIPR member you can earn Six hours/10CPD points by attending one of my training courses. Prices start from £399+VAT.

All you need to do to save 20% for any Masterclass booked before 30 September 2017 is enter the code Septembersaver at the checkout. See the website for full terms and conditions.

My upcoming Masterclasses are:

So as you can see from this article, there’s plenty for practitioners to choose from to help boost their skills, network and learn something new. I hope you find something you like.

If you see me at any of these events, do stop me and say hello.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

Post author: Rachel Miller

First published on the All Things IC blog 19 September 2017.

Disclosure: As a media partner, I have been given complimentary tickets to attend.

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