We’re just hours away from Father Christmas visiting and my household celebrating my twin sons’ second birthdays on 25 December.
It’s been a significant year for many reasons and as my Countdown to Christmas draws to a close, I’d like to wish my clients, contacts and readers a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Thank you for your continued support, feedback, ideas and suggestions. 2017 will see my blog turn eight-years-old and hit the 1000th post milestone.
This year saw Masterclasses brought to life after years of being in my head and heart. Thank you to everyone who has attended and invested in their career through All Things IC.
Being able to encourage professional communicators, give them a safe space to air frustrations and challenges and leave with practical advice and guidance and comms theory under their belt continues to thrill me.
It’s a privilege to bring people together to learn and I’m delighted with the feedback as it shows attendees have found the courses valuable.
Helen Deverell is hosting a Writing Skills Masterclass on 22 February, which is a great way to boost your written prowess in the New Year.
Countdown to Christmas
Since 1 December I’ve been featuring professional communicators’ thoughts on my blog as part of my annual Countdown to Christmas series.
Now in its fourth year, it’s a chance to hear from voices in the industry, learn something new and discover guest articles you may have missed from the past 12 months.
My thanks to everyone who has written for the All Things IC blog in 2016 and shared their stories.
Here’s what’s been published:
Day one: 10 tips for IC pros to build trust in leaders – by Nick Terry of Top Banana.
Day two: How UKTV launches its company purpose – by Soraya Shaboon, Internal Communications Manager, UKTV.
Day three: What we can learn from #commsconf – by Kes Johnston, Transformation Communication Specialist at O2.
Day four: ODEON’s employer brand strategy – by Rachel Miller.
Day five: How a brewery uses Facebook at Work (Workplace) – by Sam Thomas, PR and Internal Comms Manager at Daniel Thwaites.
Day six: Five-and-a-half things to know about using video – by Nick Rainey from Seenit.
Day seven: Inside Loughborough’s sporting successes – by Emma Leech, Director of Marketing and Advancement at Loughborough University.
Day eight: How to create an IC strategy for scientists – by Nic Zdunich, Strategic Communications Associate at TRIUMF.
Day nine: When two become one – building a single culture – by Peck-Har Tan, Torus’ Communications Business Partner for Internal Communications and Culture.
Day 10: How Asda is building an inclusive culture – by Rachel Miller.
Day 11: Your guide to Christmas comms – by Rachel Miller.
Day 12: Stocking fillers for shoestring communicators – by Andrew Plender.
Day 13: Taking internal comms out of its comfort zone – by Laura Jameson, Director of Internal Communications, Ruder Finn UK.
Day 14: How to use Yammer for Business Continuity Planning – by John Kay, Internal Communications Manager, Group Communications, Oxford University Press.
Day 15: Key Digital Trends you need to know for 2017 – featuring James Whatley and Marshall Manson.
Day 16: Test your IC digital maturity – featuring Tony Stewart from Scarletabbott.
Day 17 and 18: How not to run a conference – featuring INVOLVE.
Day 19: Free PR2017 insights and trends guide – featuring Steven Murgatroyd, Change Manager – Communication and Engagement, River Island.
Day 20: The times they are a changin’– by Laura James, Communications Manager at Arcadia Group.
Day 21: Things I wish I’d known – by Lou Robinson, Global Internal Comms Lead at Costa.
Day 23: How to communicate with the Queen – by Dawn Neville.
Thank you again to everyone who has written for the All Things IC consultancy blog this year.
God bless and I hope you have a Happy Christmas and New Year.
I’m now going to be offline with my family until January.
Post author: Rachel Miller
First published on the All Things IC blog 24 December 2016.