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The IoIC National Awards shortlist is out

Congratulations to all the internal communicators who have been shortlisted in the Institute of Internal Communication National Awards 2021. It was a pleasure to help judge them again this year and recognise you for all your hard work. IoIC Awards Chairman, Justine Stevenson says: “We received a record breaking number of entries this year, with […]

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How to write speeches for leaders during a pandemic

Do you write speeches as part of your role? If so, getting to know who you’re writing for is essential. Over the past year, many internal communicators have found themselves creating key messages, talking points and content for leaders. I’m not a fan of ghostwriting (where speeches or text are officially credited to another person […]

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Podcast: How to help line managers communicate

How would you rate your line managers’ communication in your organisation? I’ve examined this topic in the latest episode of my Candid Comms podcast and revealed what you need to know, do and think about if you want to improve the way line managers communicate. Expect practical ideas and inspirational advice to help internal communicators […]

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What is ESG and how does it differ from CSR?

What is ESG? If you’ve been spotting it cropping up but don’t know what it is, I’ve got you covered. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is growing in popularity and conversations about it are increasing. (CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility). I’ve been spotting ESG with the word Corporate added before Governance, so don’t be […]

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How to communicate COVID-19 working patterns

Is your company encouraging employees to work from home or self-isolate due to COVID-19? What advice and guidance are you giving them? How are you working alongside your HR colleagues to make sure your people know what to do? How can teams keep in touch with each other if working patterns change? So many questions. Now […]

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A peek behind the CommsHero mask

Over the past few years there’s been a movement happening in internal comms. Every few months I’ve spotted IC pros donning capes and masks via social media and flashing some fabulous stationery as part of the CommsHero conferences. What is it all about? Should Comms pros be declaring themselves as heroes? What’s the thinking behind […]

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A question of comms: Lesley Crook

What is the best career advice you’ve benefitted from? Lesley Crook is the latest practitioner to sit in my #questionofcomms hot seat. She’s an independent consultant and the founder of Working Out Loud in A Network (#wolan). Discover her career path, some cracking book recommendations and what Lesley couldn’t do her job without. You can […]

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What’s on for comms pros this week

How important are writing skills for effective internal communication? Got an opinion on this topic? I’d love to hear it – I’m co-hosting tomorrow’s #CommsChat and you’re welcome to join in. The chat is taking place on Monday 18 July from 8-9pm GMT on Twitter. I’ll be joining communicator Helen Deverell @helendeverell (pictured) to co-host the chat. We will explore […]

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How to become a CEO

Can today’s Corporate Affairs Director be tomorrow’s CEO? The short answer is yes. Read on for advice from former Corporate Communications Directors turned CEOs to help you be a credible contender. I’ve got news of a report focusing on a series of frank and insightful interviews with inspiring chiefs including John Fallon, Chief Executive, Pearson, Sue Clark, Managing Director, SABMiller […]

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How Asda is building a diverse and inclusive culture

Following the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) last month, Asda has produced a digital guide featuring colleagues sharing their experiences and advice. This is an excellent idea. We all know the power of peer-to-peer communication, and I think The Asda Pride team has done a fantastic job. They worked with scarlettabbott to […]

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What’s on for comms pros this week

Are your communications fit for the future? If you want to know what’s in store for the world of business, and the impact on internal communication, you’re in luck. Today’s What’s on this week covers 15 to 25 May 2016, and this is a recurring theme. Want to plan further ahead? You can do so via the All […]

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Tactical vs strategic intranet managers – which one are you?

What are your personal priorities for your intranet and how do they influence its development? Your daily activities demonstrate your approach more than any strategy document. Wedge Black, @Wedge, helps organisations improve the navigation and content of their intranet, and writes about intranet best practices for ClearBox Consulting. Here he looks at the topic of tactical vs strategic […]

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