New Government Communication Service Comms Plan 2024/5

If you’re looking for an example of a strong comms plan, you’ve found it. This week the UK’s Government Communication Service (GCS) published its comms plan for 2024/5. Regardless of your political views, it’s always an interesting read from a communicators’ perspective. I’ve been highlighting the GCS’ plans on my blog since 2015, as they […]

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Podcast: How to make your first IC role a success

Today’s episode of my Candid Comms podcast examines how to make your first internal communication role a success. Whether you’re just starting out in internal communication, want to recruit to your team or make a move into IC, this episode is for you. I’ve looked at: What does it mean to work in internal communication? […]

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Podcast: How to recruit an internal communicator

Are you recruiting an internal communication professional? Do you know how to describe the type of person you’re looking for? Is this the first time you’ve tried to hire an IC pro? Have you researched the job title accurately? This week’s episode of the Candid Comms podcast is for you if you’re searching for a […]

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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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