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How to plan your Comms effectively

What is your planning process like? A survey of over 350 senior Comms leaders revealed 38% acknowledge they don’t work to an overall communications masterplan. Does that resonate with you? According to global research by ICPlan and Donhead Consultants, Comms professionals who take planning seriously get better results. However, as many as four in ten […]

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What’s it like to leave an in-house role?

Are you thinking of becoming a Comms Consultant in 2021? If you’re curious about becoming a freelancer, I know you’ll find this guest post useful. I’ve interviewed Chris Coburn to share what the reality is like so far. He spent a decade at John Lewis and has just launched Chris Coburn Communications (CCC). I wanted […]

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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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What does the new normal look like for internal communications in 2021?

What does the new normal look like for internal communications in 2021? This was the topic of the opening panel at PRWeek’s Strategic Internal Communication conference today. Jenni Field, Founder and Director of Redefining Communications chaired the panel on my behalf, as I’m still recovering from Coronavirus. Thank you Jenni. She’s here with a guest […]

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How mature is your internal communication?

If I asked you how mature your organisation’s internal communication is, what would you say? What about your Comms team? If you feel like you want to change things in 2021, do you know where to start? Today I have news of a maturity model that I know you’ll find useful, it’s been created by […]

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Internal Comms and the challenges of COVID-19

How has this year been for you? How has it really been? Internal Communications and the Challenges of COVID-19 conference took place yesterday, hosted by Communicate Magazine. It was a day packed with inspirational ideas, shared experiences and a huge dose of reality. If I asked you to list the challenges 2020 has presented, we […]

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Black History Month: a comms and inclusion case study

2020 has been a year like no other, bringing about new challenges for internal comms practitioners. Today I have a guest post for you by Lia Crooks, Internal Comms Manager and Inclusion Lead at Simply Business, a fintech, with nearly 800 people based in the UK and US. She’s shared how her company celebrated Black History […]

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How to recover from setbacks

How do you recover from setbacks? Do you have a particular process to help you when things don’t work out as planned? Today I have a guest post to help you learn about recovering from setbacks. It’s been written by Matt Batten, Director of Communication and Outreach at the Diocese of Llandaff, Church in Wales. Matt recently spoke […]

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What podcasts exist for Comms and PR pros?

Do you listen to podcasts? I regularly receive queries asking for recommendations and I feature them in my monthly email newsletter, The Water Cooler. So to coincide with the release of my latest podcast interview, I thought I’d share some resources with you. My daily routine includes listening to at least one podcast, as I […]

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A focus on all things IC by Rachel Roberts

Voting has opened in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) elections. As a Fellow of the Institute and someone who invests in my membership and professional development annually, I’m always curious to discover who is standing. Positions up for the vote are President (including a year as President-Elect) and Council members. If you’re able […]

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What online church can teach IC

This year has caused many organisations to change the way they communicate. We’ve had to pause some of our usual channels such as digital signage, printed publications and in-person Town Halls. We’ve increased our use of digital channels and encouraged leaders to be virtually visible. For the church, it has caused a complete re-think around […]

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Are you a leader like me?

This week marks 21 years of my career and I’m grateful for everyone who has inspired, trained and mentored me. I can pinpoint two conversations that gave me the confidence I needed to make decisions. Asking for help has created numerous opportunities for me over the years. I now have the pleasure of advising Comms […]

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