Have you made the ICon Awards shortlist?

Congratulations to the professional communicators who have made the ICon Awards 2016 shortlist.

These awards are organised by the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) and winners will be named at a ceremony in London next week.

It was a pleasure to judge them. I love seeing communicators recognised for their hard work, well done to everyone who has made the list below.

Unfortunately I can’t make the event in person, where I was due to pick up my IoIC Fellowship certificate, but am sure it will be a good one.

The awards will be followed by IoIC’s @IoICnews annual Insight Seminar on 10 November in London.

This year’s topic is: How IC professionals can best manage the impact of major change in times of uncertainty. 

Is a few hours enough?!

The seminar billing states: Post-Brexit the ability to communicate effectively in times of major change has never been so important.

The event will explore how IC professionals can understand the implications for leaders and employee morale, best manage the impact, and support the organisation in preventing a downward spiral of anxiety and fear impacting on business performance.

See the IoIC website for more information and to save your space.

ICon shortlist
Let’s get back to the shortlist.
IoIC say: “The ICon Awards celebrate talent, recognising the people who consistently turn theory into great internal communication practice. With increased pressure in the workplace, it’s all the more important that good work is acknowledged and encouraged through awards and recognition.”

There are seven categories plus the Internal Communicator of the Year award.

ICon Awards shortlist:

Best IC manager – corporate
  • Leanne Taylor, AXA
  • Nicola Watson, Metrolink

Best editor – for work in any media or format 

  • Alison Harmer, Harmer Editorial Ltd
  • Peter Bennett, Headlines
  • Emma Bennett, AB Publishing
  • Duncan Mills, AB Publishing
  • Caroline Cowe, RBS

Best writer – for work in any media or format 

  • Bevan Frank, University of East London
  • Caroline Cowe, RBS

Best designer – for work in any media or format 

  • Brian Amey, Headlines
  • Chris Keller, Headlines
  • Graham Gilhooley, 20/20 Productions
  • Nick McCarthy, Synergy Creative

Best visual creator – video, photography, illustration

  • Sara Wilmot, Headlines
  • Greg Brauns, Limehouse Films Ltd
  • Chuck Cumming, 20/20 Productions
  • Anastascia Sichkarenko, Sequel Group
  • Claudi Schneider, Sequel Group

Best freelance/consultant/interim

  • Alison Harmer, Harmer Editorial Ltd
  • Lesley Allman, Allman Communication Ltd
  • Jennifer Ball, Minerva Engagement

Rising talent awards – best young communicator

  • Holly Whitecross, Headlines
  • Katie Nertney, Headlines
  • Claire Frost, Linklaters LLP
  • Sarah Smith, Freelance
  • Andrew Hubbard, Domino’s Pizza Group
  • Marii Stolsen, 20/20 Productions
  • Jessie Watts, Sequel Group

Internal Communicator of the Year

  • Sheldon Malcolm, Go-Ahead London
  • Leanne Taylor, AXA
  • Nicola Watson, Metrolink
  • Kate Jones, Tarmac.

Congratulations again to everyone who has made the ICon Awards shortlist and best of luck next week.

Sign up for the #insidestory awards
ciprinsideMissed out on an ICon Award nomination? Don’t forget entries are being sought from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ CIPR Inside #insidestory awards.

The deadline for early entries is 30 November 2016.

See my recent article for all you need to know.

Further reading: How to enter comms awards

Want to learn more about internal communication?

If you’re looking to boost your IC skills, you’re in luck.

MasterclassesThis year I launched All Things IC Masterclasses to help professional communicators achieve excellence.

These are one-day courses held in London and cost from £399+VAT per person.

Masterclasses are deliberately small to encourage attendees to share experiences with each other, work on exercises together and to build confidence. This enables you to take the skills you’ve learnt back to the office and start using them straight away.

The courses help you improve your comms knowledge, learn internal communication theory, get answers to comms problems you’re facing at work and meet peers.

So far I’ve welcomed delegates from companies including Centrica, the UN, Homebase, Manchester Airports Group, Guardian, DHL, St John Ambulance, Welwyn Hatfield Council and many more.

If you are an IoIC or CIPR member you can log Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points for attending.

Feedback from previous attendees speaks for itself about the value the course brings:

Upcoming Masterclasses include:

I lead the majority of Masterclasses and am delighted to have Helen Deverell @helendeverell leading the Writing Skills Masterclass.

Here’s what’s coming up for you to choose from over the next few months:

Strategic Internal Communication (for senior-level practitioners), 1 December 2016
Internal Communication: 24 January 2017
Writing Skills Masterclass: 22 February 2017
Strategic Internal Communication, 23 March 2017
Internal Communication, 27 April 2017.

Interested in having an All Things IC Masterclass in your workplace? If there are five or more people in your organisation interested in a particular course, we may be able to run one at your office or create a bespoke course just for you.

Contact All Things IC with your requirements and we can discuss. Prices are by individual arrangement.

You can find out more about Masterclasses via these short videos:

Post author: Rachel Miller

First published on the All Things IC blog 2 November 2016.

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