Today is day one of my maternity leave in preparation for my twins arriving before the end of the year.
Anyone who knows me will understand how being forced to be on bed rest and stop work earlier than planned to keep my little chaps where they are for a while longer, is not something that comes easily to me as I’m always whizzing around!
It’s naturally a time to look forward, but also to look back, so I thought I’d write a post to thank all of my clients and contacts I’ve had the privilege of working with over the past 18 months since launching All Things IC.
Running my own communication consultancy is hugely rewarding and I have lots of exciting plans for expansion once I’m back late next year.
I absolutely love working in internal communication and the variety of projects I’ve been involved with and the people I’ve enjoyed advising and working alongside has meant the time has flown by.
What have I been working on?
Every organisation I’ve worked with has approached me with an idea of how we can collectively help them achieve communication excellence.
From talking with them about what they want to accomplish, we’ve then set to work to create a strategy and plan of action to get them to where they want to be. I don’t blog about what I work on because most of the projects are confidential, which I’m sure anyone working in internal communication can appreciate.
It’s been incredibly diverse – from Twitter training frontline station employees to hosting focus groups for tiger keepers, auditing the internal communication within three organisations to advising on social media policies, enterprise social networks and intranets.
Plus I’ve enjoyed coaching comms pros individually and in their teams to prepare them for change, critically analyse their work and spend time helping them collectively move forward as a group.
The photo on this page is one of my favourites – it shows a penguin photobombing my picture while I was walking around London Zoo talking with employees and experiencing their working environment. What a rascal, it gave me a real fright and made me laugh.
I’ve also had a packed schedule of guest speaking opportunities including Google in April, the Government’s #ICExcellence events and creating a brand new course on social media strategy and how to maximise enterprise social networks for the Institute of Internal Communication.
In alphabetical order, thank you to my fantastic clients for asking me to work alongside you and I look forward to catching up with you when I return post-maternity leave late next year to see how you’re getting on: Cambridge Assessment, Heathrow Express, Jamie Oliver Group, London Ambulance Service, London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo (Zoological Society of London), Northern Trust Bank, Notting Hill Housing, O2, St Andrew’s Healthcare, Steria, Skills for Health, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Tullow Oil, University of Wolverhampton.
Thanks also to the ace team at Sequel Group who will be keeping an eye on my clients while I’m off – you’re in good hands.
As I did during my maternity leave when I had my daughter in 2012, I intend to continue blogging and reading about all things internal communication and sharing them with you. Albeit with three little ones under three, the timings may be sporadic!
I have a number of guest writers lined up, and in December will be repeating my hugely popular advent series of posts. In case you missed it last year, I’ll be taking a look back at articles I’ve featured in 2014 to share the stories that comms pros wrote for my blog over the past 12 months by featuring a story a day from 1-25 December.
If you are a comms professional with a story to tell, do check out my guidelines and get in touch as I’m always keen feature fresh voices and new stories. Have a rummage through the archive to see what makes a good article, and you could see your name here in 2015.
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The regular pages on my blog will continue to be kept updated including the jobs page and comms calendar, so you can keep an eye on current opportunities and discover what’s coming up for comms pros to attend.
Having been asked by numerous readers to share a “bump pic,” here you go – I’m pictured on my way to the UK Social Media Awards a couple of weeks ago.
For now I’m going to sign off and put my (many!) feet up and thank you as ever for stopping by,
P.s. If you’re a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), check out their new range of guides for employees and employers regarding maternity leave.
First published on All Things IC blog 5 November 2014.