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Countdown to Christmas: Day four – Future of comms

Day four in my Advent series of articles by comms professionals features Jarrod Williams looking at the future of communication. I first published this article in June 2014 and it focuses on the excellent #futurecomms14 event that happened in the Summer… What does the future of communication look like? This week it’s been a bumper […]

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Recommended books for comms pros…

Every week I am contacted by professional communicators worldwide who ask my opinion as they are on the hunt for books on internal communication, social media, PR and employee engagement. I’ve published my annual recommendations in the form of Amazon lists on my blog since 2009 and highlighted the books I’ve contributed to. Today I’ve […]

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How to plan and launch a new intranet

So you have a shiny new intranet waiting in the wings, what is the best way to introduce it and get employees excited about the changes you’ve been working so hard on? I’ve been a fan of the “long wow” approach adopted by Aviva since hearing about it a couple of years ago – that […]

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CEO comms: why silence is not golden

Hot on the heels of the Sainsbury’s 50p challenge story I published last week, the name Justin King caught my eye in the latest UK issue of PR Week. Justin (pictured) was CEO of the supermarket chain from 2004 until July this year and was interviewed by the publication. In the article he talked about the reality […]

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How to choose the right channels for comms and engagement

“We need a poster!” Can we have a page in the magazine? I’ve shot this video on my iPhone.” How many times do internal communication conversations start like that? Once you’ve nodded and smiled, it’s the skill of the strategic communicator to steer the discussion in the direction of results. Here Kate Jones, (pictured), Head […]

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Erasing the pompousness of management comms

How often do you analyse the tone of your internal communication? What about emails from senior leaders to the organisation – do you get heavily involved as a professional communicator or offer them advice and guidance and leave them to craft their own messages? Today an article caught my eye from the Telegraph newspaper here […]

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How can you keep up-to-date with comms news?

I regularly get asked by people in my network, clients and peers to share what I’ve been reading. I do so daily via Twitter @AllthingsIC and less frequently via LinkedIn and Google+. I’ve lost count of the number of people who ask: “how can I keep up-to-date with the world of comms?’ or ‘I’ve got an interview […]

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How to communicate a strategic plan

How does your company communicate its annual strategic plan? What works well for you and how involved are your employees in the process? Hilary Castle @hilaire_chateau, (pictured) is Communications Manager at Moat Housing Association in the UK, which works to provide affordable homes and services for people in housing need. I spotted her tweets that hinted […]

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How to write an internal communication strategy

What does an internal communication strategy look like? Do you need one? How should you write one? How long should it be? What is an internal communication strategy? All of these phrases are used daily on my blog as people search through my content to help them create theirs. So I thought I’d dedicate this […]

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Internal Comms pros shape the broadcast agenda

Does video feature in your plans for this year? Are you looking for opportunities to showcase your frontline employees and leaders via film to share their stories? At the end of last year I highlighted a new event I’d been made aware of that encouraged corporate communicators to think like broadcasters during two free workshops. I […]

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Disney’s secrets revealed for comms pros

Corporate communication is not a Mickey Mouse game full of Goofy campaigns, but it does have Cinderella moments. Done well, it can create magical fairytale experiences that inspire, entertain and inform your employees. Enough Disney puns for one sentence?… Through this article you will discover some of the secrets behind Disney’s success and what comms pros […]

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Three freebies to suit your January comms budget

Happy New Year to readers of my blog, I hope you enjoyed the holiday season, and if it’s your first day back at work today, I hope it goes well. Seeing as we’re in January and pay day probably seems like a long way away, here are three comms freebies to keep your wallets and […]

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