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Rallying cry for Communicators

Two years on from the MacLeod Report, David MacLeod took to the stage at the Institute of Internal Communications’ (IoIC) annual conference on Friday to issue a rallying cry to Communicators to help shape the future. Alongside Nita Clarke, David MacLeod was commissioned by the Department for Business (BIS) to take an in-depth look at […]

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A balancing act

This week I was contacted by Comms professional Ajita Jabal Shah who lives in Pune, India, asking if she could write an article for my blog and I was happy to oblige. Ajita has been working as an Associate in Corporate Communications for a multinational corporation for over four years. She has written a humourous […]

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Fighting the good fight?

I came across an article today on bizcommunity which focused on Internal Communication (IC). It unpicked perceptions and stated the case… “to make internal communication strategic, it needs to be viewed from a business point of view”.  You can read the whole post here From reading the article it struck me that there seems to […]

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What will make you stand out from the IC crowd?

What are employers looking for from Internal Communications (IC) professionals? This is a question that gets asked time and again with differing answers. Expectations are high but what will really make you stand out from the crowd and make your CV sparkle above the others in the pile? I invited David Broome, who heads up […]

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Seven ways to be ‘relevant’

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) held its world conference in Canada this month and as I was unable to go I’ve been reading as much as I can about what went on across the pond. I think it’s really important to be aware of key trends and new thinking and Twitter has been […]

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IoIC, easy as 1-2-3?

Last week the British Association of Communicators in Business (CiB) formally became the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC). The organisation says it aims to champion better communication between employers and employees and wants to “improve business success and profitability through enhanced communication within organisations.” I think it’s a smart move to have a dedicated association, […]

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How to raise your game as an internal communicator

Last Thursday communications guru (and one of my personal heroes), Bill Quirke led a teaching session at Kingston PgDip in Internal Communications Management.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay and hear him speak, however current student Siobhán Roddis from Ernst & Young has kindly written this guest post on her thoughts from his session, Rachel. I really enjoyed Bill’s […]

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Turning ‘Gods’ into ‘Guides’

Last night I went to a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Inside event to hear John Smythe talking about his book “The CEO, Chief Engagement Officer, Turning Hierarchy Upside Down to Drive Performance” and his upcoming book on employee engagement. It was the first time I’d been to a CIPR Inside evening and I […]

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Communicating on both sides

I’ve been talking with fellow communicators over the past few days about the role of internal and external communication and whether you can truly be purely internal or purely external. It seems to me that as professional communicators you need to have an understanding and awareness of both fields so even if you choose to […]

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Don’t say the c word

Today was the second day of Melcrum’s Strategic communication management summit in London. It was another packed day which I really enjoyed. For me, the highlight was meeting up with people I’ve tweeted with for months and having life breathed into subjects we all know are important but need a refresher every now and then. […]

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Facing up to the challenge

Transparency, a long-term vision and remembering to focus on the individual – these were all labelled as some of the biggest challenges facing communicators in 2009 by comms professionals from a wide variety of organisations tonight. We met at Able and How’s offices in London for the first of their round table events, that brought […]

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