#SMWLDN countdown is on…

The countdown to Social Media Week is on… Social Media Week returns to London next week (24-28 September) and there are hundreds of events planned for professional communicators to choose from.

Where will you be going? Who will you be listening to and what will you be seeing? If you fancy being a roving reporter for my blog and writing a guest article about what you see and do, check out my guidelines and do get in touch.

The theme this year is Empowering Change through Collaboration, looking at the global impact of social media and its role as a catalyst in driving policitical, cultural, social and economic change.

Most of the events are free and open for anyone to attend. However you do need to individually register to events, and each one has a limited amount of seats available.

You can find out more via the Social Media Week website, download the SMW app (I have and it’s very user-friendly. The photo on this page is my profile on it), follow @smwldn or check out the hashtag #SMWLDN on Twitter. Alternatively see the YouTube channel. I wrote about February’s SMW and you can read my overview of it here.

My social media week
I am going to be speaking at the Facebook hub on Wednesday alongside some of my fellow Share This book authors. I’ll be talking about my chapter on employee engagement: how social media are changing internal communication.

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is hosting a range of events next week including looking at social media and its involvement with the Olympics and Paralympics, and also a session on Wikipedia and Public Relations. Find out more about the CIPR events

On Thursday 27 September I’m going to be attending the largest tweetup in the UK, the Ealing tweetup, in the evening.(Ealing is a borough in the West of London).

I’ve been volunteering my time at the Ealing branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) charity since Christmas as Web and Social Media Editor to support parents in the borough. I’m looking forward to discussing all things social media with local and national tweeters in my part of London. You can follow the activity via #EalingTU on Twitter or read the article the Huffington Post wrote about the one a few months back. If you want to sign up for the social media week special Ealing Tweetup, you can here.

So, whatever you do next week and wherever you’re going, enjoy, take lots of notes and let me know if you’d like to share via my blog. Don’t forget you can let other internal comms pros know what you recommend by tweeting @theICcrowd, Rachel.


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