What are your plans for the Summer? The rather soggy British weather has been interspersing the gorgeous sunshine we had been blessed with.
I took this photograph in Trafalgar Square, London, this week. It shows Brits queuing in the rain, could there be a more typical image?!
There’s just a couple of weeks of August left, so this article rounds up what’s on for comms pros until September. Even if the weather doesn’t sort itself out, there’s plenty of summer-inspired events to whet your appetite.
Every Sunday I take a look at upcoming awards, courses, conferences and events and publish ‘What’s on this week‘.
If you’d like to plan your time further, see the comms calendar as it goes until the end of the year and beyond.
Have your say on working in IC
If you haven’t yet shared your views on what it’s like to work in internal communication via VMA Group’s survey, I encourage you to. It’s 77 questions long and will take you about 10 minutes to compete.
Your invitation to an ESNAnon hangout
An ESNAnon hangout is happening from 3-4pm online on 19 August. This is your chance to talk with like-minded comms professionals about all things enterprise social network (ESN) related. It will focus on analytics and what to measure.
To find out more about ESNAnon, see the article I wrote about the ESNAnon unconference I went to in March 2015.
Lots of membership associations are planning their Summer Socials. Here are details of ones from the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) and the internal comms group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations:
- 20 August: IoIC Scotland Summer Social
- 26 August: CIPR Inside Summer drinks, Manchester, 6-9pm
- 26 August, CIPR Inside Summer drinks, London, 6.30-10pm
Recent All Things IC blog articles
The following articles have been published on the All Things IC blog over the past week:
- A very stylish way to spark creativity – my look at the Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery
- Is company culture important? – guest post by Alexander Maasik
- IC is for internal communication – my internal comms glossary plus a look at Google’s Alphabet announcement.
Don’t forget to download the free All Things IC app to access articles on the go.
Be an early bird – and benefit from being an All Things IC reader
I’m looking forward to speaking at the annual IC conference from CIPR Inside on Tuesday 13 October 2015.
Readers of the All Things IC blog can save 20% on ticket prices – at both early bird and standard prices.
The code you need is: allthingsIC15.
The early bird price is live now. It gives members and non-members up to £100 off the standard ticket price, and general discounts are available for freelancer, public sector and charity practitioners.
The early bird ticket prices run until midnight on Friday 11 September 2015. After this, tickets will be available at the standard price.
Book your tickets here – and don’t forget to use the code allthingsIC15 so you can save money. Don’t forget you can save on both the early bird and standard price, simply by reading this very blog.
Here’s the small print
Thank you to CIPR Inside for offering this deal for All Things IC’s readers. I asked if it would be possible because this conference is one of the highlights of the various events I attend each year.
I wanted to encourage as many comms pros as possible to come along, and am delighted to be able to offer you money off.
The discount is valid on all the generic tickets. So this means anyone who is not a CIPR member, a member of another association, like IoIC, or a student, will benefit from it.
This video shows what you can expect:
I’m now planning to sign off for the rest of the month and will be back in September.
My maternity leave is rapidly coming to an end, and I’m looking forward to returning to work in September – more info to come soon.
If you’re looking for more things to read, see my Summer reading list for internal communicators.
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Have a great fortnight,
Post author: Rachel Miller
First published on 16 August 2015.