Few things fill me with joy and pride like Jamaica. I wear my heritage like a badge of honour and for good reason. My island has it all: beautiful landscapes, a fascinating history; a diverse – and hilarious – population and one of the most influential cultures in the world. So today, I’m joining nearly … Continue reading Jamaican Independence Day: 5 love letters from PR and media
It's National Simplicity Day on Sunday (12 July); a day where people ditch the internet and life’s complications in favour of nature, calm and effortlessness. Simple doesn’t come easy for me. But if there’s one thing the current pandemic has taught me, it’s that there’s beauty in the basics. Everything else is just noise. National … Continue reading 3 Ways to Keep Your Communications Super Simple
What would you do if: You were in a meeting to discuss how to make your corporate magazine content more inclusive and the most senior person in the room – a white man – tells you he’s at risk of being a minority. Three of the seven people in the room are white men. You’re … Continue reading 7 meaningful ways you can support Black people today
Last Thursday, I made my way to the London College of Communication to attend ‘Careers in Public Relations & Communications’, a panel and networking event aimed at anyone wanting to enter or progress in PR, comms and media relations. I was buzzed about going for 3 reasons: The panel and host were all Black women … Continue reading 3 feelings I felt while at my first Black Women in PR event
If you’d have told me when I graduated from my psychology degree course a decade ago that I’d be willingly writing about the topic, I’d have laughed my head off. It’s not that I didn’t like psychology – it fascinated me. I just didn’t like university much (a post for another day!). But here I … Continue reading 3 fields of psychology every comms person should explore
A few months ago, I was invited to speak at Leadership and internal communications: an essential partnership, the first global online conference by the fab H&H communications agency. It was my first time speaking at the conference and while I was very nervous, I was absolutely made up to be asked! Delivering a presentation applying … Continue reading VIDEO: My first talk on psychology and internal communications!
Picture this: you've made the invite list for your organisation's exec board meeting (hopefully, as a strategic IC advisor). At your first meeting, during a group discussion about a proposed high-impact business change, a senior leader suggests a completely unworkable course of action. Before you can even think "holy shizz - this is bad!", the meeting … Continue reading Groupthink – when more heads aren’t better than one
This month marks 3 years since I took my first step towards a career in Internal Communications by attending a CIPR Inside Annual General Meeting. I can still picture it now. Me, a frustrated health admin manager who’d only heard of IC a couple of months before, sat on my own in a room filled … Continue reading 5 times the Internal Comms community was the absolute best!
Tomorrow millions of people across the world will open heart-adorned cards and exchange sweet nothings across candlelit dinner tables in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating with your special someone or engaging in some self-love practices, it’s hard to deny the good feeling that comes from being in love. Whether that’s with another human, … Continue reading Valentine’s Day 2019: Why we love solving employee challenges
Happy New Year! I hope, like me, you're still filled with Christmas cheer and excited about what 2019 has in store. This year, I've decided to continue focusing on my 2018 goals – one of which was to incorporate more academic insights in my internal communications (IC) practice and this blog. I made some great … Continue reading 5 easy-peasy ways to make your intranet irresistible to employees
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is one of the hottest topics in business at the moment, thanks in part to recent high-profile initiatives such as gender pay gap reporting, #BlackLivesMatter and the #MeToo movement. And with increased diversity in the workplace being linked to enhanced financial performance, team problem-solving power and employee engagement, it’s no wonder … Continue reading 5 easy ways we can become more inclusive internal communicators
Like Charlie Bucket in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I was one of 160 internal communication (IC) professionals lucky enough to bag a ticket to this year's #TheBigYak. https://twitter.com/annique_simpson/status/979328268863201281 Run by comms veterans Rachel Miller, Jenni Field and Dana Leeson, the unconference brings together IC pros from different orgs, sectors and geographies to … Continue reading The Big Yak 2018: what I learned connecting with other internal communicators