The Big Yak 2018: what I learned connecting with other 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

Employee engagement and personality: all for one and one for all?

As some of you know, I was recently awarded a distinction for my CIPR internal comms certificate course (yay!). For my final assignment, I explored the various tactics that internal communicators can use to help employees physically, cognitively and emotionally harness themselves to their individual roles and organisation (i.e employee engagement). But what if some … Continue reading Employee engagement and personality: all for one and one for all?

Studying Internal Communications – my story

Last Friday, I graduated for the second time. It was noticeably different to my first graduation ceremony for my undergraduate degree. No cap and gown, no crying mum and no worrying about what I’ll do with the rest of my life. However, unlike my undergrad, I joined the CIPR Internal Communications (IC) certificate course not … Continue reading Studying Internal Communications – my story

Five lessons I’ve learnt as a communications assistant

After 10 months as a communications assistant in an NHS hospital trust, I’m leaving to take up an internal communications (IC) executive role at a large professional services firm. To mark this special occasion (and my first blog post!), here are five important lessons I’ve learnt as an assistant: 1. Comms is much more than … Continue reading Five lessons I’ve learnt as a communications assistant

Reflections on IoIC Live 2017

Last Thursday and Friday, over 100 communication professionals came together in Bristol for IoIC Live 2017, an annual conference run by the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC). This year's event focused on the core skills that internal communicators need to engage their colleagues and to add value to their organisations. Delegates were treated to a great … Continue reading Reflections on IoIC Live 2017

CIPR Inside AGM: my thoughts

Yesterday I attended the annual general meeting (AGM) for CIPR Inside, the CIPR sectoral group for internal communicators and employee engagers. The AGM is a great opportunity to discuss the current state of the sector, chat to fellow internal communication (IC) bods from across different industries and learn more about the fantastic work that CIPR Inside … Continue reading CIPR Inside AGM: my thoughts