This is probably the most awkward thing I’ve ever written. As a Black British woman of Jamaican and working-class heritage, self-celebratory posts like the one I’m about to write aren’t typically encouraged. “Be careful of redeye!” (Jamaican slang for “Beware of jealous people!”) “No one likes a show-off!” “It’s super-tacky to talk about yourself all … Continue reading Celebrating 2020: 5 ‘impossible’ things I did this year
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
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
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
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?
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