When I was 10-years-old, I wanted to be a journalist. I loved reading and writing stories, and showed plenty promise from early on. However, after a less-than-pleasant university experience and countless ‘portfolio building’ (aka unpaid) placements, I found myself in the worst position for an ambitious, mid-twenty-something: goalless and hopeless. Cue my ‘Career Dress-up’ years … Continue reading The Joys And Pains Of Changing Careers In Your Late Twenties
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
October is my favourite month. Not only does my birthday fall within its 31 days (yay me!), it’s also Black History Month in the UK. For those who don’t know, Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the experiences and contributions of Black African and Caribbean people in the UK. As a Black … Continue reading Black History Month 2018 – My Black Sheroes
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
“Join our winter series of yoga and mindfulness classes, starting January 2018. £24 for a twelve-week course.” Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s exactly what I thought when I saw this ad at my workplace last December. Although I’d heard great things about yoga, it was never something I, or anyone close to … Continue reading What Yoga Taught Me About Breathing, Sex and Everything Else
Photographs from a recent weekend trip to Split, Croatia with a university pal. I took the non-me ones.
Most of us remember when we lost our virginity. Perhaps you were 16-years-old in your boyfriend’s box room or a few years older in a nightclub toilet cubicle? You’ll probably be able to tell me about the lucky guy or lady – their name, how they smelt, how it ended. But what about the first … Continue reading Losing my Lipstick Virginity Helped Me Find Self Love
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 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
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
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