Warning: I’m about to make what could be a career-limiting public announcement. I don’t like presenting or public speaking. I’m not great at it. There, it’s out there. And I’m not alone. Glossophobia, or a fear of public speaking, is said to affect around 75% of people. In fact, it’s such a big deal that it’sContinue Reading Do you dream of public speaking or is it your worst nightmare?
School’s out in the UK now until early September. What does this mean for businesses, internal communications and freelancers? We’re all impacted by this big summer break, whether parents or not. On the plus side, if you travel to work by car the roads are generally quieter. But if you’re one of the five millionContinue Reading School’s out
This Friday 21 June is Bring Your Dog to Work Day, a time to celebrate our four-legged friends and reflect on the benefits they bring to the workplace. What is Bring Your Dog to Work Day? Established in 2014, Bring Your Dog To Work Day is an annual UK-wide event that raises moneyContinue Reading Beware: Dog at work
What do eggs have to do with cultural diversity? I’m working with a global organisation, supporting with internal comms for the HR Services function. Every month one of the teams I’m part of begin their Zoom meetings with a random question found on Google. My first meeting with them opened with the egg question. ItContinue Reading How do you like your eggs?
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’. In the UK, over 15.4 million days were lost at work in 2017/18 because of work-related stress, depression or anxiety. The stats about stress at work are in fact quiteContinue Reading Why laughter could be the answer to workplace stress
It’s World Book Day – an initiative set-up to get the UK sharing stories. If you’re managing internal comms in your organisation, why not take 10 minutes to share a story on your company intranet or social media groups? Tools and resources are available online (mostly aimed at schools and children) to inspire you and helpContinue Reading My top 10 books for internal communicators
From the day I received my first five-year diary as a child I was hooked on recording life’s events. I became an observer of people and analyser of my deepest thoughts. So, in my search for topics to include in my 2019 desk calendar, I was intrigued to read about ‘the greatest diarist of all’,Continue Reading Internal blogs, what’s the point?
February 7th was ‘Time to Talk Day’ – a national initiative from Time to Change, a growing social movement that’s working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. As someone who started out in internal comms in 1999, it’s great to see organisations encouraging us to be more openContinue Reading It’s time to talk every day
If you’re like me and love a good story, you’ll be looking forward to National Storytelling Week – 26 January to 2 February. It’s a great reminder for those of us in the internal comms profession to sharpen our pencils and use this age-old practice to build a connected, engaged and purposeful organisation. I’m aContinue Reading Storytelling for internal communicators
2019…where did that come from? Happy New Year! I’m Pauline Foster and I’m celebrating 20 years as an independent internal communication consultant. To commemorate this wondrous event, I’ve produced a desk calendar (details on how to grab a copy are at the end of this blog), which focuses on themes of interest to internal communicators,Continue Reading My first blog