Twenty years ago, in the late nineties, the Eurozone and the introduction of the new Euro currency was the BIG topic of conversation. I was Head of Internal Comms at Thomas Cook Financial Services at the time, my first big corporate IC role, and learning a lot on the job. You could say I was a littleContinue Reading Seeing red: a story about learning the hard way
Capturing hearts and minds by putting real people and real stories at the centre of their business has been the key to the success of the partnership between ReAssure and Age UK. In this special guest blog, Shana Roberts, a manager in the CEO’s office at ReAssure, tells us about the inspirational work they’ve beenContinue Reading Charity partnership captures hearts and minds
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
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
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
Celebrating 20 years This December I’ll be celebrating 20 years as an independent internal communication consultant. To mark the occasion, I’m exiting my comfort zone and setting up a blog, with themes promoted in my special anniversary desk calendar, such as storytelling (January) and giving something back (September). Thank you to everyone who’s supported me onContinue Reading My first blog