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Event Starts
9:30 am on 9th Mar 2021
Event Ends
4:30 pm on 10th Mar 2021
Standard Price
£1,500.00 + VAT
Members Price
£1,250.00 + VAT


Delivered over two days of interactive online webinars, discussions and practical exercises, Accelerate Part One covers the fundamental foundations of strategic internal communication practice and equips practitioners with the learning they need to add even more value to their organisation and build their reputation as trusted advisors - from objective setting and planning to creative execution. 

Accelerate is particularly aimed at individuals with 1-5 years' of internal communication experience who are looking to take on strategic roles with confidence, but will also benefit more experienced practitioners who wish to fine-tune their skills and gain new insights.


Consisting of six distinct modules, Accelerate Part one covers: 

The Fundamentals of IC Planning

We’ll show you why planning is everything in internal communication – and give you a powerful blueprint you can use to build your own plans.

Hardwiring IC to Organisational Goals

To succeed in internal communication, you need to deliver results that are hardwired to your organisation’s goals and strategy.

Advanced Audience Segmentation

We’ll show you the best tools for audience segmentation – and give you a flowchart for putting everything into practice.

Making Your Messages Stick

Making your message stick is the holy grail of communication. We’ll teach you little-known storytelling tricks that guarantee people will remember your message.

Choosing and Using the Right Channels

Selecting the right channels is a crucial part of your role as a communicator. We’ll show you the pros and cons of key channels – print, electronic & face-to face– and how to build a robust channel framework of your own.

Creativity for Communicators

We’ll show you how to make sure innovation is ‘baked in’ to your schedule, so you’re always seen as the person or department bringing new ideas to the table.


All participants will also gain: 

  • Pre and post course access to Canvas, the IoIC's online learning environment, where they will find all course materials and be able to engage with their fellow participants
  • The opportunity to try things out in the workplace before coming back together as a group for discussions and feedback
  • A network of like-minded professionals to connect with and learn from


About the trainers

Kevin McDougall

Kevin joined the Gatehouse team in January 2020 and has more than 20 years’ experience across the communications disciplines. He started his agency career in the WPP network, servicing clients such as Virgin Atlantic and Emirates Airlines. Kevin has also held several in-house roles including senior roles at BBC, TfL, Hiscox and KPMG.

Kevin’s role at Gatehouse is to ensure clients receive a world-class service from the team and to open up the potential of the Gallagher network to our clients. Kevin thrives on understanding ‘people’ and enjoys working with clients to work through their real communications problems in order to deliver the best possible business outcomes.

Andy Macleod

Andy joined the Gatehouse team in December 2019 and has over 20 years’ experience in internal and change communications. Over the last 5 years he has partnered with organisations big and small to support their internal communications recruitment needs. Here at Gatehouse, Andy leads our recruitment activity for senior level communications professionals, as well as our training and development programmes in partnership with IoIC and IABC.

Tamara Alhuneidi

Tamara joined the Gatehouse team in April 2016 and has a background in Employee Engagement and Change Management. With a Masters’ degree in Occupational Psychology, she likes to understand what makes organisations tick and what motivates employees to go above and beyond at work. Tamara has been a trainer for the Accelerate course for the past two years and was part of launching the programme for the first time in the US last year.


Delegate feedback

'The course has been great in providing practical tips to add value to my day job, as well as examples and best practice that I will definitely be implementing'

'This course reinforced my understanding of all the principles of good internal comms and armed me with some great practical tips, tools and techniques that I will apply back in the workplace'

'It's been a great confidence-builder and brilliant to network with fellow communicators. Real food for thought and great tools to take back and apply'

For more information about the Accelerate programme click here. To book on parts one and two of the Accelerate programme and benfit from a discount, click here. Please note our training terms and conditions before booking your place.

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