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2019: An opportunity to pause, reflect and plan our future

​ The end of any year always provides opportunities to pause for a moment and reflect on everything that we have achieved over the last 12 months as well as look ahead to the future. For the IoIC, the end of 2019 provides an even more significant opportunity to just do that as we come to the end of the year in which we've celebrated our 70 th anniv...
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The highlights of our FutureNet journey in 2019

Since its inception at the start of 2018, FutureNet – the network for newcomers to internal communication – has gone from strength to strength. This year, we've refined the purpose and key objectives of the network – to develop professional and personal skills of IC newcomers; to raise awareness of internal communication as a career of choice; and ...
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We need to make it as easy – and normal – to talk about mental health

Internal comms pro Matt Batten reflects on his experience of managing his physical and mental health in the workplace – and the greater support that employers can offer. If you follow me on Twitter (@CommsGuyMatt), you'll already know I talk a lot of b*llocks. I had testicular cancer about three years ago and I have been on a mission to remind men ...
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How Internal Communications can drive organisational success

Internal Communications has long been poor relation to its more flamboyant cousins in the External Communications department. But times are changing. Internal Comms and Employee Engagement are increasingly being recognised for what they can do for both profile (traditionally the realm of PR) and sales (where usually advertising stakes its claim). S...
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The Future of the Workplace: How new ways of working will transform IC priorities and channels.

There is definitely something in the air at the moment when the topic of the workplace arises. A whole lexicon is springing up around organisational priorities when it comes to offering employees "the workplace of the future", whatever that means. In an average meeting / brainstorm / casual chat in the staff kitchen on the topic, the word "flexible...
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What FutureNet means to me

​Get the lowdown on our network for IC newcomers. ​ FutureNet is the first and only network of its kind. It's dedicated to supporting new internal comms professionals as they find their feet in IC. Whether you're striving to be a future leader or want to perfect your craft, it ticks all the boxes.  Aimed at people just starting on their intern...
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From the outside in

I recently made the move from a social media agency to an internal communications one. From what I hear, this is a relatively unusual move. There are some (read: many) working in social that still don't know what internal comms is. And there are no doubt some in internal comms that don't feel I'm qualified to advise at a senior level without years ...
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My first IoIC board meeting

Firstly, thank you to all of the lovely IoIC members who voted for me to be elected as an IoIC Board Member for the next 3 years. I am very excited to be starting this journey. Last week was my first board meeting, with board members old (in board experience!) and new, and I came out of that 3.5 hour meeting feeling inspired, proud and excited abou...
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Fighting fire with fine planning

Working in internal comms can sometimes feel like firefighting. 44's Tom Abbott explores how we can use approaches and processes from crisis management to help put out the flames on these busy periods... "My job description? I spend my life with two fire extinguishers strapped to my back putting out fire after fire!" Does this sound like a familiar...
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I soon began to see that this Masters would be a worthwhile commitment

My ten years of experience in internal comms roles was sprinkled with knowledge I had gained by working with other IC experts, a conference or two, or the classic way I tend to learn – from mistakes. I was pretty good at what I did, doing it for one of the most famous names in the UK but, if I'm honest, I always felt like I was missing something – ...
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