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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Aged 9 years old I was asked this very question and I had absolutely no idea. I winged it (quite literally) and told an assembled school hall that I was going to be an air stewardess – it turns out I loathe flying … No ultimate vision, no career dream, no check-list of stepping stones ever emerged for me. I may be an avid planner, but I've never ha...
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The more I read, the more it sounded a perfect fit for me

After my GCSEs, I decided I would take A-levels which seemed 'sensible' but interesting and after much self-debate, I landed with Business Studies, IT and Graphic Design. Although I would've have predicted it at the time, they really did come to good use – helping me in various ways in my IC career. I absolutely loved Business Studies and through t...
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It's about crafting the story of what we are trying to achieve together

When I was a kid I always enjoyed a story. Hearing them, reading them, sharing them, creating them. That's in essence what we do in Internal Communications. No matter the business we work with it is about crafting the story of what we are trying to achieve together, helping people know the role they play and for all of us to feel we are part of it....
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Internal Communications and Employee Engagement: A Promising Destination for Anthropology Graduates

When I used to recruit students to take an introductory anthropology course or do their degree with my department, people (especially parents) would ask: What can you do with a degree in Anthropology? While many anthropology (and social science) graduates explore careers in Non-profits, Marketing, or HR, here I explore the underappreciated, but inc...
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There is always something new to learn, something different to try and something exciting to get involved with

It's not always simple trying to explain to some people what internal communications is and I often end up saying: "You know when you get a magazine on your desk telling you about what people in your office have been up to? Well, that's what I do." It's not really – in fact, it's SO MUCH MORE and I'm doing myself and the profession a huge disservic...
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If I had to go back, I would choose it one hundred times over

Being in my twenties, it's rare that I come across peers who know what I mean when I say I work in Internal Communications (IC). I've been asked "Oh… you do telesales?" or after explaining further, "Is that like HR?" (Closer). And "Ah! So you're the person who sends newsletters?" While true at surface level, there is much more depth to 'sending new...
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I remember the day I discovered Internal Communications like it was yesterday

I remember the day I discovered Internal Communications like it was yesterday. It was 7pm and I'd been at work for about 12 hours having started on the early shift. This was in a call centre for a well known utility and I'd recently been promoted to call centre team leader. It was then that I read the job advert for an Internal Communications Assis...
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Team Building Skills: How to Build and Maintain Team Spirit During a National Pandemic

It's interesting that they are many leaders and business owners who still think that keeping up their team's morale is little more than a hobby. But if you lead any group of employees in an organization, you should know that maintaining their confidence and team spirit is a non-negotiable responsibility. Having these relevant team-building skills i...
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Vlog series: Leadership Comms Tips

Short vlogs on supporting your leaders to communicate better with your employees. In this series, produced in conjunction with Brand Experiences, IoIC Fellow, Nicholas Wardle, gives tips on how you can encourage your senior leaders to become better internal communicators. Delivering the strategic narrative is a recognised enabler of engagement, but...
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This is why a career in internal comms could be for you

We've all been there. You're 18 (19 at a push) and suddenly, some of life's big choices hit you. Will it be uni or college? A-levels or an apprenticeship? And what are you going to study?! These are pretty big decisions when most of the time, you won't have all the options on the table. I, as an example, was pretty keen to do journalism because my ...
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  • 19th January 2022
    We are excited to announce the IoIC Festival 2022 Building on the success of 2021, this year is set to be bigger and better. The Festival will take place at Goosedale on Tuesday 5 and...
  • 17th January 2022
    We've listened to your feedback and hear what a busy start you have had to the year, so we are extending the entry deadline for the IoIC Central & North Komms Klub Awards for one last...
  • 17th December 2021
    Trends for internal communication profession 2022 Reflecting on the key trends that I believe will most impact our profession this coming year, my thoughts all kept coming back to one thing:...
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