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IoIC FESTIVAL 2021 - ZONES AND THEMES

Connect, Inspire and Learn

 

The Festival has been designed in zones, so you can choose the content you want to see and hear:

  1. Inspiration - here you'll listen to keynote speeches, topical panels and thought-provoking case studies
  2. Practical - this will be the place to go to take part in workshops, lively debates and interactive learning
  3. Problem Solving - this area will be all about co-creation, the 'unconference' part of the festival
  4. Career - you can pick up practical tips on your development here from having courageous conversations to the Profession Map
  5. Sponsor - Meet our sponsors and engage in some interesting practical demonstrations of what they can offer you, as an Internal Communicator
  6. Connect - This is the space for you, here you can connect with your fellow IC professionals over a coffee or even some yoga, and there'll also be the chance to disconnect - it's been a while since we were face-to-face so there will also be some spaces dedicated to being alone to reflect

Our venue has both internal and covered external spaces, designed to meet the needs of the zone and also allow us to limit numbers, if needed.

Within each zone, we will be featuring a variety of themes, topics that you've told us are important in the world of internal communications, now and in the future:

  • Leadership and Line Manager - Our leaders and line managers  are crucial when it comes to delivering effective messages, so how do we ensure we are effectively engaging with this notoriously difficult-to-reach audience? How can we encourage leadership to be authentic? How do we ensure internal communication is critical  at board level ? How do we bring leaders and the employees closer together to create a more human centred-organisation? How are working with our line managers to ensure they are communicating effectively, how can IC support them in their role?
  • The Future of IC - Looking at the trends that will affect how organisations will be run - and what does this mean for communicators? As the world of work transforms how can we ensure internal communication is intrinsic to plans and how are we innovating our work as a profession?
  • Employee Experience - With a fundamental shift in the way we work and communicate, we need to understand how we can partner with key areas such as HR to deliver IC programmes and channels to support colleagues throughout the employee lifecycle – from onboarding, to reward and recognition, creating connection and learning and development.
  • Diversity and Inclusion - IC must play a role in creating a more diverse and inclusive organisations, shaping and driving D&I through conversation, behaviour change, alignment to organisational goals and company values. We must also ensure the internal comms industry itself is diverse and inclusive.
  • Measurement and Data Science -  Measurement is key, yet as an industry it is still an area we struggle with, we need to have the right tools and approaches to really show the worth of internal communication.  How are we embracing data science techniques and research methodologies to demonstrate our impact and inform our future strategies?
  • Content and Channels - Whilst we won't, and can't, forget the traditional methods of communication, the need to be 'online' so quickly at the start of 2020, and now for so long, we need to ensure we are reaching our audiences and also trying new things too. How are we evolving internal communication content and enabling conversation and connection through our channels.
  • Health and Wellbeing - It's ok not to be ok. The past 18 months have really bought health and wellbeing to the forefront on organisations and internal communication plays a key part in that, ensuring planned approaches that really make a difference. After such a busy and demanding time, IC practitioners also need the opportunity to focus on their wellbeing too.  How can we support the wellbeing activities  in our organisations and ensure we take care of ourselves too.
  • People and Cultures - We cannot communicate unless we have people to communicate with. To really make an impact, internal communication practitioners need to understand people and cultures.
  • Change and Transformation - If 2020 and beyond has taught us anything it’s that change is inevitable and you cannot predict the future, so how can we balance the uncertainty with the need to run a business, and what role does internal communication play in helping transform an organisation?

We cannot wait to see you, it has been too long. Ensure you have a ticket now!

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