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So it’s post-Easter and only five weeks until IoIC Live – the Institute's annual conference, this year in Birmingham. As always it amazes me how quickly it comes around and that we are in the final stages of preparing for the conference.

As anyone who has ever been involved in event planning (and let’s face it, most internal comms practitioners get involved in more than their fair share) knows, as much as the day will come and all will go swimmingly, none of it happens without a whole lot of graft.

And for me, this is where the fabulous IoIC conference committee comes in. The unsung heroes of the event, they are the seasoned professionals who put on the highest quality IC event you can imagine year after year. All of them have demanding day jobs and lots of other priorities and yet year after year roll up their sleeves to devise a theme and programme, contact speakers and work with them on their sessions, spread the word through their networks and contacts and then for two days run around willingly doing any job that crosses their path.

It helps that as a team we have now worked together over a number of conferences and it also helps that between us we have a lot (more than I care to think about in my case!) of years of experience in internal comms. The traditional pick ‘n’ mix on the Friday afternoon helps when energy flags too. But none of this would produce IoIC Live on its own. It needs creativity, imagination, determination and a passion to give the conference-goers a day and an evening of truly insightful and inspiring content – that is what each and every one of the committee brings.

However, all this effort is only worthwhile because we have fantastic delegates. It is you who make the conference a success, with your passion, ideas, and commitment. So come along to the conference, enjoy the fruits of the committee’s labours, let us know how you think we’ve done and then join us for a drink in the bar.

Justine Stevenson
IoIC events & awards chairman

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