• Engaging volunteers is key to organisational success

    CIPR Inside, Committee, CPD, Uncategorized

    Engaging volunteers is key to organisational success

    Last April at a CIPR Council meeting, I was given approval to progress with research amongst the 300 volunteers who work year-round to assist the CIPR in its purpose and objectives, to advance professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public. Having served as a volunteer for a number of years, as a Scottish committee member, Scottish Chair, and on Board and currently Council, I ‘get’ everything about the organisation and the work expected and indeed carried out by the volunteer community. After all, it’s an organisation for members and run by members. After setting up a small working group, three objectives were […]

  • What the duck? A session in creativity…

    Ask the Guru, CIPR Inside, Employee Communications, Uncategorized

    What the duck? A session in creativity…

    On Thursday evening 20 IC pros gathered in Soho to learn how to unleash their creativity and channel it into their internal communications. Led by Alan Oram from Alive with Ideas, the group spent two hours sharing experiences and frustrations, understanding blockers to creativity and how to overcome them, and participating in activities designed to get the creative juices flowing. At times the session felt like therapy, as people analysed why creativity was important, what value it added, and how they do or don’t incorporate it into their everyday lives. Heads nodded in agreement around the overuse of the word ‘busy’ and what we really meant when we said it, the […]

  • Kicking off 2017/18

    CIPR Inside

    Kicking off 2017/18

    At the AGM I promised to blog every month to update our members on everything CIPR Inside so here is the first! Last week we had our first Committee meeting and it was great to get everyone together to kick off the year. We talked through some of our upcoming events – the next one is on 27 April with Alive with Ideas talking about being a creative communicator – and I’m excited that we already have events planned in for the next few months. As venues and details are secured we will be sure to let you know! This year runs until March 2018 and I have a few […]

  • What does CIPR membership mean to me?

    CIPR Inside, Committee, CPD, Internal communication

    What does CIPR membership mean to me?

      CIPR Inside committee member, Trudy Lewis, shares why she became a member of CIPR and why you should consider joining if you haven’t done so already. I love being part of a group, a collective; like-minded people who understand what I’m talking about. Being involved with CIPR provides all that and more. I joined CIPR as a student, took a break and felt it important to sign up again once I started to work in the industry. When I studied PR I had little knowledge about the industry so as a student I felt it was important to learn from the main industry body. What I found was an […]

  • Ask the Guru: The challenges of being a creative communicator

    Ask the Guru, Changing behaviour, CIPR Inside, CPD

    Ask the Guru: The challenges of being a creative communicator

    In partnership with Alive with ideas our next Ask The Guru event will be: ‘In therapy – the challenges of being a creative communicator’ Being creative in a disrupted day, with pressures on project timelines, resources and budgets can be a challenge in itself. But this doesn’t get any easier when we add stakeholders and internal customers/clients in the mix. We will discuss all these challenges and explore how we can work within these to remain creative and maintain an open mind to doing things differently. The session will consist of a short kick off presentation and then we’ll dive into some discussion and creative activities to get us thinking […]

  • Welcome to the 2017/18 CIPR Inside Committee year!

    CIPR Inside, Committee, Uncategorized

    Welcome to the 2017/18 CIPR Inside Committee year!

    Welcome to the 2017/18 CIPR Inside Committee year! I’m delighted to be back in the Chair seat and really excited about what we can do for our members this year. We have been listening. Listening through industry research and listening to those on the committee who are championing the work for you, our members. Here you can find out more about the Committee leading the plans for 2017/18 and I will do a blog every month about what we are up to. Our first committee meeting is 5 April so I will be back after that to tell you more about our plans for the year and what you can […]

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Engaging volunteers is key to organisational success

Engaging volunteers is key to organisational success

Last April at a CIPR Council meeting, I was given approval to progress with research amongst the 300 volunteers who work year-round to assist the CIPR in its purpose and objectives, to advance professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public. Having served as a volunteer for a number of years, as a Scottish committee member, Scottish Chair, and on Board and currently Council, I ‘get’ everything about the organisation and the work expected and indeed carried out by the volunteer community. After all, it’s an organisation for members and run by members. After setting up a small working group, three objectives were […]

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What the duck? A session in creativity…

What the duck? A session in creativity…

On Thursday evening 20 IC pros gathered in Soho to learn how to unleash their creativity and channel it into their internal communications. Led by Alan Oram from Alive with Ideas, the group spent two hours sharing experiences and frustrations, understanding blockers to creativity and how to overcome them, and participating in activities designed to get the creative juices flowing. At times the session felt like therapy, as people analysed why creativity was important, what value it added, and how they do or don’t incorporate it into their everyday lives. Heads nodded in agreement around the overuse of the word ‘busy’ and what we really meant when we said it, the […]

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Kicking off 2017/18

Kicking off 2017/18

At the AGM I promised to blog every month to update our members on everything CIPR Inside so here is the first! Last week we had our first Committee meeting and it was great to get everyone together to kick off the year. We talked through some of our upcoming events – the next one is on 27 April with Alive with Ideas talking about being a creative communicator – and I’m excited that we already have events planned in for the next few months. As venues and details are secured we will be sure to let you know! This year runs until March 2018 and I have a few […]

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What does CIPR membership mean to me?

What does CIPR membership mean to me?

  CIPR Inside committee member, Trudy Lewis, shares why she became a member of CIPR and why you should consider joining if you haven’t done so already. I love being part of a group, a collective; like-minded people who understand what I’m talking about. Being involved with CIPR provides all that and more. I joined CIPR as a student, took a break and felt it important to sign up again once I started to work in the industry. When I studied PR I had little knowledge about the industry so as a student I felt it was important to learn from the main industry body. What I found was an […]

by ×
Ask the Guru: The challenges of being a creative communicator

Ask the Guru: The challenges of being a creative communicator

In partnership with Alive with ideas our next Ask The Guru event will be: ‘In therapy – the challenges of being a creative communicator’ Being creative in a disrupted day, with pressures on project timelines, resources and budgets can be a challenge in itself. But this doesn’t get any easier when we add stakeholders and internal customers/clients in the mix. We will discuss all these challenges and explore how we can work within these to remain creative and maintain an open mind to doing things differently. The session will consist of a short kick off presentation and then we’ll dive into some discussion and creative activities to get us thinking […]

by ×
Welcome to the 2017/18 CIPR Inside Committee year!

Welcome to the 2017/18 CIPR Inside Committee year!

Welcome to the 2017/18 CIPR Inside Committee year! I’m delighted to be back in the Chair seat and really excited about what we can do for our members this year. We have been listening. Listening through industry research and listening to those on the committee who are championing the work for you, our members. Here you can find out more about the Committee leading the plans for 2017/18 and I will do a blog every month about what we are up to. Our first committee meeting is 5 April so I will be back after that to tell you more about our plans for the year and what you can […]

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