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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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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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Taking internal communications out of its comfort zone

Taking internal communications out of its comfort zone

Ruder Finn’s recent survey of internal communication revealed the key challenges industry professionals are facing at the moment and how some of these factors are creating barriers to effective communications campaigns. Next Wednesday (2 November 2016) Laura Jameson, Director – Internal Communications and Nick Leonard, Managing Director, are going to share the findings with CIPR members’ on a free webinar. You can book your place here. They’ll be looking at answers to these questions raised by the survey: What is the general perception of internal communications in organisations today? What are the biggest challenges they face when pushing the boundaries with IC campaigns? How can they overcome these challenges and […]

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Leadership buy in: one of the biggest challenges to your ESN

Leadership buy in: one of the biggest challenges to your ESN

Kevin Ruck from PR Academy has recently shared his research, Implementing Enterprise Social Networks (ESN) via the report and slides below and a webinar to guests on Wednesday 20 July 2016. You can read the full report and access the slides below. Ahead of that launch we had a conversation with Kevin to find out more and to invite him to share some of the very specific findings and insights with us at our conference, Closing the Gap in London on 4 October 2016. We’re glad that he said yes to both. Access the recorded webinar, report and slides here So, here we will discuss just one of the core […]

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Building our future – guest post

Kareen Griffiths one of the Internal communications professionals who attended the conference has shared her view of the conference. Thank you Kareen, and over to you The CIPR conference was filled with the usual anticipation and excitement each year this event comes around. What do we need to think about as Internal Communications (IC) Practitioners now and for the future? What will I learn that’s new or different? What will I learn from other practitioners? I love the level of expectation I have, hoping this event will tick all of my individual needs, I mean that’s what we pay the money for …or is it? I do get a little nervous around the […]

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