I would like to share my thoughts on my move from a local government to central government communications role.
Whilst I was job hunting I explored a number of private sector opportunities, but found myself coming back to, and feeling more comfortable with roles within the public service.
The UK Civil Service involves the expertise of 300,000 people, so I am often surprised at how many of them know each other work reach other departments in the past. I arrived during the post Brexit summer and inevitably this is a focus of many conversations and work priorities.
Continue reading A small fish in a big pond – local to central government communications
The benefits of the intranet
Intranets are a great tool within the internal communications toolbox. Complimented by an employee social network, such as Yammer, they can add massive value by enabling small teams to distribute considerable amounts of content and engage across large organisations.
Continue reading Intranets- curation vs creation
The next stage of event planning
I hope you can benefit from my experience and advice and have smooth running events every time (well almost as a lot depends on outside factors)!
For part 1 on some of the basics and initial steps to follow see below.
Events- it’s all in the detail, part 1 of 2
Continue reading Events – it’s all in the detail, part 2 of 2
I attended The Big Yak internal communications unconference last Saturday and found it hugely valuable for networking and the collaborative opportunity to answer questions and solve issues that have been raised on the day.
I was new to the unconference format which is based on Open Spaces Technology. Like-minded people come together without a set agenda and agree this during the day. The event was facilitated by Benjamin Ellis. This is a format I would like to try out at an event I am organising in the future. Continue reading Insight from a recent event #TheBigYak
Where to start?
I love planning events. I am pretty ‘OCD’ when it comes to detail so the need to ‘dot all the ‘I’s’ and cross the ’T’s’’ required for event planning suits me well!
Some of the bigger events I have led include voluntary sector conferences, staff awards and community awards. I have also coordinated communications for the 2012 Olympic Paralympic torch relays in Lambeth, the Lambeth Country Show and fireworks events. Continue reading Events- it’s all in the detail, part 1 of 2
During the course of this year, I have been lucky enough to visit/shadow a range of communications teams. The aim was to get a greater understanding of their priorities and how they work. Added to my own experience in local government communications, this blog summarises what I have learnt.
I discovered that although there are a lot of nuances and different terms used, there are key guiding principles which run throughout all professional communications teams.
I would like to thank to my hosts Alison Steel a very experienced and professional communications and marketing director at Kingston University and Paul Sandell the legal comms guru at Thomson Reuters.
Continue reading Communications guiding principles – across sectors and audiences
My first experience was delivering monitoring and evaluation training for voluntary sector organisations, who were delivering crime reduction initiatives in London. This was not communications specific and we taught the Weavers Triangle technique which focused on the basics of aims, outcomes and outputs.
During my diploma (which had a private sector marketing emphasis), I learnt about the importance of measuring return on investment (ROI). Something new (and initially challenging!) to me as a public sector comms person. Continue reading Monitoring and evaluation – learn from the best and do it your way
Weaving a singular message – How to integrate the strategic benefits of PR into the marketing mix
This recent CIPR Marcomms group event generated some great discussion and highlighted some top tips for delivering effective communications, whilst keeping stakeholders on board.
We heard insights from Andrew Nye, Lauren Winter – FleishmanHillard Fishburn and Rob Myers – Immarsat.
The event hashtag #inatthestart summed up a key message which I previously blogged about, that it is critical to involve your communications team at the start of a project.
Continue reading #inatthestart
The @CIMexchange Professional marketer series: Reputation and responsibility held at the London School of Fashion, provided me with lots of food for thought. Reputation and responsibility is something that has been a theme of a lot of my work throughout my career including volunteering that I have undertaken. It is particularly relevant to behaviour change campaigning. Continue reading Some thoughts on reputation and responsibility
What is Storify?
Storify claims to ‘make the web tell a story’ and does just that. It’s a great finishing touch for post event or awards follow up to maximise publicity and engagement. For annual events, it is also useful for promoting the following year’s event. It’s free and really easy-to-use with a drag and drop interface. It is dependent on a range of media and interaction about the ‘story’ to be effective. Continue reading Why I love Storify