The first half of 2014 has some great internal comms events – everything from full-scale conferences to informal networking coffee mornings.
Here’s a round-up of the ones that caught my eye. Let me know if you spot more and I’ll add them!
I’ve listed events where guest speakers, case studies, and discussion form the agenda, rather than training courses. There are loads of those out there too – if that’s what you’re after, the websites of the Institute of Internal Communication, Melcrum, CIPR are three great places to start.
22 January – Perth, Scotland – Institute of Internal Communication Scotland
They say… Very informal – meet fellow communicators and share your experiences. It’s an opportunity to hear what other communicators are doing and to expand your network of other people in the industry. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear about next year’s IoIC Scotland awards with some tips on what makes a great entry.
23 January – London – Institute of Internal Communication “How to win gold”
They say… Two winners of IoIC Gold Awards will be talking about what it takes to be at the top of the IC game. Speakers are Moira Throp, co-founder of the agency Like Minds, which won the special award for Best Overall Campaign for Training Tree, produced for the Spirit Pub Company. Also speaking will be Carmen Lothian, new business manager at Headlines Corporate News, which struck gold with Penguin, an online magazine aimed at a new generation of project managers.
*New!* 24 January – London – The Blurred Lines Between Internal and External Communications
They say… The lines between internal and external communications are becoming increasingly blurred – but what does this mean for the future of business communications and employee engagement? Speakers are Jenni Wheller, Internal Communications Manager for SSP, and Mairi Doyle, Director of Internal Communications for Bupa.
3 February – Scotland – The Law of Human Attraction: how to turn IC into action
They say… Imagine getting your team to do something because they believe in you, not because you’ve simply asked them to do it – and imagine the results you would get from a team that is truly engaged with what you’re trying to achieve! IoIC Scotland has arranged a seminar to help you do exactly that. The training is being run by the accelerated learning and development experts at Boundaries Edge, and they’ll be using police, military and intelligence operations and case studies to put on an afternoon which will put ‘urban intelligence’ and communication techniques into practice.
12 February (London) and 18 February (Manchester) – Cross-Government internal comms conference
They say… The first cross-government internal communication conference. Practitioners will not only benefit from the experiences of strong speakers, but will also be able to exchange ideas while learning about the changes taking place across the Government Communication Service. Speakers include executive director of Government communications Alex Aiken and director of communications at the Department for Business Innovation & Skills Russell Grossman. The primary audience for the conference will be cross-departmental civil servants, but places will also be available for arm’s length bodies and the wider public sector.
28 February – Leicester – IoIC Central annual seminar and awards
They say... The IoIC Central’s seventh annual seminar takes place on Friday 28 February 2014, immediately before the Awards. Speakers will include some of the country’s leading communication experts, who will be sharing their opinions and expertise on today’s hot internal communication topics – ranging from coping with the digital evolution to securing top team buy-in and improving communication competencies and skills. The seminar is always attended by many of the region’s established and up and coming communicators, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity for you to network with your fellow communication practitioners, share challenges and solutions and to contribute to top class debate about the burning internal communication issues of the day.
4 March – London – The Employee Engagement Event, Manners & Murphy
They say… At the event you will take away clear insights and new ways of thinking to tackle the area of engagement to drive greater productivity and loyalty from your staff. We will have four expert speakers presenting case studies, top tips, key learnings and mistakes to avoid in the field of Engagement. Speakers include Christer Holloman of Glassdoor, Karin Volo, author of Engage! Early bird discounts available.
24-26 March – London – BOC Internal Communications Conference
They say… This two-day highly interactive exchange is designed to reveal how communication executives can go about setting up a strategic ‘Centre of Communication Excellence’ to deliver internal communication tactics that produce real business benefits and impact in the organisation. Speakers include Philips, IBM, Ericsson, UK Home Office and more.
1-2 May – Brighton – Institute of Internal Communication annual conference, IoIC Live
They say… The IoIC’s 2014 conference will focus on strategies, tools and tips to help professional communicators step up to meet the challenge. It’s a rare opportunity to step off the merry go round to re-think, re-charge, re-shape and re-connect with what’s great in internal communication right now. Speakers include Bupa, BT and Virgin Media. Early bird discounts available until 31 January.
I’ll do another round-up for the second half of the year. In the meantime are you going to an event that I should know about?