The Institute of Internal Communication is the leading association for professionals in internal and corporate communications, with more than 1,100 members working in a range of public and private sector organisations.
Our Media Centre has been established to provide comment and feature ideas and put journalists in touch with experts on a range of internal and corporate communication issues, such as:
- New technology and its impact on internal and corporate communications
- Communicating in a crisis
- Employee engagement and employer branding
- Measuring communications
- Internal communications and industrial relations
- The role of internal communications in supporting portfolio workers
- Internal and corporate communicators at board level
- Internal communications and change management
- IoIC holds two annual awards - the IoIC Awards, which are held as part of the Institute's annual conference, and the Communicator of the Year/Communications Excellence Awards, which are held each November.
Throughout the year, we hold a number of national and regional training and networking events for members and non-members.
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It’s that time of the year when we are all planning ahead, and thinking about how we can maximise our impact and fully support organisational objectives.
But what if our knowledge and skills fall short of our best intentions?
Accelerate, an innovative 2 x 2 day training programme jointly organised by the Institute and Gatehouse, is designed to equip practitioners with those all-important strategic internal communication skills.
The programme gives delegates practical tools and techniques that they can use from day one back on the workplace – helping them develop plans that are firmly rooted in organisational objectives; implement and evaluate effectively; and take leaders and colleagues with them.
The programme will benefit those who have recently moved into more strategic roles or are expecting to do so, as well as more experienced practitioners who want to refresh their knowledge and gain new insights. Areas covered include:
• Hardworking communications to organisational goals
• Fundamentals of planning
• Audience segmentation
• Making your messages stick
• Choosing and using channels
• Leading organisations through transition
• Creativity for communicators
• Managing and tracking projects
• Research and evaluation
• Driving engagement through leaders and managers
• Becoming a trusted advisor.
Would improving strategic skills help you or team members add value for your organisation and build reputation with leaders and colleagues?
If so, don’t delay in booking for Accelerate – there are a small number of places left on the October programme, and reserving places before the start of this programme qualifies you for a 10% pre-launch discount.
For further information visit www.gatehousegroup.co.uk/accelerate or email email@example.com
|Tracy Keates has been appointed IoIC Northern regional director.
Tracy is director of strategic communication at Limehouse, a communication agency specialising in IC video.
Previously, she held a number of internal communication roles within the banking sector, latterly in Lloyds TSB’s retail division where she focused on print, video and audio channels for Halifax, Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland.
Tracy said: “I joined the IoIC north regional committee two years ago to help build the sense of community in the north and to learn from fellow professionals. I am delighted now to be taking over as regional director and hope to build on the work done so far in delivering great value for members in the north, through a strong calendar of IC awards, seminars and networking events for everyone.”
|Suzanne Peck has been appointed president of the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC).
She takes on the mantle from Alan Peaford who served the organisation in this capacity for 12 years.
Suzanne is managing director of Sequel Group, one of the UK’s leading internal communication agencies. She has worked in internal communication for over 20 years in both consultancy and in-house roles, managing projects for organisations including Shell, Bass, BOC, Costain, Marks and Spencer and Alfred McAlpine.
She has been an active supporter of the IoIC for over 20 years, including periods as national chairman (2007-8) and events director.
Suzanne said: “It’s an honour to be President and following Alan’s 12 years, and the impact he made in that time, is quite a challenge.
“For me, raising the profile of the Institute and the breadth of services and support we offer our members is key, but I’m also interested in the potential for change that digital media brings to the communicator’s role. We’re seeing many new people coming into IC – a career change for some; a career move for others – and helping these members to see the bigger picture and the ‘what’s next?’ factor makes IC a fascinating place to be right now.”
IoIC chief executive Steve Doswell said: “Suzanne’s knowledge of the Institute, its activities, challenges and aspirations is barely rivalled. Additionally, she brings a bearing, energy and strength of personality that will be hugely valuable to the organisation. I very much look forward to working with her in her new role.
“A big thank you is also due to Alan Peaford who has executed the President’s role in a way that serves as an exemplar and we are privileged to have enjoyed his guidance, friendship and warmth of personality. He absolutely shared the vision for our evolution into the Institute of Internal Communication and our transition so far has been made all the easier precisely because of Alan’s constant encouragement and support.”
Alan has accepted the Institute’s invitation to become vice president, a title which places him within a very small, select group of individuals to have received this honour.
The IoIC and communication training specialist Gatehouse Academy have joined forces to launch Accelerate – a fast-track learning and development programme that puts communicators on the path to success when tackling strategic internal communication.
What makes an internal communicator stand out from the crowd as they move forward in their career? The ability to translate organisational objectives into meaningful communication strategy and implement this smoothly, taking senior managers and colleagues with them.
Accelerate has been designed to help practitioners achieve just that, providing a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of strategic internal communication within a short time frame – two blocks of two days.
Subjects covered include: fundamentals of planning; choosing and using channels; hardwiring communications to organisational goals; driving engagement through leaders and line managers; leading organisations through transition; creativity for communicators; managing and tracking projects: and research and evaluation.
The programme is fast-paced, interactive and pragmatic with a focus on equipping delegates to deliver practical solutions while also covering the vital theory. It includes techniques and insights to fine-tune those vital people skills, helping practitioners position themselves as trusted advisors within their organisations.
Going forward, the programme offers ongoing benefits and networking opportunities for course alumni.
Accelerate is able to draw on the IoIC’s in-depth understanding of current skills needs based on input from members and senior industry practitioners; the detailed competency framework it has developed; and Gatehouse’s extensive experience as a communication training provider and strategy adviser.
Institute chief executive Steve Doswell said: “Internal communication has a higher status than ever before but, for the function and individual practitioners to reach their full potential, they must make a genuine contribution to achieving organisational objectives and add real value — whatever the challenges. Accelerate provides key knowledge and the confidence required to make this happen.
“We are delighted to be working with Gatehouse on this programme which is fully integrated with our other training and development offerings and further contributes to the Institute’s objective of providing learning solutions for a spectrum of career stages and circumstances.”
The first Accelerate course will run in central London this October, with further dates planned for January and April 2013. To find out more and to register your interest, please visit www.gatehousegroup.co.uk/accelerate or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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