Yak, yak, yak …

This weekend, I spent time with fellow Big Yakkers in Marble Arch having countless conversations that have led to new ideas and solutions to some old and persisting challenges.

It never fails to amaze me the power of an unconference to harness the knowledge and experience of the super talented attendees into tangible actions.

Nine times out of ten someone has been through something you are working on and can suggest a different way to approach it – it’s all part of working smarter.
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Why you should apply for the LGComms Future Leaders Programme

So applications have opened for the LG Communications Future Leaders programme. It’s the once a year opportunity for 12 aspiring head of communications to develop the leadership skills needed to take them to the next level.

I have recently completed the course and feel that I have grown a great deal over the last eight months. I’ve had time to reflect on what kind of leader I want to be and developed the skills to make this a reality.

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15 things I’ve learnt so far from LG Comms Future Leader Programme

I am on the 2017 LG Comms Future Leader Programme and I’m very glad I took the time to fill in the application form. I followed the journey of the previous cohort and knew I’d get a lot from the scheme. I didn’t quite realise how much value I would wring from this opportunity already.
To kick the programme off, there were Best Practice days in London last month. These were two of the most valuable days of CPD I have done in the last five years. We heard from some awesome people in our industry, and we also had the space to consider what sort of leaders we want to become. It left me with a lot to take on board.

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CIPR Inside Story Awards 2017 win at the Zoo

After being nominated by my incredibly supportive line manager, I was shortlisted within the Future Leader category for the CIPR Inside Story Awards.

I was asked to submit a paper on the value of internal communications, what my top achievements in my career have been and what I thought the future had in store for IC. Following this, I was shortlisted alongside four other talented people, and we were all invited to attend a panel interview with some of the top IC professionals in the business. This 30 minute session was one of the toughest I have been involved with – and as it was held in the December – I wouldn’t get to find out how it went until February!

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PR Week: Empower emergency service employees to take over social media for added authenticity

So far this year we’ve learnt that trust in government institutions, media, businesses and NGOs has plummeted to an all-time low.

Set against this backdrop, change is coming thick and fast in the public sector. Devolution, digital transformation and fire service reform are all on the horizon, and comms professionals, more than ever, need to think about how they are going to keep pace.

At a time when budgets are falling, leadership teams’ expectations of what comms departments need to deliver have never been higher.

And what’s clear is that it’s not just about doing more with less; it’s about being more impactful with what you’ve got.

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