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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Building your credibility as a leader

Over the years, Communications professionals have shared their wisdom about how to be a trusted advisor and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to get you a seat at the table.

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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 Conference – What Journalists want, FE Sector

I’m excited to be attending the upcoming conference ‘What Journalists want, FE Sector’, organised by The Last Word Events & Training on 29 November held at Kings College, London.

The wide variety of guest speakers will make this an insightful and interesting event, in particular I am looking forward to hearing Jeevan Vasagar, former Education Editor for the Guardian session speak about the day in the life of a journalist and also Tracey Playle, of Pickle Jar Communications cover the role of social media in the FE Sector.

If this conference had taken place two months prior to the November date, it would have proved to have been even more useful to aid the completion of my CIPR Diploma final project which was consequently on the role of Social Media on Further Education!

All the same, it will be great to gather amongst like-minded PR’s attending the event and share best practice ideas.