The power of everyday language

We all know how powerful language can be, with phrases like #metoo helping to unify entire social movements, but we sometimes forget how much impact we can have with the language we randomly choose to use as part of our day. I’ve seen two examples recently where a word, or a turn of phrase, has …

March of the machines in PR

Thanks to everyone involved in the CIPR’s #AIinPR panel this year. Here’s a summary of our work presented to the Council today. I returned to the CIPR today to present a summary of the work of the #AIinPR panel to the Council. It was set up this year to make sense of the impact of …

Why the new labour policy won’t help the employee voice

This week the Labour party announced plans to bring the employee voice into the Boardroom. Under Labour’s plans, all companies with a workforce of 250 or more, whether public or private, would be required by law to reserve at least one third of places at the boardroom table for employee representatives. While the theory is …

Why internal communication strategies matter

How are internal communication strategies designed and implemented? Why do they matter? Today I have a guest post for you by Lisa Pantelli @lisapantelli. She’s an award-winning employee engagement and internal communications specialist and Director of Become. Lisa says she is passionate about gathering and interpreting employee-led insight to develop strategies to drive positive change. Sounds …

Exploring the importance of internal comms

Internal comms can often feel like the poor relation to PR in the public sector, but with the current workforce challenges facing the NHS it’s becoming more important than ever before. The always excellent NHS provider comms network focused on internal communications this time around and it’s clear that this is something at the top …

What Makes A Good CEO In A Crisis?

We have all seen CEOs perform in times of a crisis for their organisation. But what are the main traits that help them to perform well? What makes a good CEO in a crisis? The type of pressure faced in times of a crisis is different from other forms. The time available to think and …

How to PR an IPO

Stock-market debuts generate column inches. But the challenge for comms professionals starts earlier. By Gabrielle Lane, There’s a story in every share price. No-one knows this better than the executives at Snap Inc, the producer of photo-sharing app Snapchat, which was recently dissed in public by two social media superstars in two months. Most notably, …

Five ways to turn stakeholders into cheerleaders

By Jo Field, Brexit is a critical issue for PR professionals. It will dominate politics, government, and the media for the foreseeable future. And it opens up both opportunities and challenges for the organisations we represent. Against this backdrop of change, demands from customers and service users are also shifting. Organisations are asking themselves how …

The art of science and engagement in internal communication

We know that internal communicators are struggling to influence at the top, finding digital adoption hard across organisations and working with limited budgets. Some of the conversation we need to have are increasingly challenging and opinion or experience might not be enough to win your case. Last week, at the CIPR Northern Conference in Newcastle, …