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Each year Gatehouse, an internal communication and employee engagement consultancy, publishes the results of its annual industry–wide survey of internal comms professionals in a report it called ‘The State of the Sector’.
This week it released its 2013 findings, revealing the current challenges internal communicators are facing and where their focus will be over the coming months. It also looks at channel use and explores the impact of new and emerging technologies like Enterprise Social Networks and Apps.
As well as being an insightful snapshot of internal communications today, the report is a useful way to:
  • See how you measure up against other organisations
  • Win support for new projects, and
  • Help you decide what to focus on

To download your copy of the free report, visit the Gatehouse website.

A new publication has recently launched that promises to give those in internal communication a rich source of inspiration, learning and advice. It offers this through real-life stories and expert advice direct from leaders inside some of the world’s most exciting companies.

The publishers have made a sample issue of the Journal of Internal Communications available for GCN members to try. If you like it, you can learn more or purchase a subscription at the Journal of Internal Communication website (a special offer code can be found at the end of the sample copy).

Happy reading!

Melitta

A new book released last week promises to help those in Internal Communications to ‘Rock their Comms’ by sharing 98 killer tips from seasoned professionals (including GCN members) that all answer the question: “What’s the single, most important thing that you’ve learned in internal communication?”

Proceeds from the book go to ‘Make a Wish’, a charity that makes the dreams of terminally ill children come true, so it also supports a very worthwhile cause.

To know more or order your copy, visit the Rockstar Comms website.

Melitta

The third annual ‘Professional Development in Internal Communications’ study by the VMA Group, highlights the core skills and qualities that managers look for when recruiting IC professionals today.

According to the report, the top five skills are:

  1. Influencing
  2. Coaching Senior Leaders
  3. Strategy Setting
  4. Writing – Specific Corporate Messages
  5. Writing – Online/Publications

Interestingly, the first three points highlight the continuing evolution of internal communications from a function that churns out news, to one that has a real impact on the success of a company. While the last two points highlight that traditional communication skills still have an important place in the function.

By contrast, the top five skills as perceived by the IC community are:

  1. Coaching Senior Leaders
  2. Social Media Development
  3. Influencing
  4. Public Affairs
  5. External Communications

While survey respondents felt that they are an integral part of the senior leadership team, disappointingly the results showed that advocacy for internal communications amonsgst senior leaders remained unchanged from 2010.

On a more encouraging note, the results did testify to the resilience of the discipline despite the economic climate, with 74% of internal communications functions remaining the same or increased in size over the last year.

You can download a copy of the full report via the VMA website >

Melitta

A new ebook titled ‘The Uncommon Sense of Internal Communication’, created by Russell-Oliver Brooklands, the IC professional behind the Internal Communication Model, is now available for download and sets out to answer some of the many paradoxical questions surrounding Internal Communication.

When introducing the book Brooklands said, “Originally drafted under the working title: “Why everybody’s rubbish and it’s no one’s fault”, the book compassionately challenges a number of widespread unconscious assumptions, and shines a light on various cultural blindspots. In the process, it helps make sense of why so many people, even at the top of organisations, seem to struggle with IC. And it provides practical steps that can be taken to help them think about it in new ways – so IC professionals can start making a bigger difference.”

‘The Uncommon Sense of Internal Communication’ is currently available to download free of charge from www.internalcommunicationmodel.com, with a number of versions available depending on your global location and IC view point.

Happy reading!

Melitta

The Geneva Communicators Network is a platform to exchange views, news and information for communication professionals working in the Geneva region, Switzerland. Currently the network has over 1000 members including professionals from the PR, communications, media and marketing fields, more info>>

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