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The State of the Sector is the biggest annual survey of the internal communications world.
Run by Gatehouse, the 2014-2015 survey is now live and looking for the views and experiences from IC professionals across Europe. What’s more, all those that take part will get a free copy of the report, so you can see how you stack up against the rest of the internal comms industry.
- 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).
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.
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:
- Coaching Senior Leaders
- Strategy Setting
- Writing – Specific Corporate Messages
- 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:
- Coaching Senior Leaders
- Social Media Development
- Public Affairs
- 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 >