The first session was excellent, infiormative, enlightening and, in parts, highly emotional. Regrettably I was only able to attend that session on the day. I look forward to attending the October Conference if I am lucky enough to be invited.
The Gen Y panel proved that given half a chance, there’s lots of (young) employees who will be everything the employer needs and more. Their commitment and passion, plus a healthy dose of ethics was invigorating.
Really enjoyed the day and found it very stimulating and very good value.
My colleague and I took away lots of insights, diverse perspectives and considerations. We were both stimulated and challenged.
There was one area, that I felt I got less from and that was the engagment debate panel, which I found a bit self indulgent in parts. It did however, make me think more about risk, which is a good thing.
Overall – absolutely excellent. So, first off – thanks Sean and to everyone else involved in pulling the session together.
All great. Only feedback would be to focus a little less within the panel discussions on what isn’t recommended (measurement, etc), and some more time around what is (and the mechanics of how to do it).
Some of my very positive highlights include:
• The power of film; something made well hits you right in the heart and its impact can last forever. I’ve never before seen a company film that was as impactful as the one made for Vodaphone!
• Loved Daniel’s thoughtful quote: “If you’re serious about engaging, be serious about sharing power”.
• Sebastian’s session on Strengths and his great question: “How can I craft my role to allow for my Strengths?”
• Chris’s key questions for Leadership: “Does he know what he’s doing?” & Can I trust him”?
• David’s reminder of the four key levers of engagement
• The Gen Y’s at the end – inspiring folk and they reinforced the importance of only doing things your passionate about…(obvious, right? 😉 )
Thanks Sean and CIPR for coming up with a new formula for a conference. I only managed the last hour and drinks but it was well worth it. The GenY session was my particular interest area and it really opened my eyes to that generation who I think we as an internal communications community need to get to know much better and quickly.
Enjoyed the format and the focus on engagement – and good to hear from the Gen Y panel as well as the ‘experts’! Thanks to everyone who helped organise it and hope to see more of the events from time to time.
A really great event Sean, well done. I’ve been to so many IC events which tell us in the marketing that ‘this one will be different’, as I’m sure we all have. Luckily Pete at The Edge let me know about this one and it was the best I have been to for a while. At last, an event which paid most attention to the quality and diversity of the speakers and their content. Great programme = great delegates = sponsors to fund it. Not rocket science but so often overlooked.
Highlights for me included the intimate yet informal tone (good job from Chris); engagement being described as ‘Connection with the cause’; the mix of presentations and debates; and finally the Gen Y Panel – I left on a high having listened to these 5 young women, reassured that what we spend all our working lives doing at Yellow is worth it.
Agree with earlier comment re Engagement Panel. When someone mentioned that engagement isn’t relevant to delivering the brand, I rather lost the will to live.