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We’re really pleased to announce our two more gurus who will be joining us and Jane Edbrooke from Nuffield Health, and will share their experience and knowledge at Ask the Guru, Mission Impossible: engaging a remote workforce on Tuesday 18th September, after work, in a bar, in London.

And they are:

Richard Howat, Internal Communications Business Partner, Network Rail.

Richard Howat is an ex-editor in the dead trees press, he was recruited to help centralise corporate communications for the company’s 36000 people who work in hundreds of locations across Britain; experience which came in handy when he was then involved in decentralising and devolving communications some years later.

His only pretension to gurudom is that he has made most of the mistakes out there – and will openly admit to at least some.

Richard also really enjoys the challenges of pithy plain talking frontline comms – and in encouraging leaders to find the voice and skills to talk authentically with their people.

Richard Jordan, Director, Barclays Investment Bank

To connect with a globally dispersed workforce Richard Jordan uses everything from a fully personalised intranet through which he can deliver automatically segmented messaging, to global videoconference facilities. Richard will talk about the decisions he’s made in developing that infrastructure and the strategy that underpins those decisions, including where they didn’t work out and what he’s doing next. Richard will also talk about managing social media in one of the most regulated industries in the world.

So come along to The Well, at Clerkenwell, London from 6.30pm on Tuesday 18th September to meet all three of our Gurus and get some great insights into reaching your audiences, no matter where they are.

Book your place today to learn from the Gurus

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With ever changing workplaces and global teams, truly engaging your workforce when they are in different offices, different sites and different countries can be a real challenge. Add different languages and cultures to the mix and getting your message heard, understood and acted upon is a real achievement.

Our next Ask the Guru event on Tuesday 18th September 6.30pm til 8.30pm gives you the opportunity to hear from three internal communicators who face this challenge on a daily basis. Come along to discover creative ways to engage a remote workforce and ask specific questions about the challenges you face.

Our three gurus are all internal communication specialists who work in-house. Each has a unique experience engaging their remote workforce.

The first of our Gurus is Jane Edbrooke, Internal Communications Manager, at Nuffield Health who has worked in communications for seven years, first in public affairs and community engagement in local government and then in stakeholder management, transition and digital communications for NHS London. Jane specialises in the creation of internal and external digital channels, and is excited about the blurred lines between internal and external communications as social media grows.  She sees staff as any organisation’s biggest asset in terms of brand and reputation.

Our other two Gurus for September’s event will take the limelight in our next article coming soon.

Book your place to find out more and put your questions to the Gurus on Tuesday 18th September, The Well, Clerkenwell, London

And if you are working on your CPD attending this event gives you 5 points

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Make your next leadership conference one to remember. Book your place for our next Ask the Guru event on Tuesday 17th July and learn how to create integrated events that will WOW your people.

Hear from these experts about what they do to create truly brilliant events:

Steph Macleod

Steph MacLeod, Director, Kaizo has extensive experience across business-to-business and consumer PR. Steph specialises in developing creative integrated campaigns that deliver real business value and sales, as well as column inches and online buzz. Clients have ranged from Apple, Epson, HP and Samsung through to Flip Video, Getty Images, P&G and Tiger Beer. Before joining Kaizo, Steph held a number of board level positions at top multi-national PR agencies.

Her mixed portfolio has led to the development of a wide range of specialist skills spanning social media engagement, audience segmentation, event and sponsorship management and of course, good old fashioned media relations.

Simon Hughes, Managing Partner MCHA Ltd, has recently launched a business consultancy that works in the events sector. This follows 10 years as Director of Live Events at COI, where he worked on a number of high profile events for a diverse range of Government Departments and Agencies. These included events such as the G20 London Summit, the London NYE celebrations,

Simon Hughes

conferences and road shows around the U.K., as well as major public engagement sessions including all the historic Cabinet meetings held outside London. He is passionate about getting the end-to-end production process right for live events. He believes that bringing people together to share ideas, learning and experience remains one of the most powerful communication tools available today. He was voted the most influential person in the UK event industry in the 2009 Event Magazine Top 100 poll and received a career in the industry award from the IVCA in 2011. He is currently the Chair of Eventia, the trade association for the events industry.

owners to connect with their audiences in live and virtual environments. An experienced facilitator himself, Chris is a pioneer in developing and applying technological innovations that enhance communication around the meeting space.

Chris Elmitt is Managing Director of audience engagement specialist Crystal Interactive, a company that helps meeting owners to connect with their audiences in live and virtual environments.  An experienced facilitator himself, Chris is a pioneer in developing and applying technological innovations that enhance communication around the meeting space.

Chris Elmitt

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Our next Ask the Guru event is next week. Book your place now to find out how to create and manage brilliantly successful events using an integrated approach.

Tuesday 17th July, 6.30pm until approximately 8.30pm

Great value – £20 for non members, £15 for CIPR members

Book your place here

Events large and small have to work hard to earn their success among their attendees and those who commission them.

We’re really pleased to have such a great group of gurus to come and share their experience and insights in creating events which will wow.

They are:

  • Chris Elmitt, Managing Director, Crystal Interactive, Chris will explain and take questions on how to integrate technology into your events, whether to increase efficiency or to add a “wow”.. or both. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-elmitt/5/842/443

Each will give you a mini presentation, then it’s over to us to ask questions and learn what we can from them in an open floor discussion.

So come along to The Merchant of Bishopsgate Restaurante after work and learn some tricks on how you can make your events more integrated and successful.

Your first drink is on us and we’ll provide the nibbles to keep you energised.

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Ask the Guru was a great success on Tuesday 29th May. The attendees put the gurus through their paces and the outcome was a lively discussion and some great advice for everyone.  Here are a few of the highlights from the evening:

  • The benefit of a ‘social’ work place is that you can see the grapevine, feed it information and interact with it.
  • Social media is a real opportunity to build trust in the organisation, harness it and allow it to grow.
  • Social media is the evolution of internal communications, taking internal communications to the next level with real interaction and engagement. It’s not the death of internal communications.
  • We all need to understand the times we live and work in. Dishing out mars bars and token rewards doesn’t work in downtimes, you need to work with employees and fully engage them to work through the tough times together.
  • Create leaders not just managers – people who can innovate, inspire and engage with employees and communicate. Give managers the skills to be leaders and enhance their natural abilities.
  • Take leaders back to the floor with inverted mentoring to give them a better understanding the shop floor. Let them see for themselves what the challenges are and what opportunities for change there may be, and let employees see the leaders involved and listening.
  • Leaders are the latest hot topic and replace the intranet as a key subject. We need to harness leadership skills and help leaders develop, communicate and engage.

Anything we missed? Add your comments and feedback here.

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Intranet and using social tools at work are big topics at the moment. But it’s not just about getting the tools in place. These tools, on their own, won’t get the conversation started. An organisation needs the culture and often an organisation needs to change to get these tools to be able to deliver real results and collaboration.

Dana Leeson one of our Ask the Guru panellists has just completed implementing a new intranet system at the British Standards Institution. She’s been through all the highs and lows of getting the project off the ground, technically implemented and live, and of course it doesn’t stop there.

Meanwhile Jenni Wheller another of our panellists has introduced a social intranet at SSP UK. And Jenni spent the day at the Social Workplace Conference 2012 which focused on the impact of social media and social software on internal communications and workforce collaborations. Jennie heard all the latest about social businesses and social working. What are the challenges, how do you empower employees and encourage collaboration and more.

So if you want to know how to make your workplace social come and ask our experts at the Ask the Guru on Tuesday 29th May as both Dana and Jenni are on our panel.

Book your place here http://asktheguru.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Between them, our three panellists have come across most of the dilemmas we all face in our careers and have nearly 40 years of experience between them.

So who are the brains behind the Ask the Guru panel?

They are:

Tom Crawford, over 18 years at the sharp end in HR, internal communications and engagement, with a passion for brands and their relationships with employees. He’s worked with Deloitte, Eon and Telefonica-O2. Now he’s the brains behind The Brain Miner, extracting your ideas and polishing them into shiny diamonds.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-crawford/2/a6a/383

Dana Leeson, is the Intranet Project Manager for BSI (British Standards Institution) and currently implementing the new global intranet on SharePoint 2010. Her 10 years experience have included work with an NGO, and then working as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of WWF. Alongside this role she became president of a small charity and managed a small team in her spare time. Now Dana has immersed herself in BSIs business, revamping the newsletter, briefings and managing the global upgrade of the intranet as well as a ‘little’ blogging on the side for Intranetizen.com

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dana-leeson/11/685/27b

Jenni Wheller is Internal Communications Manager at SSP UK, The Food Travel Experts and has worked through corporate communications and media relations for local government and BAE, and dipped her toe into agency life but has come back to her passion for internal communications. At SSP she has built the function from scratch, strategically aligning the communications to the direction of the business and meeting this fast-paced business’s needs. She has introduced a social intranet, a new internal magazine and is on the cusp of launching a new channel to manage crisis communications.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferwheller

So come and get the inside track on how to make things happen and take advantage of their experience. What’s more, it’s just £15 for members and we’ll give you drinks and nibbles to keep you energised.

Book your place here

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