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September 12, 2011 Are you prepared for the new term? Need a helping hand?

By Rachel Miller

September is here, the leaves have started to turn in England and children have headed back to school after a long summer of adventures and fun. I loved that September feeling, with newly-lined textbooks in colourful paper and seeing my school friends again. It’s not quite the same in the corporate world is it? But why not take a moment to pause, gather your thoughts and start afresh as if it’s a new term?

What would your end of term report be from recent months? What has gone well? What do you need to focus on as the final quarter of the year approaches? Are you thinking about improving your skills, changing roles or dusting off the textbooks and gaining a professional qualification?

The world of internal communication is rich with resources and organisations. As you’re reading this on #CommsChat you’re already aware of this fantastic site and conversation. But what else is around? I write a blog on internal comms, Diary of an internal communicator, and am often approached by people looking to read as much as they can about comms and asking for help.

In this article I’m going to highlight various websites, groups, organisations and resources that I’m aware of which can help you develop your career within internal communications and meet liked-minded professionals. I’m sure there are even more around, but these lists should set you on the right track to find out more and end up with a glowing end of term report.  Best of luck, Rachel.

Professional comms organisations/researchers/associations
Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC)
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

Internal Communications qualifications and courses
Kingston University Post Graduate Diploma in Internal Communications Management
Qualifications from CIPR
IoIC internal communication courses
Melcrum’s Black Belt programme
PR Academy qualifications

Read anything good lately?
Amazon reading list for internal communicators, 2011
Internal comms must reads
Social media and internal comms books, created 2009

LinkedIn groups
Institute of Internal Communication
Internal Communication
Melcrum’s Communicator’s Network
Aspic Communications Network

Comms recruiters
Badenoch & Clark
IC jobs
Internal Comms jobs

Comms blogs
Confessions of an internal communicator
The Conversation
Emily Leary
Exploring internal communication
Mike Klein
Neville Hobson
Riding the ripple
Shel Holtz
Simply Communicate
Steven Murgatroyd
The Communications Blog

Lists of comms people to follow on Twitter, created by comms pros

Comms publications
Communicate Magazine
Corp Comms magazine
PR Week
Strategic Communication Management

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  1. That’s a useful set of links, Rachel! And thanks for including my comms blog in such good company 🙂

    by Emily Leary : September 13, 2011 : 11:17 pm

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