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April 29, 2014 Transcript of #CommsChat on #thebigyak pt. 2 of 3

 

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    Night all. Thanks . We look forward to continuing the conversations in person with IC pros at

  2. Great to see so many new IC pros joining the conversation tonight. Thanks . We’re really looking forward to

  3. Common comment I’ve received – ‘don’t use your iPad whilst in a meeting’ – my reply: ‘I’m multi-tasking actually’

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    What we need: big space for aprx 175 people, plus 5-6 breakout spaces London, 28/6. All ideas welcomed. Thank you v much

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    But don’t forget – 28 June. London. Yaks.

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    As for us at , it’s that time of night again and I’ll be signing off shortly. We’ll have the transcript up tomorrow for perusal…

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    If anyone can help out with the venue issues, direct your comments to , I’m sure they’ll appreciate it

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    I’m looking forward to this year’s edition and I’d like to thank for contributing tonight.

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    Our venue fell through few days ago (eek). However, we are confident the crowd can help us make it happen .

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    As a veteran, I can’t recommend enough snatching up a ticket before they’re gone.

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    We are after some advice from the crowd pls. We’re shortlisting venues & love to know if anyone could offer theirs?

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    To this day (and it was less than 6 months ago) the comment still makes me rage inside!

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    Sorry, had to jump away from the chat for a bit.

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    A6) Advice for the crowd – a new batch of tickets are released 9am tomorrow morning:

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    Just about to wrap up here on a lively and interesting . Still taking best/worst comms advice for another few minutes…

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    worst advice? ‘I’ve done your job, so I know exactly how to communicate’ (from a non comms, client side person!)

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    A6) Advice – don’t just pile on new comms channels, think about what you can retire. Reduce the level of noise to provide clarity

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    Best Advice: Trust your employees. When you do you will be amazed at the results

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    I responded with my special smile 😉 then made darn sure others around her were convinced otherwise

  20. Brill! RT : you have two ears & one mouth, use them in that ratio

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    worst advice: we don’t need to train managers on how to use the new online tool – they have no choice but to use it

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    do your audience research before starting any piece of work…eg why? before how/when? Avoid busy fool syndrome!

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    best advice received = don’t cling on to ideas – share them and use the feedback to develop them

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    Can also be a sign of a martyr > “: Weekend shows commitment, enthusiasm

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    A6 If I disagree with you but we still go with ur idea u better believe we will test, analyse & evaluate in 3-6 months

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    Worst advice? I was told that focusing comms skills training on line mgrs rather than Board was "career limiting" 😀

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    Arrived at Victoria, now to get home with an impending . See you soon peeps

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    A6) Get to know as many ppl as poss in your org – all levels/locations. You need eyes & ears everywhere to know reality of biz

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    Thinking: : Last topic..T6: What is the best or worst comms-related advice you’ve ever given or heard?

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    worst was ‘sometimes we just have to say yes, even if we know it won’t work’. Safe to say I disagreed strongly

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    A6) my best is still "If you accept it you have to expect it"

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    Last topic, it’s an important one!: T6: What is the best or worst comms-related advice you’ve ever given or heard?

  33. weekend date means u really want to be there & are committed to learning, the was amazing

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    if you’re truly committed and passionate about what you do then a weekend date is irrelevant. I think about it 24/7!

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    that may have also been caused by all the sugar in the swag bags… 🙂

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    while I’m keen, some people like to keep weekends free for time with the family. i completely understand that

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    A5) There’s never going to be a date to suit everyone, but a (hopefully) sunny Saturday helps!

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    High energy and felt a bit Breakfast Club (in a good way)

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    a5 nope, weekend date is very helpful to me – location proves more of a problem often :-/

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    🙂 Excellent! MT New to conversation & loving it. Great to connect with other comms peeps & discuss IC stuff

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    A5) Weekend date also means energy level is high – you’re there because you really want to be. That’s what we found last yr

  42. New to the Monday night conversation and loving it. Great to connect with other comms peeps and discuss IC stuff

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    : Has anyone used the unconference format for events? What do you think of it? ” cc interesting

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    Weekend shows commitment, enthusiasm and may help release the shackles of 9 to 5 thinking

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    Absolutely not. Weekend is more attractive as don’t lose working time

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    not me it’s far enough in advance to plan, and if you’re genuinely interested you’ll find a way

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    A5) Weekend date chosen for many reasons, not least (& because free to attend…) means charity comms pros can come

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    encouraging staff to use even basic channels like web/social media to end the "we weren’t told about that" culture

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    T5: Does a weekend date put you off coming to an unconference?

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    A4) We could have a "Whoops-board" at for anonymous comms howlers to be posted – if anyone feels brave enough 🙂

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    How to find new and relevant ways to engage, inspire and motivate up to four different generations of staff within one workplace

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    Ownership. That IC is everyone’s responsibility not just comms Team

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    That’s a great idea – asking rising stars/grads to facilitate unconf sessions. Anyone else tried this?

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    A4: Yes, I want to know more about the failures. The oops! The, if I only knew rather then successes!

  55. How to support line managers in a way that’s meaningful – and beneficial to them and their teams

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    Evening, just landed back in the UK. On the train to Victoria so might as well

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    U R right. I’m starting 2 do a lot of that with my team & we’re getting loads out of it. Raising our game

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    Apologies for just dropping out of but, funnily enough, am poised to try and nab an ticket

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    and finally asking rising stars / grads to facilitate unconference sessions is great way to raise their profile

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    how we can affect real business change…invert the pyramid, destroy bad cultures and rebuild good ones!

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    A mix of planned and unconference is good way to balance crowd-led content and placate stakeholders 2/3

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    to me the value of in-person events is meeting people and ideas that I would not otherwise come into contact with

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    : T4: What areas of would you like to see addressed by your peers and colleagues? is here!

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    I’d love an answer on how to communicate and engage with remote/mobile/offline audiences that really works

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    Learn something new, and dare I say it…steal an idea or two!

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    T4: What areas of would you like to see addressed by your peers and colleagues?

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    Great idea . We published a blog after last yr with thoughts from the crowd too:

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    Enjoying with tonight – we’re currently discussing reasons for attending comms events; come join in!

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    A3) to meet people with the same challenges and hopefully some with ideas to combat them!

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