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

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    A3: to share ideas with sparky people going through similar successes/challenges

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    Hi there are various unconferences that take place. We read info from last yr & spoke to the organisers

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    to get inspiration for innovation – last IC event I went to I met & I went to see him last week 🙂

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    True . Often completely different orgs to your own can provide fresh approaches to ideas

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    A3) Reasons for attending IC events: To meet with other IC pros face-to-face, hear fresh ideas, network and keep up-to-date

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    A3: To expand my knowledge and to hear advice from those who have already been through the same struggles I have.

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    A3) to benchmark what i’m doing against the industry and learn new ideas

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    So is there an unconference handbook anywhere? or any useful guides/resources anyone can recommend?

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    A3) To hear that you’re not alone. Even if you are a team of one – there are always IC pros facing same/similar issues

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    Mix of unconference and planned sessions a good compromise between crowd-nominated content and placating stakeholders

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    not just events but visiting other organisations helps to problem solve

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    T3: Why do you attend IC events? What do you want to get from ?

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    Hi Kate . Any top unconference tips you can share with the crowd?

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    absolutely! Takes a bit of convincing though sometimes. Very worthwhile though

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    I did! We weren’t quite brave enough to do full day so did some sessions between planned agenda items

  • A2: Nobody liking or using my idea/launch/change programme/initiative. That’s the major thing that keeps me up

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    Hi true – wifi always a key consideration. It draws conversations from outside the room in for ppl who can’t come

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    I’ve attended some unconferences. We coped really well with the format. Wifi was very helpful too.

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    I always find you get the enthusiasm when they see it as a benefit to their work

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    Getting some great ideas for the unconference I’m co-hosting at on Thursday eve – thanks

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    Wow, thank you so much for the advice! Looks like I am going shopping for new tools 😉

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    A2: encouraging enthusiasm for comms & rather than box-ticking

  • carrying the pencil case to meetings is a bit odd at first but it works! I take notes in black & actions in red

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    . That’s interesting, how do you encourage non-clique behaviour or encourage introverts?

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    thanks …. I’m lucky to have an event it would fit right in on to 🙂

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    A2) Topics crowd members talk about a lot are IC measurement, planning and providing evidence of effectiveness cc

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    I agree, can be clique as result RT unconference can be dominated by individuals if not carefully handled

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    i took to colour categorising my emails and mirroring that with coloured pens in my noteboook!

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    . Fair point. I do like the sound of it. V bored of helping deliver formulaic predictable events in my own org

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    A2: I have a hard time keeping track of the small details. I need a better way to organize (like always)

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    . Yy, that can be true. Format can be daunting for the less extrovert or first time attendee

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    A2) All 3 co-founders are going to 1/2 May. It’s starting Thurs night with an unconference format

  • A2: Lack of planning. In we need to be more prepared then ever before

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    We know that used unconference format internally at her previous org too. Is starting to spring up more .

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    T2: What issues are keeping you awake at night? Are you participating in IoIC Live 14 on Thursday?

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    Good luck Tim RT : Ive got an event I’ve just decided to at thanks to 🙂

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    Definitely a view some may hold, but u have the control to make it a great event. You get what u put in.

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    Hi . We ran with apprx 130 IC pros last year. Bigger the group, more breakout sessions you can offer

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    also unconference can be dominated by individuals if not carefully handled – who shouts loudest

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    Ive got an event I’ve just decided to at thanks to 🙂

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    . Depends on the organisers I suppose to channel energies & focus. Plus good delegate mix

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    Its sounds like a great format. Do you think there are any limits to how many people it would work with?

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    flexible as issues for the blue lights change so quickly a fixed agenda can be irrelevant easily. + audience driven

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    Hi unplanned is the beauty of it – structure at start & end of the day, but crowd determine the conversation

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    i think people like to get answers to their problems – hearing case studies isn’t always helpful given differences

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    i struggle with unconference unless there is some structure somewhere!

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    Great to have no hierarchy, everyone has something to learn/share whatever your job title

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    Hi Unconference concept sounds refreshing and interesting. I’ve never been. But some may argue unplanned and lazy?

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    People can be nervous about unconference format to start with because it’s unfamiliar but it is great brainstorming opportunity

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    That’s a great comment – "everyone’s equal" at an unconference

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    Loose format = tailored sessions depending on delegates, ability to ask people to pick over problems as well as hear new ideas.

  • hi all underway now talking about – cant join unfortunately!

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    I have started to bring the principle inside our organisation but a step too far in reality!

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    I’ve been to a – was inspiring, informing & amazing way to learn & meet people. Love that everyone’s equal

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    yes & it’s fab. let me & do an unconference at a fire event & we learned loads

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    What do others think the benefits are to a loose programme?

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    A1) The beauty of unconference means if you don’t like the topic, you simply swap rooms aka "the law of 2 feet" to maximise time

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    MT : I attended tweetcamp which had an unconference stlye. Loads of flexibility & lets u learn lots quickly

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    I’ve not but just Checked it out and it seems awesome 🙂

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    A1) Unconference format means you get out what you put in – people in the room decide what’s important to them & what to discuss

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    Has anyone else out there attended an unconference, , or a similarly informal event?

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    . Indeed. I was a bit skeptical when attending last year, but the programme (or lack thereof) worked beautifully

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    It’s called because it’s a chance for IC pros to come and talk about comms & set the agenda (we did the same last yr)

  • Hi all, IC on 2nite’s agenda, I might learn something new!

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    But anyway, our first topic: Has anyone used the unconference format for events? What do you think of it?

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    Thanks! is also a lot of fun and really interesting. Highly recommended : )

  • I’ve got my lemon meringue ready – am I in time for

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    is a free unconference for IC pros, happening on 28 June. Full info via our website:

  • : 20 minutes to ” I might get involved in this tonight so apologies in advance if I stray into pure geekery

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    Hi – do you want to start us off w/a brief intro the ?

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    If you’re joining in, please use the tag (don’t just hit reply to me!) so that everyone can see your tweets

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    Evening all, we’re entering for the next hour. Join in by using the hashtag

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    : looks at all aspects relating to communications, When: Mondays, 8:00pm UK.

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    We’re joined by who will be discussing their upcoming unconference. We’ll also look at and much more.

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    Evening all. Brittany here from . Tonight we’re in for quite the hour

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