It's time to sit around the fire, eat some pumpkin pie, and share what we're thankful for in the internal communications world.
While the path to internal communications improvement and optimization is ongoing, it’s always good to take a look at what we’re doing well, what we like, and what’s yielding results internal communicators would happily share with CEOs and managers.
Let’s take a look at what communications professionals are thankful for this year:
1. Endless list of valuable resources
It's the Golden Age for internal communications and resources to make communicators' jobs easier are endless. With new podcasts, websites, blogs, the resources really are plentiful for an industry where that wasn't always the case.
Internal communicator extraordinaire Chuck Gose brought us the ICology podcast just last year. Each episode Chuck interviews and speaks with communicators doing interesting things in the internal communications world. With topics ranging from internal emails, intranets, mobile apps, strategic engagement, and more. We love ICology's insights, smooth conversations, seamless editing, and engaging chats to listen to on your morning commute or background listening at your desk.
All Things IC
Across the pond, Rachel Miller has been writing her blog since 2009 and has been helping internal communicators do their best work with All Things IC since 2013. Along with Rachel's consulting and master classes, the All Things IC Blog is where many saavy communicators go to read what's new in internal comms and Rachel’s clever takes on the future of the industry.
Fellow Canadian and internal communications disrupter Lise Michaud started IC Kollectif earlier this year. The initiative has quickly become an internal comms one-stop shop for everything internal comms: associations, publications, research and reports, events, a list of IC thought leaders and LinkedIn groups. Lise has put together a master list of resources for IC, all conveniently located on one website.
2. New technology proves that internal comms is trendy and can’t be ignored
We love the interest so many companies are taking towards internal communications. New tools for internal communicators to choose from means more ways to improve communication within organizations. With Workplace by Facebook and collaboration tools like Slack, the future for internal comms is even brighter.
While it's hard to keep up with all the changes in internal communications, it's a promising sign that changes are happening and happening so frequently. We can't complain! Internal comms is officially trendy.
3. The strong sense of community amongst Internal Communications professionals
Perhaps what many internal communicators are most thankful for is the sense of community in the industry. Various internal comms-focused LinkedIn groups offer communicators a place to share ideas, ask questions, network with fellow comms professionals, see new job opportunities, and promote their own work.
By following the #internalcomms hashtag on Twitter, you can find a wealth of information of the newest blog posts on internal comms best practices to the best IC influencers to follow. Or you can participate in a regularly scheduled #CommsChat on Twitter every Monday at 3pm. See what other communicators are talking about right now and join the conversation yourself.
— ICology (@LearnICology) November 23, 2016
Whatever channel it may be, the internal communications community is alive and collaborating with each other every day. There’s a chance for every communications professional to jump in and improve their work.
What are you thankful for in internal communications this year? Let us know in the comments below!