Last Thursday (19 May) I organised a #asktheguru event, one of CIPR Inside’s small, informal and popular events, at the offices of Ruder Finn UK. As one of CIPR Inside’s lead sponsors the team hosted the event for us in their fantastic new offices in Finsbury Circus, London.
I recently attended a Once Upon a Time event in Bournemouth. It’s always a good event, held in the beautiful Shelley theatre (once home to Mary Shelley) and organised by the indomitable duo of Mark Masters and Matt Desmier. Between them their contact list must be among the best and longest in the land of digital creatives, communicators (of all breeds) and entrepreneurs.
At this latest event we heard from four great speakers which I wrote about last week. One stood out for me for his enthusiasm and energy, and his authenticity and humanity. The person he was on stage, was the person I imagined he’d be before I heard him speak, and when I met him a week later for a coffee and to find out more, he was exactly the same.
Spurred on by own desire to share more about the work I do and the things I learn along the way, plus the fact that I was at an event recently which is all about sharing your great content with your network, I’ve taken some time out to write up my notes and a few tips from that event to share here.
‘Once Upon A Time’ is a regular event in Bournemouth, focussed on storytelling, hosted by Mark Masters from the ID group. It’s always a good event, great speakers and nice guests. What’s not to like? I went to the first event and this sixth one. They just keep coming with fantastic speakers and opportunities to meet good people.
Four speakers took turns to share their ‘stories’ about why they do what they do and how their businesses have come to be.
There have been many organisations caught in the spotlight of the media glare after a crisis in recent years and as each of those stories hit the headlines it has made me think of the people working in those businesses. What must they be feeling?
What an organisation does in a time of crisis is a real insight into their approach to comms. Are the communications timely, are the messages honest and leadership open, are the messages consistent over time and both internally and externally?