Candid Comms podcast with Rachel Miller
A candid conversation about mentoring with Melisa Kakas S2 E10

A candid conversation about mentoring with Melisa Kakas S2 E10

August 8, 2021

What are the benefits of having a mentor?

When is the right time to volunteer to be a mentor yourself?

Today's episode of the Candid Comms podcast is the season two finale and features Melisa Kakas, Internal Communications Manager at British Business Bank.

I have the pleasure of mentoring Melisa through the Institute of Internal Communication's (IoIC) mentoring scheme.

During our conversation we discuss:

  • What are the benefits of being mentored?
  • When is the right time to put yourself forward to mentor others?
  • How to create a successful mentoring relationship
  • The importance of trust
  • Why accountability is important
  • The role confidence plays in a mentoring partnership

and much more.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

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Rachel's Online Masterclasses: How to be a strategic internal communicator.

Show notes for episode 10.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to create an effective internal communication team S2 E9

How to create an effective internal communication team S2 E9

August 1, 2021

Do you know how to create an effective IC team?

This week's episode of the Candid Comms podcast includes:

  • The questions IC pros ask each other
  • The purpose of internal communication
  • How to structure an internal communication team
  • Questions we need to ask ourselves when creating an IC team
  • How to test the maturity of your organisation's internal communication.

and much more.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

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Rachel's Online Masterclasses: How to be a strategic internal communicator.

Show notes for episode nine.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to say no to stakeholders S2 E8

How to say no to stakeholders S2 E8

July 25, 2021

What are your relationships like with your leaders and stakeholders in your organisation?

Do you feel able to say no to them?

This week's episode of the Candid Comms podcast includes:

  • Why you need to say no
  • How to talk confidently and explain your decision making
  • How to gather your evidence
  • The hardest words to say in internal communication

and much more.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

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Rachel's Online Masterclasses:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode eight.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to repurpose your internal communication S2 E7

How to repurpose your internal communication S2 E7

July 18, 2021

Do you repurpose your internal communication?

How do you make your IC channels work collectively well together?

These are some of the topics I've examined in this week's episode of the Candid Comms podcast.

This episode includes:

  • What does repurposing mean?
  • What type of content can be repurposed?
  • What mindset is useful when creating content?
  • What are the benefits of repurposing
  • Mistakes and pitfalls to avoid

and much more.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

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Rachel's Online Masterclasses:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode seven.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to work with Comms Champions S2 E6

How to work with Comms Champions S2 E6

July 11, 2021

Do you have Comms Champions inside your organisation? 

In this episode I focus on:

  • Why Comms Champions can be useful
  • How to define the purpose of your champions
  • How to turn information into action
  • How to recruit Comms Champions
  • Who should be a champion?
  • The different types of champions you could have

and much more.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

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Rachel's Online Masterclasses:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode six.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to communicate internationally, with Laura Colantuono S2 E5

How to communicate internationally, with Laura Colantuono S2 E5

July 4, 2021

This week's episode features Laura Colantuono, Internal Communications & Employer Branding Manager, International, at The Kraft Heinz Company.

We discuss:

  • Laura's career path, including working in luxury 
  • What it's like to work internationally 
  • The importance of translation and local considerations
  • What effective communication looks like in a FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) environment
  • Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) considerations
  • What it's like to join a company during a pandemic
  • Reaching frontline workers

and much more.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

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Rachel's Online Masterclasses:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode five.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

A candid conversation about inclusion with Keith Riley S2 E4

A candid conversation about inclusion with Keith Riley S2 E4

June 27, 2021

This week's episode features Keith Riley, Communications Executive at law firm DWF, and I talking about all things diversity and inclusion related.

As we recorded this episode we both built the new Everyone Is Awesome LEGO kit, which celebrates positivity and kindness in families, communities and the world. 

This episode covers:

  • Working with LGBTQ+ employees to amplify their views and voices
  • What internal communicators need to be mindful of when thinking about diversity and inclusion
  • Our love of LEGO
  • Why do pronouns matter?
  • Why Keith wore make-up at work recently
  •  Why belonging and inclusion go together

and much more.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

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Rachel's Online Masterclasses:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode four.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to create a sense of belonging S2 E3

How to create a sense of belonging S2 E3

June 20, 2021

A sense of belonging is something we all crave, whether in our personal lives or at work.

Connecting with people that share our values and passions makes us feel part of something bigger than ourselves.

In today's episode of the Candid Comms podcast, I've examined this topic and focused on what we need to know, do and think about.

This episode covers:

  • What is a sense of belonging?
  • Why does this matter for organisations?
  • An exercise to help you determine and refine your definition
  • The impact of culture on belonging
  • The role compassion, connection and confidence play.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

Useful links:

Rachel's new Online Masterclass:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode three.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you to my Producer, Debbie West of Seren Creative.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to find an Internal Comms job S2 E2

How to find an Internal Comms job S2 E2

June 13, 2021

Are you looking for a job as an internal communicator?

Perhaps you're looking to move into the profession, or would like to find a new role. 

This episode will help you think it through. 

It covers:

  • How to apply for internal communication roles
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • Ways to learn about organisations
  • The best ways to sell yourself
  • Questions to consider asking in interviews.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

Useful links:

Rachel's new Online Masterclass:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode two.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

How to be a strategic internal communicator S2 E1

How to be a strategic internal communicator S2 E1

June 6, 2021

Welcome to the first episode of season two.

This week's episode focuses on working strategically in internal communication.

This episode covers:

  • Jargon busting - what does it mean to be strategic?
  • How can internal communicators work strategically?
  • What does good look like?
  • How to know if you're working in a strategic way
  • Skills map from the Institute of Internal Communication
  • Thoughts on being a trusted adviser
  • Job titles.

Do let me know what you think of this episode and don't forget to rate, review and follow, so other Comms pros can benefit too.

Useful links:

Rachel's new Online Masterclass:The internal communicator's guide to hybrid working.

Show notes for episode one.

All show notes: allthingsic.com/podcast.

Rachel's All Things IC website, featuring 1500 free blog posts.

All Things IC Online Masterclasses, where you can enrol in training.

Find Rachel on Twitter @AllThingsIC, Instagram @rachelallthingsic or LinkedIn.

Thank you for stopping by,

Rachel.

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