internal communication

collective consultancy

Collective wisdom – working with a collective consultancy

When you’re working with lots of different organisations – from local entrepreneurs to global teams – the issues are many and varied. It’s one of the things I love about my job! Different projects or retainers demand different expertise, so we work as a collective team that has now grown to 18 talented people. Every …

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Audible launch Influential Internal Communication

Influential Internal Communication – now available on Audible!

Since I launched my book Influential Internal Communication just over a year ago, I’ve frequently been asked if it’s available in audio. It was really important for me to make my book as accessible to as many people as possible and, although I share a lot of my thinking in my bite-sized podcast, I wanted to enable …

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Successful business

Five things I’ve learnt about running a successful business

This is a special month for me and the Redefining Communications collective, as we celebrate five years since we launched! A lot has happened since 2017 – a year when Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You was the biggest song, Star Wars: The Last Jedi topped the box office and the iPhone X was released! During …

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Diversity and inclusion workplace

Building a positive and inclusive workplace

We’ve been working with BAE Systems for four years as an extension of the communications team, supporting a wide range of activities. We were asked to work alongside the diversity and inclusion team on a campaign around its Inclusion Week, which coincides with the UK’s National Inclusion Week. For BAE Systems, this week is an …

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Influential communicator

Four steps to becoming an influential communicator

In this article for Poppulo communications expert, Jenni Field, talks about how she describes influence when it comes to internal communication and becoming an influential communicator: “I believe that having influence is not just related to internal communication professionals, but to everyone in an organisation. We all need a certain amount of influence at work …

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How RASCI can help you gain clarity and calm

Whenever I work with leaders going through The Field Model™ or helping communication teams get their strategy in place, I often use the RASCI framework. It’s an important tool that helps break down tasks, roles and responsibilities. I used the RASCI model in my roles within organisations and found it extremely helpful when there was …

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Ragan blog mastering internal communication

How to master internal communication when you’re not a comms pro

In this article, published by Ragan, global internal communication specialist, Jenni Field talks about how, regardless of your training, education or background, you can make a positive difference to your team’s messaging and internal communication. Jenni shares some insights for non-communication professionals and those looking to establish an internal communication strategy for the first time. …

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Master internal communication

How to master internal communication when you’re not a communications professional

Working in communication seems to have been a calling for me from a young age. I took communication, English and business studies for A Level and my degree was in marketing. Since graduating, all my roles have been about communicating in one way or another. My career has enabled me to explore; to take risks …

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Communication Trends 2022

Communication trends in 2022 – and how they’re changing more slowly than we’d like!

It’s that time of year when our social media feeds start to fill with blogs about forecasts, trends and themes to look out for in the coming year. I always find these posts really interesting because I think it’s a great way to see what’s on people’s agenda. In fact, I wrote a blog on …

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What is internal communication

What is internal communication?

In this podcast episode, I talk about the difference between employee engagement, employee experience and internal communication and the importance of alignment between all three. In my book, I share the definitions of each of these: Employee engagement: “A workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated …

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Employee engagement understanding people

Why employee engagement needs to be more than just campaigns and rewards

In 2020 I read The Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley. In the book, Ross shares the story of his swim round the UK. There are many aspects to the story that have stayed with me and one, in particular, made me write a blog at the end of last year too about how easily …

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The pandemic revolution

The pandemic revolution

It’s going to take us 25 years to reap the true benefits of flexible working… that’s if the industrial revolution is anything to go by. During my camping holiday in Cornwall I finished reading Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed and I cannot recommend it enough. I have highlighted so much of the book but a …

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“The must-have book for every internal communicator in 2021”

In this Internal Comms Pro: The Podcast episode Jenni talks about the need to define internal communication within your organisation, core challenges, how to fill your professional skill gap, culture and the rhythm of the organisation, why gaining influence is your responsibility, where internal communication is headed, and how to be prepared. “Internal communication is …

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Foundations of The Field Model™ and applying it in practice

In this podcast episode for CommsHero, Jenni talks about her book Influential Internal Communication and The Field Model™, which is outlined in the book. She shares her journey whilst doing research, writing, publishing, and promoting. Jenni talks about the two parts to the book: foundations (including The Field Model™) and applying this model in practice. …

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Global - chaos to calm

Finding calm in a global crisis

In this article for CIPR International about finding calm in a global crisis, Jenni discusses The Field Model™ and the impact of globalisation on organisations. “Internal communication has never been more important. In a year when we’ve been forced to change how we’ve worked for decades, the need to connect and engage a workforce in …

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SiteVisibility Internet Marketing Podcast

Turning your internal communication from chaos to calm

In this interview with The SiteVisibility Internet Marketing Podcast – one of the UK’s most popular internet marketing podcasts – Jenni shares the common symptoms of businesses that are suffering from deep-rooted internal communication issues and how we should go about solving them. Jenni also talks about her book, Influential Internal Communication. Listen now

Leadership Insights for Professionals

Six leadership skills to master for better internal communication

In this article for Insights for Professionals, Jenni discusses how leadership is more than being able to delegate. Without effective communication, a leader’s team can quickly descend into chaos and disorder: “The defining trait for leaders shouldn’t be their ability to transform – doing what you do well, focusing on the basics and becoming an …

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Inspiring Goodies: empowerment vs autonomy, is IC management consultancy and freedom in a framework

This was an interesting month for inspiration as I found myself focused on the results of my line manager research and my book launch events. The line manager research has thrown up 12 key things for organisations to consider and my online book launch event included some interesting questions about internal communication and the role …

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line manager research

Line managers need investment in communication skills and relevant content from the centre

Throughout March and April, we carried out some research into the role of line managers in organisations. This is for line managers to tell us more about their roles, their capabilities, and the support they must have to do their job. We want to know more about their purpose, how they communicate with their team, …

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Fear culture hybrid working

How fear and culture will impact hybrid working

In February I wrote about hybrid working and asked if the term is a red herring for leaders. In the blog I said: “So rather than getting caught up in the latest buzzword of hybrid organisations, can we focus instead on the need for flexibility. Flexibility that reflects the reality of life today. A way …

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Communication and chaos

Keep calm: fix organisational chaos, streamline communication and drive engagement

Organisations are complex. People are complex. It takes time and some difficult conversations to find calm amongst the chaos. This article – Keep calm: fix organisational chaos, streamline communication and drive engagement – was written by Jenni Field for Catalyst, the publication of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Jenni talks about how chaos …

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There is my truth, there is your truth, and there is fact

In this blog, which was originally featured in Influence, I talk about being mindful of interpretation. A few years ago, I was at lunch with a coach and we were chatting about experiences and interpretation of events. They used this example: If someone stands outside this restaurant with a clipboard and asks you questions about …

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How to communicate your way from chaos to calm

In this article, Jenni Field talks to The Institute of Leadership & Management to discuss her thoughts on how great internal communication can help leaders to fine-tune their collaborative reflexes amongst teams. She talks about how leaders in recovery mode need to look at the underlying rhythm of their organisation: “Examine the tempo of how …

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Employee engagement and internal communication are not the same thing

Internal communication was in the spotlight as one of the core disciplines within the communication remit last year. As we’ve moved office teams to work remotely and our frontline teams have been front of mind during the pandemic, our work in internal comms has enjoyed a bit of stardom. After years of being in the …

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