Internal Comms Pro: The Podcast

Internal Comms Pro: The Podcast

Each day, millions of smart communicators struggle to increase employee engagement. There are too many tactics and not enough time. “Internal Comms Pro: The Podcast” aims to change that. We want to make your corporate communications or internal communications job easier. We are bringing together the best in the business to give you real ideas on how to improve engagement and retention at any organization. We will show you how to elevate your position, improve your stats, and make your workplace a happier one.

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October 26, 2021 37 min

Our guest for this episode is Robin Shabazz, Founder of the Eastledge Group which offers cultural-based counseling for organizations. With her years of experience, Robin has seen many successes and fails when companies try to implement diversity measures. We’ll be going back to the basics as Robin breaks down what DEI truly means for you and your company.

We're also continuing our new segment with Ragan's Communications Lea...

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Jen Hall is the Internal Communications Director at Novant Health, and her team had an interesting situation to work through. Being in the field of healthcare, Novant Health has employees both working from home and on the front lines during the pandemic. In this episode, Jen explains how she was able to deliver effective communication to her fellow employees by delivering effective communication to her executives.

We're also co...

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October 12, 2021 38 min

As the value of internal communicators has become more apparent in the past year, it can seem like our company's expectations of us have increased as well. It's helpful to make plans that go towards the big picture, but what are some things we can do now to stay above the work? This week, we chat with Anthony Bolton, Senior Manager of Employee Communications and Events at Gulfstream Aerospace on how employee culture has a h...

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As we're settling into a new normal, remote and hybrid work environments are becoming more prevalent. How can you keep up with your clear employee communication when everything feels like it's shifting? We chat with Clifton Johnson, Senior Managing Director at Teach for America. Working in a hybrid environment himself, Clif shares how his company handles their communications and offers tips on how you can start planning you...

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September 28, 2021 52 min

In our first episode of the season, we chat with Anthony Witrado, Public Relations Lead at PGA of America. We're Shifting the Mindset on the topic of storytelling as Anthony shares his experience as a journalist. You'll learn what constitutes as a story, what questions you should be asking, and more!

We're happy to introduce our newest segment in association with Ragan's Communications Leadership Council! This week,...

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The value of internal communicators is being recognized now more than ever, but with that recognition comes greater expectations. Our world is changing rapidly, and internal communicators have to adapt. This season, our guests will share how they are tackling these changes and how you can do the same. This season, we're "Shifting the Mindset."

Tune in for our first episode next Tuesday, on 09/28!

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Jenni Field, Founder of Redefining Communications helps listeners go from chaos to calm with her new book "Influential Internal Communication." We’ll review highlights from the book that help to redefine internal communications in a way that will affect the true evolution of your organization and in the end, expand your sphere of influence.

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We talk with two trailblazers from the midwest, Jessica Bauer and Amanda Atkins. They share how Slack handled their recent change of being acquired by Salesforce and how their internal communications responded. Their talent, attitude, and planning helped keep Slack employees in the loop every step of the way.

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Patrick Holmes gives us his strategy and step by step process along with all his learnings from building an internal communications department from the ground up. Even if you have a large or established team, his tips are still applicable for those needing to go back and perhaps collect data on a new initiative or project you are sharing. We also discuss how to find new insights to refresh your comms blueprint as well as how to go ...

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June 1, 2021 38 min

Meetings are so important and good low-hanging fruit to quickly show your value as an internal communicator. Tony Kihl, Director of Corporate Communications at the Cleveland Clinic shares his process on how he enhanced his company’s meeting structure. If you find yourself in a new role, like Tony, consider enhancing your company’s meetings. Learn how to increase productivity and time savings for your employees - 2 key factors for s...

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Steve and Cindy from Crescenzo Communications empower you to keep your communications relevant and provide your employees with a greater sense of belonging like never before. We cover it all from the one thing your channel strategy is missing to the first step to listening to your audience.

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Blair Bloomston, Partner and Vice President of Business Development at Game on Nation walks us through the MILE method giving us 4 secret elements that help double down on the fun while creating meaningful moments for our employees.  This episode teaches listeners how to pull your employees closer to your content and virtual events by using gamification.

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Our industry continues to quickly evolve and innovate to meet employees’ demand to provide a consumer grade employee experience.  But how do we get there?  What are the pieces to this new channel strategy puzzle that will ultimately provide employee readiness for our frontline workers?  Today, Stephen Jones shares how his push/pull comms strategy took flight and how to build a technology roadmap that will take your channel strategy...

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This episode taps into the insights of two internal communications experts, Jason Anthoine and Mark Mohammadpour help answer the one question that always stirs in an internal communicator’s heart, “What do our employees really want?” We are going to dive into data that may surprise you and bring you back to some good old fashioned common sense that unearths if we are connecting what is ironically a connected workforce. 

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Gary Ross, President of Inside Comms, shines light on a new strategic mindset that provides guardrails for your work. This episode will transform any order taker to the much needed strategic coach that your business needs. Get ready to be transformed, stay focused, build credibility, & show value all along the way.

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Lisa Ramsey, Director of Corporate Communications at Health Care Service Corporation also known as Blue Cross Blue Shield, walks us through step by step on how to build your overarching strategy and plan. Learn the building blocks you need to start your foundation and become the architect of your internal comms strategic plan.

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Today’s episode features Kristin Spillane and Vanessa Schroeder who provide senior communications and global employee communications at Citrix.  Together with Tarek Kamil, CEO of Cerkl, we discuss how 2020 provided lighting rod moments that cracked open doorways for disruption (in a good way) in internal communications like never before.

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Today we talk with Chad Littlefield, the Co-Founder and Chief Experience Officer at We and Me, Inc, an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Get ready to see how Chad’s ability to create connection before content choreographed today’s show and in the end, will help you connect with your audience. 

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Tara Davis, Director of Internal communications for the American Psychological Association, discusses her empathy based remote work playbook.  She gives us the changes she made in her messaging, channel, and remote work engagement strategy.  Learn what it takes to make a psychologically healthy workplace.

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This week, we talk with Michael Hughes on his four pillar communication formula to empower leadership with transparent communication for frontline workers. Tune in to learn how to craft your effective employee messages.

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