When you’ve scrolled and squinted and scrolled and squinted until your fingers and eyes can scroll and squint no more there’s a new way to get your comms fixes – the excellent Talking Comms Podcast.
by Adrian Stirrup
I’m possibly a little bit more excited than I should be to tell you that the latest Talking Comms podcast is now live and available to download.
It’s our third full episode (not counting our Christmas and New Year mini-episodes) and it’s fair to say that we are still on a steep learning curve with this podcasting malarkey. That said, I’m still loving doing them.
In this episode, Darren and I chat about the comms2point0 Supercharged Social Media course, and three people who took part in the first course (Simon, Julie and Stephen – that’s you) kindly stuck around afterwards to give us a few thoughts on how their respective organisations – a fire service, a local authority and a regulator – handle their social media.
We also hear from Yammer Evangelist Steve Nguyen who was in the UK for a seminar about ‘falling in love with Yammer’, and who gives a few insights on what developments are coming this year (spoiler: live video streaming!)
With my internal comms head on, I’d never say Yammer is going to solve all of your organisation’s engagement problems, but I genuinely feel it’s the best internal comms tool that gives colleagues that crucial ‘employee voice’, as well being a way of solving issues across silos and different work locations. Buy me a drink and I’ll tell you some of my secrets!
And we end the podcast with a recording of an NHS Providers Communication Leads Network event in January. In it, the panel talk about dealing with a comms issue that never goes away: are we generalists or specialists? It’s something that I know Darren has discussed here – and the diagram he talks about on the podcast is in that post too.
I do say this in the podcast, but thank you to everyone who’s downloaded, tweeted about it or emailed us. Feedback is great. If you’re so inclined, you can rate and review us on whichever podcast app or provider you use. If you want to give us five (that’s FIVE) stars, then we won’t say no.
And finally, do listen to the very end of the podcast for a little surprise…
Adrian Stirrup is internal communications lead at Brent Council and creator of the Talking Comms Podcast
image via Tullio Saba