Love learning all about communication and engagement?

While writing a blog about continuing professional development (CPD) and professional memberships for communicators this week I had a small revelation about myself. Not only do I love learning, but I actually ‘need’ to keep learning. I don’t mean ‘need’ to with regard to keeping my communication expertise and knowledge up to date, that’s a given. What I mean is, I realised I’m happiest when I am learning something new. Working independently in communication allows me to learn in two fundamental ways:

One

I take charge, fund and make my own time for my learning and development by working independently. I go to the events I want to attend, read up on the topics I want to learn, join webinars and more as my schedule allows to develop my knowledge and skills (which of course my clients benefit from too).

Two

Because I get to research, analyse and understand my clients’ businesses in a deep way I’m always learning something new about the businesses I work with and finding solutions to their challenges. Good communicators spend time learning about the business strategy, stakeholders, culture and purpose. This is essential to help clients and employers to communicate and listen effectively to be more successful and I really enjoy this process.

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#my3words – human

Human is the last of my three words to cover in this series of blogs. It's much later than I planned. I've been busy learning some new skills and also engrossed with the #insidestory awards judging and shortlisting. So here now, is the third and final instalment of #mythreewords. We're human, of course, but often in business we can sometimes 'forget' to be ourselves and show our 'human' side at work. That's why this is an important word to guide my business strategy and the year ahead. Like voice and moment, human also has many interpretations for me in my work and personal life.

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#my3words – Moment

Yesterday I wrote about #my3words. I've chosen these words to guide me for the year ahead and beyond. New Year's resolutions are made with great intentions, then often discarded by the end of Jan because they are too complex, fail to engage or are too vague (be fitter, healthier, get a better job etc...). So when Chris Brogan's email landed in my inbox in the new year and he talked about his approach of using three words to guide the year, it made good sense to me. I figure if it's worked for him for the past 11 years, it's got to be worth trying it out for myself...   My three words are: Voice, Moment and Human. Each has a multi-faceted meaning across my personal and professional life. Yesterday I explained my rationale for Voice - which is a big one for me. Today I'll explain Moment.

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#my3words – Voice

Each new year brings a chance to review, refresh and re-direct your business and your profession.   At new year Chris Brogan, CEO of The Media Group invites you to set yourself three words to guide your success for the year ahead. I subscribe to his emails. It's one of a handful of subscriptions that I enjoy and read. I like Chris's approach to business and his writing style. After a busy 2016 building my business, growing my network, learning and delivering a host of projects with a range of clients, I wanted to start 2017 with a renewed focus. When Chris's #my3words email landed in my inbox, the timing was spot on. I chose #my3words for 2017 without hesitation. In no particular order, they are:

Voice

Moment

Human

These words are important to me and I've chosen them because they each have multi-faceted meanings and influences for me in both my professional and personal goals for 2017 and beyond. I'll explain why I've chosen each word in turn this week, starting with voice here.

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Half term. Half work. Half play.

Working for yourself brings a host of benefits, but for me one of the biggest is freedom. Freedom to work around my client and family needs; freedom to direct the shape of my business; freedom to choose my own development path; freedom to be myself and do the work I love. Most of the time, this works beautifully. But Half term school holidays always seem to present a challenge.

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Internal Communications Insight

Katie Marlow profile Oct 2013

Back in November, Denise Cox from Newsweaver invited me to answer a few questions about my insight on internal communication. Here's the article: In an ongoing series, I invite internal communications experts to blog about their thoughts on the state of our industry, challenges we are facing – and what they think are essential in order to face the challenges. Today’s blog post contribution is from Katie Marlow. Katie’s consultancy Little Bird Communications, helps businesses and organisations tell their story.

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Three years on

It’s my third anniversary of working for myself this August. It’s been an exciting time and I’ve learned a lot freelancing from my home office in Bournemouth. I posted a while ago about three little things that stood out for me from 2012. They were: Trusting your instinct, Getting the balance right and Taking satisfaction and rewarding yourself for a job well done.

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