IABC UK and Leeds Business School Improvisational Storytelling Event- April 25

Storytelling is one of the most effective ways companies share compelling messages which help drive home specific agendas.

Join us on the 25th of April as the University of Leeds Business School and the IABC UK present an hold a thought-provoking improvisational storytelling workshop, featuring renowned coach and trainer, Paul Z. Jackson!

Here’s Matt from the University of Leeds Business school with a brief message on the event.

 

To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/improvisational-storytelling-leeds-tickets-44200353447?aff=es2

Video for IABC’s “Communications Across the Ocean” Dialogue

Last March 27, 2018, the London and San Francisco chapters of the IABC engaged in the first “Communications Across the Ocean” webinar. The event allowed industry trailblazers from the UK and US to share their insights on how communicators can help optimise the potential of their respective organisations while bearing in mind the cross-cultural impact of their work.

See the full video of the discussion here:

IABC UK takes pride in its commitment to spotlight the vital role of communications in aiding in stakeholder engagement and overall organisational success. Stay tuned to this website and IABC UK’s social media channels for updates on other exciting events!

IABC Leeds Improvisational Storytelling Event- Speaker Profile

Meet Paul Z Jackson, the master of improvisational storytelling and leading speaker at LUBSxIABC 2018 event.

“Stories feed us, sooth us and help us to remember ourselves and how we share knowledge, journeys and laughter. They happen around fires in homes, in performance. In the moment between one breath and another.

Sometimes, they just happen. People are amazing and it’s the best in us that the Storyteller seeks. As we see how amazing we can each be so our journey becomes clearer and we help others along the way” – this is how Paul Z Jackson defines the power and magic of storytelling.

Being one of the leading figures in application of improvisation in the UK and around the world, Paul brings out the best in people as a facilitator, coach, best-selling author and trainer of trainers and facilitators around the world. Paul is co-founder and President of the Applied Improvisation Network for over a decade, working on project design and implemntation, as well as workshops and training programmes that transform lives by developing collaborative skills. He is also director of leading change consultancy The Solutions Focus, on the accreditation team of the UK Association of Solution Focused Practice, and serves on the SOLworld steering group.

The Solutions Focus – Making Coaching and Change simple, rated as one of the Top 30 business books of the year in the USA, according to the critics is a must reading focusing on potential, affirmation and solutions, evolutionary yet practical alternative to conventional wisdom.

His other books include Positively Speaking – the art of constructive conversations with a solutions focus, Impro Learning58½ Ways To Improvise In Training, The Inspirational Trainer, The Resilience Pocketbook and Easy.

Paul as an inspirational consultant, coach and facilitator, draws on his experiences in journalism, comedy production and the BBC to design and deliver impactful, story-rich events that connect directly to the needs of the participants.

Audiences at conferences around the world and readers of his books benefit from his expertise in strategy, leadership, teamwork, creativity and innovation.

On April 25th, there will be an exclusive opportunity for communication practitioners to attend the interactive session on “Improvisational Storytelling” at Leeds University Business school.

Future Fit Communications 2018 – integrating technology, people and organisations

In its fourth annual edition, IABC UK’s Future Fit Communications 2018 will focus on the impact and implications for people of rapidly evolving technologies and organisation. Is technology helping us improve engagement with stakeholders, or are we in danger of running ahead of our ability to use it well? Are we losing sight of the human touch in our eagerness to embrace technology, or will cognitive technologies, augmented reality, and new organisational structures liberate people to engage and perform more effectively than ever before?

Sessions will focus on:

  • New organisational forms and the shift from hierarchy to networks; the implications for autonomy, self-responsibility and decision-making.
  • How augmented reality will transform interfaces and the risks and opportunities that creates.
  • What can we learn from each other from our personal responses to change and new ways of interaction, and how can we become better leaders and communicators.

Our Speakers:

Katherine Woods, Meeting Magic. “Technology and new organisational forms: why companies need a clear objective more than ever”

Victoria Lewis-Stephens, Managing Partner – Engagement, and Sarah Harrison, Instinctif Partners. “Creating and nurturing an influencer network: a new application of McKinsey snowball model”

Matt O’Neill, Futurist. “Computerisation and humanisation model”

Andy Gibson, Mindapples. “Managing change and health in rapidly changing environment”

TICKETS

  • IABC member £50
  • IABC non-member £100
  • IABC member + non-member (booked together) £100
  • Partner organisation member £50

Book at https://futurefitcommunications2018.eventbrite.co.uk 

Keeping ahead of the extraordinary pace of change, we have no time to lose and this event will provide you with a unique opportunity to hear from our excellent speakers and discuss your practical questions and experiences with your fellow seasoned communication professionals.

Reflections On A Conversation Across The Ocean

I’m just reflecting on a great conversation (#iabcacrosstheocean) we had between the IABC members in San Francisco and the UK. We will post a full recording of the conversation soon.

We set out to explore how we manage communication in the UK and in the USA. Rather than having an expert come to talk to us about the cultural differences and the implications of these we decided to use the knowledge and experience of our members to explore the theme.

So, what came out? First of all, thoughts on the role of communication:

  • We all agree (not just on the panel, but also in our pre-conversation survey) that communicators are increasingly acting as business partners and that our role encompasses
    • Helping to connect people to make them feel part of one company with shared goals
    • Helping leaders communicate effectively so that they share that narrative
    • Support line managers by supporting leaders – more effective leadership communication helps provide the knowledge and role models that support line managers in making connections with their people
  • What it is not: communications professionals should not be responsible for the communication skills of line managers, but we influence through the way we help leadership communication

On the challenges facing communicators today the conversation covered:

  • It’s important especially in large global organisations to be very clear about the boundaries and responsibilities in communication teams
  • One of the key challenges of new technology is helping leaders understand how they need to adapt to exploit it fully. This is not just about responding to an “always on” environment by managing different channels, media and responsibilities; it is also about a change in mind-set and a change in style. We talked about the need to be bolder and more informal
  • Demographics is an issue. Young people strain at the leash and are keen to learn and get involved, older people provide an invaluable resource and pool of experience that we would be foolish to ignore

What do communication people need to help them in their roles?

  • Less of us may now come from journalistic backgrounds, but we need to keep the key competencies and values of attention to detail, checking facts, being truthful and honest
  • We need global mind-sets. It’s not just about managing large organisations with offices all over the globe, it’s about sensitivity to the needs and demands of people in different places operating in different time zones and in different cultural environments

What are the cross-cultural perils?

  • We need to pay attention to language. Catherine supplied a great story of an acquisition in which the American parent celebrated the UK company’s habit of an annual event in which UK employees threw pies at leaders (don’t ask!), describing how they wanted to honour the tradition of tossing at the boss

It’s difficult to capture in a few bullet points the richness of the conversation that we had. These points are my take outs from the discussion. There were lots of us involved so please add your comments below.

We did not address in depth the central hypothesis that there are major differences between the UK and the USA in how we manage communication, other than Catherine’s story about the language problem. We also ended up focussing on internal vs external communication challenges – a reflection perhaps of the experience of the panellists. So, there is much more to explore in this debate and we hope to have some more of these conversations designed to put the I into IABC at the chapter level.

Finally, a big thank you to the panellists who helped in the conversation and who were brave enough to face a live audience. They were:

  • Catherine Rudiger, Vice president of ICF in San Francisco
  • Howard Krais, Communications Director, GSK plc and President Elect IABC UK
  • Daniel Schraibman, Independent Consultant and Board member IABC UK

I’d also like to record a big vote of thanks to Gay Flashman and her team from Formative Content whose technology made the whole thing possible

Mike Pounsford

President IABC UK