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  • #145626

    Janna Raudenbush
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    My organization is holding what we are calling a “Professional Development Conference” and one of the areas that I would like to see us address during this conference is organizational communication — going beyond the ‘company newsletter’ to foster truly effective organizational communication. Does anyone have any suggestions for speakers (preferably an organizational communication expert within the government but we’re definitely open to an outside speaker depending on budget) or any other helpful ideas to inspire us (a good book, website, technique for discussion)?

  • #145642

    Steve Ressler
    Keymaster

    Hey Janna – I just posted your question in our internal communication group – some great folks there – https://www.govloop.com/group/internalcommunications

    Also had a great conversation on the topic there this week.

  • #145640

    Daniel Mintz
    Participant

    While you might consider this thought a backup to your original one, there are a number of places you can get access to former Government people who might have something to say (ACT-IAC, AFCEA, TechAmerica, …).

    In addition to the above, I am a member of what is called the SAGE community (I won’t comment about the accuracy of the implications of the acronym) and through all of these sometimes get invited back to speak to groups (and/or be on panels) relating to these kinds of topics.

    I am not entirely sure what an aging former CIO would offer, but historically I have talked a lot about formal and informal kinds of communication and would be glad to be helpful.

    – Dan

  • #145638

    You could use the IDEO brainstorming process to come up with ideas at the event:

    http://www.fastcompany.com/node/63818/print

    I know someone who could facilitate…we used at the Next Gen Gov Summit in two different sessions and it went very well. In fact, we’re morphing it into a series of events called “Wonk-a-thons” next year.

  • #145636

    Robert Bacal
    Participant

    Janna, I’ve been invited to do a keynote and some other stuff at a government conference in Ottawa on internal communication – actually it will touch on metrics for success, if I recall. I’m former government, and I’m in Ottawa, which isn’t too far if your conference is in Washington. If you have a chance take a look at my article on internal communication strategies, which was written for a government audience, and see if it “speaks to you”.

    I’m willing to see if there’s a good fit, and if not, I’ll be the first to tell you I can’t help. It really depends on who/what/ and the goals of your session.

  • #145634

    I took Steve Crescenzo and Shel Holtz’s Government Communicators Boot Camp class back in 2003. Crescenzo acts like an insane lunatic but is the best corporate communications trainer out there. Holtz is an excellent trainer on social media. For your event, would recommend Crescenzo. Probably not cheap though. http://www.crescenzocomm.com/

    I’m also glad to come in and talk if it would help – send me a message.

  • #145632

    Susan Pcola-Davis
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  • #145630

    Sarah Jennings Agan
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    Janna – we facilitated a workshop a few weeks ago at a conference hosted by the Advanced Learning Institute. The conference was around Strategic Internal Communications in Government. Our topic was Using Language to Dramatically Improve Organizational Effectiveness. Two books we introduced to workshop participants are: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott and Language and the Art of Happiness by Chalmers Brothers. I highly recommend both. Neither of these books are a template for organizational communication – and they are both about fundamentally shifting how we use language and that in turn has massive implications for how we communication in organizations. It’s a different take on the topic.

  • #145628

    Janna Raudenbush
    Participant

    Dan– Would you mind providing me with a little more information? I’d love to hear more about the SAGE community and the other places you mentioned I maybe be able to find speakers to discuss organizational communication. I’d also be interested in what types of topics topics you’ve spoken on in the past. You can reach me at [email protected]. Thanks so much for your reply and willingness to help me out!

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