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The nature of Internal Comms means we have to be selfless, and often forget of ourselves as employees with feelings of uncertainty etc, especially if you're in a small team/one man band. How do you cope with this?

Started 13 days ago

Excellent question! :D It's very difficult. I sometimes have to take myself away from my laptop for 5 minutes to give myself a motivational talk!

I think it is a good skill to be able to honestly empathise with other people about feelings of uncertainty or anxiety, while also helping deliver the right messages. But it is painful when your friends in the office assume that you know all the secrets and you're not telling them. Once someone tried to check out my print-outs because they assumed it would be classified information! 

Great question.  I consider it a privilege to be able to influence the strategic agenda and the overall success of the company

I think having a good strong support network around you is invaluable. Its difficult not to take negative feedback personally, but we are all just trying to do the best job we can

Agree Karen, building a network of trusted colleagues even outside of your team seems crucial.... we are human too and i do think receiving empathy can help us give it.

Great question! I create messaging for some of our company leaders. When I can engage with those leaders through the process, and they in turn get positive feedback from and engagement from their teams, it makes a world of difference.

I'm not 100% sure we do need to be selfless; certainly no more than any other person at work does.  We just need to be human and it's OK to have vulnerabilities.  As long as we are authentic, that's what matters, I think.