The things #commsunplugged confirmed


I was stupidly on the fence about going for Comms Unplugged 2018 in Dorset this past weekend. But I'm now a convert, and have the hoodie to prove it. To fair they had me at, cake. Being my first industry event since transitioning into public sector communications, I was very nervous. But I had nothing to worry about. We spanked mint, stroked alpacas and picked shells off the beach. Somewhere between the Malbec and gin learning happened.


 Here are the things that I had an aha moment about and things I needed confirmation on. 

  • This industry has kind people who are willing to help in practical ways. I need to find the courage and confidence to ask.

  • Everyone is experiencing the same challenges regardless of team size, specialism or location.

  • Rubbish and recycling is a national issue that will need a strategic holistic approach and local authorities can't solve the problem alone.

  • Networking is about relationships and friendships.

  • I’m not the diversity hire, but a first only different.

  • Not knowing anyone was a good thing.

  • The best conversations happen in the unstructured time.

  • I can unplug from social media quite easily, work emails not so much.

  • My instincts about needing commercial experience, either in-house or as a consultant are right.

  • I shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about the effort I put into my personal development and learning.

This post has been kept short intentionally, as I want to audit myself in 6 months to understand what's different.

Big thanks to Darren, Georgia, Sally (who got me a tent), the great speakers and all the 2018 unpluggers.