Monday, April 28, 2008


This week, I was pushed out of the office unwillingly* to go to a conference on employer brand engagement. It was v interesting (I am ignoring the voice inside me that wonders how I ever got interested in this. Aren't I supposed to be saving the kids and the rainforest? Or leading a crack UNIT team? Isn't that what was supposed to happen?). I suppose I like the fact that ultimately it all comes down to people and human psychology, and manners, which are pretty straightforward really.

But in terms of the experience itself, all I need tell you was that in was in a generic hotel with coffee that leaves that dry taste in your mouth and you'll get what I mean.


One of the speakers was the head of internal comms at Google.


Ooooo the shiny things at Google. Wheee!


Anyway. Hooray for conferences sometimes is our message here. Although it does tend to turn into a game of swap-the-business-card**.

Mine is sort of a blue and white affair. It's quite nicely designed and everything, but a bit stark. Partly because I'm also cited as a 'consultant', which makes me cringe a little. One of my mates had a business card with a smooth card that another of our friends liked to rub over his face with his eyes closed tightly shut. This is the inevitable picture in my head whenever I look at someone's business card.

Oh dear.

* Srsly. I have a lot to do. I have next week of, mkay? Am off to France and Spain. VROOM.
** You made to register to view this link. But I have to say the FT site

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