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Author:Kate Brinkerhoff

Seven Wicked Smart Tips from Communications Experts

Do you ever leave a conference chock full of ideas and new contacts? After Advanced Learning Institute’s 5th Annual Strategic Comms Conference, I certainly did! If you missed it, check out some awesome nuggets (and sorry if you get a serious case of FOMO):   “Learn your employees’ love language.” - Speaker from Pernod Ricard What a great reminder to get to...

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Peer-to-Peer Recognition Programs We Love 

Here is an interesting fact: 60% of companies fund at least four to six different types of recognition programs. While this is a promising statistic, I wonder how many of those programs are peer-to-peer recognition programs. Does it matter if you have a peer-to-peer recognition program? The short answer is yes.   Peer-to-peer recognition programs uncover wins that a manager might not...

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The #MeToo Movement

If you can’t write the word sex in a work email, how can you talk about #MeToo? When you work with a lot of clients who all have different cultures, like we do, it’s not often that I can share the same advice across the board. Even within a company, we’ve seen vastly different styles; for instance, you might have a...

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How to get your mojo back after a flop

  Whether you work at a growing start-up or your company’s name has turned into a verb, you’re going to have setbacks—big and small. You’ve probably experienced this a few times over the course of your career, and if not, call me. I’ll share a few of my spectacular screw-ups.   So, how do you recover gracefully? Here are some ideas (and hiding...

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internal communications storytelling

Back to the basics: storytelling!

Back to the basics: storytelling!   Here at Brilliant Ink, we believe deeply in the power of storytelling. We don't accept that any communications—particularly those highlighting some of the most important elements of the employee experience—has to be boring. Through our experience writing all sorts of internal communications, we’ve developed the following guiding principles to ensure your communications will inspire enthusiasm—not yawns. Know...

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Change Management

Times they are a changin’. Here’s what to do about it.

Times they are a changin’. Here’s what to do about it. 2016 has been a weird year. Forget the presidential election for a minute, and reflect on how many changes have occurred at your company since last year. Whether the changes were planned, completely unexpected or somewhere in between, let’s face it: change is the only constant. So, knowing this, how do...

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Pave the way for your people

Few things make me happier than celebrating the achievements of women and seeing people rally around International Women’s Day. This week, I couldn’t get enough of Facebook posts, articles and shout-outs to strong, successful women who forged their own paths and took risks, big and small, to challenge themselves. How can you inspire your people (women and men) to climb higher...

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