Monday, May 14, 2012

10 surefire signs you're an internal communicator

A little humor to start off the week. Add your own ideas as comments.

You know you’re an internal communicator if…
  1. You joke that your team is the Mug and Tee Shirt Shop for corporate initiatives.
  2. Where others see a traffic light, you see a balanced scorecard.
  3. You know what really it means when someone leaves the company to “pursue other opportunities.”
  4. You think and sometimes dream in PowerPoint.
  5. You think a “walking deck” would be more fun if it had more to do with a cruise ship and less with #4. 
  6. You wonder how those that came before you survived in primitive times, otherwise known as the Pre-SurveyMonkey Era.
  7. You would gladly stop using the word “operationalize” if someone had a suitable alternative.
  8. You worry that someday your company’s town halls might actually become as exciting as the ones on TV.
  9. You can spell “tchotchke.”
  10. You spend more time fixing the intranet than employees do using it.


  1. This is another wonderful post Tamara. I'm not commenting for the T Shirt ;-) so if I win you can give it to the runner-up. Well, a regular blog is a lot of commitment and you have loads of it. I relate to the post thanks to being part of EE for 25 weeks.

  2. You are great, Tamara! loved this piece. Hope you are doing great. XoXo from Buenos Aires!

  3. Great post! I completely agree with 2, 4, 8, and 10.

    Here's a few bonus ones:

    Disagreements don't 'get real' until someone busts out an AP Style Guide.
    Your best work always has someone else's name in the byline.
    Any project that you REALLY want to do can always tie back to employee engagement.

    1. So true re: bylines. At least you can always start your own blog!

  4. I love, love, love this post!! You now have a new follower :)

  5. TOTALLY agree! I think I could enjoy a few beers with you and and commiserate!