11 episodes

Welcome to Behind the Bob, Diary of a Comms Director with me, Carrie-Ann Wade.

This podcast is all about developing communications leaders of the future and supporting you to grow and thrive in your comms career. You’ll hear from me about my experiences and insights and there might even be a special guest or two popping up.

Behind the Bob gives you a sneak peek into life as a comms director and provides you with all the "behind the scenes" knowledge to help you thrive as a communications leader.

Behind the Bob Carrie-Ann Wade

    • Business

Welcome to Behind the Bob, Diary of a Comms Director with me, Carrie-Ann Wade.

This podcast is all about developing communications leaders of the future and supporting you to grow and thrive in your comms career. You’ll hear from me about my experiences and insights and there might even be a special guest or two popping up.

Behind the Bob gives you a sneak peek into life as a comms director and provides you with all the "behind the scenes" knowledge to help you thrive as a communications leader.

    Behind the Bob - the one with Shak Rafiq

    Behind the Bob - the one with Shak Rafiq

    In this episode of Behind the Bob, Carrie-Ann Wade talks with Shak Rafiq about his communications career to date, diversity in the profession and how we can attract new talent into public sector communications.
    Shak is an Associate Director of Communications and Engagement in the NHS and shares his insights and advice about being a communicator.
    03:31 - values and community led
    06:01 - imposter syndrome, are we holding ourselves back?
    11:44 - role modelling and representation - the challenges
    19:14 - diversity of our profession and seeing someone like me
    24:24 - attracting new talent, ambassadors and apprenticeships
    Thank you Shak for taking time out to share your thoughts and experiences to support and inspire others.
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    New episodes of Behind the Bob are published every Wednesday and you can always subscribe via your favourite podcast platform to ensure you don't miss an episode.
    You can find out more about Carrie-Ann and Cat's Pajamas Communications at www.cats-pajamas.co.uk

    • 36 min
    Behind the Bob - through times of change

    Behind the Bob - through times of change

    In this episode of Behind the Bob, Diary of a Comms Director, Carrie-Ann Wade shares her thoughts and reflections on what you might want to consider during times of change and uncertainty.
    01:31 - your role as a leader in your organisation
    05:00 - intuition and empathy
    05:33 - your role with your communications team
    08:55 - impacts on you as an individual
    10:11 - your support network
    In challenging times, comms directors take on numerous roles, often providing support, advice and counsel to other leaders. In this episode, Carrie-Ann encourages you to ensure you have a strong support network in place to help you when you need it. Change impacts you too!
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    New episodes of Behind the Bob are published every Wednesday and you can always subscribe via your favourite podcast platform to ensure you don't miss an episode.
    You can find out more about Carrie-Ann and Cat's Pajamas Communications at www.cats-pajamas.co.uk

    • 12 min
    Behind the Bob - the one with Kirk Millis-Ward

    Behind the Bob - the one with Kirk Millis-Ward

    This is another guest episode of Behind the Bob and Carrie-Ann is talking with Kirk Millis-Ward, Director of Communications and Engagement at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Kirk is also the Executive sponsor for the Disability and Long-Term Conditions Network and Neurodiversity Network.
    In this episode Kirk talks about his own personal journey and experience as a neurodiverse communications director as well as sharing his thoughts on how we can better support colleagues in and into the profession.
    06:00 - finding the connections
    12:12 - understanding the impact of a diagnosis of ADHD
    19:53 - developing a diverse communications team
    34:40 - why choose public sector communications
    39:43 - personal responsibility and curiosity
    Thank you to Kirk for being part of the discussion about our profession, diversity and opportunities.
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    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoyed listening please share it, leave a rating or a review.
    New episodes of Behind the Bob are published every Wednesday and you can always subscribe via your favourite podcast platform to ensure you don't miss an episode.
    You can find out more about Carrie-Ann and Cat's Pajamas Communications at www.cats-pajamas.co.uk

    • 46 min
    Behind the Bob - when comms pros rule the world

    Behind the Bob - when comms pros rule the world

    In this episode of Behind the Bob, Diary of a Comms Director, Carrie-Ann Wade shares her thoughts and reflections on why communications professionals make good leaders.
    03:26 - it's all about communication
    04:04 - decision making
    05:35 - taking action
    06:57 - caring about the consequences
    09:38 - creativity and curiosity
    10:58 - "being strategic"
    There are so many reasons why good communications professionals make good leaders, not that Carrie-Ann needs to tell you that.
    If you are looking to step into a leadership position, or you are a leader who is considering your purpose and impact, then now is the time to reflect and consider what sort of leader you want to be. And why stop at comms? When comms pros rule the world who knows what could happen...
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    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoyed listening please share it, leave a rating or a review.
    New episodes of Behind the Bob are published every Wednesday and you can always subscribe via your favourite podcast platform to ensure you don't miss an episode.
    You can find out more about Carrie-Ann and Cat's Pajamas Communications at www.cats-pajamas.co.uk

    • 14 min
    Behind the Bob - the one with Shameema Ali

    Behind the Bob - the one with Shameema Ali

    It's another episode with a special guest and this time Carrie-Ann is talking with Shameema Ali, Senior Communications and Engagement Manager at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
    Shameema shares her thoughts and advice on diversity in the profession and why communications professionals should consider a career in public sector communications.
    02:07 - being thrown in at the deep end
    06:37 - dealing with imposter syndrome
    08:29 - the role of leaders in our profession
    13:07 - opportunities to develop in public sector comms
    15:20 - using our diversity to our advantage
    Thank you so much to Shameema for sharing and being part of the discussion about our profession, diversity and opportunities.
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    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you enjoyed listening please share it, leave a rating or a review.
    New episodes of Behind the Bob are published every Wednesday and you can always subscribe via your favourite podcast platform to ensure you don't miss an episode.
    You can find out more about Carrie-Ann and Cat's Pajamas Communications at www.cats-pajamas.co.uk

    • 20 min
    Behind the Bob - demonstrating value

    Behind the Bob - demonstrating value

    In the latest episode Carrie-Ann talks all things demonstrating value as a communications professional - a topic listeners have been keen to hear more about.
    The key elements are relationship building, evaluation and performance reporting and impact.
    02:45 - relationships and the nuances
    04:55 - key questions to ask yourself
    08:33 - impact over outputs
    13:39 - what's your performance report telling you?
    15:46 - influence and opportunity
    Use this episode to reflect on the value you are adding as a communications professional and how you are evidencing this in your organisation.
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    Thank you for listening to this episode. If you found enjoyed listening please share it, leave a rating or a review.
    New episodes of Behind the Bob are published every Wednesday and you can always subscribe via your favourite podcast platform to ensure you don't miss an episode.
    You can find out more about Carrie-Ann and Cat's Pajamas Communications at www.cats-pajamas.co.uk

    • 17 min

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