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Putting a bow on 2016 and opening the gifts 2017 will bring!

As we wind up what has been a year of change and many important advancements for our IABC, the December Leadership Forum offers a reflection on progress we’ve made along with priorities to be addressed in the new year. This month we focused the spotlight on the exciting and valuable work of our newly re-imagined IABC Foundation, and what’s in store for Leadership Institute, World Conference, certification, and more!

To begin, and as we wind up 2016, we take a moment to focus on our overarching 2016-2017 strategic priority:

This board year will be satisfaction-led and focused on achieving financial sustainability and increasing our membership retention.

Retention is one of the key areas of focus this board term and on that note I’d like to share some important updates, a progress review and a look at efforts underway to ensure we provide the IABC value that will keep our members engaged and improves member loyalty:

  • Retention continues to be one of the association’s greatest growth opportunities
  • Retention has increased by 13% over the course of 2016, and is up 21.5% over the end of 2015.
  • This is good news and means we are moving in the right direction, but does not at all mean that we do not still have a lot of room to continue improving.
  • In 2016, several initiatives were rolled out to improve member value and increase retention.  Those include:
    • Implementation of members-only content on the IABC website, which includes the creation and release of new content such as Gold Quill case studies
    • Publication of two e-books free to IABC members
    • Implementation of monthly free to member webinars
    • Implementation of a series of onboarding emails to first time members
    • Implementation, beginning this month, of a monthly email highlighting member only resources at your fingertips
  • As we look forward, we continue to examine ways to provide tangible value to members and drive an increase in retention.   Some items on the horizon include an improved online experience with the new Association Management System (AMS) being implemented in 2017, improved resources for chapter leaders via the AMS and Leader Centre, and exploration of a private social network for IABC members only – on the longer horizon.

Our very special guest for December is IABC Foundation Committee Vice Chair Sherry Boyd. Sherry is helping to lead us into an impactful new era with our re-envisioned Foundation. Sherry provided important updates about the work of the new committee and the exciting initiative of ‘Gift of Communication in a Box’ which will be presented at Leadership Institute! We are thrilled with this offering which will support our leaders by providing tools to help fulfill our IABC mission of driving communication as a force for good in business and society. This is an amazing endeavor and opportunity for all of us to work together to make a positive impact in our communities by offering our time, talent and treasure and seeing our Foundation thrive for the greater good.

Check out other important updates in the December Forum on the Leadership Institute, including a special Foundation session with our host chapter Dallas’s Heroes presentation, a mega #IABC1720 Strategy Planning session, Gold Quill and awards technology updates, reminders of some new members- only features including monthly free to members webinars and member only content including e-books, GQ case studies, videos, podcasts, and more.

Speaking of important updates, the excitement continues to build as we look forward to an outstanding IABC World Conference to be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. 11–14 June, 2017. http://wc.iabc.com/

There are a number of positive changes in the conference agenda and session formats that have been designed to better align with the IABC Brand, including a daily theme that relates directly to activities and content.  Some highlights:

Welcome Reception
The Welcome Reception will be at the magnificent International Trade Center in Washington D.C. – the perfect place to kick off the event with our global community.

Keynote speakers
We have a phenomenal slate of keynote speakers – three of whom have already been announced:

  • Sunday Opening Keynote: Gabrielle Dolan – an Australia native and global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She has run workshops all over Australia, in New Zealand, in Malaysia…and in many other places.
  • Monday Morning Keynote: Jon Iwata, who is SVP of Marketing & Communications for IBM and the architect of IBM’s strategic brand platforms. His global team is responsible for the marketing of IBM’s product and services portfolio in more than 170 countries.
  • Tuesday Morning Keynote: Denise Jacobs, who is an author, speaker and creativity evangelist. She focuses on busting through creative blocks, cultivating collaboration and up-leveling creative productivity.
  • Stay tuned, our closing keynote will be announced in January!
  • The complete slate of the recently finalized slate of breakout sessions and speakers will be posted in January.

World Café & Speed Networking

  • We have added a World Café session on Monday afternoon which will be an opportunity to talk in small groups about topical issues that we as communication professionals are facing.
  • Additionally, there will be an optional lunch and speed networking event on Tuesday.

Super-saver deadline

  • Register by 31 December and save US$400!
  • If you know anyone considering an IABC membership, they can register and become a member simultaneously for an $800 savings!

Important reminders

International Executive Board/Committees #IABCieb

Nominations to the International Executive Board are open until 11 January. I encourage you to give thoughtful consideration to taking your dedication and leadership in IABC to the global level and apply to serve on the IEB or an international committee. IABC needs a strong team of committed volunteers to take us forward to an even brighter and more successful future. How might you be able to add your expertise to advancing our association and the communication profession?

The open call for 2017-2018 IEB nominations closes on Wednesday, 11 January at 5:00pm EST . The call for international committees will open 23 January.

Affiliation Agreements Due

As you know, IABC has introduced an updated Affiliation Agreement, which chapters should submit to headquarters by 31 December 2016. (If your chapter has already done so, Thank You!)

The Affiliation Agreement serves to provide a common understanding of mutual expectations between IABC Chapters and IABC International.  The agreement outlines the services and deliverables that can be expected of International and will serve as a mutually beneficial service level agreement.

There are not any material changes in the ways that Chapters operate under the updated Affiliation Agreement. As always, Chapters must continue to remain in compliance with the IABC Policy Manual, Bylaws, and Code of Ethics.

Certification opportunities and deadlines
Kudos to our 24 new certified Communication Management Professionals! We are so proud of all of our CMPs for demonstrating their skills and knowledge in professional communication. The next exam will be held at Leadership Institute, where we are piloting the first online exam. I hope you’ll step up to become recognized for your skills and expertise in our profession with the CMP designation.

Important certification exam dates:

23 January:  Deadline to apply for eligibility to sit exam
9 February: Deadline to register to sit exam
23 February:  CMP exam

In more important news; the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) is lowering the cost of the CMP certification program.

The GCCC is adjusting the cost associated with becoming a certified Communication Management Professional (CMP) and making the following rate changes:

Application fee (IABC members): US$100
Application fee (non-members): US$400
Examination fee (all): US$400
Maintenance fee (all): US$100 annually

The GCCC adjusted the pricing structure and fees in order to reduce the barrier to entry to certification. Find out more about the program and application process. Please contact Certification Program Manager Sara Fowdy, Ed.D., at sfowdy@iabc.com with any questions.

2017 World Conference – Super-saver rate ends 31 December 2016!

You could save US$400 if you register before the end of the year.
http://wc.iabc.com/

Thank you more than I can express for your support, dedication and leadership which will make our IABC the best it can be as we move forward to a brilliant 2017!

All the very best wishes to you for a wonder-full holiday season and a year of success, joy and peace.

Dianne

Dianne Chase
IABC Chair
chair@iabc.com

Hashtags and links:

#IABC
#IABCleaders
#IABCieb -IABC International Executive Board
#IABCfoundation
#IABCLI
#IABC2017

2017 World Conference
#IABC17
http://wc.iabc.com/

GCCC Certification
https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/certification/

Leadership Institute
https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/leadership-institute/

IABC International Executive Board – Applications Now Open

I want you to consider stepping up to serve the profession – by taking a leadership role at the highest strategic level.

I’d like you to consider taking a seat at the table. In the IABC boardroom.

Why?

At IABC we believe in a global standard for professional communication; one that is open, one that knows no borders. Our work is more important today than ever – and the next board year is a crucial one: it’ll see the kick-off of our next three-year strategy.

But I have to be honest with you: serving at this level is demanding, yet that has never put the best people off. It is an opportunity to join our skilled, diverse and gender-balanced board. Supported by a small cohort of full time staff at the International Headquarters, this group is responsible for the effective management and leadership of your Association on both the strategic and executive level.

IABC is now looking for applicants to serve on the 2017-18 International Executive Board, including for the role of Vice Chair.  Applications close on Wednesday, January 11th.

It’s excellent experience that will benefit you in your career. It’ll provide you with invaluable insight into the strategy and operation of a global organisation. You’ll make life-long friends too. I certainly have.

How

To apply, visit the IABC website now and find out more about the process and requirements. Again, applications must be in by Wednesday, January 11th

If you have any question about serving on the IEB, please reach out to current Board members, any of whom will be pleased to give you insights into the challenges and rewards of the role.

And please help spread the word about this opportunity. Here’s your hashtag: #IABCieb.

Thanks for all you do to advance professional communication around the world – and thanks for your continued support of IABC.

Michael Ambjorn
IABC Nominating Committee

November Leadership Forum: A bevy of opportunities and open calls

This is an extremely exciting and busy time of year for IABC, with an abundance of opportunities for shining the light on excellence, stepping up to leadership, and securing your place at upcoming professional development events.

The November Leadership Forum is packed with information about open calls and nominations; it’s that time of year! We also have important updates from our terrific treasurer, Ginger D. Homan, ABC.

First, some kudos.

Congratulations to the October Member Month winners! We had a fantastic Member Month in October, with many new and special perks and prizes. Thank you to everyone who helped make this Member Month a success.

The small, medium, and large chapters that experienced the highest percentage of growth during Member Month will each receive one complimentary registration to the 2017 Leadership Institute that is taking place from 23–25 February in Dallas, Texas.

Congratulations go to these winners:
Large chapter
Australia (VIC): 3.17% growth

Medium chapter
Wellington: 17.57% growth

Small chapter
Gulf: 13.33% growth

Congrats and see you in Dallas!

Leadership Institute (#IABCLI)

Speaking of LI: Registration for the 2017 Leadership Institute is now open! As you likely well know, LI is one of the most important and valuable experiences IABC offers to our leaders. We make a significant financial investment in LI every year because we want to ensure we provide professional and leadership development and support to you, our amazing leaders.

Make sure to register soon and mark your calendars for February 23–25 2017 at the Sheraton Dallas. The Council of Regions (COR), working with our excellent chapter relations manager, Micayla Felicion, has crafted a superb agenda and the COR is working on confirming speakers for the sessions. They’re also looking at how a framework for the Gift of Communication can be shared with leaders in a special session involving the newly relaunched IABC Foundation. Stay tuned for more updates.

Some important reminders about the special recognitions which will take place at LI:

  • The Chapter Management Awards submissions period will close on 5 December.
  • It’s also time to nominate for Chapter and Region Leaders of the Year awards. The deadline is 12 December.

See everything you need to know about submitting an award-winning entry and leader nominees on the Leader Centre.

Executive board nominations (#IABCieb)

Nominations to the international executive board (IEB) open on 21 November!

As IABC leaders, please reflect on taking your volunteer leadership forward in IABC and consider serving at the international level—on the international executive board or on an international committee.
The open call for 2017–2018 IEB nominations begins Monday, 21 November, and closes on Wednesday, 11 January, at 5 p.m. EST
The open call for international committees will open 23 January.

IABC Fellows

The time is now to nominate an exceptional IABC leader for our most prestigious award: IABC Fellow. The nomination deadline is Friday, 9 December at 5 p.m. EST.

I encourage you to nominate an IABC icon who has made outstanding contributions to our profession and our association. This is IABC’s most prestigious award, aimed at recognizing individuals who make a positive and lasting impact. There is a new online application form that makes the process more “user friendly.”

IABC Gold Quill Awards

We’re also in the midst of Gold Quill Awards entry time!

Are you ready to inspire and be inspired? Share your best work by entering the 2017 Gold Quill Awards program.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spotlight the excellent work you’ve done and get well deserved recognition at what will be a fabulous Awards Gala at the IABC World Conference.

World Conference (#IABC17)

Speaking of World Conference: The conference Program Advisory Committee is pulling out all the stops to secure a not-to-be-missed World Conference in Washington D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is Global Business: Lead Communication—Make Real Impact.

The website is up and registration is open so I hope you’ll be among the first to secure your spot for the global event for professional communication. Save the dates (11–14 June 2017) and secure your registration and hotel room today!

Among the keynotes will be IBM Senior Vice President Jon Iwata, who will offer expert insight into future global trends.

At #IABC17, our speakers will:

  • Focus on leading communication that makes a real impact in our organizations.
  • Build on the best of what we’ve learned about outstanding communication.
  • Aim high to capture the newest knowledge and ideas in the profession.
  • Lead innovations on how to reinvent our communication practice.
  • Offer new tools and techniques that foster innovation.

Strategic planning: #IABC1720 strategy

The latest session in our 2017–2020 strategic planning process was held at the IABC Africa regional conference. This was the largest session yet with more than 75 participants who offered their insights, which will go toward our next three year strategic plan. I want to say a huge and heartfelt “thank you” to Daniel Munslow, past IABC Africa Chair and executive board member, who co-led the session with me. What an incredible group of engaged, enthusiastic and enlightened communicators at the session and the annual conference. Kudos to all!

The next strategy sessions will be coming up in the Gulf chapter, Asia/Pacific and Canada. We’ll have a “mega” session with leaders at LI. This is an important opportunity to have input in planning for a successful future for our IABC. Many thanks to Sharon Hunter, who as vice chair is leading #IABC1720, along with Treasurer Ginger Homan, ABC.

Save the date!

The next LEADERSHIP FORUM will be 14 December at 2 p.m. PST.

In the meantime, do stay in touch and let me know what I may do for you. Let’s keeping creating connection and engaging to excel. Together we can do great things for our IABC!

With much appreciation for your support and all you do for our IABC,

Dianne

#createconnection

Helpful links

Financial and budget planning –https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/resources/finance/annual-documents/

IABC Fellow Award

https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/awards/fellow-award/

Certification (exam to be held at LI)

https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/certification/

IABC Leader Centre (CMAs /Leaders of the Year)

https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/

IABC Gold Quill Awards

http://gq.iabc.com/

IABC World Conference

http://wc.iabc.com/

September Leadership Forum

Here we are on the cusp of October! Wow- time flies when you’re having fun and everyone is in high gear for our IABC. We’re entering a busy time of the IABC year with three region conferences and regional leadership institutes coming up in the next four weeks, along with the all-important October Membership Month which is going to be stellar this year!

For all the scoop check out our September Leadership Forum featuring our Awards Committee Chair, Lynn Barter, ABC.

Some important links and hashtags for you:

Also, please mark your calendars for the upcoming Leadership Forums. We’re staggering the times for these monthly conversations with leaders so as to engage as many time zones as possible with as little “pain” as possible. We definitely want you to get your sleep!

Here are the dates and times coming up:

26 October at 2 p.m. Pacific Time

16 November at 10 a.m. Pacific Time

14 December at 2 p.m. Pacific Time

25 January at 10 a.m. Pacific Time

In the meantime, please do reach out with any questions, input, suggestions, recommendations and insights. Your contributions are encouraged and most welcomed. Let’s #createconnection and #engage2excel like never before!

With deep appreciation for all you do for our IABC,

Dianne
chair@iabc.com

Bringing out the best in us: #IABC1720 Strategy sessions kickstart in Brussels today

Regional leaders launch our global conversation campaign to shape IABC’s next 3-year strategy at the Europe Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) leadership institute today.

  • What do you value most about IABC?
  • What works?
  • What do you want more of?
  • What brings life to our brand via the engagement and satisfaction you feel from being part of our professional communications community?

These questions frame the appreciative inquiry approach we’re using to create a shared vision of the future into 2020 and beyond.

Michael Nord, IEB member facilitating
Michael Nord, IEB member facilitating

Today we launch the discovery phase of this strategy process. It’s a global listening tour that will travel through a series of world cafes at regional conferences, leadership institutes and select chapter events over the next few months.

These sessions aim to engage our community to explore the best of what we are with an eye toward what more we could be.

Nikki Edwards, EMENA Chair
Nikki Edwards, EMENA Chair

IABC runs on a rolling three-year strategy cycle.  The #IABC1417 strategy closes out this year.  This new plan for 2017-20 will kick-off at World Conference in Washington, DC. Mark your calendars for 11-14 June 2017!
Alex Malouf
Alex Malouf, EMENA Vice Chair

The new plan will look to capitalize on gains, strive for continuity and build for the future based on the foundational assets we’ve secured. This is thanks to the prudent work of our predecessors. We managed a turnaround these last years through a focus on financial recovery and sustainability.  This guiding principle is one that we will commit to maintain moving forward.

Next steps will include a master session at the International Leadership Institute in Dallas, Texas happening February 23-25 2017.  Save the date!  The board will then review three iterations of the new plan before it lands at the AGM next June.

It is the Vice Chair’s role to lead this process. It’s a duty I’m honored to advance in collaboration with co-author Ginger Homan, ABC, IABC Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Dianne Chase and the Executive Committee, the entire board and all who will bring their passion and ideas forward to help us along. I thank you all for the time and energy that you will bring to this community effort.

Follow #IABC1720 for tweets coming out of EMENA today. Fellow IEB member Michael Nord is leading an inspired group including Nikki Edwards, EMENA Chair, Alex Malouf, Vice Chair and dedicated leaders from across the region.

Check back here often for ongoing updates. The conversation will continue through sessions in Heritage, Southern and Pacific Plains regions in October, South Africa in November and other area events to follow.

Have an idea, question or experience to share? Email vicechair@iabc.com – we’re listening!

With appreciation for all that you do,

Sharon Hunter, Vice Chair

 

July and August Leadership Forums

The second Leadership Forum for the new board year brought out another great turnout for our monthly online conversation. The Forum provides an opportunity to connect and collaborate with the IABC leadership community from around the world.

Highlights from our August session include important updates from our Acting Executive Director, Stephanie Doute, and a comprehensive update on certification from the chair of the Global Communication Certification Council, Terry Cerisoles. We have many exciting and valuable initiatives being advanced across our organization.

Check it all out here:

Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s a link to the first Leadership Forum of 2016-17, held in July with a view of the priorities for the year ahead along with updates on initiatives since World Conference.

I hope you’ll save the dates below for the upcoming Forums and join in our monthly exchanges aimed at building greater connections and engagement to advance the success of our IABC!

28 September, 10 a.m. PDT

26 October 26, 2 p.m. PDT

16 November, 10 a.m. PST

14 December, 2 p.m. PST

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any input, comments, questions and insights.

Thank you so much for your dedication, leadership and support.

All the best,

dianne-sig

The #IABC16 Bloq Squad – step up!

Here’s the official blog squad for the #IABC16 World Conference

Be sure to follow these intrepid international reporters – they will share their insights from key sessions – as 1,000 communicators from around the world convene in New Orleans.

Brad Gorman
Brad Gorman

Brad Gorman
United States

Communications & Engagement Manager at Whirlpool Corporation.

Follow @BradGorman

Claudia Vaccarone
Claudia Vaccarone

Claudia Vaccarone
France

Head of Market Research & Customer Experience at Eutelsat and also a member of the #IABCieb.

Follow @claudia_v_

Alain Legault
Alain Legault

Alain Legault
Canada

Directeur des communications, affaires publiques et relations gouvernementales at Cégep Edouard-Montpetit et son École nationale d’aérotechnique. Also #IABCieb. 

Follow @IcareMtl

Amy Miller

Amy Miller
United States 

Senior Customer Communication Specialist at LexisNexis, one of the leading providers of legal, government, business and high-tech information sources. 

Kristin Hancock
Kristin Hancock

Kristin Hancock
Canada

Manager Of Communications College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba.

Follow @KristinAnneH

Christine Elmer
Christine Elmer

Christine Elmer
Australia

Director, Marketing and Community Relations Cabrini Health 

Step up and join the #IABC16 blog squad: be a conference reporter in three easy steps

  1. Write a brief (<500-word) story about a session you’re attending, drawing out key learning points and highlights – following the IABC Content Guidelines when developing the story.
  2. Tag with #IABC16 and post it on your preferred platform – for example: LinkedIn, Medium or your own blog.
  3. Share via your favourite social channels – again using the hashtag so others can find it and help spread the word.

Also, submit your best story of the day on IABC’s editorial contributions page. Filed stories will be reviewed for possible inclusion on wc.iabc.com – and may be featured in CW Observer, a blog-based supplement to IABC’s magazine, Communication World.

Let’s #createconnection like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

P.S. Got Tone of Voice?

Leadership Institute Main Session: A Rapido Recap

Time has flown since the 2016 Leadership Institute.

Here’s a quick recap of the blog posts:

…and here’s a rapido recap specifically of the main points and Q&A from the opening session – enjoy!:

2016 Leadership Institute Main Session: A Rapido Recap on Vimeo.

+ see lots and lots of pictures on Flickr.

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn
@michaelambjorn

 

Creating connection across timezones

Theomary Karamanis
Theomary Karamanis PhD
Sue Heuman ABC
Sue Heuman ABC

Leaders from across the world connect regularly to advance the global profession of communications. Two groups that are at the forefront of advancing IABC’s work for the profession are the Academy team, led by Theomary Karamanis – and the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC), led by Sue Heuman ABC.

Janet McCormick PhD
Janet McCormick PhD

The latter has been getting some extra attention thanks to the successful pilot of the world’s first global Communication Management Professional Certification exam at the 2015 World Conference. Well done to the practitioners who took the bold step and tested their mettle – and big thanks Janet McCormick and the inaugural GCCC and the staff team, without whom this would not have happened.

Congratulations to the first certified Communication Management Professionals (CMP), who had their qualifications conferred in August 2015.  Priya Bates, ABC, MC, CMP Terry Cerisoles, CMP Sandra Reid, CMP Fraser Tingle, CMP Brad Whitworth, ABC, IABC Fellow, CMP Rachel Wong, CMP
Click the image to read profiles of the six new certified Communication Management Professionals (CMP) – including their motivations for taking the test.

The timezone challenge

But how does the Academy team, the GCCC and many other global work groups and committees connect and collaborate to advance the profession – considering that the teams are distributed across the a panoply of timezones? The Tuckman stages of group development still apply.

To form, storm, norm and perform I suggest that…

Face-to-face is essential

For that to happen you need two things: clarity on when to meet, and ideally something that can bring you face-to-face without necessarily jumping on a plane (with that said, I do hope to see you at #IABCLI in February!).

Technology

Let’s cover the face-to-face tech first – there are two favourites amongst senior leaders at IABC:

  • Skype for 1:1 calls (although I am also seeing an increasing use of WhatsApp for this)
  • Zoom for group calls

Here’s the 2014-15 #IABCieb in action on the latter:

That leaves the timezone challenge

As you can see from my own little at-a-glance cheatsheet, it is almost always 4am somewhere2015 08 26 #createconnection timezone table Two tools that might help here

For when you want to find a time that is a reasonable ask

timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html – quick and dynamic and covers all timezones (as opposed to my cheat-sheet table which only has a few), and especially useful if you’re just trying to co-ordinate with one or two other people

For when there a more than a few people in play

doodle.com/ –  when more people are trying to find an optimal time it can get very confusing quickly… doodle makes this a doddle.

Got something even better? Let me know @michaelambjorn – and if you’re one of IABC’s 1,000 leaders across the globe, thank you for all you do.

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

P.S. Looking to step up to serve the global communication profession? We have opportunities to lead – and as always, here’s a ready-made Tweet for you:

Introducing #IABCieb Notes & Queries; a Weekly Venn and more…

David Kistle ABC, IABC Chair 2004-05
David Kistle ABC

The first Chair of IABC to blog was David Kistle ABC – back in 2004 – some eleven years ago. Topical at the time as blog was in fact then the Merriam-Webster Word of the Year.

Russell Grossman ABC, Chair 2014-15
Russell Grossman ABC

Russell Grossman ABC picked up on this precedent as part of his commitment to visible leadership – and I’ll be carrying it on across my 2015-16 term.

I’ll be sharing Field Notes from trips. Also, to keep things regular, look out for a Weekly Venn connecting tools, people and practice related to international communications.

Last but not least, one of the things I’ve heard repeatedly over the years from our leaders across the world is a desire to be kept up-to-date with the broader work of the association’s board. People put in a remarkable amount of time and effort across the globe to advance the profession (and of course our shared organisation) and communication and collaboration are at the centre of making that work.

To that end I am introducing a category on this blog called #IABCieb Notes & Queries.

It has two simple aims:

  1. Share brief notes from board proceedings;
  2. Collate questions, queries – and their answers – for easy access.

Want to geek out and get a bit more of the backstory – and also the basic template I went through to explain this approach in more detail to others?

Continue reading Introducing #IABCieb Notes & Queries; a Weekly Venn and more…