Monthly Archive October 2018

ByAlex Malouf, SCMP

Shared learnings are key to growing the IABC family

There’s no community like IABC. As Dianne Chase used to say, there’s a secret sauce that makes our association truly special.

What makes IABC unique is our diversity; we are an international community of communicators, with chapters and chapter leaders spanning the globe.

These collective experiences are our greatest asset, one which we must tap into more. Events such as Leadership Institute help to share learnings face to face. And the Council of Regions is another means to promote dialogue between chapter chairs.

I’d like to propose a third way, an open call to share EMENA’s expertise and resources with other chapters.

Over the past year we’ve been experimenting with podcasts. We’ve also been holding webinars for over two years. And we’ve been putting on EUROcomm (now EMENAComm) for years.

We’ve already begun sharing experiences with other chapters, particularly APAC, which has capabilities that we want to leverage and learn from when it comes to digital and events.

What I’d like to see us doing as chapters is engaging more closely, all year round, to learn how we can better serve our members and grow the IABC family.

This post is my call to start that process. Let’s begin the conversation and share our expertise as chapter leaders, to both get more achieved for our members and grow our memberships. I welcome your feedback, and am always open to providing our know-now and resources to others.

If you do have a comment or a question, please do seek me out on the Hub. You can also find what we are up to as EMENA on our website. We are strongest when we work together. I look forward to hearing from you.
ByGinger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP

Quarterly Report Just Published

This has been a busy yet productive quarter and 2018 is zipping by!

In the latest IABC quarterly report, we highlight two committees and two task forces and the work
they are doing. A big thank you to Gabrielle Loring, Awards Committee Chair; Michael Ambjorn, SCMP, Mentorship Task Force Chair; Michael Nord, SCMP, History Task Force Chair; and Jen Bice, World Conference Program Advisory Committee Chair, for the work they are doing to lead the charge. IABC is volunteer-driven — and the caliber of volunteers we have willing to dedicate their time to advancing our
profession amazes me.

You’ll also find updates on how IABC is:

  • Fostering a diverse community.
  • Advocating for ethics.
  • Developing communication competencies.
  • Advancing the communication profession.
  • Looking at the role of mentoring.
  • Determining a slate of speakers for the next IABC World Conference.
  • Updating the Gold Quill Awards submission categories.
  • Embarking on preliminary planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IABC name.

IABC is the only global association that connects me with the people and insights I need to drive business results. It’s transparent in this report that together, we are advancing the profession, creating connection and developing strategic communicators.

Thank you all!

Download the IABC quarterly report.

ByGinger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP

Expand Your Impact

#MyIABCstory started in college when my professor told me to join IABC. At that time, IABC gave me the tools I needed to succeed in my career and expand my impact. The lessons I learned and the mentors who provided council, showed me how to drive business results. The friendships I developed, showed me how to do it with grace.

Like many members, my IABC path wasn’t a straight one. Young children and a full professional life meant limited time. My membership lapsed. But when it was time to chase the first leadership role, I was back to earn my ABC. Later, as my teams grew, I learned to use younger IABC members as mentors to make me a better manager  – to learn what motivated them so I could empower my employees to excel, to be their best.

No matter where you are in your career, you can use IABC to expand your influence and impact as well — get a mentor, participate in the Hub, take the CMP or SCMP exam, establish yourself as a thought leader by submitting articles to CW, or volunteer for a board or committee to grow your network and leadership skills. There are a million ways to pull together the perfect package for your growth.

If you are doing this already for yourself, consider sharing it with a friend so they can start their IABC story. If you get one person to join or rejoin before the end of October, you’ll be entered to win an IABC Academy all-access pass. If you recruit four people – you get a FREE year of membership, and four friends who won’t stop thanking you for inviting them to invest in their own growth.

So, whatever your IABC story is, share it.

ByMichael Ambjorn

A #CommChat Primer

If you’re new to #CommChat, IABC’s weekly online get together on Twitter, then here’s a quick run-down of how it works in practice.

Before

Get #CommChat into your calendar – helps you make sure you don’t miss it. That hour can flash by like a lightning in a busy week.

It runs every week on Wednesday at 9am San Francisco time (GMT-7). Not sure what that time is where you are? Just type 9am San Francisco in <your city> as a Google search and voilà.

Then, on the day, tune in a minute or two before it all kicks off on the hour: #CommChat.

During

During the session 4-5 questions will usually be shared by the moderator (Q1, Q2, Q3 etc.) – and usually it kicks off with an informal icebreaker.

As an illustration – here’s the 4th question from a recent #CommChat:

When you see a question pop up – think about answers that can help other professionals. You may want to draw on the Global Standard and the Career Roadmap, or perhaps the Code of Ethics. Or perhaps you’ve seen an article in CW or elsewhere that is relevant and might be useful to others.

Either way, get your thoughts out there. And don’t forget to indicate which question you’re answering by adding the answer number (A1, A2, A3 etc.) – and the #CommChat hashtag:

As you see other responses that you like / agree with / want to add to – go ahead and Image result for twitter heart emoji – and RT etc. And maybe take the opportunity to follow some new interesting people too.

After

Look out for the round-up shared @IABC!

See you Wednesday…

Looking forward to sharing and learning with you – and thanks for all you do to #createconnection – and help advance the profession.