At IABC, we connect communicators to a global and local network, career opportunities, resources and knowledge – using communication to engage, influence, counsel and execute.
One of the most tangible ways we do this is through our events programme, which runs throughout the world. Here’s a roundup of what’s coming for communicators in general, and for our leaders specifically.
Check your local website for events coming up – and don’t forget, if you’re on the road, you’re welcome to attend events in other cities. For example, if you’re in London September 23, come along to ‘Making Global Communications Work‘.
Prefer the shorthand of Twitter? IABC Detroit maintains a handy list that allows you to keep the finger on the pulse of 70+ chapters around the world.
Conferences run throughout the world and across the year – London and Johannesburg earlier this year and here are three more coming up:
Dianne Chase, IABC Vice Chair, will attend the Canada East conference in Calgary – and I am honoured by the invitation to close the Southern Region conference in Denver. Carlos Fulcher and I will also run a highly interactive workshop and meet with the #IABC16 Programme Advisory Committee – and then it is straight onto Baltimore to open up the Heritage Region conference. Hope to see you there.
Missed #IABC15? Worry not: The new Best of Show webinar series is a global virtual learning experience that takes the highest rated sessions from the World Conference and brings them directly to you.
The program builds on the success of this year’s event and offers participants access to the best presentations from 2015’s conference. For those who have never attended an IABC World Conference, it provides the opportunity to preview the kind of high-quality learning to be expected at World Conference.
And if you’ve got what it takes to speak at our flagship event of the year, get your pitch in now. Want some advice from previous speakers first? Check out this exchange on our LinkedIn group (and add your own advice too).
Even though the 2015-16 board year is well underway, your local Chapter board might very well be looking for an extra hand. Reach out to them. There’s nothing like hands-on practical experience.
The Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) Region is running a Leadership Institute in Basel, Switzerland at the end of this month. Regional Chair Klavs Valskov is pulling out all the stops for this one and Dianne Chase will be participating to take input for the ongoing work to implement our three year strategy – aka – #IABC1417. The conferences mentioned in the section above also have a Leadership Institute element, which will have leadership attendance. Carlos Fulcher, our Executive Director, and I are also excited to be participating in a workshop with the Programme Advisory Committee for the 2016 World Conference – #IABC16.
The EMENA event is kindly hosted by #IABCieb member Ron Fuchs APR from Roche. A great example of how members often leverage organisational support to help advance the profession – and in this case the leadership within the association.
The annual International Leadership Institute – #IABCLI – will be in Los Angeles, February 4-6, 2016 – again, one for the calendar. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Let’s #createconnection – like never before.
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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.
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.
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…
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!).
Let’s cover the face-to-face tech first – there are two favourites amongst senior leaders at IABC:
Here’s the 2014-15 #IABCieb in action on the latter:
— RussellGrossman-IABC (@RussellAtIABC) May 19, 2015
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
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.
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:
— IABC (@IABC) August 25, 2015