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.
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 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:
Q4: What are some best practices that help you capture what your client is looking for allowing you the opportunity to provide the best results? #commchat
— IABC (@IABC) October 10, 2018
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:
A4: The same practices apply inside and outside organizations. Research/briefing + Strategy + Design + Implementation + Measurement – We don’t start client projects without a briefing and a plan to hold us all accountable. #CommChat
— priyabates (@priyabates) October 10, 2018
As you see other responses that you like / agree with / want to add to – go ahead and – and RT etc. And maybe take the opportunity to follow some new interesting people too.
Look out for the round-up shared @IABC!
Looking forward to sharing and learning with you – and thanks for all you do to #createconnection – and help advance the profession.
The fourth IABC Leadership Forum was pulled together from across three continents: Carlos was in Montréal, Dianne in Clinton, Ginger in Tulsa and Priya in Toronto. I was in London – and Melissa helped with the Q&A from Melbourne.
On this edition we were joined by IABC Treasurer, Ginger Homan, ABC.
Ginger has been working closely with Carlos Fulcher to create a balanced 2016 budget for IABC – including essential strategic technology investments including:
Additional strategic investment is going into better serving our Corporate Members – and short-term improvements are also being made to the current member management system (MMA).
Our association is still working through the aftermath of ten years of underinvestment in this area. Progress is being made.
One further major financial item to note is the $300K+ cost reduction we will be realising through moving our offices. Carlos briefly spoke to this at the end of the call.
Past Chair of the IABC Brand Task Force, Priya Bates, ABC, MC, joined for a Q&A on the brand roll-out.
Priya’s key messages:
A practical, actionable element of the latter which you can RT:
— Michael Ambjorn (@michaelambjorn) December 16, 2015
…and, also topical – a reminder from the Past Chair:
Question from Sheila Carruthers from Calgary: In addition to IABC working on corporate discount offerings, will there be consideration to offer discounts at LI and conferences for independent consultant members and individuals who pay their own membership fees?
Answer: Check out the scholarships for LI in the first instance – Ginger also offered to connect offline to talk more.
Question from Maliha Aqeel from Toronto: Are there any plans for HQ to conduct a brand compliance audit?
Answer: The recent Leader Survey had a set of questions around brand adoption – we will share more on that early next year.
Question from Gay Flashman from London: Is there any way in which we can share our original blog & social content between chapters for use on local IABC channels?
Answer: The Editorial Committee has been charged with creating a global conversation calendar that can help facilitate this. Watch this space.
— Michael Ambjorn (@michaelambjorn) December 6, 2015
Thanks to all who connected – and you don’t have to wait until next month to get a question answered. Just head over to the IABC Chapter Leaders Group on LinkedIn and pitch in.
Let’s #createconnection – like never before.
If the financial crisis didn’t teach us anything else, then it hopefully taught us that it is not just commercial firms that need to operate professionally and with a solid business model.
Non-profits need to do that too, and increasingly we see expectations like this put on government departments as well. What is common across all of these? These organisations need solid professional communicators to support them. Don’t take my word for it. Take SAP’s CEO – our keynote speaker earlier [at #IABC15] – take his word for it.
The Global Communication Certification Council will, under the leadership of Sue Heuman, ABC, deliver the next level exam. Meanwhile the Academy will step up under the leadership of Theomary Karamanis to meet the need for new skills in fast changing landscape.
What can you expect from me? I will follow the path Russell has forged for visible leadership at IABC. At the time Russell took over we needed a strong central figure to continue to hold things together. Looking at this room, and reflecting on the progress we have made – as challenging as it has been – I would like to venture to say that we now need a thousand leaders to stand up and be counted.
We have a thousand leaders in this association.
You’re a highly engaged bunch. You’re kind. You’re hard working. And you’re demanding.
So what will I do to help you? I will do my utmost to live what we want the tone around here to be:
Accessible Open Lighter Contemporary Professional
To that end, and accompanying the now once-again regular quarterly reports I am instituting a quarterly progress call – the corporates amongst you will know it as an earnings call – but we of course have no shareholders. We do however have stakeholders and we need to continue to have regular exchanges, as piloted this year as ‘open mics’. Look out for an invite to a Google Hangout where you can hold me, and the board, to account, ask questions and get straight answers.
I will also kick off a new conversation once a month – aligned with the IABC editorial calendar – and I encourage you to participate, or indeed, kick off your own.