Save $40 When You Join IABC in October

October is International Membership Month at IABC.

For more than 40 years, IABC has provided communication professionals with the tools and resources necessary to boost their careers.

During October, we’re celebrating International Membership Month. All new members or previously lapsed members can join (or re-join) IABC and we’ll waive the $40 joining fee.

As an added bonus, you could win a year’s supply of coffee. All members who join IABC during October will go into a draw and one lucky winner will wake up to IABC and their favorite shot of caffeine!

Learn more about membership at IABC International membership page.

IABC Guest Speaker Series: Diane McCulloch – Executive Presence and Presentation Training Tips

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Pdiane_mccullochlease join us on Thursday, October 23, from 3-4 p.m. for a webinar to learn ways to enhance your executive presence through presentation skills. Diane McCulloch from Exec|Comm will help you focus on the needs of your audience and present with greater confidence, poise, conviction, and impact.

Her session will highlight how to:

  • Project a polished, professional manner
  • Quickly organize a presentation for greatest audience impact
  • Respond to questions

Diane is a former CEO and Managing Director for marketing/communications firms in Asia and Europe. She combines successful real world management experience with best practices for leading edge training/coaching in leadership development, communication skills, and work place behavioral change. She has lived and worked in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Taipei.

Diane divides her time between one-on-one, individual coaching of senior and C-level executives to enhance their Executive Presence and leadership skills, and management group training that improves such skill sets as building strong internal/external professional relationships, verbal and written communications, persuasion strategies, negotiation techniques, and consultative selling. She partners with leading clients from a broad range of industries including: insurance, banking, consulting, oil and gas, chemicals, and telecommunications.

Diane was on the board of the American Society for Training and Development New York Metro Chapter in 2009 and 2010 and led all chapter events, bringing the latest in learning innovation to members. In 2011 she founded, and is Chair of, the Learning & Development Special Interest Group for the Human Resources Association of New York (HRNY) – the New York Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. In 2014, she is also Vice President – Sponsorship and Marketing for HRNY, an executive board position.

A native of Scotland, Diane spent 10 years living and working in Asia Pacific, has an Honors degree in Mandarin Chinese and International Business from the University of Durham (UK), is an avid abstract expressionist artist, and a proud US citizen!

September IABC Lunch Meeting Update

2014-SeptSession-CynKay2Author, speaker, small business advocate and media production company owner, Cynthia Kay led IABC Tampa Bay members through a seminar on doing business with big businesses and effective video communication at the 16 September chapter lunch meeting.

Session 1 – Practical strategies for doing business with big business
Kay outlined the differences between small and large business and how small business owners can use these differences to their competitive advantage.  Items in particular that make small business partners attractive to large corporations include the ease of doing business, responsiveness, nimbleness, innovative approaches and lean operations.

Kay discussed key concepts from her book, Small Business for Big Thinkers, which covers a detailed strategy for engaging larger organizations.

Session 2 – Using video to better communicate
In the second session Kay pulled from her personal experience developing video communication for her clients.  She discussed the need for a strategic focus to videos and how the use of video has changed in recent years.  Through real-life examples, Kay provided a strategic best practice for making use of video media in our communication work.

CW Feature Article: Infographics and design in communication: #CommChat Recap

infographic_of_infographicsTying in with this month’s issue of CW on the art of visual communication, this week’s tweet chat discussed infographics and the importance of design in communication. The elements of effective infographics were discussed and many of you weighed in on what works and what doesn’t. Here are five key takeaways from the discussion.

For a complete recap, check out our Storify page. Catch the next #CommChat on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

View the full article on the CW website.

2015 Gold Quill Awards Call for Entries

gold_quillThe 2015 Gold Quill Awards are now open for nominations.  This is an opportunity to be recognized for your excellence through a global communications award program.  Award recipients will be celebrated during the Excellence Gala at the IABC World Conference in San Francisco in June 2015.

Key facts:

  • Entry deadline is 7 January 2015.
  • Choose from 4 divisions and 47 categories.
  • Trained evaluators will review your entry and provide you with solid feedback.
  • You may enter multiple categories within one division or across divisions.
  • Evaluation is based on IABC’s Global Seven-point Scale of Excellence for strategic planning and execution.
  • Entries must receive a score of 5.25 or higher to receive an Award of Merit, and entries scoring 5.75 or higher receive an Award of Excellence.
  • Most entries include a work plan providing the strategic overview of the program or initiative, and a work sample showing some of the actual work completed.
  • For student entries, 35 percent of the score is based on the work plan and 65 percent on the work sample.

Visit the Gold Quill Awards webpage for more details.