2015 IABC world conference call for presentations

presentationIn anticipation of the 2015 IABC World Conference, 14-17 June, in San Francisco, IABC is opening up its Call for Presentations. The deadline to submit your outstanding presentation here before 30 September 2014.

With this year’s theme, Changing the Landscape: Informing the future, we’ll explore new ways of approaching communication with some of the most innovative thinkers and visionary leaders of our time. This is the kind of event that will leave participants feeling invigorated, enlightened and immersed in a new sense of what’s possible. Meaningful dialogue and tangible takeaways will equip participants with inspiration and knowledge now and into the future.

Each year, the IABC World Conference reexamines and reinvents what it means to be a communication professional—and that’s where you come in. If you are looking to share your next-level thinking on a global stage with over 1,200 in attendance, this is your chance.

Learn more on the IABC 2015 world conference presentations page.

IABC Chapter Update Webinar and Member Feature

webinarAugust 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us on Wednesday, August 13, from 3-4 p.m. for an informal IABC Tampa Bay Chapter Update and Get to Know Members Webinar.

This one-hour call will focus on:

  • Sharing IABC Tampa Bay and Southern Region updates
  • Learning from two members about their work and IABC experiences: Eileen Randle from Nielson and Brian Kosoy from Tech Data

Topics include:

  • The relaunch of the IABC Tampa Bay website
  • Our new chapter newsletter and your opportunity to contribute
  • Recent conferences that wowed you or provided you practical on-the-job training
  • What else we should be doing to serve members better
  • Upcoming events

Register online at http://www.cvent.com/d/14qr4w/1Q

Proxemics – minding your personal space in communication

business-conversationThe physical distance you keep between yourself and others during social situations is your personal space. In normal conversations we don’t give our personal space much thought; it’s a natural distance that we grant between ourselves and others based on our culture, gender and personality. However, when you enter into a cross cultural conversation, you may want to keep your personal distance in mind.

Researcher E. T. Hall first coined the term “proxemics” to describe the effects of personal space in his 1960’s academic research on the topic. His work provides us with a model of concentric circles around our body that make up different levels of personal space. Specifically, we have four levels of personal space:

  • Intimate – 0 to 10 inches – Reserved for close friends and family
  • Personal – 18 inches to 4 feet – For friends and informal conversation
  • Social – 4 to 12 feet – An area for formal conversation and business transactions
  • Public – beyond 12 feet

The amount of social space you need to maintain varies. As you enter into a cross cultural interaction, consider how much space you give your colleague and how much space your colleague gives you. You may find that early in the conversation you do a bit of a social “dance” as you adjust to each other’s space distance needs.

personal_spaceIf you look at personal space strictly from a cultural perspective, typical North American personal distance clocks in at about 18 inches. Western Europeans tend to be a bit closer at 14 to 16 inches. Middle Eastern cultures move even closer at 8 to 12 inches.

Be cognizant of the personal space of your colleague. Standing too close may seem intimidating. Being too far away could come off as cold. If you know that you are entering into a specific cross-cultural situation, do your research beforehand, but remember culture is just one of many variables. Ultimately, personal space is a personal preference decided on an individual level.

CW Feature Article – Strategic Communication Planning: Why the basics matter more than ever

back2basicsFrom Communication World Magazine – By Nick Durutta

In 2006, British supermarket giant Tesco announced its entry into the competitive U.S. market with the opening of hundreds of Fresh & Easy grocery stores in California and Nevada.

The firm conducted research—a lot of it. It spent years profiling the market. It sent executives to live with families in California to observe how they shop. It built secret test stores and randomly investigated the contents of Americans’ refrigerators.

Last year, after six years of struggling to make its venture a success, Tesco announced it was selling Fresh & Easy. It was giving up.

What went wrong?

Timing, for one thing. Tesco launched Fresh & Easy just before a crippling recession hit. But it also ignored its own research, relying on what worked in the U.K., a very different environment from the U.S.

See full story at CW Online

IABC Guest Speaker Webinar Series – Stacy Aaron – Change Guides

“The only constant is change.”stacy_aaron

Register to participate in this event. 

Please join us on Wednesday, July 23 from 4-5 p.m. for a webinar to learn ways to manage change in your organization. Stacy Aaron from Change Guides, LLC will provide an overview of the Eight Constant of Change and tips you can use in your daily work, enhancing your communication skill set.

Stacy Aaron is a founding Partner with the management consulting firm Change Guides. Stacy and her partner, Kate Nelson, started the company in 2005. She is a co-author of two popular books on organizational change management, The Change Management Pocket Guide and The Eight Constants of Change. Stacy has spoken at conferences such as Lean and Six Sigma 2013, Building Business Capability 2012, World Conference on Quality 2012 and 2010 Ohio Society for Human Resource Management.

Before starting Change Guides, Stacy helped develop and lead the Change Leadership practice at Deloitte Consulting. Both at Deloitte and at Change Guides, she helped create proprietary Change Management methodologies and tools used by thousands of business people who drive change within their organizations.

Her clients range from family run to billion dollar global businesses. She helps her clients implement strategic and operational changes through a people strategy focused on effective communication, stakeholder engagement, leadership alignment and reinforcement.

Register to participate in this event.  We will send dial in details to all registered participants.  We look forward to having you participate in our events.