What makes the IABC World Conference so extraordinary? (Videos)

Did you attend this year’s IABC World Conference? If so, you’ll know what we mean when we say this is one extraordinary event. So what makes the World Conference so special? It’s the people, the content and the all of those opportunities you get to learn and connect with a community of people who share the honor, the joy and yes sometimes the frustration of being a communication professional. You are coming to a… Read More

Excellence Awards Gala: Honoring brilliance and achievement in the communication profession

Held each year in celebration of the highest achievements in the communication profession, the glamorous Excellence Awards Gala at the IABC World Conference is the communication professional’s night of nights, filled with inspiration, delicious food, top-quality entertainment, and hours of enjoyment. This is an event you won’t want to miss. IABC honors Gold Quill Award winners, IABC Fellows, and winners of the Chairman’s Award, Jake Wittmer Award, and Sharon Berzok Award. The Gold Quill Awards are IABC’s premier awards… Read More

Foundation Reception: Celebrate the Gift of Communication, Experience, Excellence and Insights

The Foundation Reception is on Monday, 12 June 2017, 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Dating back to 1892, the IABC Foundation was established as a charitable, not-for-profit organization with a mission to support strategic initiatives that advance the practice, perception and effectiveness of the communication profession across the globe. Over the years the Foundation has supported both small and large projects, moving the profession forward through seminal research and educational support. Learn… Read More

IABC announces first World Conference keynote: Jon Iwata, architect of IBM’s strategic brand platforms

Jon Iwata leads IBM’s marketing, communications and citizenship organization. His global team is responsible for the marketing of IBM’s product and services portfolio in more than 170 countries, market intelligence, communications, and stewardship of the IBM brand, recognized as one of the most valuable in the world. Jon is the architect of IBM’s strategic brand platforms, including e-business, Smarter Planet and Watson. He is recognized for innovation – from creating Think Academy,… Read More

Welcome Reception at the International Trade Center

The Welcome Reception will take place in the lovely Atrium at the International Trade Center on Sunday, 11 June 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get ready for a night of enjoyment and fascinating conversation at one of the most beautiful spaces in Washington D.C., the magnificent International Trade Center. Make new connections, meet up with old friends, and experience upscale cuisine and libations in the warmth of IABC’s welcoming global community…. Read More

Speaking proposal deadline extended to 3 October: Submit today!

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is accepting break-out session speaking proposals for its 2017 World Conference in Washington D.C., 11–14 June 2017. Our audience of communication professionals seeks dynamic speakers who offer new, innovative and career-supporting knowledge and skills. The 2017 conference theme is #IABC17 Global Business: Lead Communication—Make Real Impact. We seek presentations that: Focus on leading communication that makes a real impact in our organizations; Build on the best… Read More

Annual General Meeting (AGM) sets the stage for the World Conference

The 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place prior to the World Conference this year, on 4 June at 3:30pm CST. In addition to the ratification of the new IEB slate, the AGM included the adoption of the revised Code of Ethics, the 2015 Annual Report, the revised IABC Policy Manual, and the 2015 Audit Report. A recap of the AGM can be reviewed here.

Ms. Spinoza does New Orleans

by Carmen Spinoza Last week was my third time in Louisiana, my second time in New Orleans, and my first time at an IABC World Conference. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but two of my strategic advisors, and IABC UK leaders, Casilda Malagón and Stephen Welch, persuaded me I should go. And, wow, am I glad I did. I was initially hesitant for two reasons. One: As Communication… Read More

Paradigm shift in persuasive communication

By Christine Elmer Chuck Roberts, President and CEO of Florida-based Performance Management Group, shared the secrets of persuasive communication developed over 20 years of applied research in his presentation ‘A paradigm shift in persuasive communication’ held as part of the 2016 IABC World Conference on Wednesday 8 June. “Communication is a process, so every step is important, as is the order,” says Roberts. “Using a complete array of approaches in a unified… Read More

Awareness and humility are the first steps towards proficiency

by Christine Elmer Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of on-site reporting  from the 2016 IABC World Conference in New Orleans. Kellie Garrett, ABC, IABC Fellow, opened her presentation “Entering the elusive C-suite,” held as part of the 2016 IABC World Conference Circles of Wisdom series on Monday 6 June saying: “If I can succeed, anyone can succeed.” She immediately captured the attention of the 40 plus conference delegates… Read More