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Are you a talented speaker with innovative ideas to share? Apply to speak at the IABC World Conference

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is now accepting speaker submissions for its 2018 World Conference in Montréal, happening 3–6 June 2018. This includes break-out speaking proposals, keynote applications/recommendations and IABC Fellows Circles of Wisdom group mentoring submissions. Are you a talented presenter with innovative ideas and knowledge to share? We want to hear from you!

Visibility and Recognition

Our audience of business communication professionals attend the World Conference to expand their skills and advance their careers. Participating in the conference allows speakers to share their knowledge, while gaining visibility and recognition as a subject matter expert among influential communication professionals from a wide variety of industries.

The Communication Crossroads

Our theme this year is The Communication Crossroads. The communication profession is uniquely positioned at the intersection of business, culture, functions and audience. That’s a powerful place to be. Across our programming, we want attendees to:

  • Learn how communication drives business performance and innovation.
  • Explore the rise of transformative communication and collaboration.
  • Discover the role they play at the center of culture and ethics.
  • Strengthen knowledge and confidence as a strategic adviser.

Share your innovative ideas and knowledge

If you have ideas to contribute in these areas, we hope you’ll submit a proposal. This could be through sharing your knowledge, helping to build the communication professional’s skill set and/or showing innovative approaches to solving business challenges. It is the first time World Conference has been hosted in Montréal since 1984, and it’s going to be a very special event.

Apply here to speak at the World Conference or provide a referral for a keynote

Speaking proposals are due by 2 October and will be evaluated by IABC’s Program Advisory Committee, a panel of nearly 30 communication professionals from around the world. We will confirm speakers by early December.

We look forward to seeing you at The Communication Crossroads!


Montréal. Cosmopolitan, charming and stylish.

Is it any wonder that a city as creative and stylish as Montréal was designated UNESCO City of Design? Places such as the Quartier international, a showcase of modern design, art and architecture at the heart of downtown, testify to Montréal’s avant-garde character. Hundreds more examples of the Montréal’s innovation and free-spiritedness flourish in fashion boutiques and interior and industrial design spaces all over the city.

The World Conference goes to Montréal in 2018!

We just wrapped up a World Conference that explored the critical issues of our profession, offered new solutions to your most pressing challenges and gave you a chance to connect with your peers in a meaningful and lasting way. Now is the time to save the date for the 2018 World Conference, to be held in the lovely and cosmopolitan city of Montréal, Canada. 

2018 IABC World Conference
Palais des congrès de Montréal
3–6 June, Montréal

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IABC World Conference Tuesday recap: Going deep in the conversation

by Kristen Delphos

Credit: Choice Photography

Tuesday at the IABC World Conference is a “sweet spot” day for many attendees. In the sea of hundreds of people, we start to recognize and create our own little tribe of conference friends. By this time, a day and a half into the program, we’ve networked, tweeted, retweeted, followed, and smiled when the notifications appeared on our devices to let us know that we’ve been followed back.

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World Conference recap Monday: A day of discoveries

IBM’s Jon Iwata (Credit: Choice Photography)

by Peg Champion

“We will all become cognitive communicators,” says Jon Iwata, senior vice president of marketing and communications for IBM. Iwata led a brilliant, if sometimes unnerving, session about artificial intelligence (AI) and its broad application across every field.

Iwata discussed IBM’s AI system, Watson, which can see, hear, understand, read, comprehend and recognize language. Watson was developed to “enhance and extend human capability, expertise and potential” though it’s best known for having beaten human champions on the quiz show Jeopardy.

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World Conference Sunday recap: Jump-starting the right and left brain

by Shea Sullivan

Every time I attend the IABC World Conference, I always feel like the first sessions are brushing the cobwebs off my brain. Two of the pre-conference workshops not only dusted it, but jump-started it. And these were two sessions that engaged both sides of the brain in very different ways. If this made some uncomfortable, then good. We shouldn’t come to conferences to stay in our comfort zones of knowledge.

My left brain charged first. Jim Shaffer’s presentation “Reinventing Communication for High Impact and High Value” was in my wheelhouse. Let me warn you: I’m a nerd. I love strategy, numbers, and results, and most importantly, I love proving value, especially when it’s not expected. It’s not only helpful to my organization, but in many cases it’s sweet vindication that what we do matters.

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Download the app for the World Conference

We’ve built a mobile app for the 2017 IABC World Conference! It has all the important information you’ll need for the event, and features to enhance your event experience. Here’s how to download it and get started building your schedule, connecting with other attendees, and getting oriented.

Step 1: Download the app.

All registered conference attendees should have received an email about downloading the app. The email contains complete instructions for downloading the app and verifying your account. The easiest way to do this it to open the email on the device you’re bringing to the event and follow the steps.

Step 2: Verify your account.

Go back to the email using the same device from Step 1 and click Verify Account to unlock all of the app’s advanced features.

You can also search for “IABC World Conference” in your app store and download it from there. To access all the app features, you’ll need to log in separately with a verification code, which will be emailed to you. Read More

Stay energized and focused with yoga classes at the World Conference

Get the body moving and keep your energy level up so you can take in all that the IABC World Conference has to offer. Jump-start your day with a sunrise yoga class with Kirsten Peterson, RYT-200, on Monday and Tuesday of the conference. Kirsten’s classes focus on breath-guiding and mind-focusing movements to build strength and flexibility. You can expect to be guided through sun salutations, hip openers, heart-opening back bends and twists to help wake the body. The class will begin with guided breathing and end with a 5-7 minute Savasana.

Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and join us for this all-levels class., taking place 7–8 a.m. on Monday, 12 June, and Tuesday, 13 June.

Kirsten Peterson, RYT-200, is a registered yoga instructor in Washington, D.C., who teaches various level classes at Be Here Now Yoga, Yoga District and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Can’t attend the conference. No problem. Now you can access sessions virtually!

Join IABC’s first Virtual World Conference, an online companion to the association’s annual in-person World Conference event. Now you can you can attend two live days of select break-out session workshops, all without leaving the office.

Complimentary access for attendees

If you’ve purchased a full/standard package, all of the virtual sessions will be provided to you as a complimentary part of your experience. Just add them to your registration to gain access. So, you can review these sessions even if you attend others at the actual event. Learn more…

Personal invite from keynote Mark Jeffries, trusted adviser to major organizations

new-mark-jeffries-headshot-2016Author, keynote speaker and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Mark Jeffries has become a trusted adviser and communication consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships.

Dividing his time mostly between the U.S., Canada and Europe, Mark is invited to deliver his highly effective keynotes on “Business Communication, Influence and Presentation” to audiences across many industries. His speeches are relevant, entertaining, and filled with instantly useable takeaway ideas.

Mark has published two books—What’s Up with Your Handshake? and The Art of Business Seductionand has just launched two highly innovative and engaging e-learning courses dedicated to elevating participants into trusted advisers, persuasive communicators and key influencers.

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