Insights and Highlights

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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Ethics are at the forefront, so let’s talk about it. Join the World Café general session for learning and discovery.

As part of our commitment to open dialogue and problem-solving, the World Conference will provide a forum for tackling major issues emphasized by the rise of related world events. If there’s ever been a time when the communication profession must join together to work through some especially difficult challenges, this is it.

Key values that guide the profession, like ethics, truth and transparency, are under scrutiny. This will be the feature of a new event at the conference, an all-attendee discussion called the World Café. This in-person event will give us the opportunity to connect around common concerns, gather collective wisdom, hear personal insights and develop solutions together.

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Special events and highlights of the IABC World Conference

capitol-at-night1340In addition to a stellar line-up of keynotes tailored to the unique needs of a communication audience, as well as a slate of outstanding break-out sessions, this year’s IABC World Conference,  happening 11–14 June in Washington, D.C., includes special events and all-new sessions that will take you on the journey of what it takes to lead communication and make real impact. More than 1,000 of your peers will join for an event that will create connections, reveal discoveries, draw inspiration from the best and give guidance on what it means to make genuine communication achievements. Read More

Keynote Jon Iwata: Communication in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence isn’t science fiction anymore. It is at work in the world today, augmenting humans’ ability to do everything from find more targeted cancer treatments to challenge a parking ticket, to compose hit music. What does this mean for communicators? At his keynote presentation at the IABC World Conference on Monday, 12 June, in Washington D.C., IBM’s Jon Iwata will share how communication is changing in an era of data and artificial intelligence, and discuss the importance of communication in building trust in uncertain times.

In this session, you’ll learn:
·        How data and cognitive systems like IBM Watson are transforming every industry and profession
·        How cognitive systems are advancing the communications profession
·        How communicators must help build trust in uncertain times

Learn more about Jon Iwata.

Join Jon Iwata for a  fascinating presentation on Communication in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Register today!

Authentic leadership. What does it really mean?

Gabrielle Dolan, a keynote speaker at the IABC World Conference, happening 11–14 June 2017, doesn’t just talk about being an authentic thought leader, she lives her life like one. Her motto is “I believe the best relationships are built on trust and mutual respect, so if that sounds all good to you…let’s go.”

As a communication professional, you are in the best position to use the power of communication to unify and support your organization’s marketing and brand efforts. That’s why the IABC World Conference will offer a rich assortment of new insights, case studies and expert analysis to help you get there.

We’ll bring our theme, Global Business: Lead Communication—Make Real Impact, to life with sessions that will inform your ability to improve the performance of your organization.

Why authenticity matters

Gabrielle’s session, “Authentic leadership: What does it really mean?” will challenge and entertain, as well as motivate and inspire you to elevate your role as a communication professional.

The presentation will cover:

  • The evolution of leadership and the global trends that are driving this change.
  • The impact and opportunities this change is having on communication professionals.
  • The evolving role of corporate affairs/internal communications.
  • The future capabilities and characteristics required to succeed as a communication professional.
  • The opportunity communication professionals can embrace to influence organizational strategy, be the voice of the people and to champion authentic leadership.

Here’s a personal invitation from Gabrielle:

Gabrielle Dolan is a global thought leader on authentic leadership and communication.  She has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. Gabrielle is a highly sought after international keynote speaker. She works with some of Australia’s top 50 ASX companies including NAB, Australia Post, Telstra and ANZ and multinational companies such as Accenture, Ericsson and International Committee Red Cross.

Read more about Gabrielle Dolan here.

Make valuable connections at the new Speed Networking lunch (nearly full, sign up soon!)

The 2017 IABC World Conference will see the introduction of a special Speed Networking lunch session. This fast-moving session will enable you to meet up with other attendees, create contacts and share what you’ve learned. Speed Networking sessions involve moving from one table to another in intervals, chatting with fellow attendees and making new connections.

Share, discover and grow

You’ll have a chance to meet people who you might otherwise have missed, enabling you to increase your network to include communication professionals from all over the world. And if you find that you have common business interests, these contacts may become a valuable part of your future, supporting your business and career. A sense of community, meaningful connection and shared learning are a hallmark of IABC and this session is another way to join your peers to share, discover and grow. Learn more…

Register for World Conference by 1 May to win a free IABC membership

Picture of a young smiling woman using a phoneThe global gathering of the year for business communication professionals is inching closer and closer! We’re now only 50 days away from the start of the 2017 IABC World Conference and we’re celebrating this milestone with a big giveaway: a free, one-year membership to IABC!

All you need to do to be automatically entered is register for IABC World Conference between 22 April and 11:59 p.m. PDT on 1 May. If you’re already an IABC member and you win this prize, we’ll add another year to your membership from the date it’s set to expire.

For an entire year, you’ll get to enjoy all the great benefits that come with IABC membership, from free webinars and great Communication World content to discounts on IABC Academy workshops, Gold Quill Awards entries and more!

Sign up today and don’t forget to book your room at the Washington Hilton quickly, before the IABC block of discounted rooms fills up. We don’t expect the remaining space there to last long!

Register today!

60 days until the World Conference: Register now and be entered to win Excellence Gala tickets

gq-award-inhand-cropThe start of the 2017 IABC World Conference is now only 60 days away and we have some exciting news to share about something we’ll be celebrating there.

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Gold Quill Awards! There are more than 227 award recipients in total, with 74 recognized as Excellence winners and 153 as Merit winners.

A testament to IABC’s diverse, international community, winners come from around the world, with 16 countries represented in the list of recipients. These award winners come from a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small. Read More

Join a gathering filled with networking and inspiration at the IABC Foundation Reception

Dating back to 1982, 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.

The Foundation Reception is on Monday, 12 June 2017, 4:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

During #IABC16, IABC announced is mission to re-launch the IABC Foundation around the following strategic pillars:

  • Gift of Communication– Providing the tools and funding for chapters to give back to their local communities.
  • Gift of Experience– Invest in experience-gaining activities for the next generation and those in transition. Includes scholarships, internships, mentoring and more.
  • Gift of Excellence– Support certification of professional communicators around the world
  • Gift of Insights –Grants for targeted research that results in case studies, white papers or other publications supporting member needs, IABC thought leadership and advocacy for the profession.

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Circles of Wisdom: Communication leaders offer special mentorship sessions

When it comes to getting mentorship support that elevates your career, the IABC Fellows Circles of Wisdom sessions offer something special and unique. On Monday, 12 June, and Tuesday, 13 June, select leaders of the communication profession will lend their time, talent and knowledge, based on years of experience, to counsel participants in small “circles” that allow for meaningful dialogue and exchanges that will give you the kind of personal attention that is required to apply problem-solving that’s targeted to your individual needs.

Benefit from years of learning

Are you wondering what’s around the corner in your career trajectory and how you can put yourself in the best position to advance? The IABC Fellows have been there. They know what you’re dealing with and how to handle yourself in a way that will give you the best opportunity to succeed. These sessions bring together some of the greatest minds of the profession—so that you can benefit from years of learning and become the top-notch communicator that you want to be. Learn more…