Hi Everyone,

Mark EvansI hope all of you are surviving the hot summer temperatures and storm season. Both have taken their tolls across our region. The good news is that cooler temperatures are on the way. As you prepare for the cooler months—and for spending more time indoors, you might want to take advantage of the many educational opportunities available through IABC.

Check out the “learn” section of IABC.com to find a wide variety of learning opportunities, so you can continue to grow your skills. The site offers blog posts on a wide variety of topics, access to webinars and podcasts with industry leaders and articles of different industry topics. While you’re at it, check out The Business Communicators Podcast by Houston IABC. It launched last spring and has already logged 17 episodes–and growing.

Surf over the IABC Academy page to find courses available for a reduced cost to members. As a member of the Academy Committee, I can tell you that we are working hard to revamp and update Academy courses to make them more concise and to ensure they align with topics covered by the Communication Management Professional (CMP) and the Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) certification programs. We’re also always looking for ideas for new courses.

If you prefer to connect with others face to face, you should check out the many conferences offered by IABC. You probably already know about our annual world conference every June, but you may not realize that many of our regions also hold their own conferences. Be sure to check out our own IABC 2019 connect2comms conference on Oct. 16-18 in Kansas City. We’re partnering with the Pacific Plains Region, so this conference will be one you don’t want to miss.

Don’t forget to check out the educational opportunities offered by your local chapter. Our local chapters are constantly putting together some phenomenal programs designed to sharpen your communication skills.

I hope you take advantage of some of these great educational opportunities. They are another benefit for you to enjoy as part of your IABC membership.

Mark Evans
2019-2020 IABC Southern Region Chair