Thought leadership and inspiration from the Southern Region of IABC.
I want you to take a moment and think about someone who's had a big impact on your life.
When and how did you meet them? What did you learn from them? Why is your life different today because of them?
We are all individuals with our own lifetime of experiences; however, I believe that we are also derivatives of everyone we meet along the way. I believe that every human interaction, no matter how brief, has the potential to change...more
Jordan Nagel, Chair of IABC Southern Region
It’s such an exciting time to be in IABC!
I just came back from World Conference and am convinced that now more than ever, communication plays a truly critical role in our world today. We’ve seen its power to connect people, to drive change and to get results.
Setting a standard of excellence
IABC has set the standard of excellence and provided a vibrant community for professional communicators since 1970. I...more
Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP – VP of Awards
The Silver Quill Award is the Goldilocks Zone of professional communication awards programs.
You know the story: Goldilocks is caught breaking and entering into a very nice middle-class bear family household, eats their food, sits on their furniture, and sleeps in their beds. It’s a reprehensible act, unconscionable by any societal standard, no matter how cute the perp’s blonde curls may be. But I...more
Lavern J. Reid, ABC, SCMP™
When I returned to the workforce in 2014 after an eight-year hiatus to look after my two young boys, I realized that in the years in between, developments in technology had swept my profession into uncharted waters (at least for me).
Social media platforms, which had previously been a space for cute family pictures and informal news commentary, had blossomed into the go-to spot for many interactions. There was a wide gamut of...more
A silver whaaaat?
A quill is an old-fashioned pen made from a bird's feather which is used by dipping the tip in ink and writing on paper. Significant documents including parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the Magna Carta and the American Declaration of Independence were written and signed with quills.*
Now, it’s your turn.
You've already delivered communications that moved mountains....more
Jordan Nagel, Chair of IABC Southern Region
Please join me in congratulating our Southern Region award recipients at World Conference Leadership Reception.
John Harris, of IABC Austin and then Chair of IABC Southern Region who earned Region Leader of the Year,
Rebecca Witte of IABC Topeka who received the Rising Star of IABC Award accepting it over the phone and
Robin McCasland, SCMP of IABC Dallas...more
From the Southern Region of IABC
As parades, fireworks and barbeques take center stage this Fourth of July, we celebrate you.
Your commitment to integrity, honesty and accuracy in communications preserves the ideals of free speech here in America and around the world. Your high standards are the spirit behind the IABC Code of Ethics. For that, we salute you....more
John Harris, Chair of IABC Southern Region
This year’s Southern Region annual general meeting was somewhat of an eye-opener.
We finished the routine end-of-year talk in about 25 minutes. Then we opened up the session for discussion about most anything. That’s when it got real.
Chapter leaders across the region asked questions and shared ideas – about ways to engage volunteers, program topics and you name it. Everyone got into it.
To me, it hit home how IABC people...more
Joe Bobbey, featuring Michael Blackburn and Sebastian Warren
Here we share the experiences of two members who have taken advantage of the volunteer opportunities IABC offers to enhance professional and personal lives. Catalyst Subcommittee member Joe Bobbey interviewed Michael Blackburn and Sebastian Warren to learn more about the value of their IABC volunteer positions.
Michael Blackburn (He/Him) is the manager of election communications and community engagement for...more
Tech is tech right? Well, sort of. It can allow us as communicators to be more efficient, effective and engaging in our digital and physical worlds.
For the IABC World Conference 2022 Listening Lounge, I spoke with Steffen Henke, global head of internal communication at Deutsche Post DHL, and Andreas Ringsted, chief solutions officer at Open Communication Group. We discussed the dance between internal communication and technology, which...more
When it comes to organizational transformation, it’s easy to dive in and tackle the changes that need to be made.
It’s true that 70% of change programs fail to achieve their goals. This is often linked to employee resistance, poor management and ineffective communication. When it comes to understanding change and how to really...more
For 50 years, communication professionals have turned to IABC to make connections and drive business results. In recent IABC Bulletin newsletters, the Catalyst editors sent out a call to members to share an example of a time IABC helped advance their career. What follows are not just testimonials, but snapshots of unique professional journeys — moments of success, do-overs, connections forged and challenges overcome — that,...more