If thereâ€™s one professional association Iâ€™m always willing to actively talk about, promote, and otherwise persuade communicators to be part of, itâ€™s the International Association of Business Communicators, IABC.
Iâ€™ve been a member since 1989. Iâ€™ve found the knowledge Iâ€™ve gained in the years Iâ€™ve been a member to have been invaluable for my professional development. I took my accreditation exams in 1994.
Over the years, Iâ€™ve served in a variety of volunteerism roles. In short, I like to think Iâ€™ve given a bit back that, in reality, can never equal what Iâ€™ve gained from my membership.
And Iâ€™ve met and got to know some terrific people, all over the world.
So, in sum, I think IABC is a very good professional association to be part of no matter what your communication role is, nor which aspect of organizational communication youâ€™re involved with.
Hereâ€™s the official list of membership benefits.
If you do consider joining, nowâ€™s a good time as September is Membership Month where you can take advantage of some financial incentives to join IABC, as well as free trial access to some online members-only benefits, such as:
- IABCâ€™s online library with archives of articles from Communication World and CW Bulletin, presentations and handouts from IABC International Conferences, Gold Quill Award-winning communication plans and more on a wide range of topics.
- My Communication (MyComm), IABCâ€™s online strategic communication planning tool offers IABC members an easy-to-use, six-step process to create, share and collaborate on communication plans with other users online. Non-members can get read-only access to MyComm during September.
- Discussion forums, MemberSpeak and the IABC Buzz are online meeting places for IABC members, where they can trade ideas, solicit advice and input, debate strategies and share information with peers – unconstrained by geography and time differences. Non-members can get read-only access to IABCâ€™s discussion forums during September.
If youâ€™re still not sure if IABC is for you, feel free to give me a call and Iâ€™ll be happy to try to convince you.
Otherwise, why not take the trial now.