Takeaways on #BigData at #EuroComm17

jigsaw puzzle

Like everyone in the contemporary workplace, communicators confront information – data – on a scale unimaginable a decade ago. We’ve all heard the term “Big Data” but do we really understand what this means? Can we see what we must do right now to enable our competitive differentiation, operational effectiveness and early-mover advantage that are essential in the cognitive business era of the coming decade? In a presentation session at the IABC EuroComm 2017 conference in London next week, I’ll be joined by Jonathan Oldershaw, Research Director at Madano in London, to discuss and share information and insights on an area of increasing significance and importance to communicators. You’ll learn how providing colleagues and customers with knowledge and insights will […]

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FIR Interview: IABC 2015-16 Chair Michael Ambjorn

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) held its 2015 World Conference in San Francisco this week. Amidst the keynote talks, breakout sessions, receptions, and a host of other events, 2014-15 Chair Russell Grossman passed the gavel to 2015-16 Chair Michael Ambjorn. Ambjorn takes over the lead volunteer role as the association continues to recover from some turbulence. In the picture above, Ambjorn (right) discusses his vision for his term during the Annual General Meeting in San Francisco on June 17. Outgoing Chair Russell Grossman (left) and Executive Director Carlos Fulcher listen. In this FIR interview, conducted moments after the conference officially wrapped up, FIR co-host Shel Holtz chats with Ambjorn about the state of IABC, his goals for the […]

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How high is the reboot bar for IABC?

Misty road ahead

#88388338 / gettyimages.com Every time I hear about IABC these days, I suffer a continuing feeling of sadness. The news this past week about the professional association for communicators does little to change that feeling where that news is all about financial loss (again), leadership issues, and an unclear future. On June 4, long-time IABC commentator David Murray – often seen by IABC’s leadership as its nemesis by asking questions the leadership don’t like being asked, never mind answering – published a guest post by former IABC Executive Director Julie Freeman on the state of IABC’s financial affairs as revealed in its 2013 financial statement that Murray says was leaked to him a month ago. Freeman took the helm at […]

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FIR Live: The 2014 class of IABC Fellows

The Google+ Hangout on Air hosted by FIR co-host Shel Holtz, with four of the five IABC Fellows. The new Fellows participating in the conversation include include John Deveney, ABC; George McGrath; Mark Schumann, ABC; and Jennifer Wah, ABC. Brad Whitworth, ABC – a long-time Fellow who had the idea for this session – also joined us. (If you don’t see the video embedded above, view it on the FIR YouTube Channel.) Get the audio recording as an FIR podcast: Download the MP3 file (21.8Mb, 54:00) Get the show on iTunes Subscribe to the Hobson and Holtz Report RSS feed Get the FIR app for your mobile device – Android | iPhone | Windows Phone | Windows 8 and 8.1 […]

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FIR Live returns with IABC’s 2014 class of Fellows

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced that five members will join the class of Fellows, the highest honour the association bestows on its members. Today, May 9, all five will join FIR co-host Shel Holtz for a session of FIR Live. The 2014 class of Fellows includes: John Deveney, ABC, Sr. Counsel, Deveney Communication Tamara Gillis, ABC, Ph.D, Professor, Elizabethtown College George McGrath, Principal, McGrath Business Communications D. Mark Schumann, ABC, Senior Vice President, The Segal Group Jennifer Wah, ABC, Principal, Forwords Communication Brad Whitworth, ABC, IABC Fellow, will also participate in the free-ranging conversation about the state of communication and the meaning of the Fellow designation. The conversation will be held on a Google+ Hangout on […]

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