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Takeaways on #BigData at #EuroComm17

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

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

Misty road ahead

How high is the reboot bar for IABC?

#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 –

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:

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

Courage and the future of communication

It’s interesting how the word ‘courage‘ crops up a great deal when I talk about communication. I frequently use it when considering what I believe communicators must do in organizations – the ones they work in or those of their clients – when trying to persuade others to a particular course of action, or persuade others to change behaviours. It’s a word that has great significance when we talk about the future of communication as that future involves a great

Goodbye IABC and good luck

Last week, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) held its international conference in New York. By all accounts I’ve read, some 1,400 members went and took part. I’ve heard, too, that the professional development, networking and social events over the three days of the conference were as compelling and enjoyable as they ever have been at IABC conferences. A different picture emerges, however, when it comes to the business of IABC itself. You may know that I was an

Content is king but so is the delivery platform

One of the benefits of being a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is the bi-monthly magazine, CW. Every other month, the printed publication originally known as Communication World would come through your letterbox filled with useful and highly-readable content that offered knowledge, insight, interviews, case studies, how-to features and a host of articles addressing issues, trends and the actualities of modern communication management, internal and external, as practiced by people across the world. In my two-plus

An opportunity for IABC to care

Last November, I ended a 23-year relationship with IABC, the International Association of Business Communicators, when I let my membership lapse. I wrote about it in February and outlined some thinking about why I hadn’t renewed it. Six months later, I’m still a lapsed IABC member. I deliberately describe myself thus as I believe that my self-imposed exile from active IABC participation isn’t a permanent thing. How can I throw away so many years of commitment to an organization that

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