The June 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report features Neville and Shel discussing… Their appearance on Joe Jaffe’s broadcast showA report on the all-virtual IABC World ConferenceTwitter’s move to let users record and tweet audio (but only on iOS for now)Three new blockchain developments of interest to communicatorsFlipboard’s new Storyboard featureA user email that prompted Merriam-Webster to update a dictionary definitionHow Wikipedia became a battleground for racial … [Read more...] about FIR 196: Speak up, Twitter
The seventh weekly Zoom Chat featuring listeners and FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz in conversation took place last Thursday. As with each of these informal chats, we do them live via Zoom, recording each one as we go. The recording is published after the live conversation usually within a few days of the event or, as is the case with this episode, quite a few days later. Whether sooner or later, we hope you enjoy these unstructured, unfiltered, authentic conversations. You get … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 7: Conference Ribbons
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, … [Read more...] about Takeaways on #BigData at #EuroComm17
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 … [Read more...] about FIR Interview: IABC 2015-16 Chair Michael Ambjorn
#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 … [Read more...] about How high is the reboot bar for IABC?
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 … [Read more...] about FIR Live: The 2014 class of IABC 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 … [Read more...] about FIR Live returns with IABC’s 2014 class of Fellows
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 deal of change and will require … [Read more...] about Courage and the future of communication