Pre-registration for the 2020 IABC World Conference is now open for members only
We’re headed to Chicago for the 2020 IABC World Conference 14–17 June, and registration prices will never be lower than they are right now. But we recommend you act quickly. Through 31…
Amazing August is a great time to join or renew your membership
Special savings all month long Have you been thinking about joining IABC, but just haven’t taken the leap? August is a great time to join (or to renew if you’re…
Drive your career to the next level at the Heritage Region Conference
This year’s IABC Heritage Region Conference is taking place just up the road in Detroit September 22 – 24. There you can engage in outstanding sessions and meet other internal…
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Way more than a membership, a network, or a community
by Andrew Kaszowski, CMP, IABC London (Ontario) Chapter President
IABC defines my very being… it is my life
I’ve been an IABC member for 14 years, uninterruptedly through some major life and career transitions. Why? Why have I kept my membership intact non-stop since my final year of university at Guelph-Humber when I first learned about the professional organization?
To say that I have benefited from IABC membership, networking and community would be selling it short. Sure, I have benefited – my very first post-university job was entirely landed thanks to my IABC connection [a student in Toronto, I dreamed of landing back in my hometown of London in healthcare, so I attended IABC London’s AGM… where I was the lone student in attendance. All of the board members were interested in meeting this fresh face, and I got asked then and there whether I’d like to volunteer to redesign the chapter’s fledgling website. Within a month or so, I had connected with Michele Martin who sat on the board… and we bonded. She was hiring, and my career began.]
But it’s way more than that. Yes, I have my best friends and life experiences through my IABC involvement. Most of my career networking, professional development has taken place thanks to the connections of the organization… [getting to visit San Diego to receive an award for chapter leadership and the opportunity to speak to an international audience about IABC London’s professional development event planning was a career highlight to date!].
But it’s more than even that. IABC has pushed me to constantly live up to my potential, and stretched me to grow and develop as a professional and a person. I have entered my work for evaluation and received recognition that has propelled me farther [being awarded a “Best of the Best” award for my travel blog when I worked on a cruise ship was the sweetest way to return to London after touring the world!] – and I studied and wrote the Communication Management Professional exam and was awarded the fancy letters I now get to attach to my name!
But it’s more than that…
Belonging to IABC defines my very being. Really, IABC is in my DNA now. It’s my life. *I AM AN IABC MEMBER*
I never think twice about whether I am a professional communicator… it is who I am, and because I am a professional communicator, I am a member – upholding everything that the industry aspires to be.
If IABC had no members, it wouldn’t exist. Full stop. Plain and simple. For that very reason, I will always be an IABC member… because I believe that communication is a force for good in business and society. I believe that with my whole heart and mind. That’s everything I do – whether it’s interviewing a doctor and sharing their story for work, or whether it’s writing in my LinkedIn profile, or talking to my friends about what I am interested in, or whether it’s my involvement in my choir and theatre worlds… I am a communicator.
Because I am a communicator, I am an IABC member. And because I am an IABC member, I am a better communicator.
This is who I am. I enjoy communicating > I am an IABC member.
What are you waiting for, dear communications professional? Join or renew your membership in August and save 10% on international dues using the code “MEMBERSHIP” during checkout.
Don’t sit on the sidelines of your career and life as a communicator… make your mark and be the best communicator you can be, and support the very profession that defines who you are. Be an IABC member today!
A New Way to Win
Get involved by helping evaluate other chapters’ awards
IABC chapters and regions the world over are in the midst of award entry season. And those entries need evaluators. Among them:
- IABC | South Carolina is seeking judges for the 80 entries into their Palmetto Awards. You may judge as few as one entry or as many as you think you can reasonably handle. Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019.Interested? Contact IABC/SC 2019 Palmetto Awards Chair, Bailey Crafton at email@example.com
- IABC | Atlanta is seeking back up and alternate judges for their Golden Flames awards. Deadline: Friday, September 27, 2019.
Interested? Contact IABC/Atlanta 2019 Golden Flames Chair, Eric Berrios at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What it means for you
Using the IABC Seven Point Scale of Excellence, award judges read the work plan and review samples of each entrant, holding them up to IABC’s Global Standard of Excellence. As an evaluator, you are not setting the standards or criteria for the awards. You are scoring entries based on the criteria provided. Reviewing and providing thoughtful feedback to entrants helps communicators improve their processes and work products. And as evaluators, we get a unique glimpse into the communications challenges facing others in our profession. Each award might take up to an hour to evaluate.