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IABC offers free member-only webinars on the latest trends and best practices in communication. Join the live sessions or watch the session recordings at your convenience. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the latest webinar offerings.

Upcoming webinars

Making remote working work

Presented by Jane Sparrow

With enforced remote working now a reality, millions of us are adjusting to what it means when nearly all colleagues, stakeholders and clients are working away from the workplace.  Not to mention the added dynamic of homeschooling for working parents. As many people are finding, individuals and teams that don’t regularly work in this way—at a distance without that close and in-person connection—are struggling to stay effective.

In this webinar we welcome Jane Sparrow, business culture and remote working expert and founder of The Culture Builders. Jane has been working with businesses for many years on creating high performance remote working cultures and has been supporting a range of global businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic including Lane Crawford, Dell, Salesforce and OVO Energy.

Jane will share her extensive experience of creating an effective remote working culture; making remote working work, fast and sustainably and helping people (including ourselves!) to remain connected, positive and effective whilst having to work in a different way. She’ll cover plentiful practical frameworks, help us to consider how remote working can affect different people in different ways, share lots of stories and ideas and provide immediate take-aways that we can all use at an individual, team and organizational level.

Presenter / Jane Sparrow is a multiple IABC Gold Quill winner, previous IABC keynote speaker and global conference chair and Sony’s director of communication and engagement in her earlier career. Sparrow is a long time affiliate of the IABC and has a deep understanding of the communication space—all of which she will bring to discussing remote working with our community.

Date: 2 April 2020
Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. PDT / 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT
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Solution Provider Webinar: How to Adapt Your Internal Communication Strategies During a Pandemic

Presented by Carolyn Clark and Jason Anthoine; Sponsored by Simpplr

How are you feeling? As we continue to go through the highs and lows of current times, we want to keep an open dialogue and supporting network. Join Carolyn Clarke, senior director, internal communication at GoDaddy and Jason Anthoine, managing founder of Audacity and as they share emerging best practices and, equally important, tips on how we should be taking care of ourselves as stressed-out communicators.
In this webinar, you will learn:
  • How internal communicators are adapting a few weeks into this disruption.
  • Tips and best practices that are helping organizations pivot to work from home cultures and shelter in place guidelines.
  • Specific tips for communicators on how to stay sane, healthy, happy, balanced, and motivated.

Presenter / Carolyn Clark, senior director, internal communication, has intentionally diversified her experience to all facets of communication. From producing news to consumer PR, product PR to media relations and corporate communication, and more recently leading internal and HR communication at major tech companies including Yahoo, Oath, and GoDaddy. Prior to spending 10+ years in the tech industry, she spent time working on public relations campaigns for celebrities, consumer brands, and media companies. She started her career as a news producer at ABC and paid her dues as an NBC Page working on shows like Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, and The Today Show.

Presenter / Jason Anthoine, is the managing founder of Audacity, Over the past 30 years, Anthoine has worked in internal communication, culture change and employee engagement with over 100 companies and over 200,000 employees. Throughout his career, he has helped companies understand and unlock tremendous business value of their workplace cultures and guide them to strengthen their workplace so they can be more successful in the marketplace. He uncovers company challenges and opportunities and then develops bold, fresh ideas to address those challenges and take advantage of those opportunities.

Sponsor/Simpplr is today’s modern intranet. Simpplr makes it possible for businesses to connect, align, and engage their entire workforce across the enterprise. Trusted by leading brands, including Workday, Box, DocuSign, Eurostar, and Columbia University, our customers are achieving measurable productivity gains, increased employee engagement, and higher employee retention. Simpplr is headquartered in Redwood City, CA with offices in the UK and India, and is backed by Norwest Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures.

Date: 9 April 2020
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT / 2–3 p.m. EDT
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How to Improve Results and Value as a Strategic Adviser

Presented by Jim Shaffer

In a recent survey, communication professionals said they believe they’re not perceived as adding value, don’t have enough time to be more strategic and they’re reactive rather than proactive. IABC Fellow Jim Shaffer has taught communication practitioners that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Based on more than 30 years working with business leaders and communication practitioners, Jim will discuss ways to make a positive impact on your business, learn how to improve business results through better managed communication and build a relationship with your leadership based on trust.

He’ll discuss how he taught communication practitioners how to shift from an information distribution business to a results and value business. Communication professionals will learn how to apply the same strategies to become strategic advisers who can make a big impact on their business and generate immense respect from your leadership teams.

Presenter / Jim Shaffer is a business adviser, leadership coach, author, and speaker. As leader of the Jim Shaffer Group, he helps organizations accelerate results through superior strategy execution. He designed and produced the IABC Academy courses, “Managing Communication to Drive Results and Value” and “How to Add Value as a Strategic Adviser.” Some of his clients have included: Hallmark, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, IBM, Marriott, Mayo Clinic, Verizon, Owens Corning, Pfizer and Toyota.

Date: 16 April 2020
Time: 10–11 a.m. PDT / 1–2 p.m. EDT
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Landing Your Message: Adapting Your Communication to Lead, Inspire and Empower

Presented by Pam Baker and Cindy Hunt

“Communication makes the world go round. It facilitates human connections, and allows us to learn, grow, and progress. It’s not just about speaking or reading, but understanding what is being said—and in some cases what is not being said. Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.”  — Richard Branson

Great leadership means connecting, inspiring and establishing trust. But that can be challenging when your ideas don’t land with those around you. And unfortunately stressful situations make it worse. There’s a scientific reason why this happens. When you understand why, you can put easy fixes to use—with colleagues, direct reports, leaders, and even your family—immediately.

Our speakers bring more than five decades of experience from corporate and startup environments, leading system-wide change, and in global and domestic education. Across all of these environments, what’s common to those who create real and meaningful impact is the ability to communicate in a way that is understood by those around us.

They’ll share why understanding the science of communication and miscommunication allows you to improve the clarity and effectiveness of your communication, an increased potential to lead change and gain support for your ideas. They’ll share how to avoid communication breakdowns so you can improve the quality of interactions—at work, at home and within your community.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An understanding of each of six channels of communication and how, and why, to adapt to the preferred channel of those around you for greater impact.
  • How to avoid taking the “invitations into distress” that are the foundation of miscommunication and conflict.
  • How to motivate those you work with based on simple verbal cues.

Presenter / Pam Baker,  is the founder of Journeous. She founded Journeous after 20 years as a leadership healthcare executive across global and startup companies including Johnson & Johnson, Genentech and Omada Health, and experienced firsthand the power of adaptive communication in driving productivity and connection at work. Baker brings deep leadership experience across multiple functional areas. Her career started at Johnson & Johnson and Genentech leading cross-functional launch, sales, marketing, reimbursement and consulting teams, in addition to creating the needed infrastructure for organizational success. She led commercial teams at Omada Health and in healthcare consulting roles with Charles River Associates. Baker holds an MBA from Thunderbird and a BA in political science and asian studies from Northwestern University. She is the author of a blog focused on insights for leaders.

Presenter / Cindy Hunthas spent her career partnering to facilitate change through corporate leadership training and in public and private education. She has taught both domestically and internationally, is an educational consultant and state-wide education facilitator, focused on improving student outcomes, and brings deep expertise in adaptive communication. She’s trained groups small and large of school and business leaders and students on the art of adaptive communication. Her motivation is rooted in creating strong and empowered work and educational communities. Hunt has a MA in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University, Irvine and a BS from Cornell University in design and environmental analysis.

Date: 13 May 2020
Time: 10–11 a.m. PDT / 1–2 p.m. EDT
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Leading in a Visual, Social and Mobile Workplace

Presented by Alistair Reid

As more content is digested on mobile, as more internal social media is adopted, as attention spans shrink and the workforce shifts to younger generations, leaders need to shift the way they communicate. Communicating successfully now means being able to reach people where they want to be reached – via video in short, sharp and compelling content snacks. Video has a 600x higher recall than text and Cisco claims that 78 percent of all mobile data traffic will be video by 2021.

This webinar will take you through the research and examples of what compelling and engaging presentations-to-camera look like. It will offer practical tools and resources to take back into your workplace, while also guiding on the best content to use in videos to engage employees. In addition we will delve into the world of story-telling, its structure, attributes and benefits to ensure that not only are leaders communicating, but shifting the way they communicate to engage their teams and ultimately drive the change they need.

Presenter / Alistair Reid graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (Film and Television) in 2001, and his masters in 2005. He has a bachelors degree in arts from Melbourne University, and a Grad Dip from RMIT in Professional Writing. He worked for over 10 years at National Australia Bank in communication, heading up a digital and creative team focusing on video, social and cloud-based services and content, including helping leaders improve their on-camera presence. He has been teaching a course in presenting on camera at Brave Studios for 6 years, is a former actor and current filmmaker. His film “From the Top” was a finalist at the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards, and winner of the Kensington Film Festival. His other shorts include “Goldfish,” “Rent,” “Quiz” and the “Screen.” Australia funded “Three Weeks In Koh Samui,” which was screened in various festivals in Europe, America and Australia including Cannes, Edinburgh and Los Angeles.

Date: 3 June 2020
Time: 1–2 p.m. PDT / 4–5 p.m. EDT
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How to Add Digital Transformation Capabilities to Your Communication Toolbox

Presented by Angela Lapré

Don’t have a seat at the table when your company is talking about digital transformation, “going agile,” or when exploring AI or machine learning technologies?

With some basic steps, you can begin to build your digital transformation acumen and demonstrate just how vital strong communications is to any successful transformation project.

In addition, it’s also crucial employees begin to understand these new technologies so they, too, can thrive in these transformative times. With a basic understanding of key digital technologies communicators can also be at the forefront toward increasing employee digital literacy, further establishing one’s value as a trusted communication adviser.

Many companies are zooming ahead with transformation projects. Don’t be left behind, and instead increase your professional profile and leadership skills by helping shape the future of technology and work.

Presenter / Angela Lapré: is fearlessly transforming the communication profession, with deep experience in both internal and external communication; reimagining the value communicators deliver in the (relatively) uncharted waters of digital transformation. Coupled with sound foundational communication strategies, the result is an unstoppable blend of positive business and cultural change management. Lapré has a bachelor degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of California, Monterey Bay.

Date: 25 June 2020
Time: 10–11 a.m. PST / 1–2 p.m. EST
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6 Essentials of Communication from a Negotiator’s Perspective

Presented by Geeta Chopra

Join this webinar to enhance your communication skills by strengthening your negotiation knowledge. Learn how to speak to your counterparts to get transactions completed, win customers, introduce yourself to new associates, and build your network.

We are always negotiating something whether we realize it or not. Master the skill of business communication by uncovering psychological truths that most people don’t even know are at work. Excel at understanding your audience with the psychology of negotiating.

Presenter / Geeta Chopra is the founder of Chopra Real Estate Developments where she negotiated over 500 leases, contracts and deals. She will explore strategies from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to influence the other side through psychology. Yes, you can win every time. Learn powerful tactics from some of the best hostage negotiators and the most successful businesspeople in the world.

Date: 31 July 2020
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT / 2–3 p.m. EDT
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Creating Powerful Audience Experiences in Presentations

Presented by Brenden Kumarasamy

At the very core, communication has 2 fundamental goals: sharing our ideas and having our audience take action on them. From this perspective, communication extends well beyond the usual tips that we hear like pauses and removal of filler words. It’s about creating an experience where your audience never forget your key message. But, how do we create such an experience in the boardroom?

This webinar will focus on how to create powerful audience experiences in a work-related setting that can easily be implemented in any boardroom immediately after the workshop.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Easy-to-implement strategies to practice communication daily that easily integrates in their day-to-day life to any field of work.
  • Mindset change in how participants perceive communication mastery towards creating a world-class audience experience.
  • Introduction to an elite presenter’s mindset; how world class presenters prepare for presentations.

Presenter / Brenden Kumarasamy is the founder of MasterTalk, a YouTube channel he created to help the world master the art of communication and public speaking. He has helped many startups raise capital and improve their presentation decks through his time in venture capital at Front Row Ventures and enjoys mentoring purpose driven individuals to achieve their milestones in life. His current client list includes IBM, Sales and Marketing Executives International, Society of Technical Communication as well as the Club Management Association of America (CMAA).

Date: 18 August 2020
Time: 10–11 a.m. PST / 1–2 p.m. EST
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