President’s Note: KC breaks record – 7 International Chapter of Year wins!

18:09 29 February in KC IABC Blog, Membership, News and events

Kansas City is the International Chapter of the Year! For the 7th time! That is the most wins of any of IABC’s 100+ chapters. I hope you are as proud as I am of this accomplishment. It means you are served by volunteer board leaders recognized as experts for management, creativity, teamwork and leadership. Time and again. As a KC IABC member or participant, you are part...

Register by March 4 for IABC World Conference – save $200!

09:57 29 February in featured-event, KC IABC Blog, News and events

March forward and register by Friday, March 4 for the IABC World Conference. You’ll save up to $200! Why should you attend? Adventure into ideas and innovations that will elevate your game. Build your skills and confidence and learn how to be a more valuable asset to your business or clients. Get inspired by eye-opening keynotes. Jump into networking with more than a thousand other communication professionals. Relish in the incredible festivities and exceptional food that only New Orleans...

Call for Quills entries coming soon – get ready!

19:32 28 February in KC IABC Blog, News and events, Quill news

It's time to start thinking about the KC IABC Quills competition! We'll be sharing more specifics and reminders as we get closer, but here are the key dates: March 17 - Call for entries April 26 - Deadline for entries Late June  - Quills awards event - more information coming soon Start looking over your best work for 2015 and think about how you can craft your Quills entry. The rewards...

KCPT’s new logo represents future direction for company

14:27 24 February in KC IABC Blog, News and events

Four years ago a minor miracle occurred at KCPT. A donor who had faithfully given $100 a year, “out of the blue,” presented a check for $3.5 million. The gift came with a stipulation – it was a “spend-down grant” that could not be saved as a long-term endowment, but must be used. Thus began the exciting transformation of KCPT as a community-supported public television and...

Create your website for optimal user experience

14:27 23 February in KC IABC Blog, News and events

You might spend hours crafting messages on your website, but your website users spend only seconds before they decide to linger a few minutes, or bail and search elsewhere. Online users are active, says Marjie Goodman, digital content and collaboration strategist for DEG, a fast-growing, full-service digital agency based in Kansas City. Your website visitors have a task in mind and generally it’s a search engine...

Little fish, big pond: A student’s perspective on BCS

22:45 21 February in KC IABC Blog, News and events

By Shelby Hobbs Student, University of Central Missouri IABC member Let’s face it. As a college student, stepping out of your comfort zone to network with professionals can be pretty intimidating. On Feb. 9,  the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators had its annual communications summit. As a member of both the chapter at the University of Central Missouri and the international organization, I was excited to have the opportunity...

A few highlights from BCS 2016

15:20 17 February in featured-event, KC IABC Blog, News and events

Business Communicators Summit 2016 was a day packed with networking, professional development and inspiration. About 145 communicators gathered at the Holiday Inn on the Plaza for the one-day conference, which is always one of the highlights of the year for KC IABC members and guests. Check our blog space often for updates, as overviews of sessions are still coming in. See our BCS page for photos. –Elaine...

Bookshelf tips from BCS presenters

16:55 11 February in featured-event, KC IABC Blog, News and events

The KC IABC Business Communicators Summit speakers and panelists were a well-read and insightful bunch. They didn’t just provide opinions, best practices and tips — they gave sources for their perspectives. Here’s a partial list of the books and references cited by our experts. The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users, by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick (Peg was our keynote speaker, too.) Daring Greatly by...

Here’s some of what went down at BCS this week!

15:27 11 February in KC IABC Blog, News and events

  Communicators who took part in the Business Communicators Summit this week, hosted by Kansas City IABC, are a savvy group. They shared content throughout the day on Twitter – more than 500 tweets during the 8-hour conference at the Holiday Inn on the Plaza. Just a plain old tweet wasn’t good enough for the most part. Twitter users made good use of their smart phones and...

You, too, can become a social media power user

20:54 10 February in featured-event, KC IABC Blog, News and events

Social media provides an equal opportunity for communicators to be whatever we want to be, said Peg Fitzpatrick, author and social media guru, at the keynote session of Business Communicators Summit in Kansas City. The one-day event, hosted by KC IABC, drew 145 communicators to the Holiday Inn on the Country Club Plaza for professional development, networking and connecting with friends and colleagues. Peg, co-author of The...