Are Your Meetings a Waste of Time?

 By Julie Knight “Most of us spend half our work week in meetings, and those meetings are often a waste of time,” says meeting expert Natasha Terk. At last month’s Independent Communicators’ Roundtable meeting, “How to Make Your Next Client Meeting the Best Ever,” Natasha shared best practices for improving the meetings you facilitate. Wake Them […]

Mentoring: The (Not-So) Secret to Your Success

By Iolanthe Denman By now you’ve heard the buzz. Whether you’re fresh out of college, or a seasoned professional, you’re regularly reminded: Mentoring matters. Many organizations and schools have formal programs designed to connect industry and academic leaders with mentees looking to learn and grow. High-profile entrepreneurs, athletes and politicians often credit much of their […]

How to Slay Your Next Client Meeting

By Julie Knight For independent communicators, the impression you make at your first client meeting and every meeting thereafter can make or break your business. Yet, a lot of us are writers, editors and project managers, not public speakers or presenters. We’re often great at promoting others but not great at promoting ourselves. Presentation best […]

Enjoy $200 Off Upcoming Communications Conferences

Advanced Learning Institute Hosts Events in San Francisco There are lots of benefits to being an SF IABC member, and here’s one just in time for the holidays! Enjoy $200 off two upcoming conferences in San Francisco hosted by the Advanced Learning Institute (ALI). SF IABC is proud to partner with these reputable organizations that […]

New City. New Job. New Life.

By Julie Knight After a childhood spent in the suburbs of Chicago and her entire adult life and professional career in the city, Maureen Thompson decided to embark on a new chapter by moving halfway across the country to the Bay Area in October of 2015. To accelerate her transition into the local market, she […]

Words Are Powerful

By Jennel McDonald Words are powerful. Images are powerful. Actions are powerful. They are artifacts of human society and the communicators’ tools that we use to shape our worlds. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen our tools in action – used in both terrifying and hopeful ways. The white supremacists’ demonstration in Charlottesville, VA […]

Tips from Writing Coaches

By Sue Stoney While many of us IABCers write for a living, it’s always fun to learn some new tricks of the trade. Several of our chapter’s top writing coaches and communication consultants came together on Jan. 18, 2017 at Impact Hub in Oakland for an SF IABC Independent Communicators’ Roundtable meeting to share tips […]

President’s Blog: 3 Reasons #whyIloveIABC

By Kamna Narain In my final week as President of the San Francisco chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) I’m reflecting on why this professional association is so near and dear to my heart. #whyIloveIABC There are many reasons to love IABC. Where else can you find a global community that connects, […]

Todd Nelson Finds a Niche in the Cannabis Industry

By Julie Knight You could say Todd Nelson is building his own cannabis empire as the “Pot PR Guy.” After 17 years of award-winning marketing, communications and PR experience, in 2015, Todd decided to re-open a business he ran years ago, TNTpr. Only this time, the business would specialize in cannabis PR. How did a […]

Bidding for Change at eBay

By Julie Knight  How eBay is re-branding itself by turning employees into brand ambassadors. Watch the video below. At SF IABC’s meeting, “Reinvigorating the eBay Brand from the Inside Out,” we got an inside glimpse into how eBay is working to shift perceptions of the company by turning its 12,000 global employees into brand advocates. […]