How do you know if your social media use is productive or an addiction?

By Denise Donaldson Imagine just 10 years ago, before the advent of smartphones in the late 2000s. Remember when you had to be at your desk to check a post or an email? Largely, you could still escape from your email or messaging (though not texting or a call) by walking away from your desk. […]

5 Tips for Authentic Leadership in Critical Times

By Julie Knight Michele Wolpe, director of Employee Communications at Autodesk, facilitated a roundtable discussion at our recent Idea Exchange meeting, “Unprecedented: Being a Communicator in a Post-Election World.” She offered the following five tips to consider before making a public statement about an issue you feel passionate about. Be Bold. Take a clear stand […]

Communicating in a Fake News World

By Julie Knight If you were President Trump’s PR person, what would your approach be? What steps could United Airlines take to combat recent bad press? Ever wonder if you should take a political or controversial stand in social media? By doing so, could you be risking the next job you seek or turning potential […]

Journey to 2025 and the Questions I Asked Along the Way

By Sue Stoney, VP of Communications, SF IABC On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Bay Area business communicators were treated to a presentation by Lou Hoffman, CEO of the The Hoffman Agency, and Shel Holtz, Principal and founder of Holtz Communications, at the Variety Club Screening Room in San Francisco, a venue that includes a lobby […]

Follow Us on LinkedIn Today!

Exciting news! We’ve started an SF IABC “company” page on LinkedIn and are moving announcements and updates to that page. If you haven’t already checked it out, take a look and be sure to follow SF IABC. You can find the company page here, or simply search for “SF IABC”. Group Discussions The SF IABC […]

President’s Blog: Happy New Year!

  Dear SF IABC members and friends, It may be a new year, but the SF IABC Board made our resolution at the beginning of our board year last July! We committed to constantly find ways to create a better experience for our members. To this end, I’m excited to announce a change related to our […]

Negotiation Tips for Independents 

by Julie Knight Do you always reduce your rate when clients say they have a limited budget? Do you accept every client’s boilerplate contract without question? Those of us not particularly skilled in this area appreciated hearing tips from contract and negotiations expert Sandy Shepard, Esq., who recently spoke at our SF IABC Independent Communicators’ […]

Ethics Is the Heart of Leadership

By Sue Stoney, VP of Communications Three experts on ethics engaged attendees in a lively discussion about ethics and its central importance to the human community—including the realms of government, academia, and corporate—on September 26, 2016, as SF IABC and PRSA partnered to bring Bay Area business communicators a lunchtime event. Meet the Panelists Sally […]

Stuck in an Ethical Crisis? What Do You Do?

By Julie Knight Everyone’s talking about how employees at Wells Fargo were fired for reporting an ethical breach. Have you ever witnessed a colleague or boss violating a company policy and didn’t know what to do? You like the person. You don’t want to get anyone in trouble. Maybe it was an innocent mistake. Maybe […]

Build Your Communications Career – Volunteer!

By Joyce Davis — Especially for those entering the communications field There are so many worthy causes. And because you’re a communications professional, they could probably all use your skills and experience! Besides enlisting your talents to change the world, volunteering can advance your chances for finding your next great job or client. My largest […]