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 […]

Join Us at Our Next Networking 9 Dinner!

Networking 9 meetings are a low-stress way to share dinner, conversation and ideas with a small group of fellow IABC members. Check out the video below and sign up today for our March 13 dinners in San Francisco and Walnut Creek. (Members only.)  Learn more about Networking 9, and other benefits members enjoy here.

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 […]

Simone Toth’s Excellent IABC Adventure

By Ayanna N.S. Anderson Simone Toth loves being in perpetual motion. Simone and her family have moved around, “more times than folks would believe.” Recently, when Simone’s husband was offered a job in San Francisco that he couldn’t turn down, the wheels of motion began to turn again—time for the coast. Braving the winter elements, […]

Taking Our Businesses to the Next Level

By Sue Stoney How do you take your business “to the next level?” At November’s Independent Communicators’ Roundtable (ICR) meeting, attendees learned tips and tricks from experts on how to be at the top of our game. Here are a few key takeaways: Struggling with keeping track of hours and invoicing? Use technology. WePay, PayPal […]

Lessons Cancer Taught Me

By Julie Knight Stacy Lavilla already had meaningful work before her breast cancer diagnosis five years ago. Her cancer battle only intensified her search for meaning and life balance. At the time, the 43-year-old, a single mother of two kids, was working as communication director for AAPCHO, a nonprofit whose mission is to help communities gain […]

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 […]

Soaring to Higher Heights

IABC meeting rewind: Panelists share insights from the changing world of corporate social responsibility. Watch the video below. By Ayanna Anderson Excitement was in the crisp autumn air on Oct. 5, as 91 members from SF IABC, PRSA, and sfBIG gathered at the Oakland Zoo for a first-ever panel discussion on the changing world of […]

At the Pentagon on 9/11

By Julie Knight Anne Skelly will never forget one of the most harrowing days of her career — working inside the Pentagon when Flight 77 hit the building. At the time, she was an Air Force major and a speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, as well as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. […]