05May 2020

By: Camie Melton Hanily, IABC-MN President Our heroes today are health care workers, delivery drivers and grocery store employees. Many have made remarkable sacrifices to care for our communities during this COVID-19 pandemic, and we cannot thank them enough. I want to thank one other group of professionals who are stepping up to help: our […]

29Apr 2020

Author: Kim Ramsden, IABC-MN, Communications Director  Communicators are tired. Some of us, especially those working inside global companies, have been working on COVID-19-related communications on top of already busy jobs since February. Each of us is juggling a variety of stresses in these challenging times.  Video conferencing has been a lifeline for businesses during the […]

10Mar 2020

By: Irene Connors, Blogger Tools that use artificial intelligence (AI) have great potential to help people improve their performance in the workplace and make a difference in the bottom line. For example, AI is used in everyday tools such as virtual assistants (Alexa and Siri), media streaming services and navigation applications. However, AI might not be […]

06Mar 2020

By Mike Worthington, Vice President of Sales, Bolger Bolger is a sponsor of the 2020 Convergence Summit. Be sure to stop by their booth to pick up your personalized Convergence Summit notebook and learn more about their services including SmartQ. Many organizations, particularly those with user communities of employees, partners, and customers, face the challenge […]

11Feb 2020

Bridget Nelson Monroe, vice president at Bellmont Partners For communications professionals who work in nonprofits, it’s no surprise that there are unique challenges that come with the territory. Whether it’s a lack of financial resources or a lack of communications personnel on staff to help harness and share your organization’s story, it can be an […]

22Jan 2020

By: Carmen Ramson-Herzing, IABC-MN, mentorship director When Sue Otten asked our SW Masterminds group for volunteers to start a mentorship program, I was one of three members at the table to hesitantly raise a hand. While I loved the idea, I have a knack for over-extending myself with enthusiastic (but sometimes unrealistic) optimism for my […]

02Dec 2019

By: Paul Omodt, IABC-MN board member For the past four years, I’ve found one day each year to be particularly valuable to me as a communications professional: IABC Minnesota’s annual CONVERGENCE Summit conference. CONVERGENCE Summit brings together the Midwest’s leading communicators, public relations educators, and communication researchers who eagerly share what is new and fresh […]

24Oct 2019

By: Ianthe Zabel, IABC Board, Secretary As a relative newcomer to Minnesota (four years and counting), I was at first surprised to learn about the mid-October break a mere month or so after the school year starts. But just as I learned about ice dams, how to cross country ski, and that Minnesota summers are […]

22Oct 2019

A Magical Voicemail…

October 22, 2019

By: Lisa-Marie Hanson (Facilitator and Speaker Coach) A long time ago – in a land far away, I conducted my first train-the-trainer session (okay, it was about ahem, 25 years ago). Everyone selected to be on the facilitation team didn’t come from training or facilitation backgrounds, but instead were subject matter experts with no real […]

03Sep 2019

By: Rose McKinney, Founder & CEO, Pineapple RM Long before personal branding was recognized as a career necessity, I had a few experiences that prompted me to think about how I presented myself – in front of clients, in working with colleagues, in job searches, in performance reviews, in new business pitches. In everything, and […]

05Aug 2019

By Camie Melton Hanily, president, IABC-MN I can’t remember the last time I made a New Year’s resolution. I’m not opposed to them. I just don’t want to say I’m committing to something unless I’m really serious about it, and—at least for me—the busy holiday season is not the ideal time for self reflection and […]

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