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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

By: Jennifer Hellman, Goff Public, Chief Operating Officer and Principal We live in a world with a highly charged political atmosphere and an increasing desire for companies and their leaders to be authentic and outspoken about their beliefs in real time. Because of this, businesses and brands are spending more time considering when to enter […]

If you attended Convergence this year, you probably recall Victoria Dew’s closing keynote. She spoke passionately about the role communicators play in shepherding change within their organizations. Not in modest, incremental ways, but as bold agents who enthusiastically assume responsibilities in a new paradigm. Her message resonates now perhaps more than ever, as the pace […]

At the last IABC-MN event, Lars Leafblad discussed how a core set of values and learning mindset are far more important than a strategic plan for career growth. And now, Aaron Zaslofsky of Wheelhouse Communications, gives us an inside look on how to use those skills to build peer-like relationships with leaders – a need […]

We could all use a little help in building our careers – identifying what’s next. And few people know more about how to do just that than Lars Leafblad, Co-Founder and Principal at Ballinger | Leafblad, Inc. Lars will share his expertise on how to reinvigorate your communications career at IABC’s lunch event on April […]

May We Talk?

March 1, 2019

Words that almost no one likes to hear – may we talk? The associated feeling is one of inadequacy, misstep or fault. Cringe. But isn’t that what we ultimately crave most? To talk, to connect, to establish community and to ultimately build deeper relationships? It’s our role as communications, marketing and PR professionals to open […]

I love competition. In life. In business. And in sports. And as a veteran communication professional, it’s hard to leverage this competitive fire for generating more business or for helping others communicate their goals. One day at one my daughter’s volleyball matches, I was thinking, they train and train to get better. Then they have […]

The 2019 Covergence Summit (cosponsored by IABC Minnesota and the Minnesota Journalism Center at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota) takes place Thursday, March 28, 2019. Get special pricing for the Convergence Summit by registering now (Member $229, Nonmember $299). Special pricing ends February 28 so hurry and register! Nonmembers can take advantage […]

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