Posted By Tami Wendt, Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I don’t know too much about flowers, but I do appreciate them; especially at this time of year. I’ve been driving a little slower through my neighborhood so I can enjoy the pink and white blossoms on the trees lining the street and the vivid reds and yellows of the tulips and hyacinths popping up everywhere. They make me smile. I’ve been enjoying some of IABC’s“blooms” this Spring as well.

I attended a very successful Meet the Pros event with more than 30 students and young professionals who came to hear from seasoned communications pros. The pros shared their stories and most of the attendees took advantage of the opportunity to talk one on one with them after the presentation. A huge thank you to our pros: Martha Nevanen, Paul Omodt, Paul Nordgren, Paul Maccabee, and Amy Barnett. (yes, we had three Pauls!)

Our Power Lunch webinar on using neuroscience to communicate effectively was presented Amy Posey, a World Conference presenter from Peak Teams and was well-attended. Amy’s presentation was packed with great info and was very engaging. We received great feedback on it. I’m already using some of the information she shared with us.

Last week, we had over 70 people join us for the regional All-Star Communications workshop with Ann Wylie and Shel Holtz. Again, there was great feedback on this event.

While those blooms may be fading, there are more to come. We have monthly luncheons (sign up for next week’s event) as well as some networking opportunities. It’s also time to vote in a new slate of board members for the 2015-16 board year. Please take three minutes to click the link in the email you received and cast your vote.

At the international level, IABC will soon brighten up the look of the organization with the unveiling of a new brand identity. This has been in the works for a couple of years and is the first update in 45 years! For now, the new look is under wraps. Look for the big reveal on June 1.

When I think of all these facets of IABC as flowers, I think they make a brilliant bouquet. I hope you’ll take time to stop and smell IABC’s proverbial roses and experience the many ways they can make your career bloom.

Happy Spring!

Tami Wendt

Chapter President