IABC Discount on Ragan Communications Seminar in St. Louis

Ragan Communications’ presents the Social Media for Nonprofits Summit – a summit that will give you strategies to make social media an integrated part of your communications with advocates, members, media and other stakeholders. Join us at this even on September 9-10 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

Some takeaways of this event include how to: create a uniform brand across social media channels, prepare for and manage an online crisis, measure the value of your social media initiatives and use social media for nonprofit fundraising.

For a limited time, IABC St. Louis members receive a $150 discount – learn more here!

An Evening of Wine and Interesting Ideas

Join IABC St. Louis for an evening of networking, fine wine and dialogue on the power of nonverbal communications.

For more than a decade, TED Conferences, LLC has been fostering the power of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Together with other St. Louis communicators, explore insights from a TED Talks video presentation by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. In the presentation, Amy discusses her latest research on the impact of body language to our hormone levels, feelings and behavior. She illustrates how “power posing” – even when we don’t feel confident – can in fact have a dramatic impact on our chances for success!

Have you been looking forward to reconnecting with your fellow business communicators? Then join us for what will be an intellectually stimulating evening with IABC St. Louis!

When: Thursday, June 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sasha’s on Shaw, 4069 Shaw Ave.  St Louis, MO 63110

Meeting Fees:
$30 – members
$40 – nonmembers
$20 – students

RSVP Here!

About the Presentation
Amy Cuddy is a Harvard Business School professor who studies how we perceive and are influenced by other people and vice versa. Her fascinating work on how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom has won praise worldwide. Amy’s TED Talk on power posing, posted in October 2012, has been streamed over 5 million times and is already one of the all-time most viewed talks on Amy’s work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC and in Fast Company, Harvard Magazine, Wired, The New York Times, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. TIME magazine named Amy as one of 2012’s “Game Changers” and Business Insider chose her as one of the 50 Women Who Are Changing The World in 2013. Amy holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado.

Discovery Premium Content Open to All Members

Reminder: Discovery premium content open to all members

As of January 1, premium Discovery content is available to IABC members for no additional fee. (Previously, subscriptions to premium Discovery were $99 per year.) All members will automatically have access once they log in with their member ID and password. What’s the best Discovery topic you’ve learned about?

Build a Social Business by Empowering Employees on Social Media

Build a Social Business by Empowering Employees on Social Media

by Laura Nicholas

“The digital environment is not a parallel or purely virtual world, but is part of the daily experience of many people.”

Are those the words of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur? Not even close. Pope Benedict XVI said this in his annual message about the importance of human interaction and relationship-building on social networking platforms. The 85-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church now tweets in nine languages and has a YouTube channel. He is in good company with other spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama, who has more than six million Twitter followers, a Facebook page and a YouTube channel.

Read More in the CW Bulletin

February New Member Promotions

February is Worldwide New Member Month

New members can join in February for less – learn about the benefits of joining and join today!

  • New members do not pay application fees in February – this applies to lapsed members who re-join in February AND to corporate members too.
  • New members who enroll in February will also get a free month of membership added to their membership year for each new member they recruit in February.

Learn More >

Don’t Miss Les Landes Speak on Getting to the Heart of Employee Engagement

Save the Date for February 28

Five Reasons to NOT Miss February’s Event:

  1. Meet Les Landes, author of the recently released “Getting to the Heart of Employee Engagement: The Power and Purpose of Imagination and Free Will in the Workplace” and have a chance to win an autographed copy of his book! (You must register by Feb. 18 for your chance to win)
  2. Ask about the 2013 IABC St. Louis Quill Awards
  3. Network with other IABC members and communicators in the St. Louis community.
  4. Eat lunch and learn something new in the middle of your week.
  5. It’s a chance to join IABC and take advantage of all the benefits it has to members!

The Details

When: Thursday, February 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Ces and Judy’s, 10405 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63131
Meeting Fees:
$30 – members
$40 – nonmembers
$20 – students

Register here!

About Our Presenter

Businesses worldwide have been searching feverishly in recent years for the key to unleashing the power of people in the workplace. The reason is obvious: compelling evidence from countless studies has shown the commanding competitive advantage of high-engagement cultures when it comes to virtually every relevant business measure – sales, profitability, quality, customer satisfaction and more. While some attempts have been fruitful, deep-rooted employee engagement continues to elude most organizations.

Les Landes is president of Landes & Associates based in St. Louis. The firm provides an array of services designed to help organizations align marketing communication with employee engagement to improve overall performance. Landes formerly was a program director and creative supervisor with Maritz, Inc., and later was the head of corporate communications for Pet Incorporated before the company was acquired by General Mills.

Les will share fresh insights from his book on human nature at work that set the stage for a breakthrough in optimizing employee performance. He will explain how imagination and free will are inseparably linked – and why understanding that connection is vital to creating a trust-based organizational culture where employees love to work and customers love doing business. He also will touch on essential topics related to employee engagement, such as communication, continuous improvement and performance development.

Call for Speakers Proposals

Call for Speakers – Now Open!

Planning is underway for IABC St. Louis’ annual half-day seminar to be held April 18, 2013!
Today’s communicators are often required to have a wide breadth of skills, with the ability to do more with fewer resources. This half-day seminar will be geared toward communications and marketing professionals who are:

  • New to the industry, looking to acquire relevant skills at low cost
  • Looking to maximize impact on a shoestring budget
  • Seasoned individuals looking for continuous improvement

We are looking for speakers with expertise in the following categories:

  • Strategic Communication
  • Online Communication/Marketing
  • Measurement and Evaluation

If you are interested in presenting at this seminar, please complete this form and submit it to If you have an audience evaluation from a previous presentation you made for a similar group or organization, please submit it with this form. Deadline for requests for speaker proposals is February 1.

2013 IABC St. Louis Quill Awards

Call for Entries Now Open!

You did the work, now earn recognition for excellence in business communication. Show your colleagues your outstanding work and add value to your business and clients with a St. Louis Quill award.

All IABC St. Louis Quill entries are judged by top communicators nationally. You can be very proud of what you’ve accomplished.

You don’t have to be a member to enter. The competition is open to all area business communicators who completed a significant project in 2012. Choose to enter one of 27 categories across three primary divisions: communication management, communication skills and creative.

Winning entries feature clear objectives supporting the organization’s goals, creative communication strategies and effective, measurable results.

How to Enter

The call for entries brochure contains all the details you need on which categories to enter and how to prepare your entry.


Bronze Quill is open to all communications professionals, including freelancers and those working in agencies, nonprofit organizations or corporations. You do NOT have to be an IABC member to enter the competition or attend the awards gala, but members do receive a discount for entry prices.


  • Early Bird (discount) entries: Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Final entry deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • IABC St. Louis Quill celebration: Thursday, May 30

Presenting Sponsor:




Source: IABC St. Louis
John Twombly, Awards Chair
(314) 286-0417

Harnessing Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

A Q&A with Chris Grivas

Chris Grivas is the president of Chris Grivas Consulting, a global consultancy headquartered in Seattle, which focuses on increasing the creative capacity of individuals, teams and organizations. He is also the lead author of The Innovative Team, a business fable that explores how teams can produce breakthrough results despite members’ varied creative styles. Chris Grivas spoke with CW Bulletin Managing Editor Amanda Aiello Beck about different types of creativity and why it’s important for organizations to foster creativity in the workplace.

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Engaging Employees via Mobile Communications

by Jonathan Erwin

Have you ever heard an employee or co-worker say, “I wish our company would stop communicating with me?” Not likely, right? Instead, employees praise companies that keep them in the loop, and gripe and moan when they feel like they were the last to know an important piece of information. How can communicators make sure we consistently communicate with employees, particularly those who are not in a central location?

Quite simply, by communicating with employees about what they want to know—when and where they are most likely to receive that information. Mobile communication has the potential to break the cycle of misinformed and disengaged employees.

As consumers, we are living in a time of unprecedented electronic exposure. Marketers, spammers, social platforms, banner ads, retailers, family, partners and employers all have access to our inboxes, devices, social media profiles and desktops.

But guess what? Most consumers are also employees. If organizations are willing to invest so heavily in mobile and online marketing to attract and engage customers, and if they truly believe marketing will influence sales, they should be investing equally in internal marketing, or employee engagement.

A recent Harvard Business Review article, “The Silent Killer of Big Companies,” detailed the devastating losses that large corporations are suffering due to a lack of clear and concise internal and employee communication. Successful companies are engaging employees by adopting communication methods that bring them closer to employees, promote dialogue and raise employees’ understanding of the company’s strategic initiatives.

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