Have you ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer on IABC chapter, regional or global executive boards? As our focus in June is on transitioning to our new board slates for 2016-17, it is especially timely to consider the benefits of getting more involved in IABC. Our guest blogger, Kira Scharwey, a communications consultant in the energy sector and President-Elect of IABC UK, has plenty of good reasons for you to put your hand up.
IABC relies on the strength of its volunteers. And while there is no doubt that it takes desire and commitment to put time in as a board member, you can get back what you put in tenfold. There are many reasons to consider joining an IABC board.
Gain international connections and opportunities
As an IABC board member, you have access to even more networking and development opportunities, as well as an instant connection with other chapter leaders around the world. Board members are high-achievers in the field of communications and are fun and inspiring, with a wealth of knowledge to share with their teams.
IABC holds global and regional conferences for board members’ professional development such as Leadership Institutes, which foster international connections and allow leaders to learn best practice examples from other chapters.
If you’re a freelancer or work for yourself, IABC offers a team dynamic you don’t get at your day job, where you can benefit from the social element as well as professional support network.
Build skills and experience
Leadership experience from being on a board is useful for your career. Knowing how boards function, including protocols and team dynamics, provides insight into corporate hierarchies and structures of your own company or clients.
You have chances to gain more speaking and presentation experience, as well as practical experience in areas you might want to beef up on your resume.
For example, if you don’t have a strong background in finance, try becoming the board treasurer to gain some skills in that area. Or if you want to become more involved in corporate partnerships or business development within your own company, lead on your IABC chapter’s corporate strategy to build your network and prove your success in this area. Gain international experience on the international executive board or any of its sub-committees.
Help guide your chapter forward
As a board member, you can help drive the strategy and direction of your chapter, region or international executive. Collaborating with your peers creates value for members and not least, yourself.
I have been an IABC chapter Board member for a total of six years, on two continents, and feel very passionately that it has helped both my personal and professional development. Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun.
If any of this sounds of interest to you, please contact your chapter president or email [email protected] to find out more about any opportunities coming up this year or next.