IABC Event – Rápido!

To kick-off 2019, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) invites you to come along to one of our world-famous Rápido events on 30 January.

For those of you that haven’t been to a Rápido before, we arrange a line-up of fantastic speakers and, to keep it lively, they are only allowed to speak for five minutes each on a communications-related topic. Keeping the speakers in line and to time will be our compere for the evening, former President of IABC UK, Stephen Welch.

Topics confirmed:

  • The future is dead, long live the future! – Ezri Carlebach
  • People don’t care. And it’s up to us to fix it – Matt Frost
  • Get over yourself – three catastrophic ways your ego gets in the way – Belinda Gannaway
  • Communicators do more than communicate – Daniel Schraibman
  • The power of followership – Stuart Preston
  • Are you talking to Spock or Homer Simpson? – Jennifer Marsden

This Rápido is being held at Truckles Wine Bar in London. Tickets are free for IABC members and £10 for non-members which includes a drink and nibbles.

Doors open at 6pm and the event will start at 6.30pm.


Ezri Carlebach: Ezri is a consultant, writer and lecturer with a background leading multidisciplinary comms teams in FTSE 100, non-profit, and government organisations. He has been vegan for nearly 10 years, but has never had a Gregg’s vegan sausage roll.

Matt Frost: Matt has nearly 20 years’ experience working with organisations of all shapes, sizes and sectors. His expertise is in developing communication strategies to craft, enhance and deliver compelling employee experiences. Matt’s passion for clear, honest and creative communication has helped some of world’s leading organisations successfully engage their employees at an emotional and intellectual level. In recent years he’s been heavily involved in a number of high profile cultural and change management programs – in the UK, Europe and US. He is viewed as a trusted advisor to company boards, executive teams, unions and management teams and advises on appropriate communications strategies to achieve desired results – whether that is cultural alignment, employee performance or reward participation.

Belinda Gannaway: Belinda is quite loud, nearly always enthusiastic and talks too much. She is strategy director of Fathom XP, a creative network specialising in employer brand and engagement. For fun you can usually find her outdoors. With a background in journalism, PR, marketing and more recently digital transformation, she’s helped to supercharge capability and change programmes for Diageo, Nectar and Jaguar Land Rover among others.

Daniel Schraibman: Daniel helps companies build successful relationships, manage change and deal with crises. He has also bought millions of pounds of sound systems for Land Rover, worked as a journalist in Ghana and is writing a book about his time on a travelling funfair in the US. For more information, here’s his LinkedIn.

Stuart Preston: Stuart joined IDG in 2015, he is responsible for the identification, design, delivery and evaluation of bespoke leadership development programmes. Stuart has led teams in front line commercial roles and as a service provider worked with senior managers to develop individual and organisational capabilities. He has a Certificate in Return on Investment (Jack Philips methodology), Certificate in Coaching (Cognitive Behavioural Techniques), Certificate in Sales Management. He is also a Trained Emotional Intelligence user. He began his career by passing out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and spent 5 years as an officer in the British Army. Clients appreciate Stuart’s innovative but pragmatic approach to development which focuses on behavioural and organisation change that delivers improved performance.

Jennifer Marsden: Jenny has the small task of managing reputation for the energy company, Shell, specifically in New Business Development and Exploration. This requires a combination of impact management, media and community relations. If Shell is buying a business, selling it, leaving or entering a region – Jen is likely somewhere nearby. She has worked on projects across the globe from Alaska to Sakhalin, but these days focusses most of her time on Shell’s new renewables department – Shell New Energies, in particular Offshore Wind. As a Biological Sciences graduate with a Diploma in PR she is passionate about responsible reporting of science. In her spare time she enjoys singing, sailing (only old boats, no ‘plastic’ ones) and skiing.

Pricing: all tickets include first drink and nibbles. Additional drinks can be purchased by guests on the night.


Tickets available here