November member newsletter

Dear member,

As we’re locked down for a second time, everything may feel a little bleak. When I think about the last lockdown, I reflect on how much my IABC membership got me through those months. The Virtual Networking Drinks were both light-hearted and great for sharing insights during that crazy time. Plus knowing that I had access to a global network of peers in the industry made me feel connected and part of a team (even though I was self-employed and working from home for the first time in my career.) I wholeheartedly urge you to stay connected and make the most of your membership in the coming weeks – we have lots of great things to help you keep progressing, even when everything feels like it’s standing still here in the UK & Ireland.
25 November Future Fit 2020: How Communicators Can Seize Tomorrow
Finally it’s here! We had to postpone our annual Future Fit event back in June, but we’ve taken the decision to deliver this flagship event from IABC UK&I, virtually, on 25 November. So far, our line up of speakers includes Futurist Matt O’Neill and DE&I expert Katrina Marshall. Our speakers will share their unique insights on future trends in PR, DE&I, Crisis Comms, Neurocomms, where AR is taking the communicator and much more. An event designed to help communicators seize tomorrow and stay Future Fit. Book your free member place here. 
12 November Virtual Networking Drinks
As I mentioned above, the IABC UK&I Virtual Networking events kept me pepped-up during the last lockdown. So grab a glass of something you love and log in on 12 November at 6pm, to chat with your peers and hear from an inspirational speaker. It’s friendly and fun, I promise! Register here.
Inclusion and Gender Webinar
Last week, IABC EMENA Region hosted the first in a series of events on Inclusion. I found the discussion fascinating as the panelists shared from their own experiences so candidly and they explored some really inetersting angles. As Gloria Walker described in her blog“The webinar focused on inclusion from a gender perspective, particularly how women are affected in their careers generally and in the communication field specifically.” Panel members were Ann-Marie Blake from London, Alex Malouf from the UAE, and Dr. Ana Adi from Berlin. Watch the recording of the webinarhere.
Who’s Listening?
You may be familiar with the great work on Listening for Communicators by IABC UK&I Board members Mike Pounsford and Howard Krais, alongside Kevin Ruck. They aim to take their exploration even deeper with this next tranche of research, beginning with a survey for IABC members to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Listening_to_employees
Please do complete this if you can, it’s designed to discover how organisations listen to their employees and should take around 10 minutes to complete. To catch up with the research so far you can find the two Listening Reports that this team have already produced, here:
Does Your Work Reach the Gold Quill Standard?
Another gentle reminder that the Gold Quill Awards are open for entries now, with the deadline being 20 January 2021, more detailshere.
State of the Sector Report
Lastly, are you familiar with the annual Gatehouse State of the Sector report? It provides extremely useful insights into trends in our industry, which will be shared with us from February next year. In the meantime, they need your help in providing the data. Their survey takes around 15 minutes to complete, but if you could that would be great, as we all get to benefit from the results! Find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/stateofthesector2021
Looking forward to staying connected with you, please do get in touch with your comments and ideas!
Best wishes
Sarah Harrison
President IABC UK&I
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