12-Dec-2012

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Welcome to a special holiday issue of What’s New. Our holiday gift to you includes 12 very special updates and feature stories. Please enjoy the 12 Days of IABC.

On the twelfth day of December IABC gave to me…
Twelve tweets a tweeting
Eleven updates ringing
Ten words-offending
Nine writers writing
Eight volunteer-a-volunteering
Seven sins-a-sinning
Six Silver Leafs-a-wining
Five Golden Rules
Four accreditation updates
Three board positions
Two mentorship opportunities
And a strategic plan for the next three years


Twelve tweets a tweeting – hash tag conversations

The twitterverse is a buzz this holiday season. Get in on the conversation. IABC/Regina presents Twelve tweets a tweeting, a series of twelve hash tag discussion topics. Join in on the conversation and see what other communicators have to say.

Tag your tweet with one of our hash tags and get in on the conversation. Discussion topics include:
• #IfCommunicatorsRuledTheWorld (If Communicators Ruled The World)
• #FridayAt4Fires (Friday At 4 Fires)
• #MyFavouriteCommsTip (My Favourite Communications Tip)
• #PetPeeveGrammarErrors (#Pet Peeve Grammar Errors)
• #HeadlineBlunders (Headline Blunders)
• #PhotoBlunders (Photo Blunders)

For a full list of hash tag discussion topics and program details follow us on Twitter @iabcregina or visit our website.

Eleven updates ringing – updates worth reading

IABC has been busy both at the International and at the Chapter level. Check out these eleven updates you won’t want to miss including:
International Strategy Update Video from Chris and Kirby – don’t miss this update.
Member Dues Update – International dues are going up by $5 or less
Call for Gold Quill Entries – show off your best work!
Tell us what you think of this issue! – Take this short survey.

Full list of updates is available on the website:
www.iabcregina.ca/announcements/eleven-iabc-update-worth-checking-out

Ten words offending – a little humour added to common mistakes

As communicators we see writing blunders and offences all the time. To spread some holiday cheer and laughter we invite you to check out 10 commonly misspelled and misused words as illustrated by The Oatmeal.
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

Nine Writers Writing – call for volunteer writers


Tap in to your inner writer! IABC/Regina is looking to build a pool of volunteer writers to help with everything for feature stories to website articles. If you are interested in volunteering for our chapter and want to sharpen your writing skills this is a great opportunity. Visit our website to learn more and download the volunteer application form.
www.iabcregina.ca/announcements/volunteer-writers-needed

Eight Volunteer-a-Volunteering – eight reasons to volunteer with IABC


No matter what your pleasure: writing, event planning, social media, etc. we’ve got a volunteer opportunity that will be right for you! Here are eight reasons why you should volunteer with IABC/Regina:
http://www.iabcregina.ca/volunteers

Seven sins-a-sinning – common writing sins from Steve Crescenzo


Straight from Communication World, Steve Crescenzo brings us the seven faux-pas when writing for organizations. Do you burying the interesting stuff? Are you guilty of producing unconversational quotes? Check out this piece and make sure you are more committing one of the seven deadly sins of writing.
http://www.iabcregina.ca/announcements/seven-deadly-writing-sins

Six Silver Leafs-a-winning – recognizing Regina recipients


On November 1, IABC presented 60 Silver Leaf Awards in recognition of outstanding achievement in Canadian communications this year. Six remarkable Saskatchewan projects were among the winners.

See which projects and which Reginans were honoured with this award.
http://www.iabcregina.ca/programs

Five Golden Rules… for SMART objectives


It’s a staple of all communications strategies but the acronym can often be overlooked when pressed for time. Nevertheless, SMART objective are ones that are effective, practical and meaningful so take those extra few seconds to make sure that your communications objectives are:
Specific,
Measurable,
Attainable,
Realistic and
Time-limited.

Visit our website to learn more about SMART objectives and how to make writing them second nature:
www.iabcregina.ca/announcements/five-golden-rules-for-smart-objectives

Four Accreditation Updates


IABC International has recently outlined a sizeable update to the IABC Accreditation Program. Check out these four highlights and be sure to direct your questions or comments about the IABC Accreditation Program revision process to: recognition@iabc.com.

www.iabcregina.ca/announcements/accreditation-update

Three Board Positions


The IABC/Regina team needs your help! We have three vacant board positions for the membership and volunteers portfolios and we need your help to fill them. If you are interesting in helping with member recruitment, member retention or volunteer management don’t miss out on these great opportunities!

Full details about each position are available on the website:
http://www.iabcregina.ca/announcements/three-board-positions-open

We are also looking for an Awards Program Co-Chair and an Accreditation Chair. For more information about these volunteer opportunities please visit our website:
www.iabcregina.ca/announcements/call-for-board-volunteers-1

Two Mentorship Opportunities


IABC/Regina is pleased to announce the second iteration of the Communications Challenge Mentorship Program! This program provides seasoned communication professionals the opportunity to guide and mentor junior IABC members to develop their skills and help solve a communications challenge for a local non-profit organization. We are looking for seasoned professions to act as mentors and junior communicators to participate in the program as mentees.

Teams will have from January 1 to March 22, 2013 to develop a strategic communications plan to provide to their non-profit organization to help address a particular communications challenge that organization is facing. Deadline to apply to the program is December 15, 2012 and teams will be matched by the end of December.

If you or someone you know would be a good fit as a non-profit, mentor or mentee please be sure to apply to the program. Application forms and full program details can be found on our website:
www.iabcregina.ca/Programs/mentorshipchallenge

And a strategic plan for the next three years


Did you know that every three years the board develops a strategic plan to help guide our chapter? This year with the help of Helga Hein the board was able to deliver an updated mission and vision and a new strategic plan that aligns with the three pillars of IABC International.

Learn more about the plan and how we are connecting members through learning, networking and mentoring opportunities, while promoting business communications standards.

For a full update visit our website:
http://www.iabcregina.ca/about-us