Spotlight on Saskatchewan: Learn from the Master (Communicators)

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Spotlight on Saskatchewan: Learn from the Master (Communicators)


If you’re looking for some tips to enhance your skills as a communication professional, you’ll want to hear this: on Wednesday, Feb. 24, expert communicators Kellie Garrett and Anna Marie Willey will be providing top-notch career advice at an interactive noon-hour event brought to you by IABC/Regina. And registration is now open!

Kellie and Anna Marie have, quite literally, mastered the discipline as designated Master Communicators. As well-respected communication leaders, they both have a world of useful knowledge to impart to other communication practitioners who might be looking to take that next step in their chosen profession.

We caught up with Kellie and Anna Marie to see if they might want to share one or two tips pre-event to help provide members with a sense of what to expect at the Feb. 24 session. Here’s what they had to say:

Q: How would you advise a young communicator who has leadership aspirations?

Anna Marie: Be part of great organizations with excellent leaders and dynamic teams. Be willing to tackle complex projects and assignments. Embrace change and new opportunities. Find a mentor, understand leadership competencies and styles, and never stop learning. Be strategic and keep current with research, technology and audience/environmental trends.

Kellie: The advice is the same for everyone: learn about business, play well with others, shine in your current job, and choose to find work interesting.

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve received?

Kellie: Respond quickly to requests. Think of what other information you require to accurately assess how long it will take you to deliver and ask that right away and in writing. This provides a sense to the requestor that you’re on the ball and already thinking about how to help.

Anna Marie: Each role has been unique. I am fortunate to have learned so much from many great leaders and fantastic teams along life’s way. Regardless of where one is along their career path, be open-minded and do your best. Expand your professional worldview through strong networks like IABC, and ensure family priorities are always first. Keep organized. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

Q: What are you looking forward to most about the Feb. 24 session?

Anna Marie: I look forward to an opportunity to meet communication professionals who are at any stage of their career and interested in reflecting upon their own career path. It will be reflective, open, engaging dialogue.

Kellie: I’m looking forward to sharing ideas about how to help communicators to shine and advance their careers.

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