Learning and Professional Development Opportunities

IABC Orange County provides a myriad of opportunities for learning and professional development. Our monthly Network and Knowledge Series features outstanding speakers on relevant topics, and our affiliation with the International Association of Business Communicators worldwide provides members with access to information on Gold and Silver Quill Awards, communications certifications, online magazines and the IABC World Conference.

Each month, the Network and Knowledge Series highlights a top speaker or panel to share insight and tips with communicators  as well as networking opportunities. Topics cover everything from social media to branding to crisis communications. Check the IABC-OC event calendar to see what we have coming up. We hope you can join us! 

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May 2017

Keeping It Real in an Increasingly Unreal World

May 10 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taps, 13390 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602 United States
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As professional communicators, the struggle with how to best handle controversies and difficult issues that, if not handled appropriately, can significantly impact our company's or our client's brand and reputation is all too real. How do we guide the actions of our teams, including our executives, and maintain consistent, responsible, ethical and legal choices through difficult times?Join our distinguished panel of experts for our May 10 luncheon at Taps in Irvine as we take an in-depth look at strategies and…

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Free Webinar: The Changing Face of Crisis in the Digital Age

May 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Solution provider webinar: The Changing Face of Crisis in the Digital Age. Presented by Gerard BraudIn a single week, Pepsi pulled down a major ad campaign, the president's press secretary was forced to apologize, and United Airlines experienced a $1.4 Billion dollar drop in their stock value because of the viral video showing a passenger being dragged from a plane.The common factor: Social media brought pressure on each of these entities in ways that none of them were prepared to…

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Inside the Client’s Mind: Q&A with REAL PEOPLE who hire consultants like YOU!

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Citrus Café, 1481 Edinger Ave.
Tustin, 92780 United States
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Ever wonder what potential clients really think about? What matters most -- price, quality, responsiveness or something else?What makes them willing to cultivate long-term partnerships with certain consultants -- and not others?What makes them say "wow" when dealing with a new or current independent contractor? Join IABC's IndyComm group on Thursday, May 25 for a rousing Q&A session with a panel of local professionals who have hired independent consultants for a variety of projects. Learn:  The types of projects they’ve…

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June 2017

Networking Best Practices

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
JT Schmid’s, 2415 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782 United States
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Networking is crucial in business, whether you're looking for new clients, resources, or that next job opportunity. But are you networking effectively?Join us Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. when we will explore best practices with Sven Johnston of Gigasavvy. You'll learn how to effectively engage others, establish the right message, and get you in front of the right audience. Event fees: Please register by noon Monday, June 19, to secure your entree selection and pricing below. Registrations received after this…

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July 2017

July: Summer Break! No Meeting This Month

July 1 - July 31
August 2017

August: Summer Mixer at The Farmhouse

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625 United States
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Celebrate summer with IABC Orange County as we mix and mingle at one of the newest hot spots in the OC - the Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens. Enjoy the beauty of Roger's Gardens while catching up with acquaintances and expanding your network of peers. Sip on a complimentary glass of wine, nibble on farm fresh appetizers and build partnerships with our sponsors representing a variety of services including Taylor Digital. All this under a canopy of stars - it will…

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September 2017

Target Customers, Not Titles: Know Your Buyer Personas

September 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taps, 13390 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602 United States
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Powered by EventbriteBuyer personas (sometimes referred to as marketing personas) are fictional, generalized representations of your ideal customers. Buyer personas help define pains, interests, and concerns of your current and prospective customers. Having a deep understanding of your buyer personas is critical to content creation, marketing, sales, and brand evangelism. The Buyer Journey is unique for each Buyer Persona. Andy Etemadi, CEO of EYEMAGINE, an award-winning full-service marketing agency and a HubSpot Platinum Partner, will offer insights on how to…

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IndyComm Freelancer Roundtable: Learn & Share Valuable Tips for Success

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tustin, CA,

Join us for a special roundtable discussion about the ins & outs of the freelance life. What did you ask yourself before getting started? How did you know you were ready to make the leap? Can you make a living as a freelancer? Where do I find clients? How can I keep my freelance business thriving? Who can I ask for advice about my freelance work? Many IABC members are successful freelancers, while others aspire to join their ranks. Let's…

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October 2017

Engaging Employees in the Digital Age

October 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taps, 13390 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602 United States
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Are your internal communication strategies keeping up with the digital age?  In a world where people share and connect via online communities outside of work, are you providing a similar forum for your employees internally? Learn the differences between a network and a community and how you can use tools like communities to bring organizations together, give employees a voice, crowdsource ideas and much more. Ciara O'Keeffe will also describe the necessary skills and attributes for a strategic Community Manager. Key…

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November 2017

Communicating the Value Proposition of Corporate Social Responsibility

November 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Pacific Life Insurance Company, 700 Newport Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92660 United States
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As corporate social responsibility (CSR) continues to grow in strategic importance to the business world, communications professionals are increasingly being asked to not only manage these initiatives, but present a business case for them to the C-Suite.How do communication practitioners from the corporate and nonprofit sector equip themselves for success?Join the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) - Orange County Chapter and OneOC as we present the 2017 Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility.Conveniently scheduled as an extended lunch, attendees will…

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