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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January 2017

Resolution: Elevate Your Personal Brand in 2017

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Young’s Market Company, 14402 Franklin Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780 United States
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Are you among the 47% who make self-improvement-focused New Year’s resolutions? Let us help you keep your resolution to elevate your personal brand in 2017. Experts will be on hand to help you learn and define the elements of your personal brand, cultivate your brand online, and ensure your image is going to help you take your career to the next level. Studio B will also be on hand to help you update that old headshot with a new profile…

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IndyComm: Project Management Skills for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Citrus Café, 1481 Edinger Ave.
Tustin, 92780 United States
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Focus on results Develop skills for reaching project goals on time Identify valuable project management resources that may help your busines How do you manage your projects? Sticky notes? A physical or digital calendar? Some combination of these? As small business owners, we often think we don't have the time or resources to implement project management. But we all have projects from working with a client to building a website, and standardizing our processes can help us be more efficient and…

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February 2017

Unlock the Power of Video Marketing to Share Your Brand’s Message

February 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taps, 13390 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602 United States
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Video marketing is a powerful tool for spreading your message, but how can you be sure you are doing it correctly? What can your brand do with Facebook live?  What types of videos ads convert best on the different social media platforms?  Visual storytelling expert, Jayson Duncan of Miller Farm Media, will explain the different types of video, when to use them, and when video is not the right medium for your message. Jayson will also share best practices for…

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March 2017

IABC/OC March Membership Mixer

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Auld Dubliner, 2497 Park Avenue
Tustin, CA 92782 United States
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Kick off your St. Patrick's celebrating with us! Meet new peers and learn how joining IABC can help expand your world with an array of career resources. Learn how IABC can help you connect with peers and thought leaders globally and locally, advance your career, and keep up with the rapidly changing field of business communications. Join or renew during March and we'll give you 10% off international dues and wave the $40 application fee. You'll also be entered to…

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IndyComm: How to Market Yourself When You’re Used to Marketing Others

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Citrus Café, 1481 Edinger Ave.
Tustin, 92780 United States
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Discussion topics include: Staying top-of-mind with inactive clients Connecting to new prospectsCreating a unique offeringEnjoying networking (imagine that!)Having a LinkedIn profile and sending mailers is no longer enough to stand out in the crowd of independent communicators. As marketers for others, we often find it hard to think about marketing our own businesses. Until now. Set aside the time for yourself and join us for an interactive discussion to learn about new ways you can market your unique capabilities, creatively.Yes, I…

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April 2017

Five Pivotal Moments for Internal Communicators During Major Change

April 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taps, 13390 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602 United States
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Overcoming resistance and keeping everybody motivated and on the same page during major organizational or process/technology change is no small task.  Potent, concise and transparent communications, from the right people and at the right time, can help to significantly ease implementation and ensure adoption.This presentation will walk through five pivotal moments during a change initiative, beginning with the fragile pre-announcement to mid-level managers about the initial planning/discovery steps. Rest assured, there’s some snags along the way to the finish line.Event…

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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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