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Canberra communication professionals series: Melanie Gibbons

9 Jun 2020

For the last six months, Melanie Gibbons has been profiling Canberra communication professionals on her blog. We turned the tables on her and asked her to answer her own questions. Tell us about your role. I started Elm Communications two years ago (this week!) after leaving the public service. Elm is a strategic communications consultancy working primarily with government clients. I have been lucky enough to work with large and small government agencies on some really interesting pro..... Read more »

Free COVID-19 communication resources

18 Apr 2020

I won't bother with all the usual platitudes about 'crazy times' and 'unprecedented events'. As all communicators know, sh*t got real very quickly and aside from the fabulous medical professionals, who did the rest of the world turn to make sense of it all? That's right, communicators. We are lucky to be in a position to make a real difference to people in this difficult time. We just need to do it quickly. Lucky for us in Australia we are a few weeks behind from a communicati..... Read more »

From passive to purposeful: get the most out of your IABC membership

21 Mar 2020

Here in Canberra, we have a huge number of skilled, passionate, communication professionals with energy and desire to enhance their skills and networks. But. Many of us are part of a culture that devolves responsibility for career development to our employers. Ask a colleague to attend an event, and you might get: 'I’ll see what the boss thinks,' or 'I’ll see if there are funds available.' While it’s true that we do need the partnership of our employer in growing our..... Read more »

Winning awards in Austin!

11 Mar 2020

During February, IABC Canberra was awarded a Chapter Management Award for our 2019 Corporate Rebels event! More than 250 people attended the talk at the National Gallery of Australia to learn about shaking up our workplaces and the way we work. It was our biggest event of the year. https://twitter.com/IABCCanberra/status/1230672748311203841 IABC Canberra President, Amanda Dennett, attended the awards presentation in Austin, Texas. It was a 70s themed event, to celebrate the 50th anniver..... Read more »

Communicating in a crisis recovery world

13 Feb 2020

By now most of us are back at work in the capital after what has been an unprecedented summer of disaster and stress. That is, if you weren't called back to work to assist with the immediate crisis response—many communicators at some of our largest government departments were involved in the initial crisis response.  Each of us were either directly or indirectly touched in some way by the events of the last two months, and all of us were robbed of the holiday break or downtime we were..... Read more »

Communicators in the bushfire crisis

19 Jan 2020

Communicators from government agencies, businesses and volunteer organisations have played an essential role throughout the bushfire crisis, ensuring the public and media have been kept up to date with relevant, timely information and providing reassurance and critical public safety messages. We acknowledge the work of IABC members who are involved in the response in both professional and voluntary capacities. IABC Canberra member Danielle Bevins-Sundvall from KPMG is a Public Affairs..... Read more »

2020 vision: the newsroom approach amping up comms

18 Jan 2020

One of the greatest challenges for the modern communicator is how to keep it simple and authentic without getting distracted by the shiny objects of digital media. In 2020, we can expect to see an expanding divide between organisations and leaders who communicate simply, strategically and sustainably, and those who take a scattergun approach for equally patchy returns. Platforms, be it TikTok, YouTube or Facebook, will continue to be important to reach defined audiences. However, the ..... Read more »

Event wrap-up: our end of year celebration

23 Dec 2019

Together with our principal partner Isentia, we welcomed our IABC Canberra community to mark another huge 12 months on the communication calendar. And what better way to celebrate than with canapes and drinks at the exclusive QT Lounge, with stunning views over the city? During the evening we had the opportunity to acknowledge the brilliant work of our outgoing president, Alison Senti, and the contributions of our wonderful members. We were thrilled to have Isentia's Vanessa Vartt..... Read more »

Summer comms content: President’s edition

19 Dec 2019

We asked our new president Amanda Dennett a couple of questions to find out what comms content she's devouring this summer...  What are you reading? Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling by Gabrielle Dolan. I was lucky enough to score a free copy of this book when I attended the IABC APAC Fusion Conference in Singapore in 2017, but embarrassingly it has remained on my 'to read' pile of books by the bed since then. I heard Gabrielle spe..... Read more »

2019 President’s Report

19 Nov 2019

It’s been another a busy year for IABC Canberra and the communication community we serve. During 2019 some significant events have shaped the town we live and work in: a ‘miraculous’ federal election result; our most trusted institutions, the major banks, were handed down a damning report card; our rivers and waterways are suffering and so too are our farmers. We’ve seen the rise of the citizen and a new fervor in protesting for climate and rights; shockwaves from across the ditch a..... Read more »

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