POSTPONED: Difficult conversations – Keeping your cool under pressure

March 12 1:30 pm CT update:
In light of the most recent updates related to COVID-19, we will be postponing this month’s luncheon. We hope to reschedule this panel for a future date.
We will continue to monitor the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidance for our future events and will update you accordingly.
Thank you for your understanding, and please stay safe out there! 

As professional communicators, it is easy to advise others on how to respond in certain situations. But when we find ourselves in the midst of challenging conversations with clients, colleagues or a crisis, are we equipped to respond appropriately and set the right example for those who trust our expertise?

Join us Wednesday, March 25 for an in-depth panel discussion with respected communicators from a variety of industries sharing their insight into managing difficult conversations. Learn practical strategies and techniques for maintaining your composure during these challenging workplace discussions.

Meet our panelists

Teresa Bailey
Wealth Strategist
Waddell & Associates

Kristin Story Baron, PHR
Director, HR Business Partner, Corporate Shared Services
Loews Hotels

Judith Meyer
Assistant Vice President, Business Risk Solutions, Information Protection and Security
HCA Healthcare

Moderator: Lauren Reed
Founder and President
Reed Public Relations

Event information

Schedule

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Panel Discussion and lunch

Location

Waller Law, Nashville City Center
511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville, TN 37219 

About the event

The panel discussion will cover:

  • Protecting valuable professional relationships despite personal disagreements or challenging interactions.
  • Managing challenging discussions with peers, colleagues and superiors in the workplace.
  • Taking accountability for our role in the direction and outcomes of difficult conversations.
  • Overcoming fear and misunderstanding about financial matters. 

Reserve your spot

Register today – we look forward to seeing you there! 

 


Professional Development Luncheon: The Power of Podcasting

Get into the heads of your audience, literally! Podcasting has become one of the most effective ways to foster brand loyalty with existing customers and build relationships with new ones. Learn how to harness the power of one of the most effective content marketing tools in existence.

Join us Wednesday, February 19 as Christopher Foust guides us through the strategy, tactics and technology of podcasting. If your 2020 marketing goals include trying new platforms or finding creative ways to reach your audiences, this presentation will jump-start your path to achieving those goals.

Event Information

11:30 a.m. – Noon: Networking
Noon – 1 p.m.: Lunch and presentation

Location

Channel to Channel inside the Packaging Plant
Wedgewood-Houston
507 Hagan Street, Suite A
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(Parking available in the gravel lot across the street)

Speaker

Christopher J. Foust
Chief Marketing Officer & Co-Founder
Motus Creative Group

About our speaker: Christopher J. Foust

Christopher J. Foust is the co-founder of Motus Creative Group, a podcast and marketing agency working with some of the largest brands in healthcare, entertainment, retail, and politics. He brings over 17 years of entrepreneurial and marketing experience, assisting organizations of all sizes connect with their ideal clients, mobilize their employees as advocates and do more good in the world through effective branding.

Foust utilizes a diverse background as a touring musician and competitive boxer to construct a fresh outlook and approach to branding and marketing, where innovation and creativity are the most effective forces in achieving success.

Motus Creative Group harnesses the power of podcasting and content marketing to help their partners define their brand message in the marketplace, solidify their authority in their respective industries, and use the podcast platform to increase employee engagement.

Reserve your spot for this informative event. See you there.


“Let Me Get This Straight”: When Identity Politics Becomes Identity Language

Plenty of articles have been written about achieving gender parity in the PR profession. But what nobody’s talking about is the collision course we’re heading for as communicators when gender parity meets gender neutrality. Can we—should we—be gender-agnostic in the workplace? What are the issues? How can communicators influence the conversatio

On January 22,  Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP, took us on a deep-dive into this topic, comparing current AP style guidelines with practical workplace realities. 

Our presenter:
Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP
Director of Communications and Public Relations, Volkert, Inc.

Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP, is at his heart a teacher and a writer but professionally, he has never been either of those. Instead, he has poured his ability into a variety of roles over his 34-year career: editor, missionary, translator, marketing manager, corporate communications manager, and communications director. Currently, Mike leads all internal and external communication at Volkert, Inc., an infrastructure engineering firm based in Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to this position, Mike was an independent consultant with Ideas Abound, LLC, a marketing communications agency that he and his wife Colleen owned and operated.

Mike has been a member of IABC for 23 years, a past president of IABC South Carolina, an Accredited Business Communicator since 2004, and a Strategic Communication Management Professional since October 2018. Mike is also a fluent German speaker and certified translator and interpreter.

His wide range of experience in communication roles–for companies large and small, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, on both sides of the Atlantic, in two languages–equips him with insight on the challenges facing today’s communicators.


Panel discussion: Entrepreneurship in Communications

With the end of the year fast approaching, many business communicators are reflecting on the next steps for their brands and careers. What does it take to launch a freelance career or establish an agency? How can businesses and in-house communicators benefit from hiring a freelancer or agency to help take their brands to the next level?
 
Join us Wednesday, November 13 for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected communications entrepreneurs as they share their insights on what communicators should do when starting their own business, and what in-house communicators should consider when hiring and working with an agency.

Meet our panelists  

 
Janet Kurtz, CHDM
President & Founder, Kurtz Hospitality Marketing
 
Angie Boyd-Chambers
President & Founder, Boyd-Chambers Communications
 
 
 
 
Mike Smith
President, Founder & Chief Marketing Strategist, Conjure
 
 
Moderator: Kellie Davie
Managing Director & Founder, Keycom
Vice President of Professional Development, IABC Nashville

Event information 

Schedule

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

Location

1918 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
 
Saltine is located in the old Blackstone building. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.

About the event   

The panel discussion will include:
  • What to consider when starting your own business in the communications field.
  • Balancing creativity and client work with business operations.
  • Client relations: The good, the bad, and the savvy.
  • How companies and in-house communicators can maximize their agencies for long-term ROI. 

Reserve your spot

Register today – we look forward to seeing you there! 

Thank you to our sponsor!

Special thanks to our November 2019 luncheon sponsor: Keycom


November mixer: End of year holiday soirée

Let’s eat, drink and be merry with the best communicators around! Join IABC Nashville at STK Nashville Thursday, November 7 for our last networking mixer of the year. Enjoy tasty libations, snacks and engaging conversation with fellow communications pros as we celebrate a successful 2019.

Event information

STK Nashville 
700 12th Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37203

Thursday, November 7, 2019 
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Parking / transportation options  

  • Lyft / Uber
  • $5 valet at STK Nashville 
  • Park on your own in a nearby parking lot or metered spot 

Reserve your spot for our last mixer of 2019!

Members are FREE and non-members are $10 to attend! Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door. 

We can’t wait to see you there!


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