Membership Month Virtual Networking Mixer

We are kicking off IABC Membership Month in style with a FREE virtual networking mixer for our members and professional colleagues on Thursday, October 1, at 5:30 PM CDT. Get to know fellow business communicators from across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, and start building long-lasting connections. It’s the virtual event of the month you do not want to miss!

When: Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Cost: Free

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Guest Blog: How to Record a Podcast Remotely And Get It Right The First Time

By Chris Zaldúa, Courtesy of Descript

Remote interviews are a fact of life for every podcaster, and in today’s era of social distancing, more so than ever. Since you rarely get the chance at an interview do-over, nailing down your remote recording workflow is essential. We’ll show you how to prepare for and record a remote interview, so you get it right the first time — with some additional tips along the way to make sure all your bases are covered. 

Choose the right remote recording setup for your podcast

The first step is to determine the remote recording setup that best suits the format and content of your podcast and your production and editing workflow.

In most cases, your best solution will involve recording remote interviews on Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or a similar online conferencing service. This low-friction setup makes it easy for guests or co-hosts to contribute, but you’ll need to make sure you have the right software to record these interviews.

It’s also wise to make sure you can record phone calls. Phone interviews don’t offer great audio fidelity, but they make a great backup option in case of technical problems or schedule changes. Phone interviews probably won’t be your first choice, but it’s a good idea to be able to record a phone call just in case you need to. 

If you’re recording with the same remote co-host on each episode of your podcast, consider a double-ender setup, in which you and your co-host record your own audio tracks locally and combine them in post-production. For most podcasters, this isn’t the most convenient solution, but it does translate into the highest audio fidelity for you and your co-host.

The best way to record an interview is to prepare for it

When it comes to interviewing — especially remote interviewing — a little preparation goes a long way.

Do some research into your guest’s background, expertise, and projects. Who are they? Why is their work notable? What do you (and in turn, your audience) hope to learn from them?

Putting together a rough outline of the questions you’d like to ask will come in very handy. Write down a handful of specific questions and key points, but keep your outline broad and high-level. That’ll allow you to more easily adapt to the flow of conversation.

Maintaining that conversational flow remotely can be substantially trickier than doing so person-to-person. Prime yourself to listen more than you speak — in particular, try not to interrupt your guest. Editing out awkward silences between speakers is much easier than dealing with too much crosstalk!

When it’s time to record the interview, take a couple final preparatory steps to ensure a clean recording. Close all unnecessary software and set your computer to “Do Not Disturb” mode to make sure unwanted distractions don’t pop up (or worse: end up in the recording).

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A September to Remember: When Communicating a Crisis Gets Personal

By Genma Holmes

My son, Cornelius, days after his accident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

On September 17, 2019, around 3:30 a.m., I was catapulted into another world when I received a frantic call to come to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s adult emergency room. Without knowing any details, I knew the situation was bad because it involved my middle child and youngest son, Cornelius. As I raced to the hospital, the prior few weeks I had spent with him flashed through my mind. He was employed full-time and had re-upped to continue his military service and was on the shortlist for a possible deployment that he seemed somewhat excited about. I had attended his swearing-in ceremony, which was very meaningful to me. He was looking forward to becoming a new homeowner and was scheduled to close on a home in a few weeks. He was also elated over the prospect of becoming a realtor. He was a busy young man making his mark at the age of 28. His future was as bright as the stars above. I was one proud mama!

The road to recovery was long, with doctors telling us that Cornelius might never be able to walk again.

That “mama pride” kept me from collapsing after I walked into the emergency trauma unit. There was no sign of a young man with a bright future on the trauma table. I saw a mangled body with limbs dangling from sockets, wounds with gaping holes oozing with blood, pink flesh where it should have been brown skin, and a face that I only recognized my son’s eyes. I asked the attending nurse, “He was not in Iraq, what happened to him?” I said in utter shock as I was looking at him on the table. Iraq and Afghanistan came to mind because that was the only thing I could relate to that could produce so much damage to the body at once. It was not in Iraq, but down the street, where my son suffered catastrophic injuries from a workplace accident when a 2,500-pound sulfur bag blew up in his face. He received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his upper body, multiple injuries, and deep lacerations to his lower body, especially his knees and legs. At the time I was staring at him on the table, I had not received the news that he probably would not walk. When I grabbed his hands to let him know we were going to get through this, he moaned through barely-there lips, “Mom, I have no face. It is gone! Look at me Mom. I have no face.”

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September Professional Development Event: “Difficult Conversations: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure”

As professional communicators, it is easy to advise others on how to respond in certain situations. But when we find ourselves in challenging conversations with clients, colleagues, or a crisis, are we equipped to react appropriately and set the right example for those who trust our expertise?
Join us Wednesday, September 23, from Noon – 1:00 PM CDT, for an in-depth panel discussion with respected communicators from various industries to learn practical strategies and techniques for maintaining your composure during these challenging workplace conversations. This discussion will include:
▪ 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
  • 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, HCA Healthcare
Free for IABC members and $15 for non-members.

Reserve your spot today!

Recap: “Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk” A Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion

Thank you to everyone that attended our August professional development event, “Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk: A Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion.” In this hour-long panel discussion, the panelists shared their insights on ways of creating a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion while learning more about the racial injustices and prejudices that have impacted our modern world. 
  • Best practices on diversity and inclusion verbal and written communications
  • Strategies on building and working with diverse teams
  • Discuss actionable steps needed to create an inclusive corporate culture and maximize leadership team potential
  • Highlight the positive impact that a diversity strategy can have on an organization’s long-term success with its key stakeholders

We are thrilled that the presenters have provided us with slides from the presentation, which can be downloaded in the link below. Also provided is a recording of the event just in case someone you know missed it.


Webinar Recording

Download Presentation Slides


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