Snaps and Snacks with #IABCyxe

Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate with an IABC Saskatoon member benefit.

IABC Saskatoon members are invited to Studio D within The Two Twenty in Riversdale.

You will:

  • Enjoy complimentary appetizers & drinks!
  • Network with other professional communicators, friends and colleagues.
  • Hear Matt Ramage of Studio D photography speak on the importance of good photography.
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Studio D, 220, 20th St. W
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

This event is provided at no cost for IABC members. $20 for non-members.

Register now!

How to Create Powerful and Positive Changes in Your Organization

Steve Goldstein Presented by Steve Goldstein

Dysfunction within large organizations is so prevalent that most people either accept it as an inevitable fact of corporate life or assume someone else will deal with it. But must it be this way? Steve Goldstein answers this question with a resounding, “No!” In this webinar, Goldstein explains the nature of dysfunction present in most companies and other organizations, why it occurs, and most importantly, what leaders, at all levels, can do to tackle these issues and improve performance.

What you’ll learn:

  • Proven techniques for solving problems and improving performance.
  • How to understand and utilize the Five Principles of Engagement.
  • How top leaders can improve the way they interact with their teams, employees, and customers.

Presenter/Steve Goldstein is the chairman of U.S. Auto Sales, and senior adviser to both Alvarez and Marsal and Milestone Partners. He has over 35 years of experience working as an operating executive at both global Fortune 500 companies (including as Chairman and CEO of American Express Bank), has served as director of numerous companies, and advises large and mid-size companies. Goldstein is the author of a newly published book about leadership and engagement, Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? Transform Your Business Using the Five Principles of Engagement.

Date: 12 January 2017
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT / 2–3 p.m. EDT
Free to IABC members

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3 Things You May Have Missed at the IABC YXE Holiday Mixer

by Amy Rederburg

If you weren’t able to attend the IABC Saskatoon Holiday Mixer last night at Bamboo Shoots, you may have missed more than complimentary craft beer, roast chicken artichoke spread and cured-trout crepe roll-ups. From fork-bending mind control to recording a synchronized greeting it was a memorable night.

Here are three things you may have missed at the IABC YXE Holiday Mixer:

  1. A Green-Screen Group Synchronized Greeting

This is what happens when you line up a group of communicators in front of a camera backed by a green screen and ask them to send a greeting.

Have you ever seen a large group of people trying to sync up their voices to make an announcement? I’m not talking about the choir on Christmas Eve… Alisha Edgelow from CBC wanted us to join together and say, “Happy 50th Anniversary IABC Calgary, from IABC Saskatoon. Yeehaw!”

Having come from the radio world where group recordings are never a one-shot deal I know this is never an easy feat. A simple “Happy Anniversary!” wouldn’t suffice. Astonishingly after a few practice runs we did it (really everyone else did – I wasn’t able to catch on). We even added some choreographed fist pumps to make it really pop – thanks to Krystal Rudyk from Saskatoon & Region Home Builders Association for that idea.

Give yourself a pat on the back if you were able to pull that off while still looking cool.

  1. A Mind-Bending Illusionist

Magic, suspense, and… forks. This is what you get when you bring Hadlen into your holiday party. Hadlen’s tagline is “Creating Memories, Changing Lives”. I don’t know if he changed my life last night, but he definitely made a memorable appearance.

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Armed with a deck of cards and a seemingly infinite number of forks, Hadlen took to the crowd with various tricks and illusions that left several IABC members picking their jaws up off the floor.

For instance he pointed a fork at my head and said, “don’t worry I’m not going to hit you” while using his mind powers to bend the tines completely vertical to the handle. What-the-what?!

If you’re curious about using these tricks in your own life, Hadlen runs a podcast on controlling your mind for success.

  1. Someone Overheard Saying “I Want You!”

Little known fact: a holiday mixer is also a hotbed for recruitment.

The free-flowing wine and beer act as a social lubricant to allow future employers to be bold about their intentions with qualified pros. Can you blame them? Many people in the crowd last night have a lot to offer our industry as well as our organization.

Whether you’re looking for a job, a mentor, or a volunteering opportunity in the ‘silly season’ the connections you make now could yield immediate results.

You may have missed one heck of a holiday mixer, but you don’t have to regret it too long. Give IABC yxe a call or get social with us if you want to chat around volunteer opportunities happening NOW and upcoming in 2017!

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amyAmy Rederburg is the owner of Writerburg Content & Copy. She’s been sharing stories and newsletters since she was a geeky teen on her high school’s senior representative council, but received her formal training in both Broadcasting from Mount Royal University in 2007 and communications from the University of Calgary in 2015. A Saskatchewan native, Amy currently lives off the banks of the South Saskatchewan River with her husband, Chris and their lovable ball of fur, Abbey Road. She is into karaoke, crafting, reading, bike trips, and swinging kettlebells in the gym.

 

More Pictures from the Evening

group-picGatherings are always a good time for a group picture.

Raffle prizes & snacksRaffle prizes & snacks!

Fun evening with friends!The green screen can take you and your craft beer many places!

SO MANY raffle prizes and proceeds to the Food Bank!So many raffle prizes! Thank you to our generous sponsors. All proceeds to the Food Bank.

Bamboo Shoots has an amazing team of pros! Thanks for sharing your space & for showing us the green screen technology.Thank you to Bamboo Shoots for hosting our event! What an amazing team of pros!

Playing with the green screenHaving fun with the green screen.

Past-President Alisha welcomes everyonePast-president Alisha Edgelow welcomes everyone to the holiday mixer.

Hadlen's magicHadlen amazes everyone with the many tricks up his sleeve.

Sask Made Marketplace provided amazing samples & fabulous raffle prizesThe ladies from Sask Made Marketplace showcased lovely and local products, as well as provided outstanding raffle prizes and samples.

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A gigantic thank you to our event sponsor CNW Group for supporting our social event and helping us raise $ for the Saskatoon & Saskatchewan Food Banks!
Thank you to all our sponsors Ryde YXE Cycle Studio, Saskatchewan Rush, CBC Saskatchewan, SaskMade Marketplace, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and The Grazing Goat.

Did you know that every cash donation to Saskatchewan food banks are being matched by PotashCorp for the rest of 2016?

Holiday Mixer feat. Hadlen

Attending the Holiday Mixer on Wednesday? You’ll be in great company with other IABC members and communications pros, you’ll have a chance to win fabulous prizes and you’ll get to see local talent, Hadlen.

Get your tickets now! Only limited tickets available.

Magical IABCyxe Holiday Mixer

Get your tickets here!

Join IABC Saskatoon for complimentary drinks and appetizers on December 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Bamboo Shoots, 639 Main Street (between Broadway and Dufferin).

‘Tis the holiday season for a festive crowd.
We’re makin’ it merry, we’re makin’ it loud.

Enjoy fruity punch drinks, wine and beer.
Get your spot quick! You’ll want to be here.

Come and enjoy the tasty appetizers.
A magical night, chock-full with surprises.

Shiny props & magic, as holiday décor.
And a Food Bank collection. Need we say more?

Tickets are $10 for IABC members and $25 for non-members — $10 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Saskatoon Food Bank.

Mix and mingle to a jingling beat with sponsors, speakers, and fellow communications professionals. Entertainment by Hadlen!

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Get your tickets here!

Many thanks to our sponsors:

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You have to be there to have a chance to win these fab prizes!

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Bringing the Organization to Life with Gamification and Persuasive Technology

Join us for a webinar, FREE to IABC members, on 6 December 2016 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT.

The nature of work, business, and the human condition is changing, as game-driven experiences turn boring tasks into addictive experiences. Forbes says that just as nearly every brand and marketer now employs social media, so too will they use Gamification to playfully induce behavior. The systemic cultural embrace of gaming serves as a touchstone into understanding human motivation, impacting Organizational Communications, Social Change, Brand Relationships, and Talent Development.

The session showcases how game-driven technology is making a difference in enhancing brand voice and improving performance, with examples from top companies:

For Business Process: We will look at how immersive avatar-based environments develop critical thinking and judgment to improve communication and performance in sales, leadership, negotiation, crisis response and diversity.

To Predict Behavior: New game platforms use Machine Learning and Big Data assessment to provide visibility into exact areas of behavior and attitude to help organizations accelerate initiatives like transformation, optimization, and margin improvement.

Presenter: Jim Wexler

Jim Wexler uses persuasive technology to deepen engagement, predict talent, change behavior and improve performance. President of Experiences Unlimited, a New York-based leader in the area of game-based learning and games that predict talent, he is an original pioneer of games for business. He created first-ever game-based campaigns for General Mills, Coca-Cola, and Taco Bell, and brought the concept of game-based recruiting and learning simulations to Deloitte, MetLife, Goldman Sachs, and Johnson & Johnson.

Register now!

Media Relations presented by Ivan Muzychka, ABC, MC

Media relations continues to be a vital aspect of many communications programs. Effective media relations should be like a smooth waltz between your organization and media representatives. There’s a few basic steps that everyone should master, and some more advanced footwork that will have you gliding like a pro. This session is designed to help you avoid stepping on toes or otherwise stumbling with the media, or perhaps more importantly, with your stakeholders. In this session, you will: learn how…

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2017 IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C

Meet keynote speaker Jon Iwata, architect of IBM’s strategic brand platforms, at the 2017 IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C.

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The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference will take place 11–14 June 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Join us to learn about innovation from keynote speaker Jon Iwata of IBM. He created Think Academy, a mobile- and cloud-delivered online university serving more than 375,000 IBMers, and led the build-out of IBM’s global digital marketing operations.

Register now!

Celebrating 20 years with IABC Saskatoon!

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Marielle Gauthier recently celebrated her 20th year as an IABC Saskatoon member! So we could better understand her experience as a communicator and her long-term involvement with IABC, she answered these questions.

What do you consider the benefits of being part of IABC?
There are so many benefits of being an IABC member. For me the top benefits are networking; personal connections, professional development; and accreditation. I have made many wonderful friends through IABC whose friendships I cherish to this day. Another benefit for me is knowing that I can contact any IABC member anywhere in the world and they will more than likely graciously help me out or if I am travelling in their part of the world invite me to stop and visit them when in their city. And of course, the opportunity to attend professional development sessions as well as present is also invaluable for me. Accreditation is also a big benefit for communication professionals as it proves a certain level of knowledge, expertise and execution.

How did you first get involved with IABC?
My first involvement with IABC Saskatoon was when I volunteered myself as a “floater” on the IABC executive. Just a few weeks later, the new president moved away. Guess who “floated” to the role as president?

How would someone you know describe you?
Those who know me well, I think would describe me as kind, generous, determined, tenacious, adventurous and always looking for a new fun experience and a good laugh.

What do you do when you aren’t working?
I am at the gym, spending time with friends and family, travelling, doing volunteer work, taking photos, hiking, reading or relaxing.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I used to work as a meteorological technician with Environment Canada and was stationed in the very high arctic, Eureka on Ellesmere Island. While there I explored the area with my camera and took photos of the amazing landscape. I also had many unique experiences including 24 hour darkness; being completely engulfed by a fog bank; and sliding down an iceberg.

What are you currently working on?
Besides offering communication services, I also offer executive and team coaching services. I became a professional coach in 2006 and was accredited as an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation in 2014. I am currently taking a new coaching course called ‘Conversational Intelligence’ (C-IQ) which builds upon my neuroscience knowledge. C-IQ brings my passions of communications and coaching together – helping individuals and organizations to have more productive conversations, increase engagement and trust, and improve relationships. It is my goal to become a certified Conversational Intelligence coach.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about being an IABC member?
Just do it. IABC is an invaluable resource on so many levels. You will meet great people who are generous with their time and knowledge.

What advice do you have for other chapter members?
Keep learning and sharing. By helping others become the best communicator they can become makes our Chapter, our members and our industry stronger.

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Thanks for being a great part of IABC Saskatoon, Marielle!

As Marielle says, “Just do it.” Join IABC Saskatoon to develop your career, network with local communication professionals and participate in accreditation, awards and professional development opportunities. Contact yxe-membership@iabc.com to learn more.

You can help shape the future of IABC Saskatoon

We are looking for your feedback to ensure the IABC Saskatoon chapter delivers events and benefits to best meet your interests and needs. Please take 5-10 minutes and complete our membership and colleague survey.

Not only will your opinions help guide decisions that will impact your chapter, you’ll have the chance to win a $50 gift card to Cut Casual Steak and Tap.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/iabcyxe2016
The survey will be open until Monday, June 20, 2016. So don’t delay!