Be Heard Blog

President’s Letter – May 2014

20 May 2014, by Kate Hardman, ABC in Be Heard Blog, IABC/SD News

This has been a crazy month for San Diegans with the heat waves and wild fires. I hope all of our north county members are safe.

Kate Hardman, ABC

Kate Hardman, ABC

It’s scary when disasters like these strike so close to home.  Beyond impacting our personal situations, communicators are often faced with the critical responsibility of ensuring employees or other stakeholders are informed.

This month, IABC member Anna Davison shares some of her tips on how to make sure your crisis response messaging is as effective as possible . It’s a timely refresh on some key steps we can follow.

At times like these, the power of a communicators’ network also comes into play – leveraging best practices, sharing ideas, pooling information … Our chapter is full of communicators with different backgrounds and specialties that we can draw from. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to make some new connections at our upcoming Speed Networking event details coming soon.

We’re partnering with Ad2 San Diego, American Marketing Association San Diego, and the San Diego Press Club to give you even broader exposure.  And, with raffle prizes including $50 gift cards to Stone Brewery, Seasons 52 and Eureka! there’s even more reason to register.

Next month, Qualcomm’s Employee Communications team will be sharing some of its most successful internal communications programs and initiatives. Hosted in Qualcomm’s on-campus museum, this presentation will focus on how the company is overcoming corporate challenges such as engaging a global workforce, integrating acquired employees and connecting employees with leadership. You’ll leave with tips and ideas you can implement with your own company or clients.

I hope to see you at one of these events. In the meantime, stay cool, and let’s hope San Diego does the same!

-Kate Hardman
President, IABC/San Diego