IABC’s professional network serves as a vibrant resource to:
Make A Bigger Impact in Your Job
Tap into thousands of years of collective experience of your peers for new ideas, fresh insights, and problem solving assistance.
Find the Hidden Job Market
Looking for the next step in your career? Networking online and face-to-face will help you uncover the hidden job market for communication professionals. Not to mention the job listings at www.iabc.com.
Enhance Your Skills
IABC’s web site contains a robust library of how-to articles and case studies of successful communication in the real world. Available to members only and accessible 24 hours a day, this content can help guide you through countless professional situations and challenges. Moreover, professional development sessions on a wide variety of topics are available at member prices and are offered in the classroom, as well as over the web or phone. For reference or cover-to-cover reading are IABC’s Knowledge Resource manuals, also at significant member discounts.
Find Clients, Find Friends
If you’re a freelancer, IABC is a great place to find clients. And if you’re looking to expand your social network, there’s no better place than an IABC chapter.
Networking with other communicators is one of the primary benefits of IABC membership. IABC offers opportunities to network with members around the world through the IABC web site, as well as face-to-face at chapter events, the annual International Conference held in June of each year, and professional development seminars held at various times and locations throughout the year.
MemberSpeak is the meeting place for IABC members around the world. A high-powered posting area on the web site, MemberSpeak is where you can trade ideas, solicit advice and input, debate strategies, and share information with your peers…unconstrained by geography and time differences.
Online Directory of IABC Members
IABC’s online member directory includes members’ address, phone, and fax information, and is fully searchable on a number of parameters such as industry, company, or geography. You can even email other members through our confidential technology.
IABC offers over 100 local chapters for face-to-face networking and professional development. IABC/Arkansas is one such chapter, offering you local networking opportunities, professional development workshops and the annual Bronze Quill Awards which recognizes excellence in the field of communications.
IABC offers plentiful resources to hone your skills, learn from the experiences of others, and study new areas of interest.
My Communication (MyComm for short) is an online strategic planning tool available only to IABC members. MyComm takes users through a six-step process that results in a comprehensive, strategic communication plan. The tool also allows users to share and collaborate on plans via the web.
Communication World Magazine
This digital magazine is chock full of detailed case studies and how-to advice from long-time practitioners. With the latest news on industry research, technology, and trends, as well as interviews and analysis, each issue of Communication World is a continuing education course in itself.
IABC Reading Room
Reading Room is a collection of curated and original articles, lists and graphics to educate and inspire communication professionals.
IABC’s online knowledge community lets you share ideas and best practices on employee communication, marketing/ branding and measurement.
Online Library of Content
Available only to members, IABC’s online library includes CW Online (an archive of all CW articles), handouts and presentation notes from sessions at the latest International Conference, and case studies from winning Gold Quill Award entries.
Generous Member Pricing
IABC develops numerous events and educational products throughout the year, including the annual International Conference which draws about 1,800 communicators from around the world. Members get member pricing, as many times during the year as they like!
We’ve partnered with vendors to bring members discounts on products and services, and to offer products and services members might not otherwise find available to them as an individual (such as insurance). Legal restrictions prevent some products and services from worldwide availability.
Recognition: Accreditation and Awards Programs
IABC’s professional credential program recognizes communicators who have reached a globally accepted standard of knowledge and proficiency in their chosen field.
An Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) is a proven communication professional. The ABC is a brand of distinction carried by about 10 percent of all IABC members.
Accreditation through IABC represents a Global Standard℠ — a personal commitment to the profession. It demonstrates a professional ability to successfully manage and perform the tasks essential to effective communication. For more information, please consult the accreditation website.
IABC offers several awards, including the annual Gold Quill Awards, an international competition that provides an opportunity to receive expert evaluation of the entry against IABC’s highest standards of excellence. IABC’s other awards recognize service to IABC and/or accomplishment in the field of business communication.