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(Almost) everything you want to know about certification

Who doesn’t want to be recognized for knowing your stuff? For many professions, certification gives you unbiased recognition that you know what you’re doing. Accountants, engineers, Human Resources professionals, financial planners and more have certifications. Now, communicators have one, too. One of the first to earn her Communication Management Professional (CMP) “badge” is my friend […]

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How to protect yourself from digital data attacks

A classic line in the movie Spaceballs reveals a secret password is 12345. Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) says, “That’s the stupidest combination I’ve ever heard in my life! That’s the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage!” Of course, it is exactly what President Skroob (Mel Brooks) uses. As Ryan Duquette of Hexigent […]

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PIC event summary: Defending your digital data

How strong are your passwords? How often do you use free Wifi? And how likely are you to fall for a phishing email that asks you to click a link? At a meeting of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators this week, speaker Ryan Duquette of cyber security firm Hexigent talked about digital dangers, and shared some […]

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Eyes and ears still key in the digital age

Whether your organization has five people or 50,000, there is no “silver bullet” that will solve all your communication challenges. And despite the shiny toys of the digital age, panelists at an IABC event on Feb. 28 agreed that old-school listening, talking to employees and face-to-face communication are as important as ever. The session brought […]

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Tech of the future still needs communications support

When technology and big data converge, the results can be revolutionary. Just don’t forget communications. Illustrating that point was one of many stories shared by Julia Oosterman at the “Next Big Thing” session for IABC/Toronto Westend members on June 23. Julia described a woman apparently having a heart attack during a meeting, who later found […]

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Chat summary: When, why, how to hire a freelancer

Hiring a freelancer is a great idea when you need a special skill, your team is stretched too thin, you have a special project or a tight deadline. IABC/Toronto members talked about these reasons why you would outsource work to independents and freelancers and more in a lively Twitter chat at the end of October. […]

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Capture attention and interest with your elevator speech

Networking is an important part of finding customers. Is the way you introduce yourself helping land those customers? When it comes to getting people’s attention, “You have about as much time as it takes to start your car,” speaker Kevin Smith (aka The Story Architect) told members of IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators at the Perfect […]

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Take control of meetings to shine

Gerry Lewis wants to help you stand out. “Everyone can be a better communicator if we just take it up a notch,” the author of SHINE: Stand Out. Get Noticed. Be Brilliant told a recent gathering of IABC Golden Horseshoe members and friends. Start by handling meetings like a pro, by conquering the five sins of […]

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Mitch Joel talks ‘access, not ownership’

The Internet used to be like an elephant; it never forgot. Now, its future is about “fast, temporary pieces of content” (think Snapchat) that are here now and gone soon after. Mitch Joel, one of North America’s leading digital experts, told IABC/Toronto members at a recent event that consumers don’t necessarily want things to be […]

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IABC session shares tips to help you transition your career

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