Looking Back: Reflections on Real Interactions

 Wow. There’s a lot going on. And, like many of you, I keep track of it through social media. Thanks to that, I never feel like I’m doing enough. My seven-day black-and-white photo challenge? I tapped out at 5. The 30 Days of Gratefulness? I didn’t even start. Special holiday profile pic tags? I think I’ve missed four.

In all the holiday hubbub, as much as I still appreciate all the available mediums out there, I crave more and more real interactions. Personally, November’s meeting with Mike Matson was special to me – a great speaker leading a conversation around a table where we dug into the issues of the day for communicators like you and me. If you were there, did you feel that energy? That tangible interaction is guiding our programming, and I hope you’ll add these dates to the calendar if you want to be a part of it.

  •  Our December Holiday Party is December 13  at the Governor’s Row House. It’s the same price as always ($15 for members, $20 for guests) but will include beer and wine for the evening and the IABC holiday tradition: The My Favorite Things Game. Bring FIVE identical, wrapped gifts for under $5 each. You’ll leave with new treats and new stories about your fellow members.
  • January 3 will feature Ashley Dassinger Carson, owner and operator of Ash Boutique, talking about entrepreneurialism, outsourcing, multi-tasking, branding, and her now famous Facebook live series.
  • On January 25, you’re invited to help the IABC Board make dinner for the families of the Topeka Ronald McDonald House.
  • Join us on February 7 for our regular lunch, which will be facilitated networking, sharing journeys, resumes, and brain teasers with members in a round table format.
  • On March 7, learn the key skills and facets to hosting a successful and informative focus group from the team at JHP
  • Save the date for our Professional Development Day on April 4 at The Brownstone. This half-day afternoon event will be led by four speakers each teaching on a different communication style (virtual, visual, and more) and will conclude with a cocktail reception.

 IABC wants to engage more people in the tangible, so you’ll soon be seeing the IABC/Topeka brand throughout the community sponsoring communications events and volunteering as a cohort to network and serve together. If you’d like to share input or suggestions, reach out to me at any time. We can get coffee and brainstorm IN PERSON. I won’t even make you take a selfie with me.

Jesyca Hope