May 2019 President's Message

President's Message

I think that communicators are too hard on ourselves. It’s not our fault, at least in English speaking countries, because our primary language tricks us into believing quality is convoluted. Of course, you can master English through tough, thorough, thought though.

But something has happened in the past few weeks in our popular culture that should help all of us breathe a little easier. I, of course, am speaking of the final season of Game of Thrones. Six episodes, created over the course of 16 months, with almost $100million spent with 1,000 people involved, and somehow a coffee cup AND a plastic water bottle made it on TV.

Everybody is fallible.

Even the board of your IABC chapter. Of course, we’d like to think that everything we do is BRILLIANT, but we know that even we have our Dragon Pit moments. That’s why we’re working on a new survey for the members, guests, and participants of our events. Please look for it in an email coming soon, and feel free to share it among your network.

I’m SO SO excited about our June programming. Not just because I love the food at the Pennant, but because its infiltration into Topeka’s zeitgeist has been so dramatically successful, and I want to learn about their coffee cup moments.

See you next week!


Jesyca Hope

IABC/Topeka President

April 2019 President's Message

Safari on my phone is stacked with articles I mean to read. Which means it was just today that I read a months-old article in Entrepreneur magazine about the five communications skills you need to succeed at business.

I really like four of them. Be respectful. Be authentic. Be thoughtful. Be compassionate.

Yes, yes, yes, yes to all of that.

But the fifth made make that hissing sound that comes from sucking air through your teeth. It was Be Careful. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in thinking before you speak and staying on brand. But this was on TOP of the four conditions above. My interpretation of that? Don’t take risks.

Risks are necessary. Experimentation. Creativity. Even failure – all necessary for growth.

I hope that for you, IABC/Topeka is a place where you feel safe and welcome to take risks – and embrace new successes.


Jesyca Hope

IABC/Topeka President