Way more than a membership, a network, or a community – IABC defines my very being… it is my lifeAugust 13th, 2019
I’ve been an IABC member for 14 years, uninterruptedly through some major life and career transitions. Why? Why have I kept my membership intact non-stop since my final year of university at Guelph-Humber when I first learned about the professional organization?
To say that I have benefited from IABC membership, networking and community would be selling it short. Sure, I have benefited – my very first post-university job was entirely landed thanks to my IABC connection [a student in Toronto, I dreamed of landing back in my hometown of London in healthcare, so I attended IABC London’s AGM… where I was the lone student in attendance. All of the board members were interested in meeting this fresh face, and I got asked then and there whether I’d like to volunteer to redesign the chapter’s fledgling website. Within a month or so, I had connected with Michele Martin who sat on the board… and we bonded. She was hiring, and my career began.]
But it’s way more than that. Yes, I have my best friends and life experiences through my IABC involvement. Most of my career networking, professional development has taken place thanks to the connections of the organization… [getting to visit San Diego to receive an award for chapter leadership and the opportunity to speak to an international audience about IABC London’s professional development event planning was a career highlight to date!].
But it’s more than even that. IABC has pushed me to constantly live up to my potential, and stretched me to grow and develop as a professional and a person. I have entered my work for evaluation and received recognition that has propelled me farther [being awarded a “Best of the Best” award for my travel blog when I worked on a cruise ship was the sweetest way to return to London after touring the world!] – and I studied and wrote the Communication Management Professional exam and was awarded the fancy letters I now get to attach to my name!
But it’s more than that…
Belonging to IABC defines my very being. Really, IABC is in my DNA now. It’s my life. *I AM AN IABC MEMBER*
I never think twice about whether I am a professional communicator… it is who I am, and because I am a professional communicator, I am a member – upholding everything that the industry aspires to be.
If IABC had no members, it wouldn’t exist. Full stop. Plain and simple. For that very reason, I will always be an IABC member… because I believe that communication is a force for good in business and society. I believe that with my whole heart and mind. That’s everything I do – whether it’s interviewing a doctor and sharing their story for work, or whether it’s writing in my LinkedIn profile, or talking to my friends about what I am interested in, or whether it’s my involvement in my choir and theatre worlds… I am a communicator.
Because I am a communicator, I am an IABC member. And because I am an IABC member, I am a better communicator.
This is who I am. I enjoy communicating > I am an IABC member.
What are you waiting for, dear communications professional?
Don’t sit on the sidelines of your career and life as a communicator… make your mark and be the best communicator you can be, and support the very profession that defines who you are. Be an IABC member today!