Member Newsletter of IABC India | November 2020
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IABC India Newsletter
November 2020

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the November edition of the IABC India Newsletter for Chapter members and communication professionals in India.

There's much to be thankful for in the month of Thanksgiving. Thanks to a great response to the membership drive last month, our India Chapter has been lauded by IABC for having one of the highest retention percentages, despite its small size. We are also thankful for IABC's decision to hold GCCC certification exams for the first time in India, starting early next year, across multiple cities.

Like every time, this issue brings you interesting articles and points of view. Read about our membership referral program where your network can avail of a 25% discount, including a whopping 35% discount for small groups until December 31, and take advantage of your other membership benefits. 

To stay connected and engaged, we urge you to join our WhatsApp Group by messaging me at +91 7799 000 792. If you would like to share your thoughts or articles here, please let us know on the WhatsApp group.


Subhamoy Das
President, IABC India

With Faezal Yunus 
Executive Editor


Advance your career through GCCC certifications: Exams to be held in India for the first time!

For the first time, IABC's Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) examinations will be held across multiple cities in India. For those seeking the Communication Management Professional (CMP®) or Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP®) certification, now is the time to apply. The examinations are likely to be held in February 2021, across Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. Stay tuned for more.

Read more and apply.

SlideShare: Personal Branding session by Subho

Your online personal brand is one of the most powerful tools that you can build to accomplish your career and life goals—especially if you’re a student, a budding professional, or an entrepreneur. IABC India President, Subho Das, was invited by Shiv Nadar University to deliver an online training session to its MBA students this month. In his presentation, Subho spoke about the fundamentals of a personal brand and why it matters, while providing practical advice on how to build a personal brand with some amazing tools and tactics. This slide deck includes a complete section on leveraging LinkedIn as a personal branding platform; building a professional brand and getting noticed through the network you build; exploring careers and staying in touch with your network for the opportunities you are looking for, among others. He also touched upon the paramount role of authenticity and appropriateness in personal branding, sharing some essential privacy and security tips to bear in mind while managing one’s online presence. Finally, he left students with the thought-provoking premise—why the future of branding is personal!

View the presentation and leave your comments.

Get rewarded! Refer new members this month

We’re excited to announce that IABC’s new referral program is open to all nonmembers through December 31, 2020. New and previously lapsed members will receive a 25% discount on international dues when they use the code IABC4ME. This discount also applies to all student and retired members. All referring members will also be entered to win a number of rewards through IABC! 

Now is the time to apply for small group memberships at a 35% discount

If you’re part of a corporate or agency team, there’s no better time to get memberships for the entire/select members of your team. Small groups can take advantage of this scheme until December 31, 2020. We encourage you to share the benefits of IABC membership with prospective small group members as they will receive 35% off IABC’s international. Please have group referrals email with the subject line IABC4US to receive the discounted group membership with IABC. 

Click here for more details on this new referral program.

What are the hottest new comms technologies?

Many of today’s new crop of technologies have less obvious communication applicability, but that doesn’t mean communicators should ignore them. From artificial intelligence to blockchain and live streaming to machine co-creativity, there are technologies gaining steam that can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of both internal and external communication.

In this episode of the Circle of Fellows, four IABC Fellows discuss the effectiveness and potential of emerging communication technologies.

Watch the Circle of Fellows #63 on YouTube

Have you planned your Gold Quill submission?

There is no better time than now to start your submission for the 2021 Gold Quill Awards. And with our updated, very simple five-step process, what's keeping you from starting your submission today? Here is all you have to do:
  1. Determine the communication programs and tools you will enter and choose the appropriate division and category
  2. Gather the necessary submission information
  3. Prepare the work plan
  4. Prepare your work sample
  5. Complete the entry form, upload your documents and pay the applicable entry fee
You can enjoy the early bird discounted rate, extended up to January 8, 2021. The deadline is January 20, 2021, and the final deadline is February 1, 2021. For more details, access See, it's that easy! But, if you have any questions along the way, you can always email us at

Learn more about the 5-step submission process

Industry news and appointments

Deep Ghatak, our IABC India member, has turned over a new leaf in his career, joining BNY Mellon as the Director and Head of Corporate Communications for all of its India entities. He joins BNY Mellon after a stint with Novartis Business Services where he headed its Global Communications out of  Basel, Switzerland. A passionate author whose books seem to uncannily follow the events in his life, Deep loves to weave his storytelling prowess into his communication style, having lectured far and wide on change management and cross-cultural integration. We wish him the very best for the new innings.

Member of the month: Shreya Mariyanka

One of our newest IABC India members, Shreya is an entrepreneur and communications professional, managing internal and external communications, and PR for her clients at Ajira Global, an events, media, and communication consultancy that she helped set up. Honed in journalism and communication studies, she did her post-graduation from the Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA), specializing in digital marketing and communication. An active member of Rotary International, Shreya volunteers and manages the youth services and public relations for Rotary International's Bengaluru Basavanagudi region. Follow her on LinkedIn.

Survey: Let your voice be heard in this global listening survey

The Listening Project, in conjunction with IABC Foundation, is running a global survey to explore how communicators help their organizations listen to employees.
The survey runs until Monday, December 7. It will take approximately 8 minutes. We encourage you to take the survey and also share the information and the survey link with your network. 

Take the survey

Upcoming IABC webinars: December 2020

Improve your productivity and communication skills in these upcoming webinars

IABC offers free member-only webinars on the latest trends and best practices in communication. Join the live sessions or watch the session recordings at your convenience. Bookmark the Webinar’s page to stay up-to-date on the latest webinar offerings.

Here are December's top webinars, open to IABC members only:

The communicator’s role in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Presented by Tasneem Chopra and Neil Griffiths
December 3, 2020 | 12 p.m.–1 p.m. CST | IABC Members

As individuals and organizations grapple with how to lead on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), communication professionals are looking for guidance on their role in this critical issue. Join IABC Fellow, Neil Griffiths and Tasneem Chopra, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist, for a fireside chat to learn where you fit in.

Login to register

What’s your plan? Creating your Personal Career Roadmap

Presented by Priya Bates
December 8, 2020 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. CST | IABC Members

Disruption and uncertainty in the world doesn’t mean that the world stands still. For many individuals around the world, it’s been a time of enlightenment and self-reflection. What do changes mean for you and your own career progress? What is it that you can control? How can you upskill to ready yourself for what’s next?

Login to register

Being a Great Partner: A Win-Win Model Between Agencies and Clients

Presented by Leslie Quinton
December 16, 2020 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. CST | IABC Members

Imagine what you could accomplish by maximizing your agency relationships to deliver more impact for your entire communications team. Whether you are a public, private, or non-profit organization, you probably watch how you spend your limited PR budget and want to make sure you have an agency partner who cares as much about delivering results as you do. Join an expert who has been on both sides of the table for an energetic discussion on what makes a winning model so that everyone comes out a winner.

Login to register

IABC APAC mid-week Zoom drop-in
Meet PR and communication professionals from around the globe as we talk about our careers, discuss triumphs and challenges, and share updates from our corner of the globe. Bring a drink and brace yourself for the unexpected twists and turns of the conversation flow as you expand your network. Open to all communication professionals, at no cost. REGISTER HERE and mark your calendar to join in every Wednesday, i.e., December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2020, at 03:30 PM India time.
Learn more about these and other upcoming webinars
Renew: If your IABC Membership is up for renewal, click here to renew now.
Join: Encourage your team members/industry peers to become a member today.
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