Member Newsletter of IABC India | August 2021
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IABC India Newsletter
August 2021

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the August 2021 edition of the IABC India newsletter. We hope you're safe and doing well. 

Using quantitative and qualitative research, IABC recently engaged in discussions, analysis, and a determination of priorities. The result is Stronger Together: IABC2025, a six-pillar strategic plan on how we will operate and grow, focusing on the benefits of membership and addressing the issues raised in the research. Read more about it in this newsletter.

IABC also completed a successful technology transition recently. The new technology will allow for new and improved processes for members. As part of the website migration, your IABC login password needs to be reset. Please reset your password (if not done already) and continue to access the exclusive member-only content available on the IABC website.
In this issue, we focus on GCCC certifications and talk about a few noteworthy awards won by our members, apart from the regular sections featuring your articles, podcasts, videos, and PoVs; the top-10 articles from the IABC Catalyst magazine; and details about upcoming events and webinars. We're also excited to launch a job opportunities section starting this month.

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


Subhamoy Das Faezal Yunus Abanti Banik
IABC India
Executive Editor Associate Editor


Stronger Together: IABC2025 

IABC research identifies challenges, trends, and opportunities leading to a four-year strategic plan

IABC recently conducted a quantitative research comprising 200 global participants, offering assessments of their largest professional challenge and global trends impacting the communications field.

The study was a revelation about the top challenges faced by communication professionals worldwide. A few are listed for a quick glance:
  • Fragmented audiences and the speed of change require new skills and ways of working
  • An increased workload, both in time and responsibilities, is affecting corporate and agency professionals
  • Competing organizational priorities have resulted in smaller communications budgets and fewer resources for those professionals
  • Career development (8%) and mistrust of business (8%) remain significant barriers in accomplishing individual and team goals
Read more about it or download a copy of the Stronger Together: IABC2025 report.


Pathways to Global Certification: Differentiate Yourself

On popular demand, here’s the recording of the Pathways to Global Certification webinar on the importance of certification, conducted by Sia Papageorgiou FRSA, SCMP. 

The Communication Management Professional (CMP) and Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) certifications are offered by the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC®). The certification from the GCCC shows competence in Ethics, Strategy, Analysis, Context, Engagement, and Consistency. 

The second series of exam dates in India will be announced next month. Learn how GCCC Certification can give you credibility, credentials, and confidence. Get in touch to enroll.


Congratulations and Celebrations

It’s been quite an august month for awards and accolades—with special recognition received by a few of our members, making the IABC India Chapter proud.

Reputation Today recently announced the 30 Top Corporate Communications Teams for 2021. The nominations were evaluated on parameters such as team responsibilities, team budgets, award-winning campaigns, and so on. Among the top 30 list, Samsung was ranked 6 and VFS Global was ranked 20.

Please join us in congratulating IABC India’s Abanti Banik (Samsung) and Sukanya Chakraborty (VFS Global) for making it to this prestigious list.

Reputation Today also published a list of the Top 20 Global Indians, recognizing communications professionals from India in international roles. We congratulate Bhavna Satyanarayan, from BASF, for being featured in this list.
Saachi Dhillon, from National Geographic, merits a special mention as she was honored in the PR & Communications Aces Award. The coveted awards from recognize India's best 50 young PR and communication professionals.  
Hearty congratulations to the fabulous four from all of us at IABC India.

Shomendra Moitra

A warm welcome to Shomen Moitra for being the latest addition to the growing IABC India Chapter. An experienced business transformation professional with cross-industry experience, he is currently working with Shell as the Transformational Change Manager. With a rich experience across several industries and business capabilities, he has the know-how of "translation" to/from the business, with a focus on strategizing, orchestrating, and enabling transformations in complex global landscapes. As a lifelong learner, Shomen believes in using a system/design thinking approach, underpinned by technology, to leverage communications for mobilizing communities.

Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Your Articles, Podcasts, and Points of View

Featuring the recent and most noteworthy PoVs, articles, video interviews, and LinkedIn Pulse blogs written by the IABC India WhatsApp group members. Do read and leave your comments:

Aniisu's Corner

IABC India’s dedicated section featuring the latest content—videos, podcasts, articles, and online courses—from Aniisu K. Verghese, PhD, an award-winning internal communicator, author, speaker, trainer, and one of IABC’s most prolific thought leaders on communication:


Communicators Wanted

Introducing the Job Postings section to help you find suitable opportunities for yourself, for your teams, or for others who need a job. Please feel free to share these open positions with fellow communicators who are unemployed or are looking for a change.
  • Team Leader, Content Marketing at BCG
    Exp. 15–18 yrs. | New Delhi | Apply now [Posted by Suniet Bezbarooah]
  • Specialist, Content Writing at BCG
    Exp. 4–6 yrs. | New Delhi | Apply now [Posted by Suniet Bezbarooah]
  • Manager, Corporate Communication at Knight Frank
    Exp. 6–10 yrs.| Mumbai | Apply now [Posted by Piyali Dasgupta]
  • Internal Communication Role
    Exp. 2–5 yrs. | Bengaluru | Apply now [Posted by Aniisu Verghese]
  • Manager, Communication
    Exp. 10+ yrs. | Pune / Mumbai / Hyderabad | Apply now [Posted by Sukanya Chakraborty]
If you would like to feature relevant vacancies in this section, please contact us on our WhatsApp Group.

Advancing the Profession: All Episodes

The IABC Advancing the Profession podcast would not have been such a success without the dedicated work of the team who made it possible. A huge shout out to Bonnie Caver, the past IABC Chair, and volunteers who helped produce the podcast over the past year and a half.

From the value of the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) to what ethics means to the communication professional and more, you're sure to walk away with plenty of insights that are applicable to you and your everyday work.
Check out all the episodes for more insights.

Episode 1 |  Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7

IABC PodCatalyst Now on Spotify

PodCatalyst is the official podcast of IABC. It’s produced by the IABC Headquarters and hosted by the IABC Executive Director, Peter Finn.

Listen to communicators from across the world tell their stories. Like, subscribe, and follow PodCatalyst on your favorite podcast app.

Upcoming IABC Webinars

IABC offers free and 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 the upcoming webinars, open to IABC members as well as non-members:
  • Be Gone, Impostor Syndrome!
    Tiffany Markman | September 2, 2021 | 12–1 p.m. CDT | IABC members
  • Creating an Employee-Centric Experience: What Can We Learn from the Most Forward-Thinking Organizations
    Matt Frost and Lindsey Sanford | September 9, 2021 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. CDT | IABC members
  • Stop Waiting—Help Your Team ACHIEVE Now!
    Dan Irvin | September 16, 2021 | 12–1 p.m. CDT | IABC members
  • The Modern Intranet 101
    Ian Freiberg and Jamie Yan | September 23, 2021 | 12–1 p.m. CDT | Free to attend
  • Help Your Organization Overcome Resistance to Change
    Mindy Kantor | September 30, 2021 | 12–1 p.m. CDT | IABC members

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 Wednesday3:30 p.m., India time.
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