Member Newsletter of IABC India | June 2021
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IABC India Newsletter
June 2021

Dear <<First Name>>,

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

Amid the devastating effects of the pandemic still holding us hostage in the confines of our homes, we’re delighted to share that the IABC India Chapter received two great accolades recently—all thanks to you! We made the IABC Global Leaderboard not only for growing our membership by 29% but also for achieving a 100% retention rate as a result of our exemplary work during the Member Month that concluded in April 2021.

June is an eventful month at IABC! It will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 21. Hosted virtually, it is open to all IABC members, and you’re invited to
register here and attend the AGM. This will be followed by the IABC-APAC AGM on June 22 to elect the new Region Board. Click here to RSVP and check out the 2020/21 Annual Report.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join us online at the annual
IABC World Conference on June 28-30. Connect with peers from around the globe, hear from leading industry experts, and gain the knowledge that creates value for your company and elevates your career.

In this issue, we focus on our COVID-19 response initiatives—some heartening accounts from COVID survivors, and points about wellbeing to cope with the pandemic—apart from the regular sections featuring your articles, podcasts, videos and POVs, top-10 articles from the IABC Catalyst magazine, and details about upcoming events and webinars.

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 here, please let us know on the WhatsApp group. Stay safe, and stay in touch.


Subhamoy Das
President, IABC India

With Faezal Yunus 
Executive Editor


IABC India Wellbeing Webinar with Julie Gillespie

With the devastating effect of the pandemic at its peak in the country, IABC India collaborated with IABC APAC to connect with the community of communication professionals in India through a webinar on May 15, 2021. Entitled ‘Coping with the Impact of COVID-19: Managing stress, burnout, and business disruption,’ the discussion was hosted by acclaimed wellbeing coach Julie Gillespie, who shared how we can better spot and manage the stress, burnout, and difficulties that we're all facing in these incredibly challenging times. The session also included an open discussion for attendees to share what they are facing/seeing in their own workplaces and communities, and to exchange knowledge and advice with each other on how we can better help both ourselves and those around us. 

Useful links and resources

  • Video: If you have missed the session, you can watch the Zoom recording on YouTube here.
  • Presentation: Download Julie’s slides that clarify the key concepts of mental wellbeing, such as stress, burnout, and distress, the interventions required, and the role played by empathy.
  • Self-assessment: A great way to check how you are coping with stress is recommended.
  • Podcast: Can Your Team Help Buffer Against Burnout? In this week’s episode, Michelle McQuaid’s chat with Paula Davis, founder of the Stress and Resilience Institute, is a great resource for understanding the science of wellbeing
  • PDF guide: Download the Mental Health & Wellbeing: A Guide through the Noise for Communication Professionals and Business Leaders by Sia and Julie
  • Expert advice: Be Your Own Best Friend – Mental Health Tips for Communicators from IABC UK & Ireland

Reputation Today features IABC India Members’ fight against COVID-19

When IABC Fellow and veteran communications professional Bish Mukherjee, ABC, and his wife Nalini tested positive in the first wave of COVID-19, he never thought he would lose his wife in less than two weeks. Sushmita Bandopadhyay of BD had to be hospitalized along with her son with a severe infection. Jyoti Khan, a Board member at IABC Asia Pacific, saw this pandemic from close quarters for most of the last 12 months and spent 10 days in the hospital after having tested COVID+. Vishal Mehta of the Monch Group, and Piyali Dasgupta of Knight Frank India, went through treatment and were home-quarantined after getting infected. Faezal Yunus of HCL Technologies lost his uncle to COVID at the peak of the second wave, and family members of Namita Soni Gagneja of Tata Communications fought back to safety after a long fight against COVID-19. Read the first-hand accounts of all of these IABC members in this article. Read the article.

GCCC certification journey and experience

In this month’s videos of the month, we are delighted to feature two interviews from the IABC APAC YouTube channel.

Kristy Christie, Chair of IABC APAC Region, speaks with Sukanya Chakraborty and Sunita Venugopal of IABC India to learn about their certification journey and experience with the GCCC's (Global Communication Certification Council) Strategic Communication Management Professional exam. 

Abanti Banik

This month, we feature Abanti, who is a Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, at Samsung Electronics, based in Bangalore. She joined the IABC India Chapter earlier this year. A communications specialist with more than 13 years of experience, her areas of expertise include Corporate Communications, Marketing, Employee Engagement, CSR, and Social Media across industries, such as technology, real estate consulting, and hospitality. Abanti holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a PG Diploma in Public Relations from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, and has worked with Knight Frank, the Accor Group, and Integral PR, prior to her current role at Samsung. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Your articles, podcasts, and points of view

Featuring the most noteworthy POVs, articles, video interviews, and LinkedIn Pulse blogs recently written by 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:

Acts of kindness by PR professionals in India

In an initiative led by leaders from the profession, funds have been raised from various PR professionals in India. These funds will be judiciously disbursed based on a policy where a fellow professional, who was the sole breadwinner, loses their job or their life due to COVID-19. 

To avail of this help, one is required to fill a form and inform their family members to reach out should there be an eventuality. This will work like an insurance without a premium. The support will range from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per month for 3-4 months until the insurance money kicks in.

Another set of amount has been already used to procure oxygen concentrators for the fraternity, reports IABC Student Member Pooja Kamat. Read more.

Have you registered for the IABC World Conference? 

The 2021 World Conference (June 28–30) is about innovation, leadership, change, and thinking differently. We certainly have a lineup of learning and networking experiences that will help you with your new approach. Don't miss out on our breakouts and workshops dedicated to your Communication Strategy, Crisis/Change Communication, Culture, DE&I, or HR Focus. Whether you're an internal or external communicator, there is more than something for you and It's About Time for that. Register now.

IABC PodCatalyst now on Spotify

PodCatalyst is the official podcast of the International Association of Business Communicators. Here, communicators from across the world tell their stories. Like, subscribe, and follow PodCatalyst on your favorite podcast app. 

Listen to the latest episodes on Spotify.

Upcoming IABC webinars: June 2021

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 this month's top webinars, open to IABC members as well as non-members:
  • Harness Your YOU-Ness: Elevate Your Communication Style and Executive Presence 
    June 10, 2021
  • Creating Shared Understanding and Alignment – Part 1: Why We Need Clear Leaders 
    June 15, 2021

Check out more details.
Learn more about these and other upcoming webinars

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., June 9, 16, 23, and 302021, at 3:30 PM, India time.
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