Call for Nominations: 2021 IABC Nashville Executive Board

Interested in getting more involved with IABC Nashville, or do you know a current member who is? Call for nominations, including self-nominations, are now open for the 2021 IABC Nashville Executive Board of Directors between now and Thursday, November 5. Questions on the nomination process? Contact nominating chair/past president Birdie Loeffler at All applicants/nominees must be active IABC members in good standing to be eligible.

2021 IABC Nashville Available Board Positions

President-Elect: This role is responsible for supporting the President and to act in the absence of the President as needed at Board meetings and chapter events. The President-Elect serves on the Executive Board for three years, automatically assuming the Presidency in year two and the role of Past-President in year three.

Secretary: This role is to keep a record of all the proceedings of the Chapter; sign all certified copies of acts of the Chapter; maintain official Chapter record books, Bylaws, policies, procedures, and other documents; prepare Board meeting notices and orders of business; and perform other duties necessary to the office or as prescribed by the President, the Executive Board.

Vice President of Finance/Treasurer: This role is to serve as treasurer and chief financial officer of the Chapter; chair the Finance Committee; be responsible for deposit, safekeeping, and disbursement of the funds of the Chapter; maintain records concerning receipts, expenditures, and assets of the Chapter; prepare an annual budget and dues recommendations for the Chapter; prepare full and interim financial reports as directed by the Executive Board and the IABC Chapter/Region Finance Guide.

Vice President of Membership: This role is to promote membership benefits, establish objectives to oversee initiatives to increase and retain members and provide measurement of results. Build meaningful relationships with prospective and current members, and resolve membership-related issues.

Vice President of Professional Development: This role is responsible for all aspects of the professional development events, securing presenters, presenter relations, communications, pre-event/onsite logistics, measurement, other opportunities related to learning, and continuing education for members.

Vice President of Communications: This role works in tandem with the Vice President of Social Media to develop, execute, and monitor an all-encompassing communications plan for the Chapter. Responsible for regularly updating the Chapter website and handling all aspects of email communications to promote events, membership, sponsorship, and networking opportunities.

Vice President of Social Media: This role works in tandem with the Vice President of Communications to develop, execute, and monitor an all-encompassing communications plan for the Chapter. Responsible for regularly updating various Chapter social media accounts and handling all aspects of public relations to promote events, membership, sponsorship, and networking opportunities.

Vice President of Awards: The Vice President of Awards is responsible for managing/developing the annual Music City Gold Pen Awards program. This includes fostering reciprocal chapter judging relationships, call for entries communications and submissions, promotion, and measurement. They also coordinate and communicate with award submitters and manage the Chapter judging platform.

Vice Presidents at Large: Up to three (3) Vice Presidents at Large may be added to the Executive Board at the discretion and for a duration, as determined by the Executive Board in order to manage specific timely projects and issues of the Chapter. For 2021, possible projects to be assigned to Vice Presidents at Large include event planning, sponsorship management, and diversity and inclusion efforts.

Apply/Nominate Today!

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October Professional Development Event: “Stepping Out of the Box: Working Together to Communicate Effectively Across Cultures”

Join IABC Nashville on Wednesday, October 21, at 12:00 PM CDT on Zoom for an insightful conversation on communications and culture with Diana Sanchez-Vega, owner of Sanchez-Vega Communications. Diana will discuss acculturation’s reciprocal process – where host communities and newcomers often find themselves engaged in planned and serendipitous interactions- and how cultural humility can propel effective communication in any multicultural setting. Diana will also address the benefits of stepping out of the box when communicating with limited English proficient speakers to engage in mutually productive dialogue.

Attendees will learn more about the following:

  • How to effectively communicate across cultures in both professional and personal settings
  • How to confidently manage cultural barriers to achieve common goals
  • How to think more broadly in a multicultural scenario to ensure everyone feels included and respected

About the Speaker:

Diana Sanchez-Vega is a bilingual employee trainer, speaker, and Spanish interpreter/translator. She also coaches bilingual individuals to find work. Since 2003, Diana’s business, Sanchez-Vega Communications, facilitates interactions and learning processes to empower others to have more profitable and effective communications.

A twice nationally certified Spanish medical interpreter, Diana holds a Master of Arts in Psychological Studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in International Business. She also speaks intermediate Portuguese and is versed in French.

Raised in the duality of the Anglo-Argentine environment, Diana learned at an early age how to navigate between two cultures, two belief systems, and two social classes. Once in the US, Diana immersed herself in a true process of acculturation by engaging with the communities where she lived. She has served as an advisor for multiple local nonprofit and government organizations, and in 2007, Diana received Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award for nonprofit leadership.

Free for IABC Members and $15 for Non-Members

Reserve your spot today!

Recap: “Difficult Conversations: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure” September Professional Development Event

Thank you to those that attended our September professional development event, “Difficult Conversations: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure.” We hope you enjoyed learning some new strategies to maintain your composure and confidence during a conflict or awkward moments. This hour-long panel discussion covered practical strategies and techniques for maintaining your composure during these challenging workplace conversations, including:
▪ Protecting valuable professional relationships despite personal disagreements or challenging interactions
▪ Managing challenging discussions with peers, colleagues, and superiors in the workplace
▪ Taking accountability for our role in the direction and outcomes of difficult conversations
▪ Overcoming fear and misunderstanding about financial matters
  • Teresa Bailey, Wealth Strategist, Waddell & Associates
  • Kristin Story Baron, PHR, Director, HR Business Partner Corporate Shared Services, Loews Hotels
  • Judith Meyer, Assistant Vice President, Business Risk Solutions, HCA Healthcare

We are thrilled that the presenters have provided us with slides from the presentation, which can be downloaded in the link below. Also provided is a recording of the event just in case someone you know missed it.


Webinar Recording

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Membership Month Virtual Networking Mixer

We are kicking off IABC Membership Month in style with a FREE virtual networking mixer for our members and professional colleagues on Thursday, October 1, at 5:30 PM CDT. Get to know fellow business communicators from across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, and start building long-lasting connections. It’s the virtual event of the month you do not want to miss!

When: Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Cost: Free

Reserve Your Spot

Guest Blog: How to Record a Podcast Remotely And Get It Right The First Time

By Chris Zaldúa, Courtesy of Descript

Remote interviews are a fact of life for every podcaster, and in today’s era of social distancing, more so than ever. Since you rarely get the chance at an interview do-over, nailing down your remote recording workflow is essential. We’ll show you how to prepare for and record a remote interview, so you get it right the first time — with some additional tips along the way to make sure all your bases are covered. 

Choose the right remote recording setup for your podcast

The first step is to determine the remote recording setup that best suits the format and content of your podcast and your production and editing workflow.

In most cases, your best solution will involve recording remote interviews on Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or a similar online conferencing service. This low-friction setup makes it easy for guests or co-hosts to contribute, but you’ll need to make sure you have the right software to record these interviews.

It’s also wise to make sure you can record phone calls. Phone interviews don’t offer great audio fidelity, but they make a great backup option in case of technical problems or schedule changes. Phone interviews probably won’t be your first choice, but it’s a good idea to be able to record a phone call just in case you need to. 

If you’re recording with the same remote co-host on each episode of your podcast, consider a double-ender setup, in which you and your co-host record your own audio tracks locally and combine them in post-production. For most podcasters, this isn’t the most convenient solution, but it does translate into the highest audio fidelity for you and your co-host.

The best way to record an interview is to prepare for it

When it comes to interviewing — especially remote interviewing — a little preparation goes a long way.

Do some research into your guest’s background, expertise, and projects. Who are they? Why is their work notable? What do you (and in turn, your audience) hope to learn from them?

Putting together a rough outline of the questions you’d like to ask will come in very handy. Write down a handful of specific questions and key points, but keep your outline broad and high-level. That’ll allow you to more easily adapt to the flow of conversation.

Maintaining that conversational flow remotely can be substantially trickier than doing so person-to-person. Prime yourself to listen more than you speak — in particular, try not to interrupt your guest. Editing out awkward silences between speakers is much easier than dealing with too much crosstalk!

When it’s time to record the interview, take a couple final preparatory steps to ensure a clean recording. Close all unnecessary software and set your computer to “Do Not Disturb” mode to make sure unwanted distractions don’t pop up (or worse: end up in the recording).

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