Archives for March 2015

Ten Ways to Engage Your Audiences with Communications (April 28)

Ten Ways to Engage Your Audiences with Communications

Join us on April 28th at Nationwide for an engagement conversation with Simpson College’s Chair and Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Brian Steffen. Steffen will share his top 10 ways to engage your internal and external audiences, and offer ROI tips for many of the social media tools you may be using.

When Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:30 AM  – 1:00 PM

Where Nationwide Auditorium 1100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Dress Code Business Casual

Event Summary

Registration Deadline

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Brian Steffen
Brian Steffen
Department Chair of Communication and Media Studies, Professor of Communication and Media Studies| Twitter | Facebook


B.A., Iowa State University, 1981.

M.S., Iowa State University, 1987.

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1995.

I’m the chair of Communication & Media Studies at Simpson College, and I’ve been a member of the faculty  since 1989. I’m a teacher first and foremost and have won several campus, regional and national teaching awards. Before coming to Simpson, I was a government and politics reporter with the Ames Daily Tribune and the Associated Press. I’m a passionate believer in the values of the First Amendment and the potential for journalism to nourish a democratic culture. When I’m not working with students at Simpson, you’ll usually find me on my bicycle, on the golf course or traveling around the world. During Fall 2013, I led Simpson’s Semester in London program at Roehampton University. Starting in January 2014, I’ll serve as editor of the national research journal Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication.



Get Involved with IABC/Iowa

Make the Most of Your IABC Experience – Volunteer!

Let’s face it. There’s no shortage of worthy volunteer causes out there. And there are only so many hours in the day. So how can you possibly find time to volunteer for IABC, right? 

Good News – The answer is easier than you think.

First, your career is obviously important to you! Why not make the most of the IABC experience? Simply plan on attending one of our IABC/Iowa professional development events or social and, while you’re at it, volunteer to help with some basic meeting duties – greeting and escorting attendees, for example. Call it professional development with a dash of networking. 

Second, volunteering with IABC is so easy! Not only can you volunteer to assist at a professional development event, but you can also get even more involved by becoming involved on our board. We will be looking to fill board positions in the next few months. What a perfect opportunity to showcase your talent and skills!  

  • Are you a good writer or editor? We’d love to have you as a contributor or to lend your expertise in making this a great newsletter.
  • Want to work on your social media skills? Get your communication story or blog out with IABC/Iowa.
  • Want to get to know a few members you could look forward to seeing at IABC/Iowa events?
  • Do you have ideas on events you would like to see from IABC/Iowa?
  • Could you provide insight on what’s working with IABC/Iowa or how we could strengthen our impact?
  • Would you like to be a part of our board to strength our organization and your resume?Why wouldn’t you volunteer?  Contact us!  We have many opportunities for you.
  • Let’s see…minimal time commitment, opportunities to network and enhance professional development, and a worthy cause.  

All-Star Communications Workshop (April 27-28: Minneapolis)

2015 All Star Communications Workshop
Ann Wylie and Shel Holtz



April 27-28:  Spring Training for Communications, PR, and Marketing Pros, Topped Off with a Minnesota Twins Baseball Game!




Monday, April 27

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Become an All-Star Storyteller with Ann Wylie
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Lunch Keynote “Major League Communications Strategy” with Kevin Smith, the Minnesota Twins’ Sr. Director for Corporate Communications and Broadcasting
  • 7 p.m. – Optional Networking Event: Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers at Target Field

Tuesday, April 28

  • 9 a.m. to Noon – Home Run Digital Communications with Shel Holtz
Thrivent Financial Auditorium, 625 Fourth Ave. S. Minneapolis, Minnesota




9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 27

Become an All-Star Storyteller with Ann Wylie

Ann Wylie

(Featuring Lunch Keynote with Kevin Smith of the Minnesota Twins)

Storytelling is “the most powerful form of human communication,” according to Peg Neuhauser, author of Corporate Legends and Lore. Indeed, stories can help you get attention, boost credibility, make your messages more memorable—even communicate better. In this workshop focused on most valuable communications, you will learn how to write copy that grabs attention, keeps it longer, communicates more clearly, enhances credibility and is more likely to go viral. You’ll walk away with techniques—not just what to do, but how—for painting pictures in your audience members’ minds so they understand your points faster, enjoy your information more and remember it longer. Specifically, you’ll learn to how to:

  • Grab Attention With a Feature Story: Craft creative leads and kickers
  • Make Your Copy More Colorful: Engage readers with fun facts, juicy details
  • Play With Your Words: Spice up your headlines, leads and sound bites with wordplay
  • Master the Art of the Storyteller: Tap ‘the most powerful form of human communication’
  • Add Meaning With Metaphor: Clarify complex concepts with analogy

About Ann

Ann’s popular writing workshops take her from Atlanta to Amsterdam, from Boston to Brussels, from Hollywood to Helsinki, and from Portland to Paris. There, she helps communicators at NASA, Humana, SC Johnson, Motorola, Nokia, AT&T, America Online, H&R Block and other organizations polish their skills and find new inspiration for their work. Ann has been designated an “IABC Recommended Speaker” for her top ratings at IABC International Conferences. She serves as the Public Relations Society of America’s national writing coach. Ann holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Kansas. In addition to her full-time work, she taught graduate communication courses at Webster University for more than a decade.


Lunch Keynote Case Study and Q & A – 11 a.m. to noon

Major League Communications Strategy for the 2014 All-Star Game, with Minnesota Twins’ Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, Senior Director, Corporate Communications & Broadcasting for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, will share key internal and external strategic and tactical lessons in preparing for the global media event that was the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field. A Q&A will follow.

 7 p.m., Monday, April 27 – Optional Networking Event: Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers  at Target Field

Tickets are $32, which includes a $10 stadium concession credit. Join fellow IABC conference attendees in right field seats geared toward informal networking while watching a professional baseball game. (An email with details on how to purchase tickets will be sent to all registrants).



9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 28

Home Run Digital Communications with Shel Holtz

Shel Holtz

Content that gets shared and amplified is a lot like baseball’s very best players: Many take the field with their teams, but only a select few make it to the All-Star Game. Millions of pieces of content are posted to the web every hour, but it takes something special to avoid the fate of most posts, which languish, seen by few and shared by fewer, producing virtually no results.  Consider this session your own special Spring Training, where you can tune up your existing skills and learn new ones to employ in the contest to win the web. After attending the training, you’ll be prepared to hit home runs in three key areas of digital communication:

Mobile: The most significant shift in communication since the web itself, mobile is changing not only how people find and use information, but the way we craft messages in order to drive specific action as routinely as a .300 hitter gets on base.

Digital Storytelling: The story is key, and as ballplayers drill the fundamentals of the game, we’ll address the building blocks of great online stories.

Visual Communication: Images—from charts and graphs to online memes to short-form video to photos and illustrations—have become the bread and butter of online content. Few communicators are skilled at crafting images as the primary component of content, but just as some outfielders are converted to infielders, we’ll prepare you to communicate in an increasingly visual world.

About Shel

Shel Holtz, ABC (Accredited Business Communicator), is principal of Holtz Communication + Technology. Shel has nearly 35 years of organizational communications experience in both corporate and consulting environments. He is experienced in employee communications, corporate public relations, crisis communications, media relations, financial communications, investor relations, marketing communications and compensation and benefits communications. In addition to integrating technology into communications strategies, his expertise includes strategic communications planning, change management, organizational culture, business initiatives and communications research.


*Register 4 or more from the same company, and pay $199 per person for the full conference. 

  • Full Workshop $199 IABC Members / $299 Non-Members / $449 Join IABC and Go
  • Monday Full-Day and Lunch Keynote Only: $149 IABC Members / $199 Non-Members
  • Monday Keynote Lunch Only: $24 IABC Members / $39 Non Members
  • $32 Optional Monday Night Minnesota Twins Baseball Game Ticket
  • Tuesday Half-Day Only $79 IABC Members / $129 Non-Members



Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown, 425 7th St South Minneapolis, MN 55415
1-800-492-8847 (Convenient access to workshop venue via skyway system)

$118 per night

Reserve your stay under IABC Pacific Plains by March 25, 2015 to guarantee workshop rate and availability. Reserve Now




“Minneapolis skyline 51” by AlexiusHoratius – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons