Having now swelled the illustrious ranks of the IABC, induced in no small part by Nifty Nev and Shakin’ Shel’s wholehearted endorsement of the organisation, I am able to report on my first impressions.
“Very” is a word that springs to mind.
The resources available are impressive — I haven’t had time to wander aimlessly through the books and material available for purchase, but certainly a few quick clicks of my mouse enabled me to print off a swag of great articles for reading on the bus.
Sure, a couple of the articles are ‘magaziney’ in feel (as in a little light on ‘how to’ and a bit too much like articles you’d find in House & Garden), but some were absolute corkers!
I’ve committed what many of my peers would consider heresy — I’ve read the $#@^ing manual on MyComms before actually starting work on producing a Comms plan with it. Once I start the project proper I’ll get to put my reading into practice. Stay tuned!
So all in all, my first impression is very positive.
Living as I do in Adelaide, there’s no ‘chapter’ for me to join, so I join the ranks of the ‘members at large’. [I wonder if it is a comment on my waist size? Has my wife been talking to them behind my back?] But no doubt there will be plenty of opportunities to find IABC colleagues here in Australia at an appropriate time.
So thanks, Nev & Shel, for recommending the organisation to me. You are indeed good ambassadors.