Thursday, February 14, 2013

Training watch: Professional development opps for communicators--with me

I've got a busy speaking schedule this year, and it's a delight that so many of my gigs are at outstanding professional development conferences or sessions for communicators--the kind where the organizers put us speakers through our paces to ensure that you get the most value and the best insights. While some of these sessions are limited to members, many offer a range of registration options at great prices. Here's where to catch me and learn a few things at the same time:
  • On February 20, I'll be on a panel on social trends for communicators in 2013, organized the the National Capital Chapter of PRSA here in Washington, DC, during Social Media Week. This session is already at a record registration, so sign up soon.
  • On March 6, I'm in New York City speaking on innovative uses of Pinterest to communicate science, with examples for journalists, bloggers, job-hunters, science museums, science career promoters, writers promoting books, science outreach organizations, scientific journals and more. The session is presented by Science Writers in New York and takes place at the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and is free to members of either group. This session also will be webcast, and  I'll be posting slides to SlideShare, too, so you can have all the links and ideas.
  • On April 25 in Denver, I'm speaking to the National Cancer Institute Public Affairs and Marketing Network of communicators for cancer centers around the U.S. on 10 things communicators don't know about experts (and vice versa). I usually summarize my PAN talks in a blog post, so stay tuned for the resources we discuss.
  • On May 16, I'll be in London to keynote the spring conference of the UK Speechwriters' Guild and the European Speechwriting Network, and I hope all my UK and European readers will flock to this conference, which is bookended with workshops and skills-building. It's a real thrill to be able to meet with so many of my readers and colleagues across the pond at this special conference.
All of these are great groups to join, if you qualify, and many offer student or retiree or nonmember prices so you can sample what we're offering--and they are excellent networks, I can attest. I know I can expect thoughtful questions from attendees at all of these meetings.

Also in May or June, I plan to convene another session of my popular workshop, Be an Expert on Working with Experts. Sign up here for the waiting list for information about this session--just enter your email, hit "go," and make sure you tick the box for this workshop's list.

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