Recap: The Power of Poetry—Express Yourself!

Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s electrifying poem at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration, AWC-SB’s March monthly meeting/presentation was on poetry—what it can teach us as communicators, and how it can infuse our work with new energy. Wednesday, March 3, members and guests gathered via Zoom for the meeting, always a good chance for connecting, networking, and learning!

Recap: Preparing & Managing During a Crisis

Crises seem to have become more the rule than the exception in recent years, with Santa Barbara no stranger to wildfires, flooding, and debris flows. We continue to see increasing weather-related crises all over the world and for the past year, we have all been affected by the crisis of the global pandemic. Here is a recap of our February meeting on Preparing and Managing During a Crisis.

Weds. Feb 3: When Bad Things Happen – Preparing & Managing During a Crisis

Organizations are somewhat prepared for natural disasters…but what about the issues-related crises and difficult situations that can affect our employer, our consulting firm, the non-profit we volunteer at, the board we serve on? Join us on February 3rd to hear from our guest, Sheri Benninghoven. Sheri and her firm focus on crisis communications counsel and has handled some of the Central Coast’s most recent challenges.

Wednesday, January 6: Movie Night+ with RBG

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was influential in large part because she was an exceptional communicator. Jane Sherron De Hart (RBG biographer), and Hannah-Beth Jackson (retired state lawmaker) will join our conversation about what we can learn from RBG’s example as a writer and a public speaker. No matter what field you’re in, thinking about what she accomplished and how she did it is an ideal way to kick off a new year!

Wednesday, December 2: Holiday Party with Celebrity Guests

Raise a glass and exhale. Please join us at our annual holiday party as we gather to enjoy good company and celebrate the accomplishments of some exceptional local communicators. Our annual Holiday Party is a beloved AWC-SB tradition. This year, we are planning activities, games and surprises to make it special on Zoom. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

Wednesday Nov 4: How to Create a Sizzle Reel That Really Sizzles!

A sizzle reel is a brief video that brings attention to something you want to promote–your work, an event, or a public relations campaign. Thanks to today’s technology, you don’t have to be a media pro to create this highly effective form of communication. On November 4th, AWC-SB board member Erica Schweitzer will outline the essential ingredients for a memorable sizzle video. She’ll showcase some exceptional sizzle reels. And she’ll introduce you to her favorite free and low-cost tools. To get the most out of the evening, think about something you’d like to promote. By the time the evening is over, you’ll have fresh ideas about a powerful new way to make an impression on the audience you want to reach.

Wed, July 1: Books For Breakfast

AWC-SB mixes up its monthly meet-ups in the summer, getting together for Books for Breakfast. Join us on Zoom for a casual discussion of “Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language,” by Gretchen McCulloch.