Weds. April 7: Truth Decay -The Battle to Prevent Lies and Misinformation from Overwhelming Reality

Whether it’s Russian trolls planting fake narratives, conspiracy theorists colluding against a perceived enemy or well-meaning citizens sharing misleading memes, the current deluge of information has made it all too easy to disseminate fiction and falsehoods that can topple businesses, spread pandemics and even undermine democracy.  Join veteran journalist, educator and truth-talker Starshine Roshell for a look at how we got here, why it matters and the small-but-powerful things you can do to help.

Weds. March 3: The Power of Poetry for Communications Professionals

Tap into your inner poet as a communications professional. Find out what poetry can teach communicators. How can writing, reading, or hearing poetry deepen our understanding, focus our thinking and sharpen our message? You’ll hear from some of Santa Barbara’s most inspiring poets and take away ideas about how the elements of poetry can infuse your work with new insight, precision, and passion.  

Recap: It’s Getting Hot in Here – Sizzle Reels!

On Wednesday, November 4th, AWC-SB members and guests met via Zoom for the monthly event that always presents valuable information as well as networking and camaraderie. While doing our best to suspend our collective breath-holding over election results (though updates were posted in the chat from time to time), we came together for How to Create a Sizzle Reel that Really Sizzles.

Recap: Solutions Journalism – It May be the Answer

On Wednesday, October 7, about 40 AWC-SB members and guests assembled via Zoom for a fascinating and comprehensive presentation, Solutions Journalism: Breaking the Fear-Based News Cycle, with Giana Magnoli of Noozhawk and Michelle Faust Raghavan of Solutions Journalism Network. Even up against the Vice Presidential debate on TV, it was wonderful to see the impressive turnout for this monthly gathering.

Review: Building Emotional Immunity℠

Per executive coach Patricia R. Schwartz, the Emotional Immunity Experience is a self-directed state of enhanced immunity from your own and others’ reactivity… via the experience of your own positive feelings. Each time we have a pleasurable feeling from an action, the brain releases dopamine, which in the future will create a positive association with that action.

Wed August 5: Books For Breakfast

“Words matter.” That tagline could be a mantra for AWC-SB members. It also appears on Nonviolent Communication, the August selection for AWCSB’s popular Books for Breakfast event. This classic book by Marshall Rosenberg promises to help readers “find common ground with anyone, anywhere, at any time, both personally and professionally.”  Nothing could be more timely—or more relevant to professional communicators!

Recap: Managing Change

As we all know, the only constant in life is change, and these days change is not just constant but seemingly on overdrive. AWC-SB members and non-members gathered via Zoom Wednesday evening for “Managing Change,” this month’s presentation by three women professionals in our community.