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  • Top Trends Driving Change in Communication

    Our career-building workshop in January tackled Top Trends Driving Change in Communication and provided a forum for discussion on how best to meet these changes. We started with an introduction to 5 of the most sweeping changes that are certain to affect communication professionals everywhere. We then asked a few simple questions to get the conversation started. Try answering our questions yourself to assess how well you’re ready to meet change — or develop a personalized career development plan. The […]

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  • Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

    February 9, join business coach and start-up expert Melissa Angel, owner of BizCoach, for a workshop on the finer points of thinking and acting like an entrepreneur. Whether you’re building your career as a top employee, or you’ve ventured out on your own to build a business, an entrepreneurial mindset is essential for success in today’s market. This workshop will help participants understand the principles of entrepreneurship — innovation, continuous improvement, collaborating for success and doing work you love. They’ll consider […]

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  • Curtis Cunningham

    Career Tail End Spin

    “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” –Mark Twain As professional communicators, we all strive for excellence. We also strive to be masters in our fields and mentors to the next generation.  Eventually, through hard work and determination, we reach that magical plateau.  This goal may be to own of your own business.  It may be to reach a certain title or place within a company.  It could […]

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  • InterCom Holiday Party at the Union

    InterCom members, friends and guests filled the front area of the The Union Cabaret and Grille with warmth and good cheer on a cold Thursday night, to toast the holiday season. Kalamazoo Mall lights twinkled through the windows, and festive headgear helped keep spirits light, or at least provoked some giggles. A drawing produced some happy winners of New Years Eve tickets, a gift basket from the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, a Union gift card, and more! Thank you to all […]

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  • Career Planning Strategy Workshop–January 12

    Our January 2nd-Friday event — January 12 —is a special career planning strategy workshop. Sign up here! We’ll explore “Top Trends Driving Change in Communication” that you need to know about as you plot your professional path. Whether you’re building a consulting business or climbing the corporate ladder, we’ll discuss what changes are occurring, what skills and abilities those changes demand, and what you’ll need to think about to get you from where you are to where you want to […]

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  • Gretchen Johnsom

    A Message from our President, Gretchen Johnson

    As we enter 2018, I begin my last six months as InterCom’s president. It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve. But I also know that the younger board members who have joined our team in the last two years bring an incredible energy and excitement to our professional association. That means great opportunities are ahead for all of us and it is time to let them lead. If you were able to join us for our annual Holiday […]

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  • The Customer’s Journey- Eric Hultgren, Mlive Media Group

    Eric Hultgren, who has background in Radio, now works at Mlive Media Group. He spoke to us at our last Friday about igniting a passion for social media and talked about how “it’s never been easier to be average”. Instead of selling or banging people over the head with ads–start with a story. The power of storytelling is the best form of digital marketing. Before 1990, all we had was traditional marketing–then time went on and marketing channels keep exploding. Now our marketing channels are […]

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  • Professional Development – We Can Help!

    We’re less than a month away from 2018. Are you where you want to be in your career? Do you have a plan for moving forward? As communication professionals, we know that strategy is essential to success. But like the shoemaker’s barefoot children, we also tend to put our own needs last. Not to worry, we have a few suggestions that won’t take much time. 1. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss any of our 2nd Friday meetings. […]

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  • InterCom Gathering for Holiday Cheer

    Come bid the year adieu while noshing and toasting with InterCom for our annual Holiday Gathering. Thursday, December 14, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at The Union Cabaret and Grille 125 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Current members, past members and anyone interested in learning about the group are invited to enjoy: networking, free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a preview of InterCom’s spring lineup for its 2nd Friday Speaker’s Series kicking off January 12, 2018.   Powered […]

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  • How to Have Hard Conversations

    The ability to put tough issues on the table and deal with them directly is one factor that differentiates good companies from great companies, according to author Jim Collins. Virgin CEO Richard Branson says the ability to say what you mean and mean what you say is essential to success in business. Yet somehow, many of us struggle with direct, honest, difficult conversations. It’s often called Midwest nice, and it’s not a compliment. Facing tough issues head-on is more than […]

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