Enter the 2010 Gold Quill Awards and Get Started on Your ABC Too

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What makes winning a Gold Quill Award so special? Is it the realization of having reached the pinnacle of professional acknowledgment? Or the thrill of receiving that quill statuette in front of friends and colleagues at the Gold Quill Awards gala? Or the confidence you gain the next time you e-mail your executives, clients and contacts with the Gold Quill Awards logo adorning your signature?

It could be any of those reasons, and many more, as you likely saw in the "10 reasons to enter" listed in the 2010 Call for Entries. But here's another to consider. It comes from an observation made by EXCEL Award recipient Brian J. Dunn in the September-October 2009 issue of Communication World: "We're all characters," he said, "within the stories we're trying to tell." In the story about you, your career and your organization or clients, why not enliven the narrative with the magical touch of a globally recognized award?

Now, you could be forgiven for thinking it's all about numbers. How many times was that video downloaded? What was the score for middle managers in that engagement survey? How many customers improved their satisfaction ratings? These are the critical factors that determine whether objectives were met, strategies succeeded and communication campaigns are potentially award-winning. Plus, there are the 10 reasons to enter, four steps to success, one great work plan (yours!) and--with the introduction of a social media category last year--27 categories to choose from.

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This year, for the first time, there are also three important letters: ABC. If you are entering work in the Communication Management or Communication Skills divisions, you can simultaneously start the IABC accreditation process and save yourself US$100 along the way. Your work plan and sample will be judged for accreditation while also being judged for a Gold Quill Award.

So, numbers count. But it's also about networks, such as the mentoring program established by Paul Matalucci, ABC, my predecessor as chair of the Gold Quill Awards, which finds help for anyone unsure of the process from others who have been there before.

To find out more, e-mail recognition @iabc. com. And with entries accepted in English, French, Russian and Spanish, this is a network that truly spans the globe. Visit www .iabc.com/awards/gq for details about how to enter, along with valuable tips, contacts and other resources.

Congratulations to Canada's 2009 Master Communicators

Each year, IABC Canada's Western and Eastern Regions recognize up to two outstanding communicators whose work has brought credit to IABC, the profession and the organizations they work with, and whose contributions have raised the standards of organizational communication in Canada. Recipients receive the Master Communicator (MC) designation and an honorary lifetime membership in IABC Canada.

In 2009, two exemplary communication professionals were conferred with the prestigious Master Communicator award: Ivan Muzychka, ABC, associate director of communication at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Jennifer Wah, ABC, principal consultant with Forwords Communication Inc. in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Ivan guided the digitization of the university's news distribution system, taking the university from the days of the fax to its current web-based communications that include podcasts, Twitter and Facebook," says Tudor Williams, ABC, MC, IABC Fellow, chair of the Master Communicator selection committee. "He also helped build the 'Little Chapter that Could' as IABC! Newfoundland-Labrador rose to be named International Chapter of the Year by IABC in 2008."

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Describing Wah, Williams says, "Jennifer is a passionate communicator and business leader with a casual style and sharp business sense. She is known and recognized as a compelling writer and visual communicator. …