We have a LinkedIn group just for APCC members. Why not join us there? It’s a great place to visit and exchange ideas. The settings allow you to have an email alert you to new discussions or to turn off alerts and check the site on your own schedule.
Right now, there’s an interesting job posting on the group site.
Check us out. It’s a closed group for members only, so you’ll have to be approved to get into the site, but we’ll try to watch for you. The LinkedIn site is a member benefit that none of us want to miss.
2011 APCC Awards
This year the Association for Professional Communication Consultants honors two long-time members with separate awards for Excellence in Training: Betsy Frick and Audrey Riffenburgh.
Betsy Frick, Excellence in Training
Commissioned by Washington University’s Center for the Application of Information Technology, Betsy Frick of St. Louis, Missouri, developed and taught “sold-out” sessions titled Better Business Writing for a local company headquarters IT staff in 2011.
Betsy Frick’s half-day workshop highlights essential features of document organization, design, and concise writing and techniques that help writers achieve them. The customized workbook provides brief guidelines explained in plain language, followed by clear examples and prompts for personal applications. By limiting enrollment in each session and using a document camera, Frick provides ample individual attention to participants who bring samples of their writing for analysis and improvement. Continue reading
As president and founder of Plain Language Works (formerly Riffenburgh and Associates) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Audrey Riffenburgh has trained over 1,500 health professionals in plain language and health literacy. Her goal is to help these professionals create easy-to-read, highly-effective print and web-based health information for consumers, patients, and their families. Her consulting services include speaking and training, producing reader-friendly documents, and facilitating organizational change toward a plain language culture.
As a forerunner in health literacy and an advocate for plain language, Audrey Riffenburgh deserves high praise for the contributions she has made to the field. When she began consulting and training in 1994, she was one of the few practitioners addressing health literacy. Her customized workshops and numerous conference presentations have shed light on the crucial need for health literacy and have provided much-needed instruction on effectively communicating health information. Continue reading
Longtime APCC member Barbara Shwom co-authored a new college-level business communication textbook published in January 2011 by Pearson-Prentice Hall: “One goal of the textbook is to update traditional wisdom about business communication and to include new approaches, many of which I’ve learned from my consulting clients.”
In 2010 APCC awarded three awards for excellence with Jay Johnson earning awards for Excellence in Training and Excellence in Electronic Media.
Reva Daniel also won an award for Excellence in Writing for a Client.