2017 Annual Conference

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82nd Annual International Conference
October 1821, 2017
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

Theme:  Shaping and Expanding the Landscape of Business Communication

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Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary conference.

Call for Papers

See the Call for Papers.  

Submissions are closed.

Description of Session Types

See descriptions of session types.

See Poster Guidelines with printing & mounting suggestions in Ireland  (coming late July)

Proposal Submissions

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You may view your submission any time. Here are the steps:

  1. Log in to the ABC site and click My Options.
  2. From the dropdown menu, click My Profile. 
  3. Select My Options, then My Presentations (at bottom of list—lower right corner).
  4. Click your Ireland submission.

Pre-conference Workshops

Six optional pre-conference workshops ($40 each) are offered Wednesday, October 18.

Managing your Performance: Acting Strategies for Leadership.
Nelson Lopez, Bellarmine University
Anamari Irizarry & Camille Villafañe, University of Puerto Rico

Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Back in the 1920’s, performing art strategies helped King George the VI of England overcome his stage fright and his stuttering problems. Thus, in this workshop you will engage in an interdisciplinary experience where we will use interactive theatre games exercises inspired by Berry, Barnett, Spolin, and others. We will employ demonstrations, simulations, and discussions designed to share tools that will make your true voice and persona come alive. The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of the body language, sensibility, empathy, to develop communication, reflection and analytical skills (textual, verbal and non-verbal), and resolve conflicts and encourage innovation.

We encourage attendees to have comfortable clothing, due to the performing art strategies and improvisation techniques that will be used during the workshop.

Competency-Based Business Communication: Grading, Coaching, and Assessment with Rubrics
Kristen Lucas & Jenna Haugen, University of Louisville
Jacob Rawlins, Brigham Young University.

Wednesday, October 18, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

For the past several years, faculty at the University of Louisville have been developing and refining a competency-based approach to the business communication curriculum (see Lucas & Rawlins, 2015). At the heart of this approach, classroom instruction, assignments, and evaluation center on a goals-oriented and receiver-centric understanding of communication in which students are taught strategies for meeting five core competencies of business communication: professional, clear, concise, evidence-driven, and persuasive.

In this workshop, we will work with the competency-based rubrics. Participants learn how to use the rubrics for several purposes. They will use the rubrics to grade sample student work.  They will practice coaching “students” through developing ideas, writing drafts, and revising documents. And they will compile and analyze assessment data in order to identify important insights, report data to key decision-makers, and inform curricular revisions.

Flipping and Expanding the Business Communication Classroom

Jeanette L. Drake, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Lecturer of Managerial Communications & Supplemental Instruction Supervisor, College of Business, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Jeffrey P. Drake, Ph.D., Senior Instructional Designer, Office of Extended Learning, University of Michigan-Flint

Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 - 2:55 PM

This hands-on, interactive workshop focuses on flipping and expanding the business communication classroom—bringing active learning to the classroom and building interactive lectures online.
 
After engaging in the workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand the pedagogy behind the flipped classroom, pros and cons, and how flipping can be effective in business communication.
  • Know three techniques/technologies to make online lectures interactive.
  • Take away two turnkey activities that employ active learning methods.
  • Identify teaching strategies to complement a flipped classroom.
  • Self assess to ensure a flipped classroom incorporates four essential pillars. 

The flipped classroom model reverses the typical lecture and homework elements of a course. Before coming to class, students are responsible for reading the text, viewing the lecture online, and, if applicable, conducting a formative self-assessment. The flipped pedagogy allows educators to maximize classroom time together via a variety of active learning methods. In this way, students have the opportunity to discuss and apply business communication concepts before being asked to demonstrate mastery.

Upon first encounter, both professors and students may be reluctant to deviate from the traditional lecture approach, which requires little active student participation. However, this paradigm shift can have a profound impact on learning and learner experience. Further, evolving technologies continue to expand the possibilities for student-centered learning both in the classroom and online.

Consulting 101

Cristine Uber Grosse, Thunderbird at Arizona State University

Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 - 2:55 PM

This workshop is designed for business communication professionals who would like to learn how to start their own consulting business.   It guides participants through the steps of creating a start-up, from conceptualization and planning to delivery of services.  Using examples from her own experience, the workshop leader shares how she built a consulting business after retiring from an academic career in business communication.

Cross-Cultural Business Cases: A Methodology to Enhance Real World Analysis
Orlando Kelm, University of Texas, Austin
David Victor, Eastern Michigan University

Wednesday, October 18, 3:05 - 5:30 PM

This workshop provides participants with a practical approach to combine traditional business case methodology with the added element of dealing with cross-cultural dilemmas.  We do so by presenting micro case study vignettes that exemplify cross-cultural issues and then combine these vignettes with additional observations and recommendations from experienced executives from different cultural backgrounds who have also read the case studies.  The object of the workshop is to introduce the methodology and to give participants an opportunity to work through sample business cases.

Language in Business, Language at Work: A Language-Based Approach to Teaching Business Communication
Veronika Koller, Lancaster University
Co-author Erika Darics, Aston University

3:05 - 5:30 PM

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to an approach to teaching business communication that centres on the understanding of how language works. Many training events enable teachers to help students and practitioners read the clock. This workshop shows how they can help them understand the clockwork! 

Proceedings

See the Call for Papers: Peer Reviewed Proceedings.

Complete your paper per the proceedings guidelines (see the above link) and save it as a Word file. Submit your paper as a Word attachment to Leigh Ann Whittle before June 18, 2017.

Registration

First log in, then click here to register online.

Want your university to pay?  Login and register for the conference.  Follow the prompts through the registration steps.  Click to "pay".  On the payment screen, click to EMAIL INVOICE (towards top left).  This allows you to send the invoice to your university for payment.  (Payment still needs to be received by deadline dates.)  This is easier than requesting staff to guess their way through your registration form!

ABC Member
$275 - early bird deadline Sep 1
$375 - payments received after Sep 1
$475 - payments received after Sep 29

Student
$125 (Graduate student registration fee waived if the ABC student member is presenting at the conference and if registered by Sep 1.)
$225 - payments received after Sep 1
$250 - payments received after Sep 29

Non-member
$400 - early bird deadline Sep 1
$500 - payments received after Sep 1
$600 - payments received after Sep 29

Workshops $40 each

Bringing a Guest?

Wednesday reception $50

Thursday Plenary Luncheon $50

Friday Presidential Awards Banquet $90

Registration question?  Contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org

Schedule

See a tentative Schedule at a Glance.

A session schedule is coming in early August.

Keynote Speaker - Brian Jenner is the founder of the European Speechwriter Network and the UK Speechwriters’ Guild as well as the editor of The Speechwriter, a publication for professional speechwriters. With his extensive background in speechwriting, he shares his ideas on intercultural, audience, and training issues. 

Silent Auction - CRAF

suas.jpgABC affiliate C. R. Anderson Foundation (501(c)(3)) will hold its annual silent auction to benefit ABC's graduate student travel fund and Ireland's Suas Educational Development.

Click here to donate to the CRAF 2017 Silent Auction. The survey will prompt you to sign in. Or create an ABC account before returning here to donate.

In Ireland, 1 in 10 children have serious literacy difficulties. In designated disadvantaged schools (DEIS) this figure can increase to 1 in 3. Studies show children who do not learn to read, write and communicate effectively at the primary level are more likely to leave school early, be unemployed or in low-skilled jobs, have poorer emotional and physical health and are more likely to end up in poverty and in prison. The resultant impact on society is not just economic but also results in a negative effect on children's achievement of their full human potential.

Learn more about Suas Educational Development here:  suas.ie

Contact Becky Morrison with questions or donations.

Lodging

Royal Marine Hotel

Royal Marine Hotel
Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

The Royal Marine Hotel is regarded as one of the finest 4-star Hotels in Dublin and has hosted many Heads of State, Kings, Queens and celebrities including old blues eyes Frank Sinatra, Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. Steeped in history and a favorite with the locals, this landmark 4-star hotel is an impressive sight on the skyline.

Rates: 134 Euros single (about $149*); 144 Euros double (about $160*). Rates include lovely full Irish breakfast and internet. Rates also include B&B and lodging VAT (taxes).

Reserve your room at:  http://tinyurl.com/zksmzwt      Note the calendar format to be sure you are holding the desired dates.  

If you want a room outside the reflected availability, or if you wish to avoid the 3 Euro online booking fee, please email Haley Doyle at the Royal Marine at:  HDoyle@royalmarine.ie

You may also reserve lodging by dialing Haley Doyle directly at: +353 (0)1 2712523  

See Transportation (below) for Airport Transfer via Air Coach dropping you directly at Royal Marine.

Location

A short drive along the South East Coast of Dublin will bring you to Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery), where overlooking Dublin Bay you will find the Royal Marine Hotel.

Dun Laoghaire is a seaside town and port based six miles south of Dublin City Centre. While accessible to the heart of the capital, in Dun Laoghaire, you’ll enjoy a more scenic location. With some of the county's most beautiful walks, the town has two mile-long piers, and the People's Park. The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is a quick stroll away. Thirty minutes south of Dun Laoghaire is Wicklow, also known as the Garden of Ireland.

Dublin City Centre is accessible in just twenty minutes via the DART train line--a 2 minute walk away. Hotel parking is complimentary; coach service to/from Dublin Airport is available at the door.

Excursions

Dun Laoghaire Welcome Walk - Wednesday, Oct 18th 9:20-11am   $16  Advanced sign-up required.

Meet by the hotel fireside to join us for an easy welcome walk. We will be guided through the beautiful seaside village of Dun Laoghaire. Filled with anecdotes, “Joe’s Walk” provides the historical and cultural backdrop as well as highlights the monuments and significant dates & events that shaped Dun Laoghaire’s development from a small village to a beautiful harbor it is today.  You may hear tales of heroes, villains, poets, and sailors. The walk concludes at nearby James Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove, which you may visit on your own for free after the tour. Consider lunch on your own in Sandycove Glasthule.  Walk under ¼ mile back to the Royal Marine or catch the train back to Dun Laoghaire. Bring your green travel Leap Card with you.

About the Leap Card:  you will receive this travel card at conference registration. You may like to use it throughout the Dublin/Dun Laoghaire area for bus, train, and tram travel.  It is easy to reload at the train station.  You may turn in both used and unused Leap Cards at the conference closing.  These cards will be donated to our silent auction partner.)  

There are some steps on the walk; please notify us if you require an alternate route.

Walking shoes and jacket recommended.

Malahide Castle Tour - Saturday, Oct 21 12:00 pm - approximately 6:00 pm  $16 

Malahide.jpgMeet at 12:00pm as we travel by train 50 minutes north of Dun Laoghaire to the coastal town of Malahide.  At Malahide, medieval meets modern with its historic castle & grounds, beautiful botanic gardens, quaint village, and the Irish Sea. Lunch is on your own at the Visitors’ Center with its highly rated Avoca Café.  Seasonal fresh dishes and a mouth-watering selection of cakes, buns, and pies await!  You can also enjoy shopping for world famous Avoca woolen throws, plus clothing and foods or Irish-themed gifts at the Museum shop. Feel free to wander around the castle grounds.

At 3:20 pm, meet at the Castle for a 3:30pm scheduled tour of Malahide Castle.  This guided tour takes us through one of the oldest castles in Ireland and home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. After the tour, on your own or with one of the conference co-chairs, you may choose a 10-minute walk to the charming Malahide village, for more shops and restaurants. Or walk the promenade to soak up the seaside atmosphere and dip your feet in the Irish Sea. Meet back at the train station at 6:00pm to return to Dun Laoghaire, or head back on your own.  You may like jumping off at Connelly Station to explore Dublin.   

Excursion is fully accessible except a limited portion of the castle (3rd floor bedrooms not accessible by wheelchair).

Advanced sign-up required via online registration.  Bring your green travel Leap Card.

About the Leap Card:  You will receive this travel Leap card at conference registration. You may like to use it throughout the Dublin/Dun Laoghaire area for bus, train, and tram travel.  It is easy to reload at the train station.  You may turn in both used and unused Leap Cards at the conference closing.  These cards will be donated to our silent auction partner.

You will be most comfortable with walking shoes, a warm jacket, and dressed in layers.  The evening can get especially chilly.

Scenic Coastal Walk   Saturday, Oct 21st 1:50-4:30pm. Advanced sign-up required.  $16

Grab your jacket, put on your sturdy walking shoes and enjoy a brisk scenic coastal walk to Dalkey & Killiney. Meet by the hotel fireside at 1:50pm for “Joe’s Walk” south along the coast to the ancient medieval town of Dalkey and up Killiney Hill for magnificent 360 degree views of the city, the curve of Dublin Bay to Howth, and the Wicklow Mountains. This walk for the hardy is approximately 4km, taking about 2 and a half hours at a moderate pace. It includes steps and an uphill climb—but oh, the vista! The tour ends in Dalkey. You may like to slip into the Grapevine wine bar, or rub elbows with the locals in Finnegan’s Pub. Take the quick & inexpensive train ride back to Dun Laoghaire.  Remember to carry your green Leap card. 

About the travel Leap Card:  you will receive this travel Leap Card at conference registration. You may like to use it throughout the Dublin/Dun Laoghaire area for bus, train, and tram travel.  It is easy to reload at the train station.  You may turn in both used and unused Leap Cards at the conference closing.  These cards will be donated to our silent auction partner.

Excursions - On Your Own

Want to get further away?  Travel on your own to the Wild Atlantic Way in the West of Ireland to historic Galway for a stay at The Ardiluan.  Quietly situated in the prominent Taylor's Hill neighborhood, The Ardiluan (4-star) is a pleasant 1.5 km walk (under 1 mile) to the cobbled streets of the bustling center city.  Enjoy the hotel's gardens and be sure to enjoy a cup of chowder served with Guinness brown bread in the hotel's bistro.  You'll want to take the chef home to make bread!

Read on for location and hotel discount block.

Reaching Galway.  Travel via train or bus (about 3.5 hours) or by car (about 3 hours), catching cab from train/bus terminal. Free parking.  (Hertz car rental has optional $10/day wireless internet for use with your phone or other devices.  That can really assist with navigation.)

From Galway. 

To south:  Cliffs of Moher   Note:  These magnificent cliffs are quite wet and windy!  You will be most comfortable with layers and rainproof gear.  Many tour operators provide transit as this is one of Ireland's most popular day trips--both from Dublin and Galway.

To west (about 10 miles):  Spiddal    Scenic Spiddal is a peaceful village on the Atlantic's edge.  You'll find Aran sweaters and other Irish fashions, along with a cafe at Standún--a third generation Irish business.  On into the village, stroll about to take in a thatched-roof cottage, small cafes and pubs.

Rates per night - The Ardiluan   Book directly:  reservations@theardilaunhotel.ie or dial 353 91 521 433 and guarantee room with credit card. 

Oct 14 & 15:  €140.00 Twin/Double B&B (reserve by Sep 15)

Oct 15: €120.00 per single B&B (reserve by Sep 15)

Oct 20, 21, & 22:  (reserve by Sep 21)

€169.000 per  twin /Double (20th only)

€159.00 per single B&B (20th only)

€140.00  per twin/Double B&B (21st only)

€120.00 per single B&B (21st only)

€89.00 per single B&B (22nd only)

€119.00 per twin/Double B&B (22nd only)

Travel Tips

Visit the conference blog for Ireland Travel Tips to find a wealth of information about traveling to and in Ireland, including information about currency, Dublin Airport, electric plugs and adapters, the climate, food and drink, car rentals, and much more. 

Click on the links below for additional travel, passport, and visa information.

Transportation & Airport Transfer

Airport Transfer    Air Coach (hourly) from the airport to the Royal Marine is 8 Euros (14 Euros roundtrip) with online booking at: http://www.aircoach.ie.  Booking ahead reserves seat and avoids line.  Example:  for 1030 AM arrival, book 1235 PM transit.  If you arrive earlier, you can jump on an earlier bus assuming space is available.  Curbside tickets can also be purchased.  Royal Marine Hotel destination is Air Coach #703.           Wheelchair access:  must book online, then email Info@aircoach.ie so they can prepare coach by removing seats.

A cab from the airport to the conference hotel is about 25-30 Euros, not considering traffic.

A 20-minute DART rail transit travels between Dublin city centre and Dun Laoghaire; the station is a quick and easy walk to the hotel.

Ryan Air flies roundtrip from many points in Europe for $100 or less.   Carriers from North America offer sales for as low as $400. As of 11/2016, searches show flights from Los Angeles at $599, Newark, $517, Hong King $704, Dubai $564.

Conference Forum

Would you like to connect with ABC members to find a roommate for the conference? Or to discuss the conference before heading to Ireland? Or to perhaps share transportation to/from the airport? Visit the conference forum, which is private and available to ABC members only.

Leap Card is a re-usable smartcard that enables you to pay for public transport around Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford. It saves you carrying change and Leap Card fares are cheaper than cash tickets. - See more at: http://about.leapcard.ie/faqs#sthash.QovQbDXC.dpuf

Contacts

Gail Cruise-conference co-chair

Jean Bush-Bacelis-conference co-chair (submission questions)