2022 Annual International Conference

87th Annual International Conference
Tampa, Florida, USA and Virtual
October 3 to October 8, 2022


Virtual Conference Program

On-Site Conference Program

Need help accessing either program? Watch this video tutorial

Download the Schedule as a PDF here


Updated: September 30, 2022
Dear ABC colleagues,
I spoke with Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay staff this afternoon and they are completely ready to welcome us next week for our 2022 Annual International Conference! There was no wind or rain damage to the property. The hotel is fully staffed, both restaurants are open, catering kitchens are humming, and all other operations are back to normal. The Tampa airport is also open and flights have been arriving and departing since this morning.
What recent and other events over the past three years have reminded us, is that life can be fragile. If there ever was a time when we need to come together with our ABC colleagues, it is now. For those of you who will be in Tampa, you will also be a source of support and encouragement for the hotel staff and local community. 
Thank you for your patience this past week. Again, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions or concerns (krybka@illinois.edu). 
Take care, Kathryn
Kathryn M. Rybka, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director, Association for Business Communication

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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay - Our Conference Site

Reconnecting and Reengaging our Research, Teaching, and Networks

 

Virtual presentations will be Monday, October 3, and Tuesday, October 4, 2022.  On-site programming begins with workshops Wednesday, October 5, 2022. On-site presentations will be Thursday, October 6, through Saturday, October 8, 2022.


 

Conference Program (downloadable pdf.) All times are Eastern Time Zone
Conference Agenda - Find steps to search sessions, find Zoom links to virtual programming, find attendees and more.

CLICK HERE for a conference agenda access video tutorial

HELP    
For help at conference time, submit a support ticket.  Be sure your Zoom client or app is up-to-date. As of 28 SEP, version 5.12 is the latest. Click here for a support article about upgrading your Zoom client.



Conference Forum                           

Would you like to connect with ABC members to share transportation to/from the airport? Maybe you would like to visit the Tampa Riverwalk with a side trip to the Henry Plant Museum. (Should you go, you will quickly realize why this stunning former Victorian railroad resort is a National Historic Landmark.) Discover more fun things to do with conference friends and then make plans on the forum.

Visit the conference forum, which is private and available to ABC members only.


Presentation Tips and More

Tips to prepare for a virtual presentation - Click here   Be sure you are using Zoom 5.12 or higher.
Tips for presenting on Zoom - Click here
How to Upload Handouts - Click here
Poster tips (onsite) - Click here
Session chair guidelines - click here
Packing List and Travel Tips- Click here.            Remember to bring display items for Member Networking Table.



First-Time Attendee Tips

  • Stay at the conference lodging.  If you want a roommate, consider posting on the private ABC Facebook page.
  • Arrive a few hours early to settle in comfortably; stay for the entire conference.
  • Volunteer at the registration desk and meet new people.
  • Attend the First Time Attendee gathering over breakfast Thursday and hear from the ABC President and ABC Interim Executive Director.
  • Participate in a workshop or an excursion to make even more connections.
  • Take care of yourself.  Consider gentle stretching and meditation.  Make good choices; allow time to process your thoughts and take time for a bit of quiet each day.  Enjoy fresh air and exercise. Get enough sleep. 
  • If you need a friend or mentor, look for someone wearing an ABC Ambassador button; you will discover seasoned ABC members who are happy to "show you the ropes."

Workshops

Workshops are 2-to 3-hour, highly interactive, themed events. Participants will walk away with a new approach to teaching, researching, or consulting in the realm of business communication.

Brought to you by ABC colleagues, click here to learn of this year's workshop offerings. 


Area Information

Area Attractions and Food Tips - Click here.   
Reading ListClick here for books and readings on the history and people of the Tampa area and more.


Venue

Venue - Onsite

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, Florida, USA

Terrific room rates!  Free parking!  Free guestroom internet!  No resort fees!

The resort hotel, with lush grounds, fronts a 35-acre nature preserve with mangroves extending to North Tampa Bay, yet it is just a five-minute ride from the Tampa International Airport (TPA). Some discount airlines also fly into St. Petersburg International Airport (PIE)--about 15 miles away. Enjoy birdwatching from the boardwalk, a dip in the swimming pools, ping pong in the sand, tennis, basketball, bike riding, or find a hammock in the shade. Sit down to eat (or order ahead) at 1823, the hotel restaurant. On the grounds for dining is Oystercatchers; reservations are a must for this award-winning seafood restaurant. For off-site restaurants, services, and shopping grab a cab or social transit. Tampa is about 30 minutes from St. Pete Beach, which is the Tripadvisor #1 America's Top 25 Beaches for 2021.

Lodging

Click here for lodging options.
Accessibility Information - Click here.
Safety Precautions - Click here


Venue - Virtual Programming

This year's virtual platform will use ABC's own site. Near late September, registered attendees will be able to explore the agenda builder with your usual ABC login. For as long as you maintain your ABC membership and as long as ABC uses this same software, you will be able to continue accessing conference materials as shared by conference presenters. Planning ahead? Unless you are concerned of internet stability, pre-recording is not expected (unless required as part of My Favorite Assignment or How Do You Teach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?) We want you to present live. Should you be concerned of internet stability, contact the conference co-chairs for permission for you to provide a link to your pre-recording.

Recording of virtual conference presentations will be available to registered attendees until March 31, 2023.


Registration

Want to upgrade your membership from Guest to Paid Member for full member benefits?  Click for steps.

Click here to registerLate registration continues.

Adding Options (Workshops, Donations) after Registering

Want to add an option after you have already registered or pay separately for an option?  Find steps here.

On-site registration includes all on-site sessions with presenter AV (laptop, projector, and screen) in all breakout rooms, breaks, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday breakfast, along with a Thursday, October 6, 2022 light lunch, an evening reception, and the Friday, October 7, 2022 awards luncheon. Workshops are optional extras. On-site sessions will not be recorded, nor broadcast, nor otherwise available to virtual attendees.

Bonus! On-site registrants can attend all virtual sessions at no extra charge (Monday, October 3, 2022 and Tuesday, October 4, 2022.)

Virtual registration allows access to all virtual sessions Monday, October 3, 2022 and Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Virtual workshops are optional extras. Virtual sessions will be recorded for continued access by all registered attendees.

Registration Rates
Click here for registration rates, deadlines, how to have your university pay, and more.

Graduate Student Travel GrantClick here to learn more.


Proceedings

We hope you will permit ABC to consider your extended abstract for publication in the citable Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2472-0658.)

Click to watch this YouTube video made by Proceedings Editor Leigh Ann Whittle with tips on what makes a good Proceedings submission.
Click to learn more about Best Paper and more Proceedings details and dates.


Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines with samplesClick here to see tracks.

Want to Participate in Sponsored Sessions?

Panel and Regular presentation submissions - closed
Presentation and panel submissions seeking early approval - closed  
Workshop submissions - closed

Poster Submissions

Poster presenters will give a three-to-five minute overview during the scheduled poster roundtable in a conference room. If attending onsite, after the session, posters will be displayed in a common areas for conference attendees to view.

A virtual poster session is also hosted during the virtual conference days.

Click here for Poster tips.

Reviewer

Volunteer reviewers review, evaluate, and comment on submissions. Learn more here.


Conference Contacts

The annual conference provides networking opportunities and supports ongoing professional development.  Our mission as conference planners is to help ABC members reach their goals and experience all that ABC has to offer.  We look forward to gathering by the Bay.

ABC Conference Co-chairs
Nancy Mahon and Leslie Seawright 

Exhibitor Contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org