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Hey, Hong Kong! CCI Conference on Corporate Communication 2014

CCI award

 

Sometimes when you shoot for the moon, be ready surprise yourself.

Turns out writing can take you places – literally – and here’s my recap. It’s been a month since I returned from attending the CCI Conference on Corporate Communication 2014 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where I presented findings of my master’s thesis. Thank goodness for pictures and press releases, or I might think it was merely a dream.

Putting the “International” into CCI

My first time to such a conference, where 25 nations were represented by scholars and professionals, I loved saying “the United States” when asked where I was from. I met friends from Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, England, Australia, Canada, China, Malaysia, Netherlands, and many U.S. states. We all spoke English. Imagine the variety of accents! I didn’t realize it would be such an academic crowd; the majority of those who attended hold a Ph.D. and teach at universities. A fascinating group, they truly understand communication – our meals together were noisy with buzzing conversations of common interest.

My Turn to Present

During that four-day conference, I soaked up as much as a jet-lagged body could from others who are also passionate about communication. By the time it was my turn to present on the third day, a pit of nervousness welled up. I’d seen so many impressive presentations from these intellectuals, many of whom had decades of experience on me. Yet, when I stood up and looked out at the crowd, including my good husband who took a trip around the world to be my support crew, I felt at ease. I was among friends. I did my best to represent my university and company, sharing key findings of my research on managerial gratitude.

What? Really?!

That night at the Awards Dinner, I had one of the biggest surprises of my life when MY paper was named “Best Theoretical Paper” of the conference. I’m still stunned, and have replayed those couple of minutes many times in my mind. The standing ovation. The applause of new friends. The heavy glass award. I held back the surprised tears, barely. Thank you to the CCI Conference Judging Committee for selecting my paper. It made all my hundreds of hours in the university library definitely worth it. And shout out to Christina Genest, CCI Associate Director and Michael B. Goodman, Ph.D., CCI Director, who made everyone in attendance feel like family.

CCI Group Photo

Want to know more about Corporate Communication International? I know I’m a huge fan. Check out the CCI site, here.

 

 

Does “thank you” still matter in the workplace? Win a $50 gift card

thank you typeWhen’s the last time your boss said “thank you” to you?

For my graduate thesis, I’m looking at the intersection of two passions: corporate communication and gratitude. I’m conducting research to explore the use, effectiveness, and dark sides of gratitude communications in the workplace. I’ve conducted three focus groups so far, and was pleasantly surprised at the passion about this topic. For sake of space, I had to turn away at least a dozen people for the focus groups.

I’ll admit: months ago I’d been timid about the topic, thinking it might be too “Pollyanna-ish.” Not anymore. With a supportive thesis committee, and collection of people’s experiences from focus groups, I see a need to be filled in the literature – and in managerial approach. In my literature reviews, I’ve not found anything else covering the topic quite like this. I’ll be sharing the findings here in spring of 2014.

What about you? I’m conducting a survey and need your input. To participate you need to be currently working full-time in an organization and have no employees reporting to you.

Complete the survey by 11:59 p.m. MST, Friday, Dec. 20 and you can enter to win one of two $50 gift cards. Study findings will be available to interested participants, and no names will be used in the research. Winners will be notified on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Take survey here: Gratitude in the Workplace

In all sincerity, thank you for your time.