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  • Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015

    Wired 4 Leadership
    Kerry Stackpole
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Will “Castle and Moat” Strategies Help You Win Engaged Members? Active, engaged members remain the number one challenge for associations and professional societies. Why do so many nonprofits end up leaving them stranded? There are great strategies for assuring success in recruiting, retaining and engaging members if you’ll commit the time and resources to making … Continue reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 → You are reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • 5 Associations Rethink Volunteerism

    Mariner Management
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Join a group of volunteer evangelists as we explore new solutions for association volunteering on an Association Trends webinar series. Tom Hood, CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs, Debra BenAvram, CEO, A.S.P.E.N., Rick Grimm, CEO for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and Laura Garrison-Brook, President & CEO, Engaging Communities Consulting provide a look at 5 association case studies ranging from total governance overhaul to ad-hoc volunteering to a simple board training make-over.
  • Recruit the Whole Person

    Spark Consulting
    Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Last week, I was teaching the volunteer management course for ASAE’s Association Management Week with the smart and talented Andrea Rutledge (Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board), and she and I got chatting about membership recruitment. Andrea’s been a volunteer with ASAE’s research committee, which supports the work of the ASAE Foundation, and we specifically got talking about the Future of Membership project. She said that one of the things that had most struck her and has been on her mind since the reports came out last year was the concept,…
  • Operation and Business Models in China

    GrowGlobally.org
    Peter Turner
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
       This interview is with Florence Chua, Director, Association Management and Consulting, MCI China during the 2014 ASAE Annual Conference in Nashville.  It is run in two parts as we discuss methods for establishing successful businesses in China. Florence refers to the 2014 ASAE MCI study on Achieving Global Growth Study here. [important] Part 1 – Podcast Interview (12 minutes) Part 2 – Podcast interview (12 minutes) [/important]
  • Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

    GrowGlobally.org
    Peter Turner
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    For many years, MCI has been active globally among corporations, governments, university and non-profit sectors to develop, implement and promote sustainability strategies for meeting industry destination and service suppliers as well as corporate and association executives seeking to reduce the negative impact of their meetings.  Guy Bigwood, leads MCI’s Sustainability Services group which has produced a number of global chief executive events on sustainability to help to accelerate sustainable practices into corporate strategy around the world. In demand as a speaker and workshop…
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  • Volunteers Have Changed – Have You?

    Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    You have TWO upcoming opportunities to join me and Peggy Hoffman to explore a new model that allows associations and our volunteers to focus our limited resources, measuring everything we do by how well it supports and contributes to the mission of our organizations. Option one: In-person at ASAE Peggy and I are presenting for ASAE’s new Marquee Management Series, Monday, March 30. The Mission Driven Volunteer will be highly interactive (no sitting back and just letting the knowledge wash over you). We’ll be hitting the high points of our eponymous whitepaper and talking about…
  • Recruit the Whole Person

    Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Last week, I was teaching the volunteer management course for ASAE’s Association Management Week with the smart and talented Andrea Rutledge (Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board), and she and I got chatting about membership recruitment. Andrea’s been a volunteer with ASAE’s research committee, which supports the work of the ASAE Foundation, and we specifically got talking about the Future of Membership project. She said that one of the things that had most struck her and has been on her mind since the reports came out last year was the concept,…
  • Farewell, Associations 101

    Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    For the past two years, Spark, in partnership with Scott Oser Associates and Peach New Media, has sponsored the free Associations 101 monthly webinar series: “10 tips in 20 minutes” on a variety of topics, designed to provide a quick tactical overview of key issues in association management aimed at new – or new to the profession – association staff. Over the course of the past two years, we’ve covered: Volunteer Management Branding Advocacy Working with your Board Publishing Membership Sales Association Websites Exhibits, Sponsorship, and Advertising Developing…
  • Retention is a Relationship

    Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    And you can’t claim to have a relationship with people you don’t know. This topic has come up frequently with clients in the past six months, both within full engagements, where we’ve been looking at how to increase membership, and in speaking engagements, where I’m trying to help chapter leaders learn how to be more effective. Retention is key to long-term membership growth and to maintaining vital, lively chapters. While recruitment is like dating, retention is like getting – and staying – married. It’s about being in it for the long haul, about…
  • Four Keys to Writing Good Marketing Copy

    Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    How do you write good marketing copy? In a nutshell:  Think about your audience. Who are they? What do you know about them? Use that information to craft a personalized message. Talk like a real person, and write like you speak. Shorter and simpler is better than longer and more complex. Don’t be excessively formal, don’t use jargon, and don’t use undefined acronyms. Focus on benefits not features. Present your offer from your audience’s perspective, not the association’s. What’s your call to action? If the answer is, “I don’t have one,” don’t send the…
 
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  • Develop An Organization That Succeeds Through A Culture Of Learning Infographic

    Jeff Hurt
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Modern organizations need to develop a learning culture… …If they want to survive in the rapidly changing world in which we now live. A learning culture is a work environment that supports all employees constantly learning, unlearning and relearning.  Our knowledge and skills can become outdated quickly. Successful organizations hire those that embrace life-long learning. These employees know that improving their organization depends upon their learning. Infographic created by Stephen J. Gill and ATD. Used with permission. The post Develop An Organization That Succeeds Through A…
  • Revamping Your Strategic Brain To Be A Rock Solid Leader

    Jeff Hurt
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    The challenge you face as a conference organizer or meeting planner is taking on the role of being a ridiculously in charge rock solid leader. Or not! You can decide to be a meetings’ transactional order taker and fulfiller. You may decide that’s all you want to do for the rest of your life. Or you can decide to be a leader. The choice is yours. Six Questions To Assess Your Strategic Brain If you decide you want to be a leader, you’ll need to work on your strategic brain and strategic thinking. Here are six questions from author and brain guru Sandra Bond Chapman to assess if…
  • The Growing Majority Of The Conference Declined

    Jeff Hurt
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Who are the people that don’t regularly attend conferences? What are the traits of those that devalue the traditional conference experience? It seems that what attracts some people to conferences actually repels others. Some see the traditional conference experience as stale and predictable. They are uninterested in spending $1,500-$2,000 in registration, airfare, lodging and expenses for an average experience. The Perspective Of The Conference Declined Here are some of the standard characteristics and perspectives of those that don’t want to attend a traditional conference experiences.
  • The Next Frontier Of Conference Improvement: Conference Education

    Dave Lutz
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Traditional conference education models have lost their relevance. The process of distributing a call for session and speaker submissions, selecting experts that transmit and dispense information, and packaging it as professional development for the masses is overdone. One-size-fits-all education doesn’t work anymore. We are in the midst of great workplace disruption, brought on by a new generation of workers, an increasing sophisticated public and rapidly changing technology. The disruptors have arrived. Learning Professionals Needed Today’s conference organizers need to develop a…
  • Myths Your Conference Should Stop Perpetuating

    Jeff Hurt
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Your conference is spreading the cult of myths, traditions and rituals. How so? What do you mean? You ask. Providing conference education is not as intuitive as it seems! Science shows that there is a right way and a wrong way to design, deliver and implement conference education. Unfortunately, most conferences ignore the science. Instead, they sell and promote their unscientific approaches to education. Source: The Science of Training and Development in Organizations: What Matters in Practice and Annie Murphy Paul. Intuitive Assumptions About Conference Education That Are Wrong So much of a…
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    Membership Marketing Blog

  • Last Chance to Participate in the 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    We will be closing the questionnaire for the 2015 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report on February 15th and I want to give you this last opportunity to participate.The annual Benchmarking Report is the association industry’s most comprehensive study on membership marketing and gives you the opportunity compare your organization against almost 1,000 other associations.If you are a previous participant, please use the personalized link that you received in our email directed to you.  If you have not received an email invitation to participate, you may use this linkThe…
  • Four Sources for Inbound Membership Marketing

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    At some point you reach the limit of how often and how many direct marketing efforts that you can send out to your established lists of membership prospects.  But your leadership may still say, “I want more members!”This is when inbound membership marketing can become an important new contributor to your media mix. Inbound membership marketing helps you reach new prospects that you may not have interacted with before and allows them to raise their hand and come to you in search of the very information and products that you produce.Here are four proven sources to feed you inbound…
  • The Membership Join Process between a Prospect and an Association

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    In simple terms, a prospective member goes through a four step buying process and ideally each step of the join process is anticipated and supported by the destination association.The prospective member join process begins when a prospect says, “I have a problem.”  The prospect may need some piece of information or some specific training to learn a new skill or maintain a license.  Or the prospective member may need to tap into a network for career or businesses advancement.The next step for the prospect is to search for a solution.  This most likely will be done…
  • 10 Tips for Increasing the Stickiness of Your Membership

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    We all want to increase membership retention.  Here are some tips that you can implement this year to help make your membership stickier and encourage members’ to stay with your organization.1.      Increase the number of contacts and relationships you have within a member’s organization.  This is particularly applicable for trade group memberships where it is important to identify the membership champion, decider, approver, and user.2.      Reward continuous membership tenure with loyalty points or recognition with a “member…
  • Membership Recruitment Dues Discounts: The Do’s and Do Not’s

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The other day, I received a membership recruitment mailing offering an end of the year 50% off first year dues discount from a respected professional association.As a reader of this blog, you may know that I believe in making special offers available to recruit prospective members.  And done wisely, a special offer will produce more than enough new members to pay for the discount or premium and future renewal rates will only be marginally affected. However, there is a difference between a well-planned, tested, and strategic use of a special offer and -- to use a football term -- an end…
 
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  • Show Your Fundraising Data TODAY and help other Nonprofits!

    Maddie Grant
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Join the Growing Nonprofit Community Benefiting From Specialized Fundraising Data Get ready to give your data. The Individual Donor Benchmark Survey is back!Now is the time to be part of a growing grassroots movement to empower small and medium nonprofits to benefit from fundraising data tailored to you Presented by Third Space Studio and BC/DC Ideas, the nationally renowned IDB Survey returns for a fourth year on Monday, March 2Don’t miss your chance to benefit from big data for small, mighty nonprofitsClick here to get counted in for this year’s IDB Survey!
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Psychology of the Office Space

    Maddie Grant
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
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  • Can Marketing and IT Collaborate?

    Maddie Grant
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Apparently not – despite all the evidence showing that they need to.  Is it time to stick your marketing and your IT folks in a room and get them to hash it out?  What’s the problem here?  Turf wars?  General disdain for each other? Inability on both sides /either side to see the strategic value in collaborating? Or… is it time to dump both, hire a CDO and build a new team? Socially driven collaboration infographic from Vanessa DiMauro ———— (photo credit)
  • Get a Free Chapter of When Millennials Take Over!!

    Maddie Grant
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Want a sneak peek at the book?  We’re inviting everyone, for a limited time, to download a free chapter of the book: http://bit.ly/WMTO-sample If you like it, please buy the book!  It’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon. W00t!   ———— (photo credit)
  • When Millennials Take Over on The Nonprofit Exchange

    Editorial
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Todd Greer, PhD, Executive Director and Managing Editor of Nonprofit Performance Magazine and the Synervision Leadership Foundation. ————– The reality is that we are different. And things are changing. So what can we do about it? We really have a few choices: 1) ignore the situation and hope that it goes away 2) just go with the flow and hope that we find the right outcome or 3) ask question, learn, and then make conscious decisions that build our culture. No matter what type of organization you are, the realities of the generations and changes…
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    Mariner Management

  • What we're reading ...

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    One thing we do here at Mariner is read. And we read a lot ... in books, magazines, newspapers and of course, the web. So I thought today, I’d give you a peak at what’s been on our screens lately …
  • Looking for Chapter Models in Unlikely Places

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Yet another call came in to Mariner asking about alternatives to the basic chapter model. We suggested that looking  beyond the association world might generate more solutions.
  • Sending Love Out To Volunteers

    13 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    When volunteer leaders ask me how can I find more volunteers or how can I get them to do what they promised? My first response is have you shown them the love?
  • Lucky 13!

    2 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    Wow! The first month of 2015 certainly got by us quick. Or should I say … the first month of our 14th year has flown by! That’s right. Mariner is celebrating 13 years of growth and success, moving from our humble roots as a professional association management company begun in 2002 to becoming national (and international) recognized experts on association management, volunteer engagement, and leadership development.
  • 5 Associations Rethink Volunteerism

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Join a group of volunteer evangelists as we explore new solutions for association volunteering on an Association Trends webinar series. Tom Hood, CEO, Maryland Association of CPAs, Debra BenAvram, CEO, A.S.P.E.N., Rick Grimm, CEO for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and Laura Garrison-Brook, President & CEO, Engaging Communities Consulting provide a look at 5 association case studies ranging from total governance overhaul to ad-hoc volunteering to a simple board training make-over.
 
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    HOAleader.com - Practical Advice on Homeowner Association Management

  • HOA Board Wants a Do-Over: Can It Rescind a Board Appointment?

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Our five-person HOA board comprises four cooperative members and one individual who thrives on conflict and aggressive one-on-one sessions of argumentative, vicious confrontation. She is a past president who has been responsible for driving other officers into vacating their positions in retreat, including one past president, our secretary, and others in her wake. How can she be removed from her position on the board so we can enjoy functioning as a cooperative unit? I should add that she is an appointed member of the board who was brought back after she quit…
  • Are HOAs Private Clubs under the ADA?

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    A reader has asked if HOAs qualify as private clubs under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That would mean they're subject to the act's provisions, among them, things like adding features to facilities to ensure they're accessible to disabled. Our reader says he's seen reports suggesting that only 501(c)(7) organizations (social and recreational clubs) are exempt from the ADA, but also reports that courts judge private-club status on the basis of members' control of an organization, membership requirements, and "substantial" funding from members. "That sounds like an HOA to me," says our…
  • Who's Responsible for an HOA's Poorly Designed Drainage System?

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    An HOAleader.com reader writes, "I live in a PUD, and my home is the lowest lot on the street of our association, consisting of 26 homes and 4 townhouses. These homes were built 15 years ago before our city implemented city storm-water management guidelines; therefore, the builders didn't have any guidelines regarding downspouts and water runoff.
  • Our HOA Board Appointed the Wrong Person. Can We Start Again?

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    In this week's tip, we answer a reader's question about whether a board that appointed a new member--and sorely regrets it--can dis-appoint that member. "The simple answer is no," says Bob Kmiecik, a partner at Kaman & Cusimano LLC, which represents associations throughout Ohio.
  • Don't Brew Up Trouble at Your HOA Board Meetings

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    If your homeowner association is small and your meetings are at a unit owner's home, or if your association is large and your meetings are at a local bar or restaurant, what's the harm in board members having a glass of wine or a cocktail? Here we discuss the pros and cons.
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  • I’ve Let Go of Being Perfect. Have You?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Do you ever feel pressure to be perfect? Always try to do 110% on anything you do? Cringe when you get less than perfect feedback? Many of us have been brainwashed to believe that we have to do it all – make that do-it-all frickingly-amazingly-well! I spent a good part of my life being an overachiever. It literally hurt to be less than what I perceived as perfect. I called my reluctance to produce procrastination. My obsession to be perfect got in the way of achieving my goals. (Can anyone relate to that?) As women, believing we must be perfect can also get in our way of being more…
  • Poof! Gone Like Magic

    Cynthia D'Amour
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Saturday night, James and I decided to do a TV date. He wasn’t feeling that great. Needed to lay low. Plus we had good stuff to watch. Midway through the date, I got up to fix dinner. We ate in the family room. Enjoyed the food. And continued our viewing. An hour later, James could not find his phone. He had been playing on it earlier. And it disappeared around dinner. Poof! Just like magic. We looked everywhere. Under the couch. Around the room- including the secret places where the dogs hide their toys. Even under the dogs and their blankets. I called his phone with mine. Nothing.
  • Potential Side Effects from Embracing Your Feminine Power

    Cynthia D'Amour
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Last night, I felt like I was watching pharmaceutical TV given all the ads for drugs. They had the big promise. And then the endless list of potential scary side effects. With lovely music and video in the background. I decided perhaps I too should come clean on potential side effects women may experience as they embrace their feminine power. I just did a coaching call with the 30 Days to a More Powerful You! participants yesterday. It was only week #3 – and they all noticed changes. Embracing your power can have powerful side effects very quickly. 95.7% of the women I’ve…
  • Your Body Tells All – Are You Listening?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    We love attending the Michigan Women’s Basketball games. The athletes are passionate. The games intense. We have season tickets. Last night we decided to go over early to the game. We have our favorite seats behind the team. There was a big push to encourage attendance. We wanted our spots. Dressed in our Michigan fan gear, we left for the game. The stadium is about four miles from our house. About two miles into our drive, I realized I had forgotten our tickets at home. So much for arriving early. I turned the car around to go back to our house. I was frustrated and disappointed. I…
  • What Does Your Body Say?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Great clothes. Fabulous hair. Perfect makeup. All trumped by how you hold your body. When you don’t feel powerful it shows. In how you sit or stand. The way you hold your head. Power is an internal job expressed externally. It’s all about you. Wonderful, amazing you. You aren’t broken – you just need to unleash your power. If a hidden camera took a photo of you at work today, what would your body say about your power? Not sure what you need to do to change your power story? The 30 Days to a More Powerful You! program can help. Register now – the next…
 
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  • 3 Website Edits That Increase Member Engagement

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Your website is the mothership of online member engagement. This is where members go for information, event registration, and ultimately, membership value. But it takes more than just having a website to encourage member engagement. A little extra TLC is needed. To make the most out of your association’s website, take a look at these web edits that increase member engagement:
  • So Your Association Has a Budget Surplus

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s tax time, and while many people will be shelling out cash to the government many will be getting back refunds, too. Many folks will be saving that cash for a rainy day, some will make investments, and some will just buy things they always wanted or maybe don’t even need. So that got us to thinking: how should an association handle a little surplus? The big three options are spend, invest, or save. Here are some suggestions:
  • Subject Lines that Get Your Association's Emails Opened

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Whether you’re sending welcome emails to new members, important announcements, or dues reminders, your content is worthless if your emails aren’t getting opened. Don’t get discouraged. A good open rate is about 20%, a great one anything above that. If your open rate is less than you’d like, check out these ideas for improving it:
  • Metrics That Matter for Small-Staff Associations

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Your website is the mothership of online member engagement.  This is where members go for information, event registration, and ultimately, membership value. But how do you know if your website is performing as it actually should? For small-staff associations, three metrics tell it all:
  • 3 Tips for Selecting an AMS

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    So you’ve decided that your association needs a new association management system. You’ve researched vendors, contacted possible candidates and even sat through what seems like endless product demos. But despite all of your hard work, you’re still at a loss for what AMS to choose.    If this sounds like you, don’t panic. There are still several steps you can take to help narrow down the selection:
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  • China’s New National Plan for Health Service System – An Opportunity for US Healthcare Associations?

    Peter Turner
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
        This article was written by Maria Tong, senior director, association management and consulting from MCI Beijing office. On October 29, 2014, China released a draft of the National Plan for Health Service System, featuring the country’s goals and priorities on developing the public health framework in the next five years. The plan aims to adjust the layout of the medical and health resources, improve the service ability and the resources use efficiency. There are a few findings from the plan that may be interesting to the US healthcare associations. The plan set a goal to…
  • Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

    Peter Turner
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    For many years, MCI has been active globally among corporations, governments, university and non-profit sectors to develop, implement and promote sustainability strategies for meeting industry destination and service suppliers as well as corporate and association executives seeking to reduce the negative impact of their meetings.  Guy Bigwood, leads MCI’s Sustainability Services group which has produced a number of global chief executive events on sustainability to help to accelerate sustainable practices into corporate strategy around the world. In demand as a speaker and workshop…
  • Demystifying the China Healthcare Industry

    Peter Turner
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    As we wrap up 2014, we complete our “subscriber-requested” three part China series with an indepth overview of the China healthcare market. Robbin Zhao, MCI China’s senior director association management & consulting in Shanghai, presents an assessment of the current situation in China and the opportunities and challenges for US healthcare associations to develop a successful and sustained entry strategy. Prior to joining MCI, Robbin was with the China International Exchange & Promotion Association For Medical and Health Care as Project Director responsible for…
  • Working Effectively with Components in Asia

    Peter Turner
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
      This interview is with Chester Chu, Director, Association Management, Consulting and Conferences , MCI Singapore during the 2014 ASAE Annual Conference in Nashville. Chester discusses common challenges associations find when deploying or managing components and steps to address them. It is run in two parts. [important] Part 1 – Podcast Interview (7 minutes) Part 2 – Podcast interview (5 minutes) [/important]
  • Operation and Business Models in China

    Peter Turner
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
       This interview is with Florence Chua, Director, Association Management and Consulting, MCI China during the 2014 ASAE Annual Conference in Nashville.  It is run in two parts as we discuss methods for establishing successful businesses in China. Florence refers to the 2014 ASAE MCI study on Achieving Global Growth Study here. [important] Part 1 – Podcast Interview (12 minutes) Part 2 – Podcast interview (12 minutes) [/important]
 
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  • Culture Made Me Do It

    Kerry Stackpole
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    “Has culture become a legitimate basis for avoiding responsibility?” The concept of corporate culture burst on to management’s radar in 1982 with publication of Terrence Deal and Allan Kennedy’s groundbreaking book, Corporate Cultures: The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life. The notion that financial results were not completely tied to financial planning, HR policies, or … Continue reading Culture Made Me Do It → You are reading Culture Made Me Do It from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015

    Kerry Stackpole
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Will “Castle and Moat” Strategies Help You Win Engaged Members? Active, engaged members remain the number one challenge for associations and professional societies. Why do so many nonprofits end up leaving them stranded? There are great strategies for assuring success in recruiting, retaining and engaging members if you’ll commit the time and resources to making … Continue reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 → You are reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014

    Kerry Stackpole
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Leaders have a lot to learn, me included. While you may be tempted to dismiss this notion as trite or cliché, it is and remains the central tenet of effective leadership. The rate of technical progress is increasing exponentially, we are discovering more effective ways to use our brains and bodies to learn, and leaders … Continue reading Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014 → You are reading Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015

    Kerry Stackpole
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    The economic reality of 2014 was far better than many expected.  Unemployment fell to its lowest level in six years, the stock market climbed to historic highs, gasoline prices fell and commercial interest rates remained steady and low. The continued gridlock in Congress and the coming shift in majority control fuels some uncertainty and likely … Continue reading Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015 → You are reading Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day

    Kerry Stackpole
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I run from hate, I run from prejudice, I run from pessimists . . .” * To our readers, colleagues and friends throughout the United States may this Thanksgiving Day holiday bring you moments of reflection, renewed optimism and visions of hope shared amidst the companionship of good friends and loving family. Our best wishes … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving Day → You are reading Happy Thanksgiving Day from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
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  • 5 Salary Negotiating Mistakes to Avoid

    Career Coach / Resume Writer for Association Executives
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Discussing salary requirements with a potential employer can be nerve-racking. Ask for too much and you may not get the job. Ask for too little and you may miss out on a substantial amount of money. Knowing how to avoid the following seven negotiating mistakes can help you land the job of your dreams and get you the salary you deserve. Failing to research your competition. When you are interviewing for a job, you are competing with other qualified individuals pursuing the same objective. Knowing what skills and experience they bring to the table will help you understand your competitive…
  • FAQs About Job Offers: Part Three

    Career Coach / Resume Writer for Association Executives
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Question: I interviewed with a company yesterday and they mentioned that a background check is a standard part of their hiring process. I’m worried what a background check will reveal. What should I do? Answer: Don’t wait until you’ve been offered the job to address significant negative issues, such as a DUI or a bankruptcy. You don’t want any issues to “surprise” the employer. If you know a background check is part of the hiring process, you will want to disclose information during the interview process (or on the application, if it asks you about current or previous legal or…
  • New Year, New Job — How to Survive Your First Week

    Career Coach / Resume Writer for Association Executives
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    After weeks or months of searching, you are finally starting a new role. Even as an established professional, the first week at a new position can be intimidating. Here are tips to help that week run as smoothly as possible. Take copious notes — Be ready to jot down everything from your supervisor’s schedule, to names of major clients, to where to find the extra coffee filters. The first week is filled with information overload, and in the stress and excitement it’s natural that some things will get lost in the shuffle. Spend some time at the end of each day organizing your…
  • The Four Tips Job Seekers Should Know About Working with Executive Recruiters

    Career Coach / Resume Writer for Association Executives
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Executive recruiters provide a useful service by determining the best candidates for open positions. This process helps businesses identify candidates who can fulfill the job, are dedicated, and will fit within the work environment. When seeking a job, it is important to look at executive recruiters as partners who can give you a leg up when climbing the ladder of opportunity. Use the four following techniques to dramatically improve your chances of employment while using an executive recruiter. View the recruiter as a long-term partner. When working with a recruiter, it is important to…
  • Tips on handling off-the-wall job interview questions

    Career Coach / Resume Writer for Association Executives
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Employers have started a new trend that seems to be sticking. Rather than jumping into interviews with a traditional question, many of today’s employers are asking questions that are completely unexpected. For example, employers have asked what the applicant would do with a brick if they had one, or to “Estimate the number of diapers found in the entire world.” These are questions that are designed to see whether you can respond well in a difficult situation, and they test your analytical ability. Here are some tips when that off-the-wall job interview question comes your way: Stay…
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    Latest Buzz - The Membee Blog

  • Quickly Review All Emails Sent By Membee

    Michelle Hui
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Need to confirm an email was sent to a member or a staff member? Membee gives you a quick an easy way to view the emails that have been set  within the past 31 days and even view the content of the emails. The Email Log feature is a great tool to ensure that your communication is being sent. Quick And Easy Way to Check The Emails That Are Sent By Membee Communication is the key to all great relationships, and the Email Log is a great tool to ensure that the emails are being sent out. The Email Log provides a list of system emails that have been sent out which includes: Member Access –…
  • Effective Upselling to Members When They Renew

    Michelle Hui
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    If you’re using Membee’s popular eBilling widget to handle membership renewal, you already know that in a couple clicks, the member has renewed, you’ve got their payment, and the whole thing is wrapped in an easy experience for the member. There are very few places in the membership lifecycle where you truly have the member’s attention, well, at least most of their attention. One of those places is when the member is renewing their membership. So, we thought about how you can get more out of this rare, really rare opportunity. What great opportunity to upsell to the member! A powerful…
  • Tap The Power Of The HiveLive Webinars with QA

    Michelle Hui
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Are you or fellow staff members new to Membee?  Or perhaps you are a veteran Membee user and would like a bit of a reminder of what the best practices are with key features inside of Membee.  In 2014, Membee released 11 major updates, one every  4 to 5 weeks. Looking for the easiest way to incorporate ALL those new features  to create a better member experience and exterminate administrative time wasters? Invest a minute to sign up for Membee’s FREE webinar series. After an action packed hour with a Membee expert, you’ll have everything you need to launch something new! Check Out 8…
  • New! Powerful Automated Event Marketing Released

    Michelle Hui
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Are you busy with planning an event and not too sure when you will find time to send out those all important emails to promote your event? Are you wondering when you’ll squeeze in those friendly reminders to members who have yet to register? Would you like to easily promote upcoming events to members who just attended a similar event? Two new Membee automations can take care of all of this for you! Pre-Event Email Reminders If you have an upcoming event, and you would like increase revenues by marketing to those that have not yet registered, you can use Membee’s Pre-Event Automation to do…
  • Membee Gets Enhanced Personalization

    Michelle Hui
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    With the diverse range of fields Membee users are a part of, we understand that not all “contacts” are called employees. Learn how you can change the field labelling to reflect the structure of your membership and to create a better experience for your members. The description of people who are related to an entity, whether the entity is an organization or a family can vary. Sometimes they are people, sometimes a contact, or sometimes both. Previously, the contact label of “employee” was used throughout Membee. Now you can set the contact label to be whatever you would like. In the…
 
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    The Chamber Pros Community

  • Why Your Chamber Shouldn’t be the Hero of Your Chamber Story

    Christina Green
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We talk a lot about telling your chamber story and how it will engage your members, but just as we all try and avoid the braggart in our non-virtual lives the same will happen if every time you tell your chamber story you are the hero. The Power of the Sidekick If you’ve ever had […]The post Why Your Chamber Shouldn’t be the Hero of Your Chamber Story appeared first on The Chamber Pros Community.
  • Adding Value on Your Chamber Members’ Terms: Podcasts

    Christina Green
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is the final part of a three-part series featuring ways your chamber can meet members on their terms and time. Check out the first post on Twitter chats here or the second installment on Google Hangouts. Lunch and Learns are great value to the members assuming your members can attend but that’s not always the […]The post Adding Value on Your Chamber Members’ Terms: Podcasts appeared first on The Chamber Pros Community.
  • Meeting Chamber Members on Their Terms: Google Hangouts

    Christina Green
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is the second part of a three-part series featuring ways your chamber can meet members on their terms and time. Check out the first post on Twitter chats here. With countless personal and professional responsibilities tugging at your members, traditional networking events like breakfasts, lunches, and after hour events are no longer good […]The post Meeting Chamber Members on Their Terms: Google Hangouts appeared first on The Chamber Pros Community.
  • Chambers and Social Media Virtual Meetings: Twitter Chats

    Christina Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Who is your chamber’s competition? Maybe a professionals or networking group or possibly an economic development organization? If you think those are the only groups competing for your members, you’re underestimating the competition. You want people to join but you’re asking for more than just membership dues. You’re asking for time and that comes at […]The post Chambers and Social Media Virtual Meetings: Twitter Chats appeared first on The Chamber Pros Community.
  • Is Your Chamber Newsletter All About You?

    Christina Green
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    What do you put in a newsletter? Information about events? Information about members’ events? What value does that have for your audience? That is not meant to be a snarky question. I really want to know. Do they love getting reminders of your events every week? Maybe they do. But if that’s all you’re placing […]The post Is Your Chamber Newsletter All About You? appeared first on The Chamber Pros Community.
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    Event Garde Blog with Aaron Wolowiec

  • Bonus content: Event Garde e-news – March edition

    Kristen Parker
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Q & A with Peggy Hoffman, President, Mariner Management and Marketing  A tribute to the Academy Awards! Peggy Hoffman, president of Mariner Management and Marketing, LLC Q: If you had to walk the Red Carpet, what would your dress look like? A: I’m a classic type and my best features are my legs and arms. So my selection would be either a classically sexy black dress, either short or long, with two side slits. Add an interesting off-the-shoulder sweetheart neckline to show off an incredible onyx, ruby and diamond necklace. Q: The award for the “Best ____ ” goes to Peggy…
  • Feel the love

    Kristen Parker
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    A few months ago, I was looking for a kid-friendly, clean, affordable place at which my family and I could eat during a weekend getaway. So the first thing I did? Turned to Yelp for customer reviews. I didn’t want marketing speak, but instead the pros and cons of dining experiences. I did the same thing a few weeks later while looking for a hotel. The point is: Word-of-mouth is a powerful marketing tool. And it’s often overlooked. But an e-book by WebLink spells it out for associations. According to “3 Keys to More Referrals: Leverage Your Member Love,” engaging happy members can be a…
  • Accelerating the Spread of Knowledge, Learning and Collaboration

    Aaron Wolowiec
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    Elliott Masie, The MASIE Center On Wednesday, Jan. 14, I had the opportunity to interview Elliott Masie for an ASAE Professional Development Virtual Learning Session titled, “Ask the Expert: Accelerating the Spread of Knowledge, Learning and Collaboration.” Elliott is a provocative, engaging and entertaining futurist, analyst and speaker – focused on the changing world of the workplace, learning and technology. He is also the editor of Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie, an Internet newsletter read by more than 52,000 business executives worldwide, and a regular columnist…
  • Our screwed up thinking about creating conference experiences

    Kristen Parker
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    This month’s guest blog post is by Jeff Hurt, executive vice president of education and engagement for Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. It was originally posted on Jan. 28. Jeff Hurt, executive vice president, education and engagement, for Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hurt. As conference organizers, we need to learn about the power of experience. Well, we already know about experiences. We have them all the time. We’ve had experiences with our families and friends. We’ve had experiences with work. We’ve had school experiences. We’ve had experiences with…
  • A night away? We sure did pay.

    Kristen Parker
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    The last time I booked a weeklong family vacation, I was shocked at the prices of hotel rooms. We weren’t looking for anything fancy, but those prices sure did crimp our style. And we’re not the only family of five suffering from hotel sticker shock. According to a new report by STR Inc., a hospitality research firm, hotel rates in 2014 were the highest they’ve ever been, with an average of $115 per night – that’s a 4.6 percent climb. And rates are expected to rise an additional 5.2 percent by the end of this year. In addition, according to a LA Times story, this year hotels will…
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    GrowGlobally.org

  • China’s New National Plan for Health Service System – An Opportunity for US Healthcare Associations?

    Peter Turner
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
        This article was written by Maria Tong, senior director, association management and consulting from MCI Beijing office. On October 29, 2014, China released a draft of the National Plan for Health Service System, featuring the country’s goals and priorities on developing the public health framework in the next five years. The plan aims to adjust the layout of the medical and health resources, improve the service ability and the resources use efficiency. There are a few findings from the plan that may be interesting to the US healthcare associations. The plan set a goal to…
  • Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

    Peter Turner
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    For many years, MCI has been active globally among corporations, governments, university and non-profit sectors to develop, implement and promote sustainability strategies for meeting industry destination and service suppliers as well as corporate and association executives seeking to reduce the negative impact of their meetings.  Guy Bigwood, leads MCI’s Sustainability Services group which has produced a number of global chief executive events on sustainability to help to accelerate sustainable practices into corporate strategy around the world. In demand as a speaker and workshop…
  • Demystifying the China Healthcare Industry

    Peter Turner
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    As we wrap up 2014, we complete our “subscriber-requested” three part China series with an indepth overview of the China healthcare market. Robbin Zhao, MCI China’s senior director association management & consulting in Shanghai, presents an assessment of the current situation in China and the opportunities and challenges for US healthcare associations to develop a successful and sustained entry strategy. Prior to joining MCI, Robbin was with the China International Exchange & Promotion Association For Medical and Health Care as Project Director responsible for…
  • Working Effectively with Components in Asia

    Peter Turner
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
      This interview is with Chester Chu, Director, Association Management, Consulting and Conferences , MCI Singapore during the 2014 ASAE Annual Conference in Nashville. Chester discusses common challenges associations find when deploying or managing components and steps to address them. It is run in two parts. [important] Part 1 – Podcast Interview (7 minutes) Part 2 – Podcast interview (5 minutes) [/important]
  • Operation and Business Models in China

    Peter Turner
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
       This interview is with Florence Chua, Director, Association Management and Consulting, MCI China during the 2014 ASAE Annual Conference in Nashville.  It is run in two parts as we discuss methods for establishing successful businesses in China. Florence refers to the 2014 ASAE MCI study on Achieving Global Growth Study here. [important] Part 1 – Podcast Interview (12 minutes) Part 2 – Podcast interview (12 minutes) [/important]
 
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    MultiView Blogs | True Stories from a Life in Digital Media

  • Content marketers aren’t just strategists – but tacticians

    Mari Holman
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    There is no room for individuals that work purely as strategists in mid to small sized marketing organizations. Everyone must be skilled at something, and strategy itself, I would argue, is not a skill. Good strategy is nothing without the means or abilities in which to actually implement it. Your “strategic skill” is overrated if you cannot write, design, curate or create anything worth promoting in the first place as a content marketer. Content marketers can only master their craft through developing advanced proficiencies in creating a particular type of content. One does not have to…
  • What are you thankful for?

    Austin Dicharry
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:07 am
    Watch MultiView’s Good Company – Documenting the entrepreneurial spirit of American Business. In today’s stressful, technologically-connected world, it’s often difficult to find time to stop and reflect on the blessing in our lives. And while each of us face challenges every day, there’s so much to be thankful for – our family, our health, our freedom. Life is indeed precious, but you just never know what new, unexpected hand you might be dealt. Just ask the 1 in 10 American soldiers that, according to Veterans Inc., were disabled by injuries sustained in combat. Or talk to…
  • Overcoming your sales fears

    Mari Holman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
      Sometimes, the thought of selling strikes one with fear. What do I say? What if I mess up? Am I the right person for this? They don’t think they have any experience. Clearly, this person is in denial. Keep in mind, most people probably sell something every single day – whether they realize it or not. How did they convince their friend to try a new idea? Get their parents to do x, y and z? Didn’t one have to ‘sell’ themselves to get a job? We are all sales people to a certain extent, and one don’t necessarily have to work on the sales floor to know how to communicate and…
  • Striking similarities: millennials and baby boomers

    Mari Holman
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    This article is in response to the Huffington Post’s Who Will Win Out Between the Millennials and Boomers What if marketers sought strategies that leveraged what millennials and baby boomers had in common rather than pitting one against the other? Social media, news sites, TV and many other media outlets are rife with conversation about marketing to millennials: how they differ from the generations before them, what and why they buy, and how they buy differently. The New York Times highlights that the millennial population is now slightly larger than the baby boomer population –…
  • 6 tips for handling difficult clients

    Mari Holman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    By Mariama Holman and Kate Buhr At one point or another, everyone runs into a challenging client. They are rude, demanding, curt, and maybe even curse over the phone. Here are a few quick tips for turning those sour lemons into lemonade. Don’t take it personally. Oftentimes, when a client is upset, it’s not you at all. It’s actually them. Their life might have taken an unfortunate turn for the worst. Perhaps they’ve had one of “those days” – their car broke down on the way to work. They spilled coffee all over their dress. They were late dropping off the kids at school.
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    Association Adviser

  • The 5-Minute Job Posting

    Peter Weddle
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    Recruiters often say they don’t have the time to write the kind of job posting that will attract the interest of passive, high caliber talent. They simply have too many requirements to fill and too... For more about this topic, click on the headline.
  • Focus on Your Passion (and Culture), Not Your Paycheck

    Association Adviser staff
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Getting it done and having fun. This month’s Corner Office profile shines on Shane Yates, CAE, CMP, executive director of the Ohio Society of Association Executives (OSAE), which has more than 500... For more about this topic, click on the headline.
  • Learning to Love the Last-Minute Commit

    Association Adviser staff
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    If it seems attendees are always waiting until the last minute to register for your conferences, meetings and other live events, you’re not alone. According to our latest reader poll, about three in... For more about this topic, click on the headline.
  • Blind Data Dilemma

    Hank Berkowitz
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    With Valentine’s Day in the rear view mirror (sadly for some, gratefully for many), relationships are on many people’s minds. We’re human beings, and we have complex relationships with friends,... For more about this topic, click on the headline.
  • Advancing Association Meetings By Exploring the Learning Brain

    Aaron Wolowiec
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    As more organizations offer continuing education both to support their strategic missions and to deliver business results, the threshold to meet or exceed the increasingly sophisticated expectations... For more about this topic, click on the headline.
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    Smooth The Path

  • Association Competence & Comfort

    Amanda Kaiser
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    Related: Innovation is good for your staff How is your risk-meter calibrated? Are you taking a big risk or does it just feel that way? The post Association Competence & Comfort appeared first on Smooth The Path.
  • Our Members’ Time and Money

    Amanda Kaiser
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    When we think about association value we tend to think about dollars and cents. Is membership worth $400? Is the conference with travel worth $5,000? That benchmarking report, is it worth $500? Our members are not only counting pennies. They are also very protective of their time. Is it worth my time and attention to […] The post Our Members’ Time and Money appeared first on Smooth The Path.
  • Associations are Focusing Their Marketing Effort on the Wrong Things

    Amanda Kaiser
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    There are three parts to member marketing communication: the message, frequency and how you get the message out there. For those of you who have been reading this blog you will notice that I rarely write about how to attract more members on Twitter, engaging members in your LinkedIn group or growing your membership with […] The post Associations are Focusing Their Marketing Effort on the Wrong Things appeared first on Smooth The Path.
  • What is Association Marketing?

    Amanda Kaiser
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    Related: Helping our members matter more Are you filling your member’s love bucket? We undermine member service every time we… The post What is Association Marketing? appeared first on Smooth The Path.
  • Our Members May Not Trust Us

    Amanda Kaiser
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:46 am
    When did you learn that you couldn’t trust many corporations or bureaucracies? For me, I’m sure, it was a combination of things including bad customer service, poorly conceived marketing schemes and high pressure sales.  But I do distinctly remember the first time I realized that buyer beware was true. In my early twenties I had […] The post Our Members May Not Trust Us appeared first on Smooth The Path.
 
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    NSC Strategies » Blog

  • How Do You Know When it’s Time to Step Down?

    Robert Nelson
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    You’ve been CEO at the association for a few years, you’re three months into the new term of a chairperson and despite everything you’ve tried you know that you’re not going to be able to develop a true partnership with the new chairperson, who may very well be chair for the next two years. You’ve been in your post for a number of years. Everything is moving along smoothly. The chairperson and the board understand their roles vis-à-vis your role as CEO. The association has been hitting its strategic and operational goals and incremental progress has made in each of the last few…
  • Board Orientation: A Development Framework

    Robert Nelson
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    If you are considering developing a board orientation program for the first time, it is important to begin with the understanding that a sound board orientation program is more than just an orientation session. If you already conduct a board orientation program and are looking for ways to improve the orientation process, think beyond the orientation session. The board orientation process begins with the first board recruitment call to the prospective board member and ends with a formal evaluation of the process. In between, there are many steps and opportunities to familiarize the board…
  • Designing an Engaging Board Orientation Session

    Robert Nelson
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    When designing a board orientation session, it is important to keep three key factors in mind. First, you must consider what a new member of the board needs to feel comfortable and to become a contributing member as soon as possible. Second, you want to instill in the new members a clear sense of their importance to the organization. Third, you want to design a program that is inviting and motivates veteran board members to attend. An intellectually stimulating, engaging, interactive program is an imperative. Remember, first impressions count and your orientation session sets the tone for the…
  • Undertaking an Initial Association Merger Assessment

    Robert Nelson
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Have you ever thought about merging your association or organization with another organization? In today’s increasingly competitive environment, an association merger is one way to enhance member value and create efficiencies. Of course, mergers aren’t for everyone. So, once you think it might make sense to merge or your members raise the issue of merging with another organization, what is the next step? Ultimately, considerable work needs to be done to make a merger work. However, conducting an initial assessment follows a fairly standard framework. Sound Rationale The first step is to…
  • 9 Reasons to Expand Strategy Development Participants

    Robert Nelson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    High performing boards engage in strategy development. But, high performing organizations engage more than just their boards in the strategy development process. Although the Board is responsible for approving strategy and 68% of non-profits report that staff and board work jointly to develop the strategy (Gazley & Bowers, High Performing Board), good strategy is developed by actively engaging a broader group of stakeholders. Certainly, many associations feed member survey data into the process; but, this isn’t enough. Including stakeholders beyond the staff and board in the strategy…
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    A Blog by Partners in Association Management

  • Catch More Bees with Honey, You Will, Young Padawan

    partnersinassociationmanagement
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    By:  Kim Barclay On almost a daily basis, we experience negativity on some level; on the news, interactions with clients or customers and with your family and friends.  It’s a part of life….it’s everywhere.   We tend to hear and react more about the bad and negative things than we do the good things.  I have … Continue reading Catch More Bees with Honey, You Will, Young Padawan →
  • A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman

    partnersinassociationmanagement
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    By: Deborah Mandel In our office, each employee creates a Professional Development plan for the year. This helps us select a focus for continuingeducation and make sure we are using our time and funds appropriately to move our careers in a positive direction. In our plan, we are asked to read a book and share what … Continue reading A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman →
  • What Do Wine and Membership Have in Common?

    partnersinassociationmanagement
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    By: William Lessley A few years ago, I tried desperately to get “into” wine. Wine was the new thing that everyone was suddenly all about. There are so many choices when it comes to the vino; where do you begin? There are opinions on whether white wine is better than red, what pairs best with … Continue reading What Do Wine and Membership Have in Common? →
  • My Husband Doodles in Church

    partnersinassociationmanagement
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    By: Kristi Spargo I have been happily married for 12 years.  For 12 years and with varying degrees of irritation I have dealt with and grown accustomed to my husband’s forgetfulness, meandering attention span and seeming inability to recall our kids’ daily schedule. For 12 years I have sat righteously in church as he whips … Continue reading My Husband Doodles in Church →
  • February 14th, What Are You Going To Do?

    partnersinassociationmanagement
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    By: Malarie Barineau Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Are you ready? According to the History Channel, the holiday itself dates back to the 5th century and originates from the Roman holiday, Lupercalia, and from a man named St. Valentine. If you want to learn more about the history behind Valentine’s Day check out the History … Continue reading February 14th, What Are You Going To Do? →
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