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Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.17.17

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A month ago, I shared an article about morning routines and mentioned making changes to my own. I’m happy to report my mornings are more productive now – and I haven’t suffered. The biggest change is not going on the web until around noon. Seems so obvious in hindsight. No more. start my day by reading a book. You remember those. I set the timer to 20 minutes. Next, I meditate for 20 minutes.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.17.17

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A month ago, I shared an article about morning routines and mentioned making changes to my own. I’m happy to report my mornings are more productive now – and I haven’t suffered. The biggest change is not going on the web until around noon. Seems so obvious in hindsight. No more. start my day by reading a book. You remember those. I set the timer to 20 minutes. Next, I meditate for 20 minutes.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.10.17

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My Valentine wish: Love reign o’er all of you. Before we get to the upcoming week’s webinars and learning events, here are a few of my favorite reads and some news from this week. In her work with associations, Amanda Kaiser has talked with hundreds of members about their conference experience. Read about some of their gripes and her suggested solutions. Tue 2/14 at 12 p.m. Host: MPI.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.10.17

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My Valentine wish: Love reign o’er all of you. Before we get to the upcoming week’s webinars and learning events, here are a few of my favorite reads and some news from this week. In her work with associations, Amanda Kaiser has talked with hundreds of members about their conference experience. Read about some of their gripes and her suggested solutions. More info/register. Host: MPI.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.20.17

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Monday, January 23 is Community Manager Appreciation Day (#CMAD). If your association has a community manager, I know you already appreciate him or her because your online community would likely fail without their attention. This year’s CMAD features: An  eight-hour live webathon  on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take that, you measly professional development budget! A #CMAD cheers at 5 p.m.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.16.16

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I believe. Who else is getting excited about Christmas? Now that I’m back from the ASAE Technology Conference & Expo , it’s time to get festive. Although, thanks to the good cheer of ASAE attendees and exhibitors, I’ve been feeling pretty festive these past few days. This tweet sums up my emotions about ASAE Tech aka #tech16. If not, I’ll meet you back here in the New Year.

4 Truths about the Future of Associations

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“Innovation” is such a buzzword now that I wouldn’t blame association execs for tuning out when they hear it. But I like Jim Carroll’s slant on it: “Innovation is all about adapting to the future.” Now, that’s something we can work with. Jim Carroll is the opening keynote at the digitalNow conference which will take place in less than a month (April 21-23) in Orlando. The They just change.”.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.6.17

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“Our achievements are simply the by-products of our ability to realize the potential of the present moment.”. Is that not the best remedy for procrastination? It’s from Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates, a daily reader for yoga practitioners and one of my “desert island” books. Procrastination has been getting some positive press lately. The day is short. Heck, life is short. Now, let it snow!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.9.16

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year …Christmas, Hanukkah, frosty nights, comfort food, warm fires, cozy slippers, wool sweaters, and ASAE Tech. One of those things doesn’t belong, you say? Well, it does in my world and the world of my fellow association tech geeks – you know who you are. It’s a crazy time of year for a conference but somehow that makes it even more special. Host: ASAE.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.20.17

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Monday, January 23 is Community Manager Appreciation Day (#CMAD). If your association has a community manager, I know you already appreciate him or her because your online community would likely fail without their attention. This year’s CMAD features: An  eight-hour live webathon  on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take that, you measly professional development budget! A #CMAD cheers at 5 p.m.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.3.17

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“I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”. Norman Rockwell said that, and today’s his birthday. Rockwell?” you yawn. Big deal.” Yeah, I used to think that too, being a sort of art snob. After all, I used to volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, la dee dah. used to characterize Rockwell as pedestrian, beneath my notice. Indeed! Host: ASAE.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.24.17

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Steve Jobs would have celebrated his 62nd birthday today. Here’s one of the many smart things he said: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”. Indeed. Now, some good learning and other bits…. Got chapters? More info/register. Host: Abila. CMP credit.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.16.16

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I believe. Who else is getting excited about Christmas? Now that I’m back from the ASAE Technology Conference & Expo , it’s time to get festive. Although, thanks to the good cheer of ASAE attendees and exhibitors, I’ve been feeling pretty festive these past few days. This tweet sums up my emotions about ASAE Tech aka #tech16. If not, I’ll meet you back here in the New Year.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.27.17

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My power went out for several hours yesterday afternoon – the wind knocked a tree down on the lines in our neighborhood. I had just returned from a committee meeting and was ready to start working when…darkness. Once it came back on, I had to choose between making dinner and writing an intro to this post. Sorry, folks, dinner rules. Keep this Socialfish post bookmarked. Who’s the We? Brian P.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.18.16

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Ah, the beach. Between you and me, I prefer the mountains, sssh. But since my family is spending next week at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina, I will savor my time with them on the beach. Before I get to OIB, I’m attending the Association Executives of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting in Williamsburg VA where I get to spend time with several speaker friends from across the nation. Host: MPI.

ASAE Annual Exhibitors Miss Another Opportunity

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Yesterday, one of my friends started a conversation on Facebook about all the post-show emails sent by ASAE Annual exhibitors. We’re not receiving nearly the deluge of emails that go out before the show, but, once again, many of these emails are missing the mark. Segment your list. You scanned badges. You know the names of the attendees who visited your booth during the show. Right? Become an ally.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.22.16

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“ I’ve got the sweetest hangover, I don’t want to get over… ”. Not that kind of hangover. I’ve got the post-ASAE Annual buzz. This is the emotion you want to trigger when marketing your conference—that warm, happy, inspired, charged-up feeling of belonging to a tribe who gets what you do and loves what you love. It’s that buzz you feel when your neurons start firing up and making connections.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.16.16

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Does everyone have a cup of coffee and a maple-glazed donut? Just me? No matter, it’s time to review the many learning opportunities scheduled for next week. Then, you know the drill, select and register for one and add it to your schedule. Make time to invest in your future. Check out Wednesday’s The Art of Becoming a Great Webinar Presenter and Friday’s A Recipe for Creating Engaging Webinars.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.6.17

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“Our achievements are simply the by-products of our ability to realize the potential of the present moment.”. Is that not the best remedy for procrastination? It’s from Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates, a daily reader for yoga practitioners and one of my “desert island” books. Procrastination has been getting some positive press lately. The day is short. Heck, life is short. Now, let it snow!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.4.16

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Where did the day go? How many times have you asked yourself that? just did when I looked at the time, yikes. Usually that means I’ve been in that wonderful flow state, that’s a good thing. But it also usually means I got a late start on the day, not so good. The only problem with flow is when I forget to set a timer to get up every 30 or 40 minutes to stretch my legs and get some fresh air.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.26.16

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Birthday weeks always put me in a reflective mood. Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about…. what I accomplished, or didn’t, this past year, and what I hope to achieve in the coming year. what habits I’ve developed, broken, and want to develop. how I’ve been spending my time, and how I rather spend my time. how I can help others because, well, it’s not all about me. Make Video That Works.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.23.16

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The only way to thrive in our ever-changing world is by sharpening old skills, learning new ones, and deepening your knowledge. That’s why I provide this list every week—so it’s a little easier for you to do that. Change and fear go hand in hand. Do you ever think about fear? Your fear? Your staff’s fear? Your board’s fear? What do you think about being fearless? Info/register. Host: MPI.

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The ASAE Annual Exhibitor Email Deluge

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Every year, when I register for the ASAE Annual Meeting, I check the box to receive emails from exhibitors. As a writer/marketer, I like seeing how vendors in my community use email marketing. Some of them do it well, but some, oh boy, they really blow it. The list ASAE provides to exhibitors includes association execs and staff as well as consultant members like myself. Comply with that agreement.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.23.16

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Let’s start with my desert hiking observations from last week in Sedona, AZ. suppose this might bore 96% of you. But if you’re hiking out west soon, you’ll appreciate these thoughts, I hope. Greet fellow hikers as you pass by. People hiking trails rated “strenuous” are usually much friendlier than people on trails rated “easy” or “moderate”—must be a camaraderie thing. Host: Abila.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.2.16

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‘Tis the season for ASAE Tech exhibitor emails. If you’re going to the ASAE Technology Conference, like me, and agreed during registration to receive emails from exhibitors, then you’re probably getting several of them a day. Most of these exhibitors are blowing their one chance to deliver something of value to their target audience’s inbox. What do you think, will they agree?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.21.16

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If you’re looking for a way to contribute to the association community, I’ve got one for you. Tagoras , a consulting and education firm specializing in the market for lifelong learning, invites you to participate in a survey that will help our community better understand how membership organizations use or don’t use social technologies to deliver learning. Here’s another link to the survey.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.25.16

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Thanksgiving is a good time to start a daily habit of gratitude. Research Research scientists have lots to say about the positive impact of a daily gratitude practice. With With a little Googling, you’ll see dozens of articles about their findings, including some in  Newsweek , Science of Us , and Headspace. Unlike other good habits, this one doesn’t take much effort, I can vouch for that.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.3.17

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“I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.”. Norman Rockwell said that, and today’s his birthday. Rockwell?” you yawn. Big deal.” Yeah, I used to think that too, being a sort of art snob. After all, I used to volunteer at the National Gallery of Art, la dee dah. used to characterize Rockwell as pedestrian, beneath my notice. Indeed! Host: ASAE.

How Associations Can Transform Higher Education

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Right now, today, in 2016 is the best time to start up. There has never been a better day in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside than now. Right now, this minute. Let’s not blow our chance. The future is calling us. Don’t say college.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.4.16

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Since presidents are on everyone’s mind this week…I recently discovered the Washington Post’s podcast Presidential. Each episode is dedicated to a president starting with George Washington and ending with Donald Trump. I’m listening to them all in order, of course, and have made it up to the Warren Harding episode. If you’re a fan of American history, you’ll love this podcast. More info/register.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.13.16

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Here’s the list of webinars and other professional development events for the week of June 13. If you’d like me to list your webinar, please send me the information before Thursday, and I’ll be happy to include it in the following week’s list. No demos, sorry. Tue 6/14 at 11 a.m.* – Make the Most of Your Analytics with Google Universal Analytics or Google Tag Manager. Tue 6/14 at 2 p.m.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.28.16

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Before we get to this week’s webinars and etcetera, how about some reading suggestions? Roger C. Parker shares ten tips to help over-worked content marketers train their brain for greatness – they’re applicable to regular people too. Have you read any of them? Could this be another role for associations? I’m satisfied with my life but I’m also never satisfied with my life, do you know what I mean?

My Advice for Emerging Association Professionals

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Here’s a post I wrote for MemberViews Monday, a collaboration of bloggers in the association world who have teamed up to share their experiences and knowledge with other association professionals. The first topic in this series hosted by MultiView blogs is Advice for the Emerging Association Professional. — I never expected to work in associations. Frankly, they weren’t even on my radar.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.14.16

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Our neighborhood creek found a new path during the hurricane. My apologies if I missed a few webinars this time. I’m writing this post earlier than usual (Wednesday) because we’re leaving tomorrow for a weekend camping trip on the beach – a welcome change from several days of camping inside our house. As I write this, we’re heading into our fifth day without power. It could have been so much worse.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.7.16

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We all need help dealing with the raging river (not gentle stream) of information coming at us every day. Associations are perfectly placed to help us sift through and select the best information to read or consult. Yes, I’ll use the C-word: associations should be the #1 curators for their community. Wouldn’t that be a valuable resource for young professionals and other people in career transition?

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.25.16

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Here’s the webinar line-up for the association community for the week of April 25. If you’re at the digitalNow conference when this is published on Friday, please find me and say hello. Happy Passover! Earth Day is also Friday (April 22)—go out into the woods, desert, or your favorite happy place outside and soak up nature’s splendor. Yes, we are blessed to be here on this beautiful planet.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.25.16

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Here’s the webinar line-up for the association community for the week of April 25. If you’re at the digitalNow conference when this is published on Friday, please find me and say hello. Happy Passover! Earth Day is also Friday (April 22)—go out into the woods, desert, or your favorite happy place outside and soak up nature’s splendor. Yes, we are blessed to be here on this beautiful planet.

Writing Online Content for Distracted Readers

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This article was originally published as “Writing Online Content for Distracted Humans and Web-Crawling Spiders” in the Association Executives of North Carolina’s Success By Association magazine, November/December 2015 issue. ~~~. Remember the days when members read everything you mailed them? Or, at least you thought they did. Now, content is in danger of becoming a commodity.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.15.16

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Next week, schedule one hour for professional growth. Attend one of these webinars or catch up on reading. If you want to learn more about association technology, check out the DelCor blog. Or, if you’re in the generalist mood, Associations Now is your one-stop shop for news and information. Wed 2/17 at 2 p.m. – CMS and AMS Integration Tips for Creating Member Happiness. Register. Register.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.9.16

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This week kicks off with a webinar you won’t want to miss: Elizabeth Engel and Shelly Alcorn discussing their insightful new report, The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm. Unlike many association management reports, this paper isn’t just about associations, it’s about how associations can play a role in our larger world solving a serious issue, one that affects everyone reading this.