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The growth spurt continues for associations

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The largest individual member organizations (those with more than 20,000 members) were the most likely to see increased growth. As one respondent said, “Associations will need to find services that can’t be provided by any other organization — such as professional credentials. What keeps association leaders up at night? The good news, though, is that associations continue to grow.

Listen: Don’t just hear

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She co-organized the first European Listening and Healthcare Conference in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 2014 and is currently planning the International Listening Association’s 2018 convention. Make sure your MC provides the WIFM by building a connection between the speaker, the content of the session and your conference theme or organization’s mission. Words wash over them.

Improving knowledge transfer in your organization in 3 stages

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Karla Gutierrez, marketing manager and digital strategist, Aura Interactiva. The following guest blog post is adapted from a recent blog post by Karla Gutierrez on SHIFT’s e-Learning blog. Learning transfer is challenging because it’s difficult to predict how each person will respond to a course. Before the training. 1) Carry out a thorough training needs analysis. During the training.

Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

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And the report found those who learn professionally are also more likely to learn personally – more good news for associations/organizations representing recreational industries. No. 2 was education, followed by nonprofit organizations. On the last day of school, I told my kids I wished I were still a student. explained “adulting” is hard, and they looked at me like I had five heads.

Globalization isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy for associations

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At the same time, these organizations should consider hosting events outside their home countries. Organizations that have a solid international business strategy experience faster growth. In terms of services, trade associations place a high emphasis on in-person networking opportunities while professional organizations rank the delivery of a journal or magazine as a priority.

Would Mother Earth approve of ‘green’ venues?

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In fact, some organizations hold incentive programs for employees who are the most dedicated to reducing environmental footprints, hosting things such as luncheons. So take some time on Friday and think about how your organization practices sustainability. On Friday, we’ll celebrate Mother Nature’s finest creations. 80 percent donate excess food to local charities on an ongoing basis.

Cut through communication clutter

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percent feel their social media teams are understaffed. “To their credit, associations are working hard to shed their stereotype as overly cautious, slow-moving, bureaucratic organizations,” Naylor said. As a writer and professional communicator, nothing (O.K., well, not very much) is more frustrating than people who can’t communicate. Or even worse yet, companies. Rant over. video).

10 Networking Apps For Event Attendees

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CamCard : Now you can easily manage and organize the business cards you receive at an event. Through pros and cons lists and organizing your decision options, inDecision can help you make the right networking choice. Contxts is a tool that helps you connect with other business professionals by streamlining and organizing the exchange of contact information through SMS messaging.

Would Mother Earth approve of ‘green’ venues?

Aaron Wolowiec

In fact, some organizations hold incentive programs for employees who are the most dedicated to reducing environmental footprints, hosting things such as luncheons. So take some time on Friday and think about how your organization practices sustainability. On Friday, we’ll celebrate Mother Nature’s finest creations. 80 percent donate excess food to local charities on an ongoing basis.

Post-event fulfillment reports: Setting the stage for sponsor renewals

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In a nutshell, it’s a report penned by a host organization and provided to sponsors following an event. donations to charitable organizations, employee participation or economic impact summary). Particularly impactful are pictures of attendees with their names, titles, organizations and insights. So what is a post-event fulfillment report? aggregate evaluation data).

Coming soon to association learning: gamified learning and microcredentials

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Chief Learning Officer – About 40 percent of respondents said someone within their organization holds a title that incorporates the word “learning.”. Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, co-founders of Tagoras. We know the educational landscape is changing as associations adapt to their members’ learning needs and habits. Webinars continue to be the No. Read: Credibility counts.

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Good news foodies: Conference venues are listening

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The global organization recently released its Top 10 Conference Food and Beverage Trends for 2015 , and healthy tops the list. At a conference dinner earlier this month, a bunch of us, hungry and tired, sat at the table joking that chicken was most likely on the menu. And it was. But we had salmon, too. And vegetables, rolls, rice, salad and dessert. Sounds about right for a conference, yes?

The X, Y and Z of membership

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Unfortunately, the last thing on the minds of Xers, Yers and Zers is association membership.  So it’s time for organizations to undergo a major facelift, Sladek said. Sarah Sladek, founder of XYZ University. We’re in the middle of a generational alphabet soup, a “perfect storm” as Sarah Sladek, founder of consulting company XYZ University , calls it. That’s nothing compared to Gen Y.

Big picture thinkers vs. detail doers

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The cool thing about leadership and management is that it doesn’t matter what the industry is; the concepts are the same,” McClintick said. “A leader helps to look at the bigger picture and to collect energy around where an organization is going. manager, quite honestly, ‘manages’ all the details of where the organization is going. Think about your organization. And hope.

What’s the state of association marketing?

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According to the report, IT handles many marketing tactics (the logistics of email campaigns, for instance), but marketing staff needs to be involved in the overall vision of an organization. The marketing team that has a competitive technical skill set is an asset to the entire organization it serves.”. As many of you probably know by now, I’m a public relations fanatic.

Association e-learning: what you need to know

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Education is at the core of professional and trade associations, and technology-enabled learning is quickly gaining popularity with membership organizations. Sarah Lugo, digital marketing coordinator for Digitec Interactive. This month’s guest blog post is by Sarah Lugo, digital marketing coordinator for Digitec Interactive. Follow her on Twitter. Keep it fresh. Invest in marketing.

Millennial-friendly meetings: Bring on the couches and big screens

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Of course, all this is good news for vendors and IT providers, both of whom, the report predicts, could see steady growth in businesses from organizations looking to improve their events. The Skift and Meetings Mean Business report offers dozens of case studies and examples of organizations that have successfully embraced millennials. Maybe even a collaborative thinking space.

Community management is about strategy

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In other words, communities must define value to their organization and to their community to foster engagement. Some recommendations from Higher Logic: STRATEGY: Create strong, defined value statements for your organization and members, highlighting the shared value of the community. The Higher Logic report contains data from 339 community programs from a range of industries.

Navigating Extreme Association Trends

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Attendees were led through a series of exercises that allowed them to reflect on what they thought about each trend, how they believed the trend related to their organizations and any action items they might want to explore upon returning home. That said, participants seemed to concur that most organizations should have some form of social media presence. The social media imperative.

Celebrating two years

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Aaron is extremely organized, creative and passionate about creating successful events that leave lasting impressions on event attendees. Two years ago, Aaron Wolowiec had a vision. Strategic planning. Instructional design. Meeting management. They were all in his wheelhouse. But it was time for something new. And so, on Dec. 8, 2011, Grand Rapids-based Event Garde was born.

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3 E-learning Myths It’s Time to Put to Bed

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In spite of this shift, there is often still reluctance on the part of organizations to fully embrace e-learning and promote it as a flagship offering. Used judiciously in combination with some of the other options suggested above, these tools can empower organizations to create highly interactive e-learning without breaking the bank. Jeff Cobb, co-founder of Tagoras Inc. 13-14]”.

Vote for us for best meeting planning company!

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Here’s what others have to say: “Aaron and his staff at Event Garde provided first-rate service to our nonprofit organization. As you probably gathered from our recap of 2015 , it’s been a pretty awesome year for Event Garde! And it shows. Again this year, Event Garde has been nominated for the best meeting planning company for the Michigan Meetings + Events 2016 Best of Michigan Awards.

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Is your organization mobile app ready?

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Whether or not your association currently utilizes a mobile app for its annual meeting or as part of a larger, annual engagement strategy, the question remains: Just how ready is your organization to deploy a mobile app? Today, you are invited to take part in this brief assessment at no cost to you. Assessment topics include intended audience, preferred features, adoption rationale and more.

Globalization isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy for associations

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At the same time, these organizations should consider hosting events outside their home countries. Organizations that have a solid international business strategy experience faster growth. In terms of services, trade associations place a high emphasis on in-person networking opportunities while professional organizations rank the delivery of a journal or magazine as a priority.

Facilitator’s oath: Responsibly introducing challenge by choice

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Following are several real-world examples demonstrating these tenets in action: A foundational activity or challenge for a pair in the first third of the session might include a brief 3-4 minute introduction to includes names, titles, organizations and recall of relevant prior knowledge on the session topic. If you’re ever in the area, you absolutely have to check it out. So, picture me.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news May edition

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We can be an education playground and members can take lessons learned from our experimentation back to their own organizations. Cool drinks need protection from the sun too!). Q: It’s a beautiful day in California. What would we most likely find you doing? A: Ideally I’d escape the valley heat for a relaxing day in the mountains. Learn: Q: How do you learn best? Professional Development

Why ‘giving back’ isn’t what you need from volunteers

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There are signs that associations are moving away from the committee-based form of volunteering, filled with busywork, that may make volunteers feel like they’ve “given back” but do only so much for the organization. Mark Athitakis, contributing editor, Associations Now. This month’s guest blog post is by Mark Athitakis , a contributing editor for Associations Now.

The great proposal debate: Why consultants eschew RFPs

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Although I cannot be certain, I believe this particular organization has – instead of hiring me or another consultant – simply decided to implement themselves the ideas I presented in my unnecessarily comprehensive proposal. Organized by topic, following are the lightly edited insights: Case studies. Some years ago, I developed and implemented an online event for an organization that attracted hundreds of attendees around the world.  By all measures, it was quite successful. The call comes in. prospective client needs you – immediately! – to help with an urgent project.

Technology truths for meetings and events

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If something comes up, will the organizer provide content virtually? Event organizers use Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about events and to track interest among users. I’ve admitted it before, and I’ll do it again: I’m a social media and technology addict. So when I’m choosing conferences to attend, I look for technology use. Is there a hashtag? Let’s talk social media.

Don’t be an Association Hoarder: Use Professional Organizer Techniques to Revamp Your Programs

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But do not be afraid to hoist your boxes overhead and with a casual tilt, dump the contents for a fresh perspective on your organization’s programs and services. Professional organizers (yes, there is such a thing, and of course, they have their own association ) tell us the best way get organized and obtain a clear train of thought is to start anew. We’ve Boxes.

ORGPRO 2013: Learning and networking just like Apple

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Learning, relationship development and business can flow quite naturally in the right face-to-face environments, and this is reflective of the type of dynamic learning experiences organizations need to create for their customers and members if they’re going to succeed.”. In fact, nearly every industry feels the effects. Even associations. But what if associations took a risk? myLounge.

Nonprofits and associations are hiring…even in a candidate’s market

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In fact, 70 percent of the organizations reported two to 10 vacancies in their organizations. We’re nearing college commencement season. In about six to eight weeks, excited college graduates around the country will don their caps and gowns, ready to hit the workforce with enthusiasm and a bit of trepidation. And, with demand exceeding supply, salaries are on the rise.

The key to successful CSM/planner collaboration is communication

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Tell your CSM everything you can about your organization, its conference and all the quirks that come with it. In turn, this saved his organization more than $4,200 per day. Kelly Van Dyke, CMP. This post is authored by guest blogger Kelly Van Dyke, CMP. Kelly is a convention service manager at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Email: kvandyke@amwaygrand.com. Don’t hold back.

The circle of [meetings] life: 4 steps to facilitate the most productive meeting ever

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Follow the template: Organization. Last month, I had the opportunity to present a session on meeting management (e.g., a staff meeting, a committee meeting or a board meeting) to a group of volunteer leaders. We started by viewing the following (hilarious!) YouTube video depicting every meeting ever. Step 1: Create and launch an effective meeting agenda. Committee/task force/meeting name.

Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers

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Unfortunately, many organizations are stuck when it comes to volunteers, she said. Like zombies, committee members engage in busy work instead of generating new ideas to further the mission of the organization. When volunteers feel empowered to contribute to the good of the organization, using their own skills and passions, they’re more willing to give their time, the authors wrote.

Back to basics: Education programs

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Following introductions and an outline of the day’s learning outcomes, I shared four big ideas that represent the importance of education to our organizations: Meetings represent a significant and increasing proportion of association revenue. Additional insights were gleaned from The Meetings Report jointly published by Event Garde and MSAE. Note: The final reason is related to advocacy.).

Silence isn’t golden in the dark

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As a trained crisis communicator, I’ve learned that an organization has about 30 minutes to respond to a situation, even if it’s just with a holding statement. If your organization doesn’t have a crisis communications plan, start one now, while things are calm. With these rules in mind, an organization can design its plan. It was Dec. After seven days, all our fish were dead.