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JULY 23, 2013 [Process] Want to boost attendance? Just ask.
Self-reflection is never easy, but this week, Kevin Whorton, principal of Whorton Marketing and Research , will help make the process a bit less painful. 'Kevin Whorton, principal of Whorton Marketing and Research. Last week, Jeff De Cagna explained that in order to thrive, associations must think differently. Simply put: They should accept change rather than shun it.
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OCTOBER 17, 2012 [Process] 25 instructional strategies guaranteed to refresh your signature programs
After five minutes, the two circles shift to the right or left and the process repeats. Participants take on another identity during the brainstorming process, viewing an identified industry problem or challenge from a very different perspective. The process begins with a brief introduction and leading question about an industry problem. Once time is up, three participants from each table move to a different table and repeat the process. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: People are busy these days. Period. Of course, some are also my own creations. Ignite.
DECEMBER 3, 2013 | AARON WOLOWIEC
[Process] Celebrating two years
NOVEMBER 26, 2013 | AARON WOLOWIEC
[Process] Just two little words
NOVEMBER 19, 2013 | AARON WOLOWIEC
[Process] A Tuesday ‘thank you’
NOVEMBER 5, 2013 | AARON WOLOWIEC
[Process] Stop spamming your members
OCTOBER 29, 2013 | AARON WOLOWIEC
[Process] Straight from an intern’s mouth
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 | AARON WOLOWIEC
[Process] Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers
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NOVEMBER 19, 2013 [Process] A Tuesday ‘thank you’
Communicating impact to partnership stakeholders is a vital piece of that process. 'Editor’s Note: As Thanksgiving approaches, we all start thinking about our blessings. So it seemed appropriate to dedicate this week’s blog post – and probably next week’s – to the topic of saying “thank you.” So please drop me a quick note at Kristen@eventgarde.com ! GivingTuesday occurs on Dec.
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 [Process] Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers
What types of decisions in your association would benefit from a deliberative decision-making process? Which would benefit from a more rapid decide-experiment-learn-iterate process? 'It’s the first board meeting of the year and the room is packed with enthusiastic volunteer board members. But slowly, throughout the year, people stop coming. Projects hit roadblocks. Sound familiar?
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NOVEMBER 5, 2013 [Process] Stop spamming your members
That’s a lot to read and process. 'I’ve had the good fortune to work for and with associations my entire professional career. So it’s fair to say I understand and value association membership. That’s why I’m a card-carrying member of several professional societies. The language that was used to describe sponsor ROI was both vague and unremarkable. Some of the benefits (e.g.,
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DECEMBER 13, 2012 [Process] Transforming your community into a collaborative learning environment
Develop file sharing, communication and collaboration tools that makes this process even easier and less cumbersome. On Dec. 4, I had the pleasure of presenting a breakout session on collaborative learning environments during the 2012 Higher Logic Super Forum. Early in the presentation, we discussed the expanding role of content curation and how it can serve as a valuable tool for associations who wish to make meaning of the sometimes excessive information, content and messaging they share with members. Organizing it around a specific theme. Presenting it in a meaningful way. Podcasts.
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AARON WOLOWIEC | FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012 [Process] Not just any top five list: Innovative and interactive learning formats according to you
In most cases, we’ve got the RFP process all wrong. Also, we can and must help speakers think more creatively about their delivery options and identify how flexible they are willing to be early in the selection process. Add a new instructional strategy, learning process or session format alongside the more traditional methods and allow your attendees the opportunity to test the waters (as opposed to cutting out what they’ve “always known” and replacing it with something altogether different). Comprehensive marketing: using print, web and social platforms. Why is it hot? MORE >>
AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 [Process] 18 tips for negotiating with speakers
Opportunity to videotape his/her sessions for resale (this is a subject of its own and requires some processes to work well). It’s the age-old dilemma: You’re looking for a quality speaker with a good message and a dynamic stage presence who will be well-received by your members. And, by the way, could this person present for free – or, at the very least, for a significantly reduced honorarium? In my experience, there are generally two types of speakers: Those who recycle the same three to five presentations from conference to conference with little (if any) customization; and. Expenses. MORE >>
AARON WOLOWIEC | FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 [Process] The key to successful CSM/planner collaboration is communication
For starters, there’s the venue’s approval process. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email: email@example.com. Your venue CSM should be your number one go-to person, your number one collaborator, your biggest fan, maybe even your best friend (even if only for a short period of time). This person wants a successful conference just as much as you do. His or her primary role is to assist you in planning a conference within your means. MORE >>
AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 [Process] Celebrating two years
In the process, I’ve formed invaluable networks, and our blog has gained quite the following. '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. Wolowiec, a wordsmith at heart, chose the name carefully thanks to a little help from The Image Shoppe. Writers love the phrase “avant garde,” which is often used to describe trailblazers. Event Garde: A clever play on words? As a writer, I think so. MORE >>
AARON WOLOWIEC | MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 [Process] Adult learning principles – and what makes them relevant
Specifically, andragogy places value on the process of learning. Part of being an effective educator, facilitator or content leader involves understanding how adults learn best. Andragogy is a theory that holds a set of assumptions about how adults learn. It uses approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative rather than didactic or rooted in lecture, and also emphasizes more equality between the instructor and the learner. Today, just about every professional development guru serving the association community has shared their spin on adult learning principles. MORE >>
- [Process] What associations can learn from TV show “The Voice” and TV network QVC AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012
- [Process] Just two little words AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013
- [Process] Straight from an intern’s mouth AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
- [Process] Hiring an event management partner AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013
- [Process] The absolute trap: How the word “never” is holding you back AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
- [Process] Achieve more: How research should inform your association’s meetings strategy AARON WOLOWIEC | MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
- [Process] The great proposal debate: Why consultants eschew RFPs AARON WOLOWIEC | THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
- [Process] Rolling out the ORGPRO 2013 welcome mat AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
- [Process] Overcoming your fear of “messing up” AARON WOLOWIEC | MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
- [Process] Nine tips to promote win-win negotiating (no matter the contract) AARON WOLOWIEC | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
- [Process] Achieve more: The art of collaboration AARON WOLOWIEC | WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012
- [Process] What American Idol and Food Network Star teach associations about mentoring AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012
- [Process] Return on learning (ROL): More than a boring statistic AARON WOLOWIEC | TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012
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