Aaron Wolowiec

The growth spurt continues for associations

Aaron Wolowiec

What keeps association leaders up at night? According to Marketing General Inc. ’s

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – September edition

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Bob Thomas, Michigan Chamber Foundation. Q & A with Bob Thomas , senior director of operations and executive director, Michigan Chamber Foundation at Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Learn: Q: What’s one subject you’d like to learn more about? A: I’d love to learn more about macroeconomics.

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Listen: Don’t just hear

Aaron Wolowiec

Jennifer Grau, president, Grau Interpersonal Communication. This month’s guest blog post is by Jennifer Grau , president of Grau Interpersonal Communication , who is a listening trainer, coach, facilitator, speaker and consultant.

5 Cool Things Associations Are Doing at Meetings and Events

Aaron Wolowiec

This month’s guest blog post is by Samantha Whitehorne, deputy editor for Associations Now. Contact Whitehorne at swhitehorne@asaecenter.org. Samantha Whitehorne, deputy editor for Associations Now.

The growth spurt continues for associations

Aaron Wolowiec

What keeps association leaders up at night? According to Marketing General Inc. ’s

Listen: Don’t just hear

Aaron Wolowiec

Jennifer Grau, president, Grau Interpersonal Communication. This month’s guest blog post is by Jennifer Grau , president of Grau Interpersonal Communication , who is a listening trainer, coach, facilitator, speaker and consultant.

No more learning silos

Aaron Wolowiec

Photo courtesy of Skillsoft via Facebook. I’m a self-professed word nerd. In college, I loved leaving classes with a new nugget of information. And now that I’m a working professional, I get giddy at the thought of attending conferences.

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Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

On the last day of school, I told my kids I wished I were still a student. I explained “adulting” is hard, and they looked at me like I had five heads. Truth is, I love school.

Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

On the last day of school, I told my kids I wished I were still a student. I explained “adulting” is hard, and they looked at me like I had five heads. Truth is, I love school.

Cut through communication clutter

Aaron Wolowiec

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. Inconsistent messaging drives me nuts. Rant over.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – July edition

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Carla Kalogeridis. Q & A with Carla Kalogeridis , president, Arion Media Services. Follow her on Twitter at @CarlaKalo. Q: Learn: Let’s say you’re studying for a big exam. Are you a crammer, or do you like to plan ahead? A: I plan ahead to cram.

10 Networking Apps For Event Attendees

Aaron Wolowiec

Daniel Mendelson, Bizzabo. This month’s guest post is by Daniel Mendelson of Bizzabo. It was originally posted on July 16. Editor’s Note: By now, you all know I’m a social media/technology addict. So, I was so excited to learn about these apps that I had to share with you!

Some must-dos for ASAE’s annual meeting

Aaron Wolowiec

Lowell Aplebaum. In anticipation of the ASAE Annual Meeting and Exposition , which will be held Aug. 13-16 in Salt Lake City, Utah, we’ll be providing some tips on how to maximize your experience. To start us off, Lowell Aplebaum shares his advice. Follow him on Twitter at @LowellMatthew.

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4 Event Metrics You Should Be Calculating

Aaron Wolowiec

This month’s guest post is by Courtenay Allen, a marketing specialist at Attend.com , which produces event management software. It was originally posted on the attend.com blog. Courtenay Allen, marketing specialist for Attend.com.

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Good news foodies: Conference venues are listening

Aaron Wolowiec

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?

Would Mother Earth approve of ‘green’ venues?

Aaron Wolowiec

On Friday, we’ll celebrate Mother Nature’s finest creations. Spring is finally here in Michigan and as robins chirp and flowers start to bloom, it’s the perfect time for Earth Day.

The X, Y and Z of membership

Aaron Wolowiec

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. You’ve probably heard of Generation X and Generation Y , but what about Generation Z ?

Association e-learning: what you need to know

Aaron Wolowiec

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. Associations are beginning to grow their education departments by bringing member education online.

No more masses for association marketers

Aaron Wolowiec

As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter. So every month, I jump into Constant Contact to look at stats. Admittedly, I’m a word nerd, but I find the stats and data fascinating. I get excited when the click and open rates increase.

Navigating Extreme Association Trends

Aaron Wolowiec

ASAE held its annual Great Ideas Conference in Orlando, FL last month. During that conference, Scott Oser and I had the pleasure of presenting a session titled, “Under Pressure: Navigating Extreme Association Trends.”.

No more learning silos

Aaron Wolowiec

Photo courtesy of Skillsoft via Facebook. I’m a self-professed word nerd. In college, I loved leaving classes with a new nugget of information. And now that I’m a working professional, I get giddy at the thought of attending conferences.

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Association membership is on the rise

Aaron Wolowiec

I love my Barnes and Noble membership. Last Christmas, I saved nearly $100 because I was a member. I also love my World Market membership because, well, I enjoy the wine discounts.

Is it time for an event sponsorships makeover?

Aaron Wolowiec

Tara Ericson, group vice president at Naylor Association Solutions. This month’s guest blog post is by Tara Ericson, group vice president for Naylor Association Solutions , where she oversees group publishers and specialized industry market teams.

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

Aaron Wolowiec

Mark Athitakis, contributing editor, Associations Now. This month’s guest blog post is by Mark Athitakis , a contributing editor for Associations Now. It was originally printed on April 28 , so it’s hot off the press.

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

Aaron Wolowiec

Jeff Cobb, co-founder of Tagoras Inc. This month’s guest blog post is by Jeff Cobb, co-founder of Tagoras and co-host of the annual Leading Learning Symposium , a high impact event for leaders in the business of lifelong learning, continuing education and professional development.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – July edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Carla Kalogeridis. Q & A with Carla Kalogeridis , president, Arion Media Services. Follow her on Twitter at @CarlaKalo. Q: Learn: Let’s say you’re studying for a big exam. Are you a crammer, or do you like to plan ahead? A: I plan ahead to cram.

Would Mother Earth approve of ‘green’ venues?

Aaron Wolowiec

On Friday, we’ll celebrate Mother Nature’s finest creations. Spring is finally here in Michigan and as robins chirp and flowers start to bloom, it’s the perfect time for Earth Day.

Community management is about strategy

Aaron Wolowiec

Although still relatively new, online communities are quickly becoming popular platforms for engagement, discussion and membership. But there’s still some confusion about best practices and culture, according to a new report by The Community Roundtable and Higher Logic. “In

The great proposal debate: Why consultants eschew RFPs

Aaron Wolowiec

The call comes in. A prospective client needs you – immediately! – to help with an urgent project. They’re unclear how to resolve the issue, but they believe you can help. Simply draft a proposal describing you’re recommended course of action and be sure to include your proposed fees. Days – sometimes weeks – later, they’ve curiously decided to complete the project themselves. I was recently faced with this dilemma.

Improving knowledge transfer in your organization in 3 stages

Aaron Wolowiec

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.

Back to basics: Education programs

Aaron Wolowiec

I recently facilitated two sessions on meeting planning and professional development for the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s (MSAE) Academy of Association Management.

Start with the last first?

Aaron Wolowiec

Ethan Edwards. We’ve written about successful e-learning programs in the past and those of us in the industry often signing the praises of such modules. But from an instructional designer’s viewpoint, what’s the secret to creating a program that works?

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Coming soon to association learning: gamified learning and microcredentials

Aaron Wolowiec

Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, co-founders of Tagoras. Tagoras recently released its much-anticipated 2016 Association Learning + Technology Report , which contains a wealth of information about associations’ efforts to incorporate technology into their educational programs and platforms.

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Bonus Content – Event Garde e-news – June edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Amanda Toy, associate director of sales, Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau. Q & A with Amanda Toy, associate director of sales, Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau. Q: It’s a beautiful summer day in Michigan. What would we most likely find you doing? .

Clearing up association chapter confusion

Aaron Wolowiec

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m a member of Public Relations Society of America , and I’m actively involved in the Central Michigan Chapter of PRSA.

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

Aaron Wolowiec

Post-event fulfillment reports consistently rank at the top of sponsor lists in terms of the most valuable services provided by conference hosts.

Straight from an intern’s mouth

Aaron Wolowiec

Editor’s Note: This week’s guest post is from Samantha Moore, meetings and membership coordinator for the American Bakers Association in Washington, D.C. Before working full time for the association, Moore was an intern. What can associations offer interns? She explains.

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Technology truths for meetings and events

Aaron Wolowiec

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? Will speakers engage with participants in real time – or afterward – via social media?

Life goes on…and so does learning

Aaron Wolowiec

As some of you may know, in addition to my role with Event Garde , I work for Michigan State University’s central communications office. I love working with students. They’re brilliant. They’re ambitious. They’re overachievers. And some of them are old, well, older.

Don’t feed the attendees: 10 insights for your next food function

Aaron Wolowiec

The bag of trail mix that served as my lunch during the closing general session of #ASAE13. It’s the closing general session at #ASAE13. I’ve somehow come down with the worst summer cold/sinus infection I’ve had in at least the last 10 years.

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