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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.19.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… You can buy everything except time–our most precious resource. I enjoyed watching this short video of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates talking about time in an interview with Charlie Rose.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.12.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… How are associations using learning technologies? Don’t you want to know? If you work for a membership organization, please participate in the Association Learning + Technology survey.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.17.17

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Wine comes in at the mouth. And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth. Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. That lovely poem is A Drinking Song by W.B. Yeats, one of my favorite poets.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.5.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… “I’ll do that but not right now.”. How many times do you say that? What usually happens? Right, you never do it. You don’t schedule it. You don’t make time. You forget. Months go by….

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.14.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… Last week, after a day of hiking in Capitol Reef National Park, I got on Facebook to share some photos and learned about the consolidation of Aptify, Abila, and YourMembership under the new Community Brands umbrella.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.18.16

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I was wondering why there are so few webinars next week, and then it dawned on me – it’s Thanksgiving week! Already? I’m glad I figured that out before scheduling work for myself on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.21.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… My world is still buzzing with the news about the Community Brands/YourMembership takeover/consolidation/call-it-what-you-will of Aptify and Abila.

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.

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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.24.17

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Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… The next time you find yourself procrastinating, take a moment to think about the task you’re avoiding. What’s its purpose?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.3.17

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Today is the birthday of Alexander Graham Bell. Imagine what he would think of our phones now. I like this quote of his: “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.10.17

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How often do you find yourself doing something that’s at odds with what’s best for you? Something you do to check out and ignore what the best truest part of you would do. Maybe you’re procrastinating. Maybe you’re resisting something difficult. Maybe you’re lazy.

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.

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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.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.4.16

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Where did the day go? How many times have you asked yourself that? I 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.

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.

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.

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. I 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.

“NO vendors, please.”

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Every day in my association’s online community, people reach out to fellow members to ask questions or request guidance. Today I saw someone ask for examples of associations that have had proven success with social media.

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.

For-Purpose People and Organizations Will Change the World

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We attend conferences so we can deepen our knowledge and relationships. Hopefully we’ll also get recharged and inspired too but that doesn’t always happen.

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.

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.