Aaron Wolowiec

Applying Our Understanding of Personal & Social Identities Within Associations

Aaron Wolowiec

During the pandemic, I was introduced by my colleague to the University of Michigan Inclusive Campus Collaborative which seeks to foster a campus climate in which all community members feel respected, valued, and empowered to engage in the life of the university.

Gardian of the Month: Andrea Starmer

Aaron Wolowiec

Our Gardian of the Month is Andrea Starmer! She shares how she might help a wallflower loosen up at a networking event, the way she prepared for the CMP, the resource she can't live without (you probably can't either) and just who's life she'd like to live for one day

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Gardian of the Month: Rachel Kuntzsch

Aaron Wolowiec

Our Gardian of the Month is Rachel Kuntzsch! Check out her tip for balancing work and studying with family time, why the New York Times is her go-to resources and why she feels Spring truly represents her

Navigating Difficult Conversations Using Nonviolent Communication

Aaron Wolowiec

During a recent strategic planning session, participants were working in small groups when Aaron overheard a participant make a comment that didn't sit well with their colleague. Aaron and his co-facilitator brainstormed a course of action and turned to nonviolent communication. This is how it went

10 Common AMS Implementation Myths Debunked

Voicing the need for a new AMS may not win you any popularity contests. But if your business objectives aren’t being met, it’s time to broach the subject. Turn skeptics around with 10 hard-to-argue responses designed to showcase the value of a new system.

Are Too Many Meetings Wreaking Havoc on Your Employees’ Mental Health?

Aaron Wolowiec

Are you have too many meetings and it's causing you (and your team) mental health issues? Find out here

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A Practical Guide to Stakeholder Mapping & Why It’s Important

Aaron Wolowiec

There are two primary groups of people involved in your organization’s strategy work: participants and stakeholders. Depending upon their lived experiences, tenure in your industry, engagement with your organization, and a host of other factors, the opinions, insights, and recommendations of your members are going to vary greatly. Want to test it out? Ask a group of 10 members how to solve just about anything and you’re likely to get several dozen suggestions.

The Last Relationship-building Activity You’ll Ever Need

Aaron Wolowiec

As more and more groups begin to meet again in-person, the need for some sort of relationship-building activity at the start of sessions, meetings, or conferences has become less a luxury and more a necessity. Here's the last relationship-building activity you'll ever need

The Effects of Omicron on Facilitated Meetings

Aaron Wolowiec

As a result of the Omicron variant, we’ve seen a number of clients this year move trainings, facilitations, and strategic planning sessions from scheduled January and February dates to early spring.

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Spring Cleaning: 11 Technologies I Can’t Live Without

Aaron Wolowiec

Out with the old and in with the new (or reimagined, repurposed, and recalibrated). Here are 11 technologies Aaron relies on heavily right now to support him, his work, his team, and his clients

7 Signs It’s Time to Move to a New AMS

Do you need to break up with your AMS? Your association deserves a membership management platform that enhances staff efficiency, creates value, and delivers outcomes to drive membership success. Download this guide to uncover the 7 signs it’s time to move to a new AMS.

Event Garde Celebrates 10 Years of Client Success

Aaron Wolowiec

In December 2011, with the goal of planning large association conferences for multiple concurrent clients, I launched Event Garde.

Gardian of the Month: Shannon Lockwood

Aaron Wolowiec

Our Gardian of the Month, Shannon Lockwood, shares her favorite part of learning something new, whether she's a natural networker or more of a wallflower and she shares the three adjectives she's use to describe herself

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5 Recommendations in Honor of Healthy by Association Milestone Anniversary

Aaron Wolowiec

As I reflect on the past five years of Healthy by Association and plan for the year ahead, following are five ways each of us can easily integrate more intentional health and wellness practices into our personal and professional lives

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Value Proposition Is a Growth Process

Aaron Wolowiec

For any organization, value proposition is the fundamental building block of growth. Understanding the process of managing your value proposition is vital, but challenging – especially for non-profits. Here are some do's and don'ts of a value proposition process

8 Requirements Executives Should Look For in a New AMS

Selecting a new Association Management System (AMS) can be daunting, even for the most “seasoned” professionals. Learn what top association executives require when it comes to their most crucial investments.

10 Days of Holiday Baking with Event Garde - Day 1: Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

Aaron Wolowiec

On the first day of holiday baking Event Garde team member Kara Nacarato shares with us a delicious, sweet pumpkin treat

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Opening the Door to Volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

Recently, an association pro began a Collaborate discussion with the question “are associations seeking a reduction of volunteers interested in board or officer positions?” Volunteer burn-out is real and for many associations, we saw that with increasing clarity in the past 18-months.

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The Delta Variant Isn’t The Only Reason to Rethink Your Return to the Office

Aaron Wolowiec

A lot of leaders spent the last few months putting in a place a plan to reopen the office (in one form or another) after Labor Day.

Innovating Attendee Experiences Despite the Ongoing Pandemic

Aaron Wolowiec

To ignite some creative thinking among your team, here are just some innovation bright spots to elevate the attendee experience that Aaron has experienced first-hand that you might consider adapting and adopting for those in-person meetings and events on your horizon

The Ins and Outs of Marketing Automation for Associations

What the heck is marketing automation? Grab this informative guide that explains what it is; why and where associations use it; and how it’s like email marketing on steroids. The guide also includes a new-member onboarding schedule that is helpful whether you already use marketing automation or not.

The 5 Crucial Steps to Sound Strategic Planning

Aaron Wolowiec

No matter your viewpoints on strategic planning, one thing’s for certain: the plan that sits on the shelf and is never referenced is not doing anyone any good.

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Making the Case for Professional Development to Your Staff and Members

Aaron Wolowiec

I was recently asked to design a session on professional development. It’s one session in a series intended for association professionals who want to broaden their understanding of association management in an interactive and engaging manner.

How to Design an Educational Event That Encourages Actual Learning

Aaron Wolowiec

Hosting an education-based conference or meeting can be tricky. Attendees come with multiple learning styles, diverse educational goals, and wildly different attention spans. But it’s possible to host an educational event that satisfies everyone’s checklists

Gardian of the Month: Todd Slater

Aaron Wolowiec

Our Gardian of the Month is Todd Slater! Find out his go to networking tips and a subject he'd like to learn more about, he also shares a resource you may be missing out on

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How to Choose the Right AMS Solution for Your Association

The Buyer’s Checklist for association professionals is designed to help you make an “apples to apples” comparison of association management software (AMS) systems, so you can make the right purchasing decision for your association’s unique needs.

The Quick Way To Price Your Hybrid Events

Aaron Wolowiec

After running virtual events for free or very low cost, the first thing that you want to focus on is raising the price of any virtual components that you're going to offer, whether hybrid components or purely virtual events. Here are some thoughts to help guide you

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5 Books We’re Loving This Conference Season

Aaron Wolowiec

With the transition to in-person meetings and life back on the road, one of the most positive outcomes has been the ability to hear from and engage with colleagues, speakers, and authors in a way that doesn’t quite translate on screen.

Your Guide to Compensating Event Speakers

Aaron Wolowiec

Wondering where to start when it comes to paying speakers? Let’s review some common questions about event speaker compensation

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The Purpose of Pricing

Aaron Wolowiec

When it comes to value in pricing, it is not about greed. Many associations think that if they discuss pricing, their members will see them as greedy, especially because we are nonprofit organizations.

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Membership Calculations for Association Pros Who Hate Math

Does the thought of having to calculate retention, churn, or the cost of acquiring a new member make your head hurt? If so, this cheatsheet is a lifesaver.

5 tips to elevate remote speakers presenting to an in-person audience

Aaron Wolowiec

While it may not be possible to replicate every aspect of an in-person presentation, with the right planning, coaching, and mentoring, remote speakers can still be highly effective. Here are five considerations as you work with remote speakers presenting primarily to an in-person audience

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Speaker Spotlight: Sarah Sladek

Aaron Wolowiec

As a best-selling author and CEO, Sarah Sladek brings her expertise to 40+ events a year. She founded XYZ University, the nation’s first generational research and management consulting firm. Sarah is an advocate for younger generations and a futurist.

How to Price a Sponsorship Package

Aaron Wolowiec

“How do you price a sponsorship and what factors should be considered when coming up with the package price?” Dr. Michael Tatonetti shares a few considerations in order to give a proper answer

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10 Hotel Challenges to Overcome During Your Next Event

Aaron Wolowiec

Having attended, planned and facilitated a number of in-person meetings over the last couple of months, following are 10 hotel challenges Aaron experienced that you should be aware of and plan to overcome as you work on fall and winter events

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Report: 2022 Association Survey Results

See how your association compares to others across the U.S. and Canada. The 8th annual report provides fascinating insights into association trends over the past year.

Great Leaders Coach or Risk Cheating Team Development

Aaron Wolowiec

There is often a difference between how we are leading and how we would prefer to be leading – not to mention the impact on our teams and our organizations.

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Is it Time to Rethink Your Event Sales Strategy, Process and Expectations?

Aaron Wolowiec

One year later, as we continue to watch the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in the United States, there is hope that we may start to see in-person meetings and events return in the near future.

Partner Spotlight: The Image Shoppe

Aaron Wolowiec

The Image Shoppe is a brand and digital marketing agency that provides the following services: brand marketing, digital strategy, design, copywriting, web development and fractional CMO

Speaker Spotlight: Jeff Cobb

Aaron Wolowiec

Jeff Cobb helps individuals and organizations leverage the power of learning to navigate change, drive innovation, and shape a brighter future

The Four Culture Decisions that will Make or Break Your Return to the Workplace

Rethinking Work, Office, and Culture in the New Reality - How will you design the workplace for the needs of employees? How will you define what it means to collaborate or supervise? Find out here.