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The growth spurt continues for associations

Aaron Wolowiec

s 2016 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report , it’s issues such as balancing a limited budget, engaging younger members and understanding what members truly want, especially in terms of networking and professional development. What keeps association leaders up at night?

Listen: Don’t just hear

Aaron Wolowiec

Listening is a powerful relationship development tool. Filed under: Learning , Meetings , Professional Development Tagged: events , Grau Interpersonal Communication , Jennifer Grau , listening , Meetings. Jennifer Grau, president, Grau Interpersonal Communication.

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The growth spurt continues for associations

Aaron Wolowiec

s 2016 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report , it’s issues such as balancing a limited budget, engaging younger members and understanding what members truly want, especially in terms of networking and professional development. What keeps association leaders up at night?

Join the #whatisengagement conversation

Aaron Wolowiec

But with the ambiguity surrounding what engagement really is, it’s challenging to develop and deploy strategies we’re confident will grow the participation, reach and value of our education programs. Engagement. We know we want it. In most cases, we know we need it.

Listen: Don’t just hear

Aaron Wolowiec

Listening is a powerful relationship development tool. Filed under: Learning , Meetings , Professional Development Tagged: events , Grau Interpersonal Communication , Jennifer Grau , listening , Meetings. Jennifer Grau, president, Grau Interpersonal Communication.

Cut through communication clutter

Aaron Wolowiec

For example, if given a budget increase, more than one-third of respondents said they’d develop a mobile strategy while another one-third said they would pour resources into social media. Second and third: professional development and industry trends.

Connecting for Maximum Event Success

Aaron Wolowiec

Event Garde is a professional development consulting firm that employs a versatile skill set and a wealth of experience to create well-connected leaders. Anne Bonney. This month’s guest blog post is by Anne Bonney.

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Some must-dos for ASAE’s annual meeting

Aaron Wolowiec

Filed under: Exhibitions , Meetings , Professional Development , Social Media Tagged: #ASAE16 , ASAE , ASAE Annual Meeting & Exhibition , ASAE Foundation , Learning , Lowell Aplebaum , networking , Twitter. Lowell Aplebaum.

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No more learning silos

Aaron Wolowiec

And, even better: My employers not only encourage professional development, but expect it. Some HR departments have been pretty lax in encouraging professional development and education, because, quite frankly, it wasn’t deemed important. Enter a self-developing organization.

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Association membership is on the rise

Aaron Wolowiec

And then, there’s my Public Relations Society of America membership, which provides professional development, networking opportunities and member-only must-haves for public relations junkies like me. I love my Barnes and Noble membership.

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

Aaron Wolowiec

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. Jeff Cobb, co-founder of Tagoras Inc.

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Good news foodies: Conference venues are listening

Aaron Wolowiec

While education and professional development will draw your participants to your event, networking – especially over crisp wine and trendy appetizers – will bring them back.

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. Members believe the most important function of an association is to provide training and professional development.

The X, Y and Z of membership

Aaron Wolowiec

Unlike the Boomer leaders, which focus on corporate progression and monetary reward, Gen X will lead with a focus on nurturing individuals, personal development, autonomy and work-life balance. Sarah Sladek, founder of XYZ University.

Association e-learning: what you need to know

Aaron Wolowiec

Developing and delivering education is an investment like any other initiative. 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.

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Navigating Extreme Association Trends

Aaron Wolowiec

Everyone’s professional development budgets are strapped these days and time is limited. ASAE held its annual Great Ideas Conference in Orlando, FL last month.

Improving knowledge transfer in your organization in 3 stages

Aaron Wolowiec

Establish a clear association between company business goals and the skills learners will develop by the time they complete the course. Best Practices Learning Professional Development e-learning instructional design knowledge transfer SHIFT training

No more masses for association marketers

Aaron Wolowiec

We’re always looking to feature examples of success so if you’ve developed an email campaign that works, please send information to Kristen Parker at Kristen@eventgarde.com. As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter.

Coming soon to association learning: gamified learning and microcredentials

Aaron Wolowiec

Just more than 50 percent of respondents said they’re satisfied with the cost of creating educational offerings and the cost of employing staff to develop and execute them. Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, co-founders of Tagoras.

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Clearing up association chapter confusion

Aaron Wolowiec

The report found associations rely on their chapters for member engagement, leadership development, membership recruitment, marketing communications and local resources. Associations ranked professional development and advocacy as most important.

Life goes on…and so does learning

Aaron Wolowiec

As a result, certification programs, assessment-based certificate programs, digital badging and competency-based education are likely to be areas of significant growth for continuing education and professional development providers.”.

Is it time for an event sponsorships makeover?

Aaron Wolowiec

We encourage you to take a more sponsor-centric approach when developing your event sponsorship offerings. Tara Ericson, group vice president at Naylor Association Solutions.

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Call for Presentations: Dead or Alive?

Aaron Wolowiec

A colleague recently posted this question to a professional development discussion board I enjoy reading: In the past few years, we have been receiving fewer responses to our call for papers.

A new face, a new format and all things ORGPRO

Aaron Wolowiec

Henry Center for Executive Development , will share with us the projects she’s working on as chair of the ORGPRO Community Engagement Committee. Henry Center for Executive Development , theme , topic , trends , Tuesday , Vital Associations , writing.

The great proposal debate: Why consultants eschew RFPs

Aaron Wolowiec

Some years ago, I developed and implemented an online event for an organization that attracted hundreds of attendees around the world. I’m always amazed at how many organizations don’t understand that developing a specific plan for their situation is part of the work. The idea to develop an article providing more exposure to the issue is a good one. The call comes in. A prospective client needs you – immediately! – to help with an urgent project.

Volunteer management: I gotta feeling

Aaron Wolowiec

Like many of you, I’ve been known to juggle a handful of volunteer roles in addition to my nine-to-five job at any given point in time during my association management career. Who am I kidding? When’s the last time I was able to get away with working an eight-hour day?).

Community management is about strategy

Aaron Wolowiec

Don’t lose sight of the basics; continue the dialog with those that can benefit from your community; and develop an ROI model to define the specific business value that is generated from the community.”

Latest ruling could mean more unpaid internships

Aaron Wolowiec

As further explanation, NACE developed criteria that employers can use to determine which experiences can legitimately be classified as internships: The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Start with the last first?

Aaron Wolowiec

While much can be accomplished in sophisticated development environments, rarely is it the technology that is actually responsible for the impact. Ethan Edwards.

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

Aaron Wolowiec

So what does it take to develop and release your first post-event fulfillment report? Post-event fulfillment reports consistently rank at the top of sponsor lists in terms of the most valuable services provided by conference hosts.

Big picture thinkers vs. detail doers

Aaron Wolowiec

Identify individual strengths and development areas for immediate application. Allison McClintick, founder of FlightLead Consulting. I can’t imagine how scary it was for Allison McClintick, founder of FlightLead Consulting , to move across the country without a plan.

25 meeting management resources revealed

Aaron Wolowiec

at the Eagle Eye Golf Club in Lansing , this year’s program features a keynote presentation titled “ Leading in Style ” by leader development specialist Allison McClintick. Aaron Wolowiec facilitates an “Ask the Experts” panel during the 2013 Michigan Meetings Expo.

Celebrating two years

Aaron Wolowiec

By partnering with clients to tear away preconceptions, Event Garde reveals dynamic programs, events and professional development experiences that result in thoughtful, enthusiastic and empowered learners and practitioners.”. Sara Miller, director of meetings and development.

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Economically engaging

Aaron Wolowiec

The public sector has been hit especially hard by the recession, and professional development – which often includes association memberships – has fallen victim to budget cuts. In addition, as companies operate with leaner staffs, people have less time to commit to professional development.

No more masses for association marketers

Aaron Wolowiec

We’re always looking to feature examples of success so if you’ve developed an email campaign that works, please send information to Kristen Parker at Kristen@eventgarde.com. As some of you may know, Event Garde sends a monthly e-newsletter.

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

Aaron Wolowiec

Associations are so diverse and operate under conditions and in environments that are so significantly different from one another that it is impossible to suggest a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to international development,” Globalstrat said.

What’s the state of association marketing?

Aaron Wolowiec

Here’s where learning and professional development come in. As many of you probably know by now, I’m a public relations fanatic. Not only is it my full-time profession, but I’m constantly soaking up stories about new trends, PR disasters, crisis communications and more.

ORGPRO 2013: Learning and networking just like Apple

Aaron Wolowiec

Education sessions cover eight tracks and are based on the Michigan Society of Association Executives ’ (MSAE) new professional development model, ELEVANCE , which aims to increase competency in the areas of knowledge, relationships and perspectives.

Associations play an important role in higher education

Aaron Wolowiec

Educators should develop a better understanding of what students need to be learning, and then connect those learning outcomes to employment, they said. Professionalize content development and delivery. Focus on developing competencies required by a new employment sphere.

Improving knowledge transfer in your organization in 3 stages

Aaron Wolowiec

Establish a clear association between company business goals and the skills learners will develop by the time they complete the course. Best Practices Learning Professional Development e-learning instructional design knowledge transfer SHIFT training