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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.15.21

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. ASAE Gold Circle Awards.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.11.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. 2021 attendee intent survey.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.4.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Urgent request for participation in an association professional development survey.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.18.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…. Welcome to the last Association Brain Food of 2020. I’ll be back on Friday, January 8 after a (hopefully but probably not likely) two-week holiday break.

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.20.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… 86 “normal,” please. Joy S. Davis, CAE, who works at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, said: “I need to operate now and look forward, not try to claw may way back to ‘normal.’

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.13.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Looking forward. The Association Laboratory Research Alliance invites association executives to participate in the Looking Forward 2021 study.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.9.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I’m back in the saddle again—and this photo captures my hiking buddies climbing up a tricky portion of the saddle between Big Spring and Squaw Canyons in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park in Utah—one of my favorite places. Association mojo.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.30.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Session recordings. Professional development is a must in uncertain times. To remain relevant and employable, you need to keep your skills sharp.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.18.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Association marketing. In a changing world and uncertain economy, if you want to hold on to a job—or find a new one—you need to acquire and demonstrate mastery of new skills.

eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.6.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Un-hybrid conference. At some point in 2021, associations will switch from virtual-only conferences to hybrid conferences. Or will they? Can you imagine planning and producing two simultaneous conference experiences—one for on-site attendees and one for the virtual audience? Yikes. WBT Systems proposes a different doable solution: host your in-person conference first and your virtual conference later.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.16.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… The state of associations. Cecilia Sepp, CAE, founder of Rogue Tulips, recently released the findings of their September association survey, What’s Next for Associations.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.31.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Economic outlook for associations. Please consider participating in Marketing General Inc.’s s (MGI) second annual Association Economic Outlook survey.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.24.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Associations and the future of colleges. Jeff Cobb of Tagoras/Leading Learning asks a provocative but reasonable question: Could associations replace colleges?

Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build it or buy it. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.14.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… #ASAE20. I took three days off this week to dedicate my time to ASAE’s Virtual Annual Meeting aka #asae20. Originally, the registration was about $600.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.11.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Virtual conference pricing. WBT Systems describes the different factors you need to consider when pricing a virtual conference , and right at the top they say, “Your virtual conference should not be free.”.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.28.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Racial diversity in events. I’ve got another important survey for you—this one is on racial diversity in the events industry.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.21.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Diversity benchmarking. Association Success is running a survey to benchmark diversity in the association industry.

Need Remote Learning ASAP? Don’t Pick Your Next LMS Before Reading This!

Need to go remote or move your training programs online? Download this guide to identify and overcome the biggest eLearning challenges so you can pick the perfect LMS without wasting time, money, and effort, even if you are just starting your eLearning journey.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.25.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I’m not publishing Brain Food next Friday (10/2) because I’ll be hiking in southern Utah, so this edition includes all the events I know about in the next two weeks. Virtual conference communications survey.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.10.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… You know what really gets under my skin and makes me crazy? The emergence of, quoting here, “a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity.”

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.29.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Will I see you at ASAE TEC next week? For me, TEC is like a reunion, camp and retreat combined in one. If we haven’t met and you see me walking around, please introduce yourself, I’d love to meet you. Association silos have been a topic of conversation for years now.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.5.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… What a week. This tweet summed it up for me. It feels somewhat like that week in March when the impact of COVID-19 hit us all. It’s been hard to focus. I find myself staring blankly at whatever I’m writing while my mind is far away. Then I lose myself reading articles on Twitter or in newsletters, and, one of my favorite activities, compiling a list of more things to read.

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Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Remote learning is becoming more important than ever. Whether you’re scrambling to get your eLearning launched, or need to upgrade to meet increased demand, this guide will eliminate the guesswork so you can find your perfect LMS!

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.17.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Design thinking demystified. Are you just a tiny bit intimidated by the idea of design thinking? It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Design thinking is completely doable when you get it explained to you like WBT Systems does in their post, Design Thinking for Associations: Let’s Take It from Conceptual to Practical. Pandemic engagement strategies.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.1.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… For the last six weeks, virtual events have been the focus of my reading and writing time—which is why you’ve seen the topic popping up so frequently here and on my Twitter stream too. So, I’m sorry or you’re welcome, whichever one applies. Virtual worlds for association events. Here’s a pair of posts about a virtual event format I’ve only recently come around to.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.18.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter have a new book coming out, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. The book presents a provocative alternative solution to one of the biggest problems in workplaces: declining employee engagement.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.29.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Reboarding members. In a recent webinar, Reggie Henry introduced many in the association community, including WBT Systems, to the “ reboarding members ” concept—taking time each year to reacquaint yourself with a member’s goals, needs and interests, and reintroduce them to membership benefits and resources. WBT shares ideas for using what you learn during reboarding to better serve members.

Webinar Survey 2020 Association Universe

2020 has been a challenging year for associations. Here at AU, we have worked tirelessly to provide guidance and a sense of community for our viewers. AU’s many thought-leaders eased the physical distance between us by sharing their wisdom and empathy. Our goal is that through our webinars, we helped make 2020 as rewarding as it was challenging. We would love for you to share your experience about how webinars have affected your learning, and also your thoughts on how to make them better. The total time to complete the survey is 1-3 minutes To view the survey, click the “View Now” button below:

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.12.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Motivation and focus enhancer. If you’ve been distracted at work and dispirited by what’s going on in our country, WBT Systems has some timely advice: remember your purpose. You may look at your to-do list and wish you were working on bigger issues but the fact is, as their post reminds you, you’re already making a difference. CRPs explained.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.11.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… It’s time for Marketing General Incorporated’s (MGI) 11 th annual Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey. The resulting report from this survey provides benchmarking data and insight into how more than 1,000 associations recruit, engage and retain members and certificants.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.22.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… New member onboarding. Does your association have a new member onboarding, orientation or welcoming program? If you do, please participate in the 2020 New Member Engagement Survey from Amanda Kaiser (Kaiser Insights) and Dynamic Benchmarking. The report that came out of their first survey two years ago was full of good information and great ideas so I look forward to this edition.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.3.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… DEI education. WBT Systems opens their most recent post with a quote from Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Your association can help staff, volunteer leaders, and members know better by offering (and requiring for some) diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education. Inclusive leadership.

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.26.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inclusive conferences. Barbara Palmer at PCMA Convene lists eight ways conference organizers, sponsors, speakers and attendees can make conferences more racially diverse. There’s much work to be done and I hope that at last we’re all ready to do it. Implicit bias. In an interview with Knowable Magazine, social psychologist Anthony Greenwald explains what works and what doesn’t work to curb implicit bias.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.12.19

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… If you’re at the digitalNow conference next week and see me wandering around, please let me know you read Association Brain Food, you’ll make my day, plus I’d love to meet you if we’re not already acquainted. Association professionals, please consider participating in the 2019 Association Communications Benchmarking Survey.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.19.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Inclusion advice. A fellow NAHB alum and friend, Lakisha Woods, CAE, has three pieces of advice to share in her “Letter of Thanks and Ideas for Growth from an African-American CEO.”. Inclusion strategy. If your association wants to create a more inclusive association, you must identify and remove the barriers standing in the way of a member’s desire to volunteer or serve in leadership , says MemberSuite.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

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The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Zoom fatigue—or is it? I’m reading a lot about “Zoom fatigue” these days, which concerns me because associations are relying on Zoom (and other web-conferencing platforms) to educate and connect members to each other. Evan Selinger says the problem isn’t Zoom fatigue, it’s mourning life as we know it. Makes sense. Using Zoom for professional development.

Smart Tactics to Keep Members and Sponsors Engaged During Challenging Times

With conferences being canceled due to COVID-19, associations need to be nimble by implementing alternative strategies and tactics that can continue to bring value to their members, keep sponsors/exhibitors, generate revenues for the Association.