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5MWA Back to the Office & Summer Outing

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In our latest episode of 5 Minutes with Andy discusses going back to the office, a recent TED Talk, and how to be flexible. Tune in to hear more! In our latest episode of 5 Minutes with Andy discusses going back to the office, a recent TED Talk, and how to be flexible. Tune in to hear more

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Social Impact & The Jimmy Fund

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Tune into our latest 5 Minutes with Andy -- hear about Team Russo and the Jimmy Fund and Virtual, Inc.’s s commitment to both! Tune into our latest 5 Minutes with Andy -- hear about Team Russo and the Jimmy Fund and Virtual, Inc.’s s commitment to both

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Lessons Learned

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In this episode, Andy welcomes Leah Sibilia – Senior Director of Events, Margot Rodger – Vice President of Events and Meetings, and Julie Utano - Senior Director, Client Services. This podcast discusses lessons learned with returning to events. From preparedness, new ways of thinking, and so much.

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2021 - A Year in Review

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In this episode, Andy discusses Virtual’s end of year wrap with what happened, how we made things happen, and looking toward 2022. In this episode, Andy discusses Virtual’s end of year wrap with what happened, how we made things happen, and looking toward 2022

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What AMS Vendors Don't Tell You About Implementation

AMS vendors often boast about proven implementation processes. And while yes, the right strategies are imperative, they are also not enough. Discover 3 often-overlooked requirements for successful AMS implementations by downloading!

Why Standards Matter

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In this episode, Andy welcomes Mauro Lance, Virtual Inc.'s s Chief Financial Officer and Mike McCamon a Senior Consultant with Virtual Inc. This podcast discusses all things standards, from why standards matter, what works well and how groups have evolved.

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ROI Scorecard for Measuring Membership

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Andy Freed is joined by Shannon Taylor, Virtual's VP of Client Services, as well as Brooke Weldon, Sr. Manager, Growth Programs. Brooke and Shannon discuss with Andy tips and tricks on ROI for membership and how it can be measured.

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Events in the New World

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Andy Freed is joined by Margot Rodger, Virtual's VP of Events and Meetings, as well as Jennifer Tombaugh, President of Tauck. During the COVID - 19 Pandemic, name badges and cocktail receptions have been replaced by ring lights and Zoom.

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Social Media - "It's Not just for Kids Anymore"

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Andy Freed is joined by Darya Behnia, Virtual Marketing Communications Specialist, Tayla Giuffrida, Marketing Communications Coordinator, as well as Carol Fusaro, Senior Marketing Communications Manager. Darya, Tayla and Carol discuss with Andy all things social media. From targeting your audience to knowing how to make a post aesthetically pleasing.

5 Minutes with Andy: Seven Transformations of Strategic Planning

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Andy Freed is joined by Jay Vogt of Peoplesworth & Greg Kohn, Virtual’s Chief Growth Officer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, strategic planning became a critical need for many organizations. New challenges emerged. Interesting opportunities presented themselves. For some organizations, new financial realities required urgent action. Jay & Greg give us tips on how to facilitate Zoom meetings and how to strategically plan.

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How to Sell Your Board on Better Technology

Use this helpful blueprint when you need to convince your board to invest in better software. It includes talking points and tips for your presentation, including quantifying ROI, outlining indirect benefits, and selling the potential of the purchase.

The Importance of Culture

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At Virtual Inc., we want to make sure we are achieving goals, driving success and having some fun while we doing it. Our culture enables us to do just that! Listen to Andy Freed’s new “Five Minutes with Andy” podcast on the importance of culture and how we make it work at Virtual.

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A Year In Review

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Andy Freed discusses Virtual has grown over the last year and learned a lot about about one thing: Appreciation. In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Andy Freed discusses Virtual has grown over the last year and learned a lot about about one thing: Appreciation

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How Hidden Standards Impact Your Life

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The theme around the tenth episode of Virtual Inc.’s s podcast “Five Minutes with Andy” is standards. People don’t realize how important standards – and associations that create standards — are in our lives. Standards keep things running.

COVID-19 Business School

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, we learn about the ‘COVID-19 Business School’ and Andy focuses on the many challenges and opportunities related to the global pandemic in seven key categories. Andy teaches us the value of dancing in the rain and how to find opportunities. In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, we learn about the ‘COVID-19 Business School’ and Andy focuses on the many challenges and opportunities related to the global pandemic in seven key categories.

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How to Select an Association Credit Card Processing Company

Right now, every penny counts. It’s an ideal time to check if your association’s credit card processing provider is offering competitive terms. However, there are many important factors to consider if when researching options.

Families and Companies

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“We are family” is the topic of this the ninth episode of Virtual’s podcast “Five Minutes with Andy”. Companies are a lot like families and all families have good times and not-so-good times – and sometimes downright scary times!

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Global Collaboration

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Amanda Brien, Virtual’s Senior Program Manager, and Patricia Morin, Virtual’s Director of Client Services, discuss the practical challenges of collaborating globally. In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Amanda Brien, Virtual’s Senior Program Manager, and Patricia Morin, Virtual’s Director of Client Services, discuss the practical challenges of collaborating globally

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Vision. Results. Strategy. An overview of the Virtual Way with special guest Craig Paxson

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The eighth episode of Virtual’s podcast, “Five Minutes with Andy” features Virtual’s Executive Vice President Craig Paxson and Andy discussing VRS. VRS stands for “Vision”, “Results” and “Strategy” VRS is foundational to the way Virtual works with its clients.

Online Event Engagement During COVID-19.

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, Margot Rodger, Virtual’s Vice President of Events & Meetings Event Services returns to discuss the importance of keeping an audience engaged while attending online events. From yoga classes to magicians, Margot has tips to make your event successful.

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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.

Interns Gotta Eat!!! Five Minutes With Andy

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Welcome to our seventh episode of Virtual’s podcast, Five Minutes with Andy. In Episode 7, Andy shares information about how Virtual runs its internship program. Internships are valuable for college students and for companies if programs are performed well. “If

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The Importance of Being a Team Player (On and Off the Field)

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In this episode of Five Minutes with Andy, we are joined by Gustavo Rodriguez, an operations manager at Virtual, Inc. to discuss two of Andy’s favorite things - baseball and business. Join Gustavo and Andy as they talk about the similarities between being a team player in baseball and at work. We also get to hear about Gustavo’s father, an MLL baseball player. Tune into this episode to learn more about how being a team player is key to winning in the business world.

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Five Minutes with Andy: Effective Event Planning Strategies

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Welcome to the sixth episode of Virtual’s podcast, 5 Minutes with Andy, in which our CEO, Andy Freed , offers you tips, tricks, and insights into leadership, management, and business skills. In Episode 6, Andy shares his advice on effective event planning strategies and considerations.

Engaging Networking Experiences for Online Events

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In this 5 Minutes With Andy, Margot Rodger our Vice President of Events shares her experience going virtual. From flying home from an event in the begging of quarantine to experimenting with online platforms to help our clients have successful online events. Margot shares her tips to make your virtual events engaging all while having a great experience. In this 5 Minutes With Andy, Margot Rodger our Vice President of Events shares her experience going virtual.

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The Ultimate Guide to Amazing Association Websites

Your association’s website needs to engage members AND deliver a great user experience so everyone who visits it leaves with a positive impression. But how? Get the free guide to optimizing your website “under-the-hood” (great for "non-techy" people).

5 Minutes with Andy: Wow

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Welcome to the fifth episode of Virtual’s podcast, 5 Minutes with Andy, in which our CEO, Andy Freed , offers you tips, tricks, and insights into leadership, management, and business skills.

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Culture, Budgeting & the Bottom Line

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In this 5 Minutes With Andy, we are joined by Terry Lowney our COO and CFO. Terry has been with Virtual for over 17 years and she shares her experiences. Terry explains the importance of a value based culture and how they are more than words on a plaque. She advises on company "health", daily tasks, meetings at her level and the importance between culture and the bottom line. In this 5 Minutes With Andy, we are joined by Terry Lowney our COO and CFO.

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5 Minutes with Andy: The Power of Trust

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Welcome to the fourth episode of Virtual’s podcast, 5 Minutes with Andy, in which our CEO, Andy Freed , offers you tips, tricks, and insights into leadership, management, and business skills. In Episode Four, Andy discusses the power of trust within a company.

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Strategies for Reassessing Programs During the Pandemic

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In this episode of 5 minutes with Andy, Shannon Taylor, Vice President of Client Services joins Andy to discuss membership programs. 2020 is a great opportunity to reassess a lot of things, Shannon Taylor gives us insight as to why we should always be reassessing programs, not just during a pandemic. Andy and Shannon share their insights on tennis scores, Big Bird and how creativity really does go the extra mile.

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.

Lessons Learned from COVID-19

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Parents feeding children, pets roaming around in the background and other scenes of domestic life you can now see during work videoconferencing are creating a new normal for the 9-5 routine. Many are making adjustments to working from home and staying connected. The important thing is to stay positive and engaged. Here are some tips from Andy to do just that and not just survive this new way of work, but thrive.

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5 Minutes with Andy: Vacation, Performance and Taking the Time You Need

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Welcome to the third episode of Virtual’s podcast, 5 Minutes with Andy , in which our CEO, Andy Freed, offers you tips, tricks, and insights into leadership, management, and business skills. In Episode Three, Andy discusses vacation time and employee performance.

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Online Meetings

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In this episode of “5 Minutes With Andy” we are getting top-notch advice from Andy Freed on how to facilitate and participate in online meetings. Andy gives us tips and tricks on how to stay focused and engaged in online meetings. From turning your video camera on to making sure your background is distraction-free, Andy shares his insights with you to make sure you stay on track in this new age of digital meetings. Make sure to listen in and get all the tips.

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Andy’s Attic

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On this episode of “Five Minutes with Andy” we are coming to you directly from Andy Freed’s Attic. Andy is working from home due to COVID-19 and the only space available to him is his attic. Andy has incorporated several ways to be more effective while working from the confines of his attic to share. Andy gives us tips on booking time in our calendar, how to be “more like Gumby” and how he is proud of Virtual Inc., and its employees.

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Membership Recruitment: Converting Your Toughest Prospects

Here are the top 6 reasons to join an association – in one infographic. Use this infographic as a recruitment and retention marketing tool. Post it on your website, put it in presentations, or use it as inspiration for social media posts.

Virtual: A Day in the Life - Training Specialist

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1) WHAT DO YOU DO AT VIRTUAL? I’ve been a Training Specialist at Virtual for five-plus years, I’m part of a team that manages the coordination and administration of the Global Certification Programs for one of our largest clients, a security standards council for the payment card industry. Recently I returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where I spent two weeks working on a training certification program.

5 Minutes with Andy: Fear, Coughdrops, and Getting Naked

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5 Minutes with Andy (Podcast). Welcome to the second episode of Virtual’s new podcast, 5 Minutes with Andy , in which our CEO, Andy Freed, offers you tips, tricks, and insights into leadership, management, and business skills.

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Introducing Virtual’s New Podcast: 5 Minutes with Andy

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5 Minutes with Andy (Podcast). Introducing the new Virtual podcast, 5 Minutes with Andy , in which Virtual, Inc.’s ’s CEO, Andy Freed, will be offering you tips, tricks, and insights into leadership, management, and business skills.

‘Tis the Season for Giving

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We’re fortunate at Virtual to be in a position to support many worthy causes in the Boston area. Over the past few years, we’ve given tens of thousands of dollars to charitable causes ranging from the Jimmy Fund, to supporting employees who participate in various charity walks and runs, to volunteering our time at Habitat for Humanity and more. As CEO, I’ve been fortunate to have been the recipient of the thanks and good feelings that go along with that giving.

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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.