How to publish a book and why you should care

Aaron Wolowiec

As a featured association management blogger on Alltop , I was recently given the opportunity to receive and review an advance copy of a new book written by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch titled, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book.

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Top 5 Association Management Takeaways from Xperience2014

YourMembership Blog

Throughout the show our guests had the opportunity to attend sessions focused on business, marketing and association management best practices. Associations are finding themselves in an environment that is increasingly diverse, unstable, and competitive.

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Learning about Soyfoods, a Book Review

Association Navigator

I was recently tapped to lead the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) , the trade group which represents soyfoods manufacturers, soy processors, and soybean farmers. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S.,

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Another AMSFest in the Books


I have attended all of the AMSFest events and have been consistently impressed by the value provided to associations who are researching association management system (AMS) options. Systems an association should have in its ecosystem.

Association Management and Board Reports: “Done is Better Than Perfect

Association Navigator

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s recent book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead is in my stack to read. Good regular communication between quarterly in-person meetings with your board is critical to the success of any association executive.

Get the Book


A little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. Written for the complicated and quirky world of associations and membership organizations, Open Community is about how associations can—and why they should—build community online. (Not

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Association Management Basics: Successful Leadership Transitions

Association Navigator

This book is nearly 20 years old, but it includes some timeless advice for leaders, with a particularly good chapter on successful leadership transitions. Finzel says ideally, an association executive should identify and mentor their successor. Louis Cathedral, and Faulkner House Books.

True Professionalism at an Association Management Firm

Association Navigator

Originally published in 1997 and still relevant today, it is the single best guide I’ve found so far to managing a professional services firm like Verto Solutions. The most concise part of the book is the table of Critical Business Processes of a Professional Firm.

The Future of Association Management Systems


This seems to be the question that has haunted association execs for more than 25 years when the initial association management system hit the not-for-profit marketplace. Associations should budget appropriately for AMS training, especially beyond implementation.

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What is Association Management Software?


Operating a member-based association is hard work. Do you need Association Management Software (AMS)? An AMS is a integrated online software suite ( saas ) where you can manage your database of members, events, donations, and other transactions with a modern website presence. More time to focus on growing and managing your business. Will Association Management Software reduce redundancies in my organization? association tools

Association Subculture: Innovation in Association Management

Association Subculture

Innovation in Association Management. Why do you think your association is immune to those same forces? They cant beat the feeling of holding the book in your hand. The serendipity of finding the book you werent looking for. The "book store" fight is almost over.

Association Subculture: Lessons for Association Management from.

Association Subculture

Lessons for Association Management from South Park Creators. What could we do with this pattern if we put it into our association culture? What they describe is certainly what I associate with The Book of Mormon. I often think about how to manage/facilitate the "in between" in learning experiences, be it a conference or an individual workshop. It is such a simple but powerful device for building intention into what your association does.

The Waning Days of Leadership in Association Management

Association Subculture

The Waning Days of Leadership in Association Management. Think of a time when accusations regarding perceived leadership "vacuums" in your association were bandied about. Or did the system itself conspire with outside circumstances to leave your association adrift?

Association Management Companies: Your Dream Team?

AMR Management Services

In his book Dream Teams , author Shane Snow sets out to illustrate why some diverse teams excel and some do not. His early chapters emphasize perspective and how the addition of new and different

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Rambling Thoughts About Association Management

SCD Group

I posted all three presentations -- all topics valid for most association members -- on Slide Share. This reminds me of a point that Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant make in their new book, When Millennials Take Over. If I didn’t know better, it looked like an association event.

3 Lessons Association Professionals Can Learn from The Book of Mormon, the Musical


One of my favorite sessions at #ASAE16 was “What the Musical The Book of Mormon Taught Me About Association Management.” I’d first heard about this session in early June, and honestly, had been looking forward to it ever since. Did it meet my expectations?

Association Management Gen Xer Meme - Right Here, Right Now

Association Subculture

Association Management Gen Xer Meme - Right Here, Right Now. I entered the association workforce and found myself surrounded for the most part with Boomers. First - I bought this cool sounding book by Jeff Gordinier called X Saves the World (if you havent read it, buy it NOW).

Thanks For Playing: Book Review: The Back of the Napkin

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. Book Review: The Back of the Napkin. Yes, I know this book was published in 2008, and its been sitting on my "to read" pile almost that long. Fortunately, the Association Chat book club got me to bump it to the top of the pile, and I finally read it last month. The books subtitle is: solving problems and selling ideas with pictures, and teaching you to do that is author Dan Roams ostensible goal.

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Book Review - Humanize by Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter

Association Subculture

Book Review - Humanize by Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter. This is a book review of Humanize - How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. The Association Subculture Blog does not accept author pitches and only writes about books we dig.). Buy this book.

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ASAE 13 Follow Up - Gaming in Association Management

Association Subculture

Wow, my schedule has been nuts ever since Atlanta and I am just now getting around to sending follow ups and resources out to everyone who was able to attend the session as well as my readers here at the Association Subculture. I hope you enjoy some of these videos, websites and books! Gaming Books. Associations can''t fail to take advantage of this trend. My interview with Personify about my session at ASAE 13 in Atlanta, GA - [link].

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Association’s Event

Blue Sky eLearn

For an association, hosting events like conferences, networking meetups, and learning sessions is an effective way to bring people who share a common goal or passion together. Plus, events are one of the ways that your association can raise non-dues revenue. . Data management.

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Transparency in Association Management : Off Stage

Off Stage

20, 2009 - Transparency in Association Management. and the accompanying issues are affecting government policy and workings, and – by extension – what lessons we, as association managers, can learn from what’s happening in Washington. Managing Volunteers.

Association Rally Cry and Pivoting During the Covid19 Pandemic – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 225

Moery Company

Listener note: this is a special broadcast of the Association Hustle Podcast. As associations deal with the coronavirus in their associations, and on behalf of their entire industry, we are providing almost daily updates via video on our LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter feeds. We are thinking about you, your families, your associations, and your companies. This week’s episode covers some ways your association can pivot to move forward during a pandemic.

How Private Member Communities Create Value For Your Association Members [Video]


Socious has been involved with ASAE, the "association of association executives," for over 12 years. The book investigates the deficit that exists within a lot of associations when it comes to membership management.

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What is Strategy?

Association Navigator

So I was comforted by the definition offered by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers in their excellent book about association performance called Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations.

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Observations on Association Management

Experienced association executives, as well as less-experienced but no less committed people who are relatively new to the field, frequently talk about what it takes to be "successful" in association management. My first reaction to the question usually is that the success of an individual generally depends on the collective intelligence of the boards with which they work.the smarter the board, the more likely the association executive will be successful.

We’re All In Sales Now

Association Navigator

This is the title of a great article in the new issue of Associations Now about Daniel Pink’s forthcoming book. The article touches several of my favorite subjects: sales, marketing, and effective associations. His other books are Free Agent Nation , and A Whole New Mind.

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Anticipate the Unexpected—For Entrepreneurs Business as Usual Is not an Option


Introducing Association 4.0™: Of all the experiences involved in writing a book, and there are many—both frustrating and fascinating, what you learn is the most rewarding. Association 4.0™: Our first book, Association 4.0—Positioning

Thanks For Playing: From the Humanize chat

Thanks For Playing

Seeking community in associations since 2008. Wow, the #ASAETech chat on Maddie Grant and Jamie Notters new book, Humanize , was almost two weeks ago, and Im just getting around to sharing my thoughts. Hey, #Tech11 had us ALL booked solid last week, right? For those who arent yet familiar, the book is about transforming our organizations from a mechanized paradigm to a human paradigm by being open, generative, trustworthy, and courageous. Book Review: Humanize.

Simple Truths about Strategic Planning for Your Professional Association

Association Management

Too many professional associations function without a strategic plan. There are some very simple strategic planning methodologies that professional associations can follow. And you shouldn’t let your professional association take a journey without them either.

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Speaking to Alabama Law Students about the Association World

Association Navigator

I’m excited to again speak to University of Alabama law students about opportunities in the association world. Many association professionals will admit that they stumbled into association work after doing something else first; this was certainly true for me. courtesy of [link].

Checklist for a Successful Strategic Planning Event


And planning 2018 association priorities is likely on your radar. The bulk of your events and educational efforts are in the books. association management association leadership membership management Small Staff ChatterIt’s a magical time of year, folks.

What Will Your Organization Look Like in the Future?

Association Leaders

This week, I will be moderating a panel discussion titled, “Association of the Future” at the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations (NAM CMA) meeting. The panel is made up of three well respected, visionary leaders in the association management space. President and CEO of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE is the professional society for association managers.

Digital Governance is Critical for Digital Transformation


Associations are generally experts in governance. As Lisa Welchman explains in her book, Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design , “Digital governance is a discipline that focuses on establishing clear accountability for digital strategy, policy, and standards.

Do Good Leaders Know When to Step Aside?

Association Leaders

“ There are some very interesting thoughts explored in the article and I suspect in the book referenced, Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows. I plan to read the book. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism We explore a lot about leadership in this blog. Most of the discussions revolve around `characteristics of great leaders’, or `values of great leaders’, even `behaviors’ of great leaders.

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Poll Finds Decisiveness, Board Relations and NFP Experience Key to Association Leadership

Association Adviser

Soft skills such as listening, empathy and consensus-building get the most attention at seminars, management retreats and self-help books for association leaders.

The Keys to Succeeding as an Underdog

Association Leaders

The article is titled, “How David Beats Goliath” and is a pre-cursor to Malcolm Gladwell’s next book. You guessed it – the book is about how underdog’s can succeed. I look forward to reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book in 2013. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismA friend of mine recently shared an article from the New Yorker with me.

Good Leaders Know How to Get People off the Bus

Association Leaders

Probably every business leader today has read Jim Collins’ best selling business book Good to Great. The book explains a study that Collins and several of his business school students did on the attributes of successful companies – not just marginally successful, but industry leading companies who sustained their success over long periods of time. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism

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Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney

Association Leaders

I read an interesting article about Mr. Disney and a book written by a long-time former employee and Disney executive recently. . Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism Walt Disney is widely regarded as having been a great leader. Having never met Mr. Disney, I certainly cannot speak directly to that.

Digitization Is Not Digital Transformation


For the past twenty years or so, almost every association that is still in existence today has been focused on digitizing their businesses. In her words : " Digitization involves standardizing business processes and is associated with cost cutting and operational excellence.". "A