Evaluating Committee Success (Before It's Too Late)


Does your association or chamber of commerce have committees in place? Perhaps you have an event planning committee, a fundraising committee, and/or a diversity and inclusion committee. Do you send committee members a self-assessment once their term is up?

What is Association Management?

Association Navigator

This summer I’m looking for opportunities to explain association management and share how we do it at Verto Solutions. One of my earlier blog posts included a basic overview of association management. Verto Solutions Association Management.

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How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive


There’s the company in Seattle that raised its minimum wage to $70,000, there’s WL Gore & Associates that eliminated a managerial hierarchy , and Whole Foods that publishes all of its employees’ salaries , which are based on work and abilities (the more able the employee, the higher the pay).

Paradoxes in Association Management

Eric Lanke

In it, she wonders which members association staff should pay the most attention to: those most or those least actively engaged in the association's activities. Here I'm talking about "program" committees, those formed to help the association conduct its programs.

Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps


Committees are a great way to delegate tasks at your association. Unfortunately, committees sometimes fail - people become disengaged, deadlines start to slip, and sooner or later, the weight of the committee is left on only one or two people.

A Committee By Any Other Name

Eric Lanke

One of the very first posts I wrote for this blog (back in September 2011) was titled, " Should Committees Report to the Board? " In the post, I argued that committees whose function was programmatic (i.e., Our four types of committees are: 1. Working Committees.

Eric Lanke: Should Committees Report to the Board?

Eric Lanke

Association executive and author. Should Committees Report to the Board? Its a question, I know, that never even occurs to leaders in many associations. Should committees report to the board?" The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. Eric Lanke.

NAHB Association Management Conference is Coming Up


The cutting-edge training will undoubtedly contribute to the success of HBAs as their leaders deliver new ideas and solutions back to their boards, committees, and members. with the Association Networking Tip Sheet. See More: A Critical Marketing Tool for Association Conferences .

Beware of Dogfooding in Association Management

Association Subculture

One of the things we struggle with in associations is the development of new programs and services. Get the committee back together, we''ll just have to come up with something else.". Just a fun video that everyone has already seen, but it''s totally worth a re-watch.

Your Approach to Working Committees Reveals Your Organizational Culture

Eric Lanke

Her last position was with an association management company, so, unlike some people we've brought on board over the years, she has some real association experience to draw on as she acclimates to our organization and its culture. The committee would decide what to do.

4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee


If your association is like most, you have that one committee that just can’t keep the attention of your members and ends up feeling like a struggle to even keep afloat. Take a look at our four tips that will help bring life back into your “black sheep” committee and regain your members interest! association management association leadership small staff association member engagement member retention membership management Small Staff Chatter

Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference

Association Subculture

Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference. If you think about it, your conference may be the most important asset your association has both in terms of member connection, financial benefit and goodwill. The good news is, I evolved with the help of some of awesome peers and thinkers out here in our association community (Yeah, @jeffhurt , @velchain , @JoanEisenstodt , @jcufaude , @ginsut , @mbobrow , @steveswafford , @asegar - Im looking at you!)

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick

Association Subculture

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick. What if your association stopped creating so many services? What if, when someone asked what your association did, you could answer in less than ten minutes? Very simple association business model.

Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies

Association Subculture

Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies. Or maybe an admission in a conference registration brochure that says, "Our association focuses on community but we dont always get it right. Labels: association , marketing , transparency. association. (25).

Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management : Off Stage

Off Stage

7, 2012 - Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management. But the association manager in me never is quiet. I know, I know: this is especially difficult in an organization run by a committee. 7, 2012 - RE: Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management.

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. Above all, people who volunteer for associations expect to be involved effectively.

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SCD Group: 12 Tips for association board/committee work

SCD Group

AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. 12 Tips for association board/committee work. So, how do we enhance the time spent in board or committee meetings? Ensure committees have clear assignments/roles and be sure they dont overstep. Pages. About.

Scouting for Talent within Your Association Membership

Association Management

What does baseball have to do with association membership? Great associations need to follow baseball’s example. Talent development doesn’t happen by accident—your organization needs a member management strategy, to develop talent systematically.

Seven Keys to Running a Successful Meeting

Association Leaders

Meetings are necessary to achieve consensus – especially in associations. The meeting leader (President, Committee Chair, etc.) should be a facilitator, not a dictator This is very important and is often a difference between for profit corporate leaders and successful association leaders. If you follow these seven simple steps your meetings will be efficient and will lead to successes for your association.

Association Management Lessons from the Public Sector : Off Stage

Off Stage

3, 2010 - Association Management Lessons from the Public Sector. Often the public sector is motivated by consensus building, not problem solving—and thats a problem thats common in membership associations as well. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers.

7 association management techniques that come from having a teenager

AE on the Verge

I think those who start in association management after their kids pass the teenage years have the added bonus of the wisdom that comes from that parenting. Here are 7 association management techniques that come from having a teenager. It's really not okay to break the rules: Sometimes I read association blogs and they suggest breaking the rules or operate in an association world with no rules - so I assume they don't manage associations.

Creating an Effective Nominating Process for your Association

Association Leaders

It’s the time of year again when many associations are implementing their nomination and election process. Because associations are groups of people or companies in the same profession or industry there are many opportunities for conflict and other challenges as an association goes through its nomination and election process. . it is important that every association have a clear nomination and election process and that the process is followed each and every time.

The Hourglass Blog: Which Committee Are You On?

The Hourglass Blog

Which Committee Are You On? A new post, "Which Committee Are You On?" Association Management. Management. Association Subculture. Which Committee Are You On? skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, November 14, 2011. At the end of this year I will no longer be posting here at The Hourglass Blog. To see my reasons why click here. To keep following me on my new blog, go here. has just gone up there. Posted by Eric Lanke. at 7:00 AM.

What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees

AMR Management Services

AMR MANAGEMENT SERVICES. What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees. Strong post from association executive Eric Lanke (on his own blog) about how committees can and should be used in a modern, progressive, professional association. Stronger by Association delivered to your inbox. Individuals form associations to collaborate and accomplish together what cannot be achieved separately. Follow Stronger by Association on Twitter.

7 Attractive Member Benefits for Virtual Members of Your Association


For associations and other membership organizations, part of meeting members on their terms is allowing them to interact with your organization in the hours that are convenient for them. Association Management Member Engagement Association Trends

The Hourglass Blog: Should Committees Report to the Board?

The Hourglass Blog

Should Committees Report to the Board? Its a question, I know, that never even occurs to leaders in many associations. Should committees report to the board?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. Management.

You’re Never Too Young to Conquer New Challenges

Association Adviser

Christina McCoy, AMPED Association Management. Do you remember how you started working in associations? This month’s Corner Office professional, Christina McCoy, CAE , landed her first association job literally hours after taking her last college exam.

Keeping Association Leaders and Staff Accountable

Association Leaders

Associations are no different – except that associations are led by volunteers. This is the biggest mistake we see associations make every day. Volunteers have “real jobs”; volunteers have families, volunteers have other interests AND volunteers aren’t getting paid to do their “Association job”. What are some things that can be done within the association framework to change this paradigm and create accountability? At each meeting (committee, board, staff, etc.)

No Silver Bullet for Association Success – It’s about the Members

Association Leaders

As a leading Association Management Company (AMC) we are often asked by prospective association client partners and volunteer leaders of associations, “What is the key to making an association successful?”. They, understandably, want a ‘silver bullet’ or ‘easy button’ answer – something they can easily implement to make their association successful. . The key to association success can be found in one word – Members. .

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. Significant percentages of association memberships attend annual meetings or trade shows.

How Much Does Association Marketing Cost with HighRoad Solution?

HighRoad Solution

Most people at HighRoad have worked in an association in the past. Stakeholders, committees, subcommittees; they all have to sign off on it before you can start moving ahead with your project. Association Management

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How Much Does Association Marketing Cost with HighRoad Solution?

HighRoad Solution

Most people at HighRoad have worked in an association in the past. Stakeholders, committees, subcommittees; they all have to sign off on it before you can start moving ahead with your project. Association Management

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3 Strategies to Recruit Members Through Association Software

Blue Sky eLearn

When it comes to recruitment for your association, you have to walk a thin line. So how can your association put this theory into practice? Try these strategies, all made possible with the right association management software solution: Increase exposure to your membership program.

“Sunsetting”—a way to impose accountability on your committees and programs

Plexus Consulting

Too few associations have adopted such a “sunset” strategy and as a result are burdened by projects, programs and committees that continue long after they have ceased to be useful. Volunteers who might have grown comfortable in their committee roles seek to perpetuate the way they identify with the association even after these committees have ceased to produce meaningful results. No association should be burdened by permanent committees.

The Most Important Things to Consider When Creating Your Association’s Annual Budget

Association Management

Thus, managing collaboration, inputs and the overall budget schedule are critical in developing and completing an accurate and realistic budget. Association Management Management Finance BudgetingThe budget: The lifeblood of any organization.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Branding Your Association

Observations on Association Management

Branding Your Association. Whether you consider your associations marketing initiatives to be components of your branding efforts or not, the fact is that is exactly what they are. That having been said, here are some ideas you can use to help ensure that your associations brand is maintained, nurtured, and made to thrive. Excel in at least one area : Even if your association is small and poor, devote your limited resources to an area of performance at which you can excel.

Management Case Study : Off Stage

Off Stage

12, 2010 - Management Case Study. An AE friend writes: “Wow, have we got a little tempest in our Technology Committee teapot! Our Committee has been meeting for a year to discuss revisions to our association website. ” AE means Association Enforcer ?

4 ways Aptify helps large associations work more efficiently


4 ways Aptify helps large associations work more efficiently?. Just because your association is big doesn’t mean it should be inefficient. As an association professional at a large organization, you probably spend a lot of time focused on member acquisition and retention.

Tough Customers

Association Management

Does your staff know when to: Escalate —when is it appropriate to call in their manager for support? Because try as you might, tough customers are coming to a registration desk, renewal line or committee meeting near you. association management Membership

Virtual: A Day in the Life – Events Planner

Association Management

Q&A with Brittney Burns, Events Manager at Virtual. At Virtual, I manage events for a technology-focused, non-profit association management company. Virtual’s event planning team plans numerous of Board of Directors and association working group meetings every year.