Rambling Thoughts About Association Management

SCD Group

I gave three presentations last week at a Green Industry Conference near Milwaukee. I posted all three presentations -- all topics valid for most association members -- on Slide Share. If I didn’t know better, it looked like an association event. Thus, this corporate-sponsored event competes with association conferences that the attendees could have attended. With four hours to wait at the Milwaukee airport, I discovered.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.13.20

Reid All About it

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. Ernie Smith, Associations Now ).


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Three Things To Do Now To Prepare For Next-Gen Members

Associations Now

Talking about young professionals and what they mean to associations is as hot a trend as windbreakers and butterfly clips were in the ‘90s. That’s why my colleague Emily Viles and I went straight to the source when we created the Young Professionals Taskforce for the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE). What we soon discovered was that there are three main things every association can do today to get ready for next-gen members: Take a pulse of young professionals.

The Glamourous Life

Eric Lanke

I've been traveling on business since I started my career in association management -- twenty-four years now. Getting back and forth between Milwaukee and Nashville on the same day was a challenge given the meeting time and flight schedules, so I booked it as an overnight. It's just the way the work gets done. + + + This post first appeared on Eric Lanke's blog , an association executive and author. Associations Leadership

Cracking the Culture Code: Professional Development

Jamie Notter

This is a guest post from Eric Lanke , the CEO of the National Fluid Power Association. How does an association executive build and sustain the culture of his organization? But associations, like all organizations, are systems. And knowing that, are there also decentralized strategies that association CEOs should be leveraging? Just about every association offers professional development opportunities to its staff members.

Don’t Forget Your Members are People

Associations Now

Here are a few reminders about the human side of association membership work. Of all the bells and whistles an association management system (AMS) can offer, there’s one simple feature that, in my opinion, might offer the most bang for the buck: a photo headshot included in the member record display. The human side of membership is vital because so much of success in association management rests on relationship building.