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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Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies

Association Subculture

Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies. Here are some sample suggestions: Cigarettes - "Yes, our product will kill you but how long do you want to live anyway? Associations have an obligation to develop a culture of truth in their organizations.

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Sample Invocation Policy for Associations

AE on the Verge

An association exec recently posted a sample ecumenical Invocation Policy on a listserve, that could be useful for others. Here it is: "It is the policy of (insert association name) that if a prayer is used to open a (insert association name) meeting or event that it be a broad, inclusive invocation of faith that unifies rather than divides on the basis of religion and does not express a preference for one religion over another.". association management tips

4 readings for association management

SCD Group

That last item may not be your top-of-mind association, but the truth is that the agricultural industry, though under the radar, comes up with fresh, forward-thinking campaigns. Here is a small sample of the information they have gathered: By 2015, Generation Y (1982-1995) will outnumber Baby Boomers in the workforce. of associations have a plan in place to engage the next generation. Retention vs. Acquisition: Do You Focus on the Funnel or Fix the Leaky Bucket?

How to Write an Out-of-Office Email


Read on for tips and how-tos, plus a little sample! association management association leadership Small Staff ChatterNote: This post was originally published on 12/23/15; Updated 12/10/18 for added value.

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Constructive measures: Handling construction projects during the COVID-19 outbreak


Community associations may need to reevaluate which construction projects are necessary to their continued operation—and which ones to put on hold during the outbreak. and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Many local and state governments across the U.S.

CMI's Association Management Blog: Mission Critical

Observations on Association Management

Associations that do not pay attention to their mission statements risk losing the support that led to the drafting of those mission statements. Its important for an association to regularly remind its members about what the organizations mission is. The energy and enthusiasm and vocal support of the association that resulted in the mission statement tends to drift and fade unless it is regularly highlighted. Challenge Management, Inc. About Challenge Management.

I Hate My AMS – But Would Never Think About Changing It

Association Adviser

Dave Bornmann, Naylor Association Solutions. “I This is a direct quote from an association executive at a focus group I recently attended. Back in the day, an association management software system (AMS) focused on the basics of helping an association manage its membership data – things like contact records, member types, member applications, accounting and reports. And that’s only a sampling of the abilities of most of today’s AMS solutions.

Poll/Survey Results: Advocacy or Knowledge for Associations?

SCD Group

Conducting and releasing polls or surveys is a great tool to advance your association’s profession/industry and/or the issues it is advocating. Telephone (did the sample include cell phones)? What sample was polled?

Blogs About Association Boards: 500th Milestone for Association Blogging

SCD Group

In my initial post, I outlined five core areas: trend watching: associations, marketing, social media, cause marketing. blogging: association & nonprofit trends; cause marketing. tweeting: @stevedrake (associations, agriculture, nonprofits) and @causeaholic (cause marketing).

Why do association boards do what they do?

SCD Group

In 36 years of association management, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “why do smart business people become so dumb when they become board members of nonprofit organizations.” This is especially true when it comes to hiring a new association chief executive.

Association executives: Would staff-led evaluations produce better results?

SCD Group

Goal setting and annual evaluations are standard fare for the human resource roles of association executives and senior managers. As an association executive, I really disliked the annual staff evaluation sessions. So, would a staff-led evaluation process work for associations?

Tools to Access Current Education Topics

Associations Live

MSAE''s Meeting Management Networking Group met to discuss Tools to Access Current Education Programs. Sample matrix completed. Associations Management planning Miscellaneous meetings Senior Staff Here are the top takeaways and tools: Education Evaluation Matrix - concept from Mary Byers from Race for Relevance, utilized by Aging Services of Minnesota. Download matrix. Customize each column with measurements important to your organization (use your own!)

Why Your Association Needs a Whistleblower Policy

Associations Now

Sample Policies Think your association needs a whistleblower policy and want some guidance on creating one? Either way, check out the ASAE Ethics Toolkit in the Models and Samples Library [ASAE member login required; search for “Ethics Toolkit”].

Changing How Associations Think: What Business Can Show Us?

SCD Group

An exec from a local realtor association responded, “We’ve budgeted 3% for staff raises in 2013.” The online discussion makes me wonder how associations can continue to increase the overhead costs reflected in staff salaries and the corresponding benefit increases? I’ve been both an employee of a large national association and the owner of an association management company which served as the staff and headquarters of nine national or regional associations.

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Recruit the Whole Person

Spark Consulting

Last week, I was teaching the volunteer management course for ASAE’s Association Management Week with the smart and talented Andrea Rutledge (Executive Director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board), and she and I got chatting about membership recruitment. In short, “that’s nice, but doesn’t reflect the reality of my association.”

Completing the puzzle to decode chapter ROI

Mariner Management

Most associations know how much their chapters cost in staff support, rebates/grants, training programs, technology platforms, etc. Measuring the return on investment (ROI) of chapters is critically important to understanding the value they bring to an association.

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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.

How to Create a Really Good LMS RFP

WBT Systems

You finally got the budget to purchase a learning management system (LMS). Ask around for request for proposal (RFP) samples and send one of them to a dozen LMS vendors? It gives technology providers an opportunity to understand your association and its resources, goals, challenges, and core requirements. Associations find out which vendors and products could be a good fit based on functionality, experience, costs, and project approach.

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What the Three Bears Knew Best

YourMembership Blog

Membership Software Association Management Software. Associations. Management Team. Sure they might sample others offerings but ultimately you want to entice them to come to you to take/use (and ultimately share) what you have. Membership Management. Associations.® | The Complete Online Member Community® | Membership Management Software | Membership Software Solutions. Nonprofits + Foundations. Chambers + EDCs.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.4.16

Reid All About it

If your organization offers professional development for the association community, please send me the link via email or Twitter. General Counsel, National Association for the Education of Young Children. Presenter: Amy Sample Ward, CEO, NTEN – The Nonprofit Technology Network.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.4.16

Reid All About it

If your organization offers professional development for the association community, please send me the link via email or Twitter. General Counsel, National Association for the Education of Young Children. Presenter: Amy Sample Ward, CEO, NTEN – The Nonprofit Technology Network.

Nimble AMS Summer ’19 Product Release

Nimble AMS

Nimble AMS new release features a donation microsite, Community Brands learning management integration and much more! We are excited to celebrate this great milestone with new tools to help grow your association.

Start the Churn Predictions, Hal

Association Success

But we should probably think more along the lines of predictive algorithms that help us understand who will leave or stay with our association. In this way, the association sees which options are best while assessing the effort overall.

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Protech Associates Creates “Tier 1 Support on Steroids”

Higher Logic

Based in Columbia, Maryland, Protech Associates, Inc. provides cloud-based association management software powered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM. In early 2015, Protech Associates Director of Customer Care Matt Bruffey recognized the need to improve the customer support experience.

The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

The future looks bright for association e-learning. However, one missing element is clouding the picture for associations. One weakness is holding associations back from reaching their market potential and becoming lifelong learning powerhouses. I learned about this vulnerability while reading the fifth edition of Association Learning + Technology from Tagoras. Start with an association e-learning strategy. You guessed it, the cream of the crop associations.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.8.17

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events for the association community… It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But I’m going to talk about another type of list—a list of requirements for a new association management system (AMS) , you know how I love a good AMS post.

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The Glamourous Life

Eric Lanke

I've been traveling on business since I started my career in association management -- twenty-four years now. Sample the local brews. It's just the way the work gets done. + + + This post first appeared on Eric Lanke's blog , an association executive and author.

Know Your Members Through Better Surveys: A How-To Guide

Aaron Wolowiec

He has four years’ experience helping associations with member surveys and data. Recently, I was talking to an association about some of the challenges it faced and the subject of who its members were was brought up. But often, this key element of association management is overlooked.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.9.18

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… As a history major, I’ve been waiting for virtual reality (VR) to shake up the way history is taught and it’s finally happening—or maybe it’s been happening and I just haven’t noticed.

Thursday Buzz: The Importance of Welcome Emails

Associations Now

Association membership is on the rise and member retention is an ongoing priority , so sending a welcome email to new members should be an onboarding goal. Walker shared a sample welcome-email template that you can use for your own needs. Social media for associations can be fun.

IRS Non-profit policy compliance date looms near (amended) : Off.

Off Stage

Heres the latest from the ASAE bulletin and some sample policies. of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, to create sample governance policies to assist associations preparing to file the new Form 990 next year. Financial Management. Managing Volunteers. Off Stage.

Four Steps to a Better Member Toolkit

Associations Now

Toolkits are one of the best ways to deliver value to your members by showing them how to make good use of the programs, products, and services your association offers—whether the purpose is to raise awareness of a new campaign, describe a benefit, or teach an important skill or process.

Last in the Series: The Interim AE Job Description : Off Stage

Off Stage

I recently attended a meeting of several association execs and MLS CEOs where we spent a couple of days brainstorming and fantasizing about our jobs, our roles in organized real estate, and the state of the industry in general. Why are you thinking about interim association managers?”

2016 Lessons Learned from 7 Associations

SCD Group

As I look back on 2016, a recap might help while offering lessons for other associations and nonprofits. In each assignment, I began with a survey of planning participants, association leaders and/or a random sample of members. The new firm assumed management on schedule!

Data Adventures: Are We Rolling in the Mud with Our Members?

Association Success

Associations Catalyzing Entrepreneurship (ACE) is a group made up of association executives and stakeholders who think outside the association box about the future. We have conversations about an entrepreneurial approach to association leadership and implement the resulting great ideas in our jobs. In our most recent conversation live in DC, with a virtual component hosted by Association Success, we discussed culture.

Eric Lanke: Stop Calling It Strategic Planning

Eric Lanke

Association executive and author. This will probably be the first of several posts describing the thoughts it provokes for how I am and should be running my association. I need to stop calling what my association does strategic planning. Association management.

Game Plan 2014: Seeing Around the Corners

Association Adviser

We’re not recommending a life on the lam for 21 st century association leaders. Associations and their boards need to develop clearer and better researched priorities—then make sure they have the right staff or outsource partners to execute. “Most associations are slow to change.

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7 Reasons Associations, Chapters AND Members Love Auto-Renewal Membership Plans

Chapter Chat

Is it time for your association to become part of the subscription economy? And that’s just a tiny sample of the booming subscription market. If members decide not to renew, they simply notify the association and automatic payments are cancelled. But, associations benefit too.

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Profiting from Green Meeting Strategy ? Beyond the Feel Good.


global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. But let me have him explain… You must use an effective framework integrating sustainability into every part of the event management lifecycle. Association Management.