Balancing Traditional and Trending Member Communications

Association Adviser

This year’s Association Communications Benchmarking Study showed us that traditional forms of member communication – live events and print media – continue to be popular among associations and their members. Don’t think of new member communication as all or nothing.

Hurricanes and Asynchronous Communication

Eric Lanke

My social media feeds were full of examples of associations pitching in to help storm victims or otherwise changing their marketing and communications strategy to give members in the hurricane affected areas a break from what otherwise must be an onslaught of association messages.

How a New CEO Can Communicate Openness

Associations Now

Which makes communicating your ideas even more critical. A new CEO arriving at an organization can get a little fixated on abstract questions: What’s my leadership style? At the top of the must-do list is a willingness to communicate, often and deeply.

Great Leadership starts with Great Communication

Association Leaders

What we often overlook is their ability to communicate with ALL their constituents. I think the single most important trait great leaders share is they are GREAT communicators. They have the ability to connect with people through their communications and get their point across. Great leaders of our time – political, corporate, athletic, philanthropic are also great communicators. What do you think about communication and its relationship with great leaders?

“Where Do We Go From Here?” Improv & the Power of Curiosity in Communication - Moery Company

Moery Company

For 20 years I’ve taught organizational communication by sharing the skills of theatrical improv. Along the way, I’ve discovered the crucial power of improv for business communication is as a “gym” for growing your curiosity muscles. Business Practices Communications

Communicating Takes Time

Eric Lanke

Communicating the right information, in the right way, without confusing or overwhelming your audience--it takes time. Good communications take time to prepare, and I think they should also take time to deliver. If you want to improve your communication skills, I would advise you not to rush either. + + + This post was written by Eric Lanke, an association executive, blogger and author. Associations Leadership

Three Ideas to Perk Up Your Internal Communications Strategy

Associations Now

Think long and hard about the tactics you use to communicate to them—as well as how they can respond. Here are a few internal communications strategies to try. A lot of thought is often put into external communications, such as marketing materials and member engagement.

The Case for Slow Leadership

Associations Now

But rushing to make change happen, Freedman points out, often comes at the expense of communicating with the people who can point out serious flaws with an idea or propose improvements. The post The Case for Slow Leadership appeared first on Associations Now

Leadership

Plexus Consulting

While many books have been written about leadership, it remains for many a misunderstood and elusive quality. The capacity for leadership exists in everyone, but most people never take the time to develop it. Leadership is determination, courage, confidence and the ability to get results! Positive leadership assumes that goals can be accomplished, the job can be done, the problem can be solved, and the obstacles will be overcome. By Ann W.

The Top 10 Individual Communication Channels for Associations in 2018

Association Adviser

Every year, we ask association professionals who take our Association Communications Benchmarking Survey how much they value individual member communication channels. Sure, with about 77 percent of American adults carrying smartphones, email and Web-based communications are convenient.

The Secret to Better Leadership

Jamie Notter

I attended a session this week about leadership development in the association world. We talked about different leadership styles, and the need to adapt your style to fit the context, and then we talked about leadership development programs for volunteers. Culture Leadership

How Men and Women Aspiring to Leadership Network Differently

Associations Now

While men often leverage large social networks to find high-level leadership roles, women with the same goal also tend to rely on a close inner circle of other women, according to a new study.

2016 Benchmarking Study Reveals Association Communication Hurdles Remain

Association Adviser

Each year when Association Adviser and Naylor Association Solutions launch the Association Communications Benchmarking Study , we certainly hope to see measurable improvements in the ways associations communicate with members. Subtly remind members of that in your communications.

Community Leadership: Getting Everyone to Participate

Higher Logic

Leadership hype always focuses on the C-suite – are your executives on social media? But here’s another consideration: have you ever tapped leadership beyond the C-suite? 66% Mature communities had formal leadership/advocacy programs. Extend leadership beyond traditional roles.

A Board-CEO Communication Gap

Associations Now

But the study also raises another issue, somewhat accidentally, that speaks to a concern at associations, whether it’s weathering a leadership change or not. “Think of leadership transition as an unrecognized liability on your balance sheet.”

Evaluating Our Leadership Styles

Association Success

I recently published an article about authentic leadership , directing people’s attention towards the leadership structure of their organization in order to feel its social, economic, political and environmental pulse. The experience of being interviewed provoked me to reflect on my personal leadership style, the leaders around me, and what authenticity means for the way we organize our associations. Two important aspects of authentic leadership are reflection and honesty.

Cementing Your Leadership Legacy

Associations Now

And the question of leadership legacy applies to any leader looking to step down, whether it’s a corporate or association CEO, a board president or elected leader, or an executive staff member. The post Cementing Your Leadership Legacy appeared first on Associations Now

Build a Strong Foundation for Your Communications with an Editorial Content Plan

Association Adviser

This holds particularly true for your association’s print and digital communications. It’s essential for your association to have a clearly defined editorial content strategy if you want to reach your communications goals. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”

Do You Encourage Communicating Bad News?

Association Leaders

Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized Volunteerism “I have some bad news” What’s your reaction when you hear this phrase from a co-worker? I’ll tell you mine – I get a lump in my throat, a strange feeling in my gut, my palms start to sweat, my heart beats a little faster. I probably even roll my eyes and exhale loudly sometimes. Most people don’t like to receive bad news. I’m certainly no different.

Technology: The Communication Enabler

Association Success

As a systems developer for 10+ years, a manager for about a year, and yes, a huge techy, I have firmly come to believe in the importance of technology for assisting in building bridges and opening communications between people. Communication is the golden ticket to fixing a siloed culture, improving connections, and fostering transparency across an organization. Leadership teams need someone to bridge the business-IT gap and keep up with the startling advances being made every day.

Experiential Leadership Development

Beth Kanter

I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “ Reality Storytellers ” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation. How do our unique brands of leadership, our values and our perceptions of injustice contribute to our visions for a better future?

Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

Association Leaders

We have explored leadership in many of these blogs. We have discussed leadership qualities, leadership characteristics and leadership do’s and don’ts. Lincoln was a hard-worker (came from a very poor, working class family); Lincoln was self-educated (he didn’t have any formal schooling); Lincoln was a great, and motivational communicator; Lincoln had “street smarts” before “street smarts” even existed.

The Key to Teamwork is Communication

Associations Now

To make sure your team works best, all parties must be committed to regular and clear communication. The reason that worked so well was because we communicated well with each other. The post The Key to Teamwork is Communication appeared first on Associations Now

Better Listening, Better Leadership

Associations Now

A new book by New York Times leadership columnist Adam Bryant shares CEOs’ lessons for success. Early 2014, for me, is overstuffed with new leadership and management challenges. The post Better Listening, Better Leadership appeared first on Associations Now

The Fundamental Attribution Error and Association Leadership

Smooth The Path

Often it is not their performance but rather the situation impacting them and this is particularly true when there is a leadership change. When instead we focus on the performance (a goal not met, a common stumbling block, a communication style issue, a process not used, etc.)

When Nuance Is Lost: The Perils of Digital Leadership

Associations Now

And as more and more of our communication happens online , this is increasingly a leadership concern. I am not, however, always proud of my inability to communicate well with others—this is a lifelong struggle for me.

Should Social Media Matter to Leadership?

Jamie Notter

Maddie and I put together a quick survey about social media and leadership a few weeks ago, and in no time at all we got 505 people to complete the survey (thanks to all of you who helped spread the word!). Sunayna Tuteja,VP Social Media & Digital Communications at TD Bank.

Thursday Buzz: Motivational Leadership Methods

Associations Now

Making a few tweaks to leadership style and structure can have a big effect on staff morale and inspire people to be more productive. shares a few methods for providing inspiring leadership that will amp up your organizational culture and get your staff re-engaged.

Values Advice for New Employees: Leadership

Eric Lanke

With respect to our value focused on Leadership--where each individual must lead the organization in creating new value for our members--I encouraged her first and foremost to understand who our members are.

The Leadership Gap Beyond the Generation Gap

Associations Now

A recent study spotlights a generational divide over defining leadership. But we can agree on what leadership is , right? Even the definition of “leadership,” though, isn’t set in stone. The post The Leadership Gap Beyond the Generation Gap appeared first on Associations Now

The Ups and Downs of Revamping Communications

Association Success

How do communications play into that experience? Below are some examples of communication experiments we have tried out to make our services and events pop. At our annual meeting, we install our incoming leadership, recognize our existing and outgoing leadership, and recognize various members who have been active on committees or won awards. We added pictures of our incoming leadership, their titles, offices and how long they’d been members.

101st Blog Posting – Am I a Good Communicator?

Association Leaders

I thought blogging would become an important communications vehicle and I thought it might be a way to connect with people I otherwise might not have the fortune of connecting with. Typically this blog focuses on leadership issues. I recently read an article titled, “7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do” The article was excellent. It reminded me that many great leaders were also great communicators. Communication is that important.

Sharing is a Critical Leadership Trait

Association Leaders

There are other leadership traits that we commonly think of when we think of great leaders such as communication, selflessness and humility. One leadership trait we don’t talk about enough is sharing. I recently read an article about the importance of sharing as a leadership trait. There are many traits successful leaders have. We have discussed many of them through this blog.

Integrating social media into the association communication mix

The Big Picture

Integrating social media into the association communication mix. Curious about how other associations are integrating social media into their communications mix and what it takes to succeed? Communications. Leadership. The Big Picture.

Technical Support Group Introduces New Leadership Structure

Associations Now

The association for the technical support industry, HDI, has redesigned its volunteer leadership structure to make sure its chapters are getting proper resources from the national body. The post Technical Support Group Introduces New Leadership Structure appeared first on Associations Now

Developing a Thought Leadership Mindset

Associations Now

Here are three questions to ask yourself while building your thought leadership strategy ( based after Forrester’s IDEA graph ): How do your members think? What’s the overarching purpose of thought leadership? ” What ideas are you communicating and how?

With New Administration, Government Communications Group Reasserts Members’ Role

Associations Now

The National Association of Government Communicators issued a public reminder of its members’ roles and responsibilities as the administration transitions and several federal agencies have restricted their communications.

Association Subculture: In Defense of Stormy Leadership

Association Subculture

In Defense of Stormy Leadership. I just finished reading a blog post on SmartBlog on Leadership called " What Kind of Weather Are You Making.". Leadership skills are all refined with practice and experience. Labels: leadership. communications. (4). leadership. (9).

Driving Engagement Through Thought Leadership

GrowthZone

Tactic #4: Driving Engagement Through Thought Leadership. Thought leadership is simply positioning yourself, or your organization, as a voice of knowledge and expertise in the marketplace of ideas. If your communication highlights your organization’s expertise, people will believe it.

Perfect Your Authentic Online Leadership Profile on Social

Beth Kanter

Being someone you are not is not only exhausting, but it will not be an effective if it isn’t perceived as true. Extraordinary leaders know who they are and they simply need to apply it to their online social leadership profile. Emerging leaders may need to explore a bit more.