Thu.Jan 09, 2020

2020: The Year of Variety and Personalization for Your Learners

YourMembership Blog

Start off the new year with implementing a personalized learning program, complete with a variety of educational opportunities for your members. Contrary to popular belief: One size does not always fit all. At some point, people want variety – they crave it.

Elevating Your 2020 Events: 2 Tactics to Try


2020 is here! With a new year AND new decade, why not try some new ideas at your association or chamber’s upcoming event(s)? To bump up attendee engagement and elevate the overall attendee experience, here are two tactics worth a try: event planning Small Staff Chatter event engagement

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Why you need your own board of directors

Association Success

Both Marice Fernando and Amy Thomasson have both participated in formal mentorship programs and found their own mentors by forming relationships with key figures in their professional lives. .

New-Member Onboarding: It’s Okay to Make Program Changes


An association’s member onboarding program is the ideal litmus test for gauging success in member engagement. Many say o nboarding is the foundation on which member engagement is built.

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

Setting Chapters Up for Change

Mariner Management

For many the new year brings new resolutions most of which are about change. While we focus on the need to change, we sometimes skip over setting ourselves up for change. This can be doubly so when we look at change in our associations and in our chapters.

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Are You Happier When You Visit a Post Office?

Smooth The Path

My family moved to a new town a year ago. Right away, I noticed something different about my local post office. I love going there. Does that statement sound odd to you? In my experience, post offices are, mostly average. Staff members are efficient.

U.S., Canadian Fire Agencies Deploy Help to Australia

Associations Now

With wildfires raging in Australia, federal agencies in the United States and Canada are sending firefighting personnel—from frontline firefighters to fire behavior analysts—to help squelch the flames threatening that nation.

5 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Personal Resilience

Beth Kanter

Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning. Our family has several New Year’s rituals, including a nature hike. This year we hiked by Pacific Ocean near Moss Bay.(Pictured Pictured above).

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Daily Buzz: Want to Be a Better Leader? Work on Your Soft Skills

Associations Now

To be successful, leaders must have the people skills to work with others. Also: Digitization is not enough for associations. The most successful leaders have not only mastered the technical skills, but they’ve also mastered soft skills, write Allana Akhtar and Caroline Hroncich on Business Insider.

A New Way to Conduct Focus Groups

Membership Marketing

One of the research mistakes that some associations make is conducting focus groups at their annual meeting. Because members are in attendance, it provides the association with an opportunity to get feedback from a geographically diverse group.

New Co-Op Aims to Take Over.Org Registry Operations

Associations Now

With founding ICANN leadership on board along with the CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, a new nonprofit cooperative aims to convince ICANN to let it manage domain instead of a private-equity firm.

5 Tips for Celebrating Your Behind-the-Scenes Team

Associations Now

Planning a meeting takes a village. Here’s how to keep your people happy and productive while staying on budget. Meeting planning sometimes feels like a very solitary job, especially at 5:00 a.m.

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Amid Rising Conflicts, Contractor Group Asks U.S. to Help Protect Workers Abroad

Associations Now

The Professional Services Council says that U.S. officials should take steps to make more security information available to contractors working abroad. The past two weeks have seen a flare-up of international conflict, particularly in the Middle East. In many ways, U.S.