October, 2012

One Foot In Front of The Other

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

I've lost six pounds. After allowing the excuses to pile up (stress, knee injury, time, motherhood, travel), I joined Weight Watchers with a good friend of mine and started following the plan and I've lost six pounds over the last two weeks.

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Do Association Members Ignore Your Signs Too?

Association Subculture

So here's the lesson for today kids. and the link for those who can't see the embedded video). This video is hilarious!

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It's Not About the Notices

Thanks For Playing

Membership retention isn't about renewal invoices: how many you send, when, in what format. Or at least, it isn't ONLY about the invoices. When someone decides to join your association, she's responding to a promise made - your brand promise.

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Is this the Beginning of Facebook’s Mass Exodus?

YourMembership Blog

Categories: Social Media and Business Trends Tags: Facebook , member community , membership organization , online community , public online community Like most adults, I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love seeing pictures and hearing about my friends’ lives. No matter how busy I am I can take a few seconds and peer into their universes and not feel so disconnected, or can I? I have very few friends. There I’ve said it. My [.] ( Read more. )

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Lifelong Learning is a Requirement, not an Option

Reid All About it

“It’s a tragic fact that most of us know only how to be taught; we haven’t learned how to learn.”.

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More Trending

Friday Top 5

Thanks For Playing

It's the information overload trifecta! Top 5 Interesting Facts about Information Overload: Although the concept has existed since at least the first century C.E. , the term itself was originated by Alvin Toffler in his 1970 book Future Shock.

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Stop Measuring your Chapters' Activity

Mariner

October 8, 2012. A NY Times blog on the risks of continuing to apply an “industrial-age mind-set to 21st-century professionals” made me think of how we’re doing that to our chapters and member communities. A NY Times blog on the risks of continuing to apply an “industrial-age.

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Reads of the Week: October 26, 2012

Reid All About it

Just scanning this collection of 99 creative life hack s will make you feel clever. This weekend you will find me wandering around the house peering at wood with wal nut in hand. Fellow liberal arts majors: no regrets!

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What Does Member Engagement Mean to You?

Eric Lanke

I've been busy prepping this week for the presentation that will be leading off an exciting new webinar series on member engagement.

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Social Media and Disaster: Hospitals On Facebook

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

It was the scariest day of my life. I was settled in on the couch with my husband and daughter enjoying our Sunday evening when my phone rang. Giving it a quick look, I saw it was my cousin Sarah calling from Texas. I'd never in all my 30+ years received a call from her. Something must be wrong.

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Social Media for Associations: Challenges and Opportunities

Association Navigator

Associations and non-profits are very busy trying to figure out social media. How can we use them to enhance our communications and how can we prepare for attacks launched using these new tools? The opportunities for enhanced sharing and collaboration presented by social media are mind-blowing.

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Are You a Digital Junkie?

Thanks For Playing

Preparing for an upcoming presentation, I found this terrific video that was, apparently, a student project, on the topic of information overload: video unplugging

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A New Member Welcome that Welcomes

Mariner

October 5, 2012. I broke down and did it. The “straw” was the question from the hotelier asking if I was a member and eligible therefore for the discount. This was the second time in one day that membership was worth money in my pocket. I broke down and did it.

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Think Responsive for Your Association Website

Reid All About it

Have you ever pulled up a website on your phone and been frustrated by the tiny text and tabs? Unless I’m desperate to do something there, I usually give up. In either case, I’m frustrated by the awful user experience. Don’t they care about their customers?

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Member Engagement Solution #7: Advisory Groups Can Be Tremendous Win-Wins

Eric Lanke

image source I've mentioned previously that I'm leading another innovation effort for WSAE, something we're calling an Innovation Circle. Ours is focused on member engagement, and you can get an overview of what it is and what we're trying to achieve with it here.

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5 Quick Tips to Improve Your Website

Vanguard Tech

“I always make sure that when my team touches a piece of content or collateral, they make it better than it was before. No matter how small the requested change is.”. I was inspired by this comment from Bennie Johnson, Global Chief Marketing Officer at the HR Certification Institute.

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Association Management - FIX IT

Association Subculture

"It's really very simple Seth. Step One - Fix, Step Two - It, Step Three - FIX IT! Repeat steps one through three until it's all FIXED!". Some of my all time favorite skits on Saturday Night Live involved this character - "Oscar Rogers" - that debuted during the financial crisis of 2008.

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Always the Last to Know: YouTube NonProfit Program

Thanks For Playing

Now THIS is cool: YouTube cool technology fundraising

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The Link Between Volunteering & Leadership

Mariner

October 2, 2012. Among Mariner's unifying principals is a dedication to volunteering and to volunteers. In fact our basic business model is designed around the goal of supporting volunteers in their roles as chapter and community leaders.

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Reads of the Week: October 19, 2012

Reid All About it

The coolest thing I saw all week, no contest, was Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic free fall skydive. Nothing beats that. Red Bull has two short videos of the event: a 1:30 minute highlight version and a 4:30 minute full recap version. Both are exhilarating to watch.

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Reduce, and Gain Power

Eric Lanke

image source I was recently inspired by Tim Leberecht's thoughts on preparing for and giving a TED talk. To paraphrase, he talks about the liberation that comes with focus, of reducing things down to their barest essential. It provides more than just clarity.

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SJA Golf Tournament

Association Navigator

Playing a round of golf on a beautiful Monday is a treat. Thank you to Trish and Craig Maloney for organizing another successful St.

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25 instructional strategies guaranteed to refresh your signature programs

Aaron Wolowiec

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: People are busy these days. They’re also moving at a faster pace and have limited dollars to spend on professional development. Period. Combine this competition for time and resources with the endless access to information and content available online and you have a long list of continuing education providers competing for market share.

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Little Billy

Thanks For Playing

OK, so Tuesday, I posted a serious video about information overload. Today it's time for a funny video on the same topic: video humor unplugging

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The social media dog that didn’t bark

Golden's Rules for Association

In the Sherlock Holmes mystery “Silver Blaze,” the solution turns on “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” ” Scotland Yard Detective Gregory can be forgiven for his confusion when he protests, “the dog did nothing in the night-time.” ” “That,” Holmes observes, “was the curious incident.” There are a number of dogs that didn’t [.]. Social Media & Associations Social Media trends

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Reads of the Week: October 12, 2012

Reid All About it

Let’s start with a freebie! Jeff Cobb has a slew of great ideas about lifelong learning and he practices what he preaches, so it’s not a bunch of hoo-haw. He’s offering a free Kindle version of his book, 10 Ways to Be a Better Learner – but today is the last day to download it, so chop chop!

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Member Engagement Solution #6: Provide Structure, But Not Too Much

Eric Lanke

image source I've mentioned previously that I'm leading another innovation effort for WSAE, something we're calling an Innovation Circle. Ours is focused on member engagement, and you can get an overview of what it is and what we're trying to achieve with it here.

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3 Traits Essential for Business Success

JP Moery

JP Moery covers factors most often aligned to MoeryLAI’s business success

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10 tactics to ensure your strategic plan addresses member learning

Aaron Wolowiec

Whether your association has just recently penned a new strategic plan or you’re three or more years into a long-term strategic planning cycle (however impractical that may be given today’s environment), do me a favor and locate this document. Whether in hard copy or (preferably) electronically, open it up and conduct a simple search of the following key words: Education. Learning. Professional Development. Conference. Meeting.

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Is It Ever OK to Fire a Member?

Thanks For Playing

Of course you know I'm going to say "yes," right? So the real question is: when? And how do you do it without creating a PR nightmare in a social world? Here's one tip: don't use a post-it.) We all have "problem" members. You know - the person who calls or emails constantly to complain.

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The myth about ‘special interests’

Golden's Rules for Association

Much of the public thinks of associations as “special interests” who do nothing but lobby the system to game advantage (even though U. government data shows that associations spend many times more on educational activities than on lobbying). In my opinion, “special interest” is a pejorative only when applied to a group whose interests [.]. Association Advocacy role of associations

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Reads of the Week: October 5, 2012

Reid All About it

I’ve fallen in love with poetry! You knew it would happen eventually. Yes, I had a dalliance with Yeats when I was much younger – it was during my romantic Irish phase – but we drifted apart.

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Make the Time to Seek Inspiration: Friday Fix

YourMembership Blog

Categories: Member Engagement + Retention Tags: forbes , Friday Fix , innovation , inspiration , social media On my Facebook page this morning I posted that I wasn’t sure whether a comment that was said to me was a compliment or not. One of my friends offered, “Since you have a choice, I would take it as one.” ” There was my inspiring moment of the morning! Yes, it inspired this blog post but it [.] ( Read more.

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Wild Apricot Software News October 2012

Wild Apricot Blog

Version 5.0, scheduled for release in the spring of 2013, will be focused on upgrading the Content Management System (CMS) used for creating the pages and content for your Wild Apricot website. These changes will give you greater flexibility in designing and editing your content. news Wild Apricot

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