Sat.Sep 09, 2017 - Fri.Sep 15, 2017

How Online Communities Help Teams Build a Culture of Collaboration

Higher Logic

According to the Harvard Business Review , before technology made it possible for companies and organizations to connect with large groups of colleagues and stakeholders anywhere in the world in real time, the average team size was around 20 people.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.15.17

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community… We’re all Equif*cked. I swiped that word from TechCrunch —it’s a gem.

Board Discussions Quiz

Eric Lanke

As I said last week, another association has invited me to speak at their Annual Leadership Conference on the subject of high-functioning association Boards. I'm going to hit four subjects during my presentation: Board selection , Board discussions, Board decisions, and Board succession.

Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

Beth Kanter's Blog

My work as a trainer and facilitator has brought me to many places in the world. Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones.

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5 Steps to Create a Sponsorship Program that Increases Non-Dues Revenue

Higher Logic

Sponsorship programs are tricky. Most associations have one (or have at least considered one), but are still fine-tuning the details. Is pricing too low? Too high? Do sponsors see the value in each sponsorship package? What do members think of the program? And what about your association?

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Is Your Company Using Online Community Data Effectively?

Higher Logic

In my last post, I talked about folding community into your larger business operations to better serve customers and your company, a technique known as Community as an Integrated Service (CIS).

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Bus Tour Aims to Raise Awareness of Effects of Childhood Trauma

Associations Now

In a five-city bus tour this fall, an array of organizations is seeking to build better understanding of the long-term effects of childhood trauma and the interventions that can help children heal. The tour will end with a rally on Capitol Hill.

Low Member Engagement is not Necessarily a Sign of Unhappiness

Smooth The Path

Parent involvement varies widely in schools. Some parents attend the parent-teacher meetings. Some parents fundraise and chaperone field trips. Some parents spend hours each week on leading the PTA.

7 Communication Tips for Association Pros


Mastering the art of effective communication is the key to success for association professionals. As humans, there is one thing everyone has in common: the need to communicate. Regardless of who you are, what you do, or where you live, your existence depends on communication.

4 Words That Matter When “Selling” Your Association


When marketing your association, are there any words you find yourself using over and over? What terms resonate with people? What phrases are actually effective?

Why Your Phone Number Might Be a Security Risk

Associations Now

In the age of mobile, we do more with our phones than ever—and that makes our phone numbers attractive targets for security breaches. Here are a few strategies to ensure you’re properly locking things down both personally and in your organization.

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Take Your Sponsorship Program to the Next Level - Moery Company

The Moery Company

September and October are the very best months to reach out to sponsorship prospects for your 2018 events, so now is the time to kick it into gear.

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Free Google Advertising Available for Nonprofits


Imagine what you could do with $10,000 USD of in-kind advertising every month from Google. You could recruit more volunteers. Attract more donations. And share your story with audiences all over the globe. It’s all possible with Google Ad Grants.

How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips


We talk a lot about the importance of surveying your association’s membership , particularly following events. But let’s say you do survey your event attendees and, unfortunately, don’t get the best feedback. What should your next course of action be?

Don’t Let Your Annual Meeting Get Stale. Here’s How.

Associations Now

Get out and about—during the meeting and throughout the year—to ensure your annual meeting isn’t the same old, same old. It’s the nature of the annual meeting beast that each event has a familiar feel to it.

The Freedom to Think Like a Startup


Dan Stark, Director of Product Strategy One of the things that always frustrated me about association management system (AMS) technology when I was leading an association was, rather than being a facilitator of innovation, it was a persistent barrier to trying new things.

Another Secret Reason Why Conferences are So Valuable for Members

Smooth The Path

What does an average day look like for you? I tend to cram more into my schedule than I can do. From 6 AM to 11 PM I zoom from one thing to the next always feeling rushed often feeling like I am in a race. And I am not alone. Most of us have days like this.

The 3 Most Popular Blog Posts for Association Pros


The life of the association pro is fast-paced and staying on top of Association issues and trends can be a challenge. We’ve streamlined the process and rounded up three of our most popular blog posts. These brief articles address hot topics relevant to the modern association professional.

Association Boosts Legal Fight Over NYC Taxi Medallions

Associations Now

New York City taxi medallions have severely declined in value as a result of the rise in app-based ride-hailing alternatives. An association that represents medallion owners is appealing to the courts, claiming unfair competition.

What Associations Can Learn from Consulting Firms - Moery Company

The Moery Company

IStock-Credit:maxkabakov. What about a series of “case studies” to reinvigorate your accomplishments story? Consulting firms regularly develop case studies to document a particular accomplishment on behalf of a client and the steps that led to that success.

How to Build an Informative Calendar for Your Association’s Members


Let’s be honest: We can all let our schedules get away from us. Whether it’s personal or professional, having a handle on your calendar should ultimately generate less stress in your life (and who doesn’t love that?).

How to Continue the Conference Learning Experience

WBT Systems

Conferences consume a great deal of your association’s time and financial resources. Should they take such a primary place in your association’s educational offerings? The truth is: conferences are not the most effective method of transferring knowledge. Attendees aren’t likely to retain the information they take in during those few days packed full of sessions.

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What Should You Say About a Sensitive Issue? Learn from the Confederate Statue Debate

Associations Now

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works knew it had to speak up in the debate over the fate of controversial Confederate monuments. How it crafted its response offers lessons for other associations responding to divisive issues.

Brain Training: How to Harness the Power of Neuroplasticity

Association Success

Your brain can't grow if you don't let it. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Old habits die hard. Brain cells never regenerate. This is the conventional wisdom, and everyone has probably heard something like it at some point in their lives. But recent research and case studies are turning this so-called “conventional wisdom” on its head.

Support your Association


As the administrator of an association, you can expect that your members will occasionally come to you when they encounter issues. Although you may not have any experience providing support, not to worry, you will do great! Some of these issues will be simple, while other issues will naturally be more complex. In any case, preparing yourself will allow you to familiarize yourself with the system as well as your members. Put yourself in their shoes.

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JP Moery’s Association Playbook – Episode 104: The 4 Best Pieces of Advice I’ve Ever Received - Moery Company

The Moery Company

A good deal of advice has been bestowed upon Host JP Moery over the years – but, there are four bits that have stuck with him and shaped who he is today. He shares some great nuggets from his dad, an association mentor, a football coach, and a hiring manager whose name escapes him 30 years later. JP uses some choice words during this episode but felt it essential to delivering his message. JP Moery’s Association Playbook is Sponsored by Insperity.

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Tiny House Group Ramps Up Knowledge-Sharing, Advocacy to Boost Tiny Living

Associations Now

Need some tiny house expertise? The American Tiny House Association launched an online expert community to get information out to DIYers. ATHA is also hard at work advocating make tiny homes a viable housing option everywhere. People have a lot of questions about building their own tiny homes.

4 Things Your Association Volunteers Want

Association Success

When they sign on board, they're fueled by their own motivation. Harness it! Every association struggles with identifying and recruiting volunteers, then putting them to work on meaningful tasks. To improve how you seek out volunteers, look at it from their perspective: what do potential volunteers want? What will encourage them to lend their skills to your association? Each potential volunteer is unique and should be treated as such, but most share common goals.

SilkStart Release


Each month we like to release an update of the highlights of what we’ve been working on and how the product is improving. Here’s what we launched last month. This month, you can now allow your members to create and edit ticketed events directly on your SilkStart Event Calendar. Better yet, choose to provide this feature to specific membership types while restricting it to others.

Mindfulness During the S**t Show

Leadership Solutions International

I walked into the conference room where a table of women was waiting for me. As I walked up they asked me, “Holly how’s it going?” I paused for a moment my outside voice wanted to say the typical, “fine.” I could hear my inside voice wanted to say, “Life is a s**t show.” Mindful leaders today must step up into the reality of what we are experiencing, feeling, saying and how we are acting. Leading these days can be hard. That is why mindfulness matters. What is going on in your life today?

If You’re Looking for a Job, Look Inland, Lists Say

Associations Now

Two new reports suggest that Midwestern and Southern cities have a better balance of job openings and cost of living than their coastal counterparts. If you’re in the job market, you might want to head to Pittsburgh—especially if you’re just starting out in your career.

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The Collaboration That Put a Suicide-Prevention Message on the Radio

Associations Now

Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255,” which shares its name with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number, has become a major hit in recent weeks—putting an uplifting message on the radio and fresh attention on the topic of suicide prevention.

How to Please Your VIPs at Your Next Meeting

Associations Now

Whether a foundation or PAC event or a more intimate board dinner, you want to choose the right venue for these special gatherings. Over the course of their careers, associations executives become event professionals of a sort.

Disaster Recovery Planning for Your Office: Practice Makes Perfect

Associations Now

A disaster recovery plan is essential to keeping your organization running in the case of a natural disaster. But it’s only effective if your staff knows what’s in it and how to implement it. As Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have shown, natural disasters can strike quickly with devastating consequences.