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.

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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.

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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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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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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8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter's Blog

Meetings are a big part of our work week, whether it is a recurring staff, team, or board meeting or informal check-in. Our meetings are face-to-face, virtually, and a combination of the two known as “hybrid” meetings.

Guidestar Analysis: Gender Pay Gap Still Significant at Large Nonprofits

Associations Now

The latest edition of Guidestar’s Nonprofit Compensation Report reveals that salaries on the whole are improving but that female executives still make less than their male counterparts. The largest nonprofits have the largest gap.

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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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.

The Freedom to Think Like a Startup

NimbleUser

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.

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.

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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How to Engage Your Event Attendees

MembersClicks

You spend a lot of time - and money - planning your association’s events. So naturally, you want them to be successful and for your attendees to be engaged. But how? How do you make sure your attendees are having a good time and engaged in your sessions/activities?

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.

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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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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How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips

MembersClicks

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?

7 Communication Tips for Association Pros

GrowthZone

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.

What to Do When Disaster Strikes Your Members

Associations Now

After nearly three weeks of natural disasters, many associations are responding by offering support and resources to members in some of the hardest-hit storm zones—prioritizing what and how they communicate to keep the focus on recovery.

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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.

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

MembersClicks

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?).

The 3 Most Popular Blog Posts for Association Pros

GrowthZone

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.

Can Encouraging Bleisure Travel Boost Millennial Conference Attendance?

Associations Now

Millennials might be most susceptible to the mixing of business and pleasure travel. Here’s what to tout to get them to your next conference. As millennials become a greater percentage of meeting attendees, catering to them a bit more—in both programming and marketing—makes sense.

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.

4 Words That Matter When “Selling” Your Association

MembersClicks

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?

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.

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.

Support your Association

SilkStart

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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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?

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.

Membership Hack: Storify Member Experiences

Associations Now

Associations can use the Storify tool to quickly and efficiently gather social posts into online stories that highlight the member experience. How to hack it?

Could the iPhone X Pave the Path for Biometrics at the Airport?

Associations Now

With Apple’s new premium phone giving biometrics their most mainstream stage yet, supporters of the technology suggest it could help ease public skepticism about it while helping boost security. Others say: Not so fast.

Collaboration Looks to Advance Safer Opioid Prescribing in Canada

Associations Now

Saegis and the University of Toronto partner to promote a program that helps Canadian physicians develop the knowledge and skills necessary for safe opioid prescribing.