Face Your Association Fears

YourMembership Blog

Categories: Member Engagement + Retention Tags: associations , fear , innovation , yourmembership.com One of my favorite movies is Defending Your Life, a quirky film about the after life and reviewing the fears that paralyzed you on earth.

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Board Member Code of Conduct We WISH We Could Write

Association Subculture

Board Member Code of Conduct We WISH We Could Write. Here is our Association Subculture suggestions for an updated Board Member Code of Conduct policy. You are here to do three things - contribute to the whole

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.


The Big Picture: Public Relations: Learning, Unlearning.

The Big Picture

Thank you so much for having me at the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Oxford/Ole Miss chapter. Download my presentation here. Below are the sources used during the presentation. If you have any questions or

Eric Lanke: No One Knows How to Make a Computer Mouse

Eric Lanke

Here's a great TED talk from a few years back: In it, Matt Ridley makes the case that innovation and progress depend on the accelerating exchange of ideas and information. Going back to our earliest ancestors, he shows how

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Take a Vacation From Email

Association Navigator

Pool and Barn/Gym at High Meadow Farm, Washington Depo, CT. Last summer a client that I really respect apologized for not responding to an email message more quickly. He said he had been on vacation and he was working on his “work-life balance.”.

Ignite me? Ignite you!

Association Advocacy Chick

My name is Stefanie and I’m obsessed with Ignite. For those not familiar, Ignite is an event where speakers have five minutes and 20 slides (auto-advanced every 15 seconds) to make a point. The first Ignite took place in Seattle back in 2006 and has since spread across the world.

Is Your Inbox Ruling Your Life?

Robert M Barnes

Some of the most organised and professional people in our industry somehow operate with between 200 and 4000 emails in their Inbox. You’d be amazed at how productive a person can be with so many emails but at any level … Continue reading → A Dangerous Mind

Is Your Member Organization Evolving? Don't Do It Alone.

YourMembership Blog

Evolution doesn't happen in isolation. Are your organization's decisions being made that way

Association Subculture: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - Thoughts on.

Association Subculture

It struck me yesterday how many of us seem to be suffering losses of different sorts. Whether parents, siblings, pets, friends or colleagues each loss seems very immediate. We tend to feel a certain sense of melancholy when

Feed Your Head (Five For the Ladies)

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Inspiration comes in many forms. In today's post I want to share some of the people, blogs, books, and music inspiring me lately. From PR to Pop!, this is what's feeding my head and what you just might want to feed yours.

The Big Picture: The Gripman Cometh

The Big Picture

My family and I just enjoyed a spring break vacation in San Francisco (or we enjoyed two days and then we endured the cold rain during the others anyways). My 12-year-old son is a train fanatic and one of his

Eric Lanke: The Mind of the Community

Eric Lanke

At a recent WSAE meeting I was asked to explain what we meant in our white paper on Innovation for Associations when we referred to the "mind of community." " Had I had a copy of the white paper with me, I could have

5 great examples of how to use Twitter for membership engagement

Optimist Consulting

I was lucky enough to present at the MemberWise conference ‘Harnessing the Web to Drive Membership Value and Growth Conference’ last month. My presentation focused on how to use Twitter for membership engagement.

Say Yes to Generosity Day

Reid All About it

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Like Christmas, the advertising industry and its collaborators have sucked the life out of it. Couples buy schlocky cards and last-minute sweetheart gifts, and go out for the obligatory romantic dinner in herds of two. Baaaa. It’s what’s expected, what’s done.

Thanks For Playing: Sections Instead of Breakouts

Thanks For Playing

A few ASAE calls for proposals have hit recently, and it's gotten me thinking about conference sessions. On the one hand, associations want to recognize the expertise and knowledge our members hold and give them a

How to Make 2013 a Great Year: Your Guide to a More Productive Life

Association Navigator

I always enjoy the sense of possibility that comes with an approaching New Year. Fueled by holiday beverages, and reflected in a roaring fire, I see a more interesting and productive year on the horizon. Can you see it too?

ASAE12: Are you ready?

Association Advocacy Chick

As I type this, I’m 2 days away from getting together with 13,000+ psychologists and students in the land of Mickey. My presentations are ready. I’m pretty much packed and my schedule will actually allow me to eat at some point. However, that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about my other conference. The one where I’ll be getting together with 5,000+ association professionals in the land of Cowboys.

Lessons from Unlikely Sources

Association Management

It’s said that life is the ultimate learning experience. And in 2012, I learned quite a bit from some unusual sources. As I reflect on the year, it struck me that many of these lessons apply not just to me, but to the associations that I work with as well. Here are just a few: [.].


What If Don Draper Ran Social Media for Your Association?

YourMembership Blog

What can an association learn from Don Draper? Social Media and your online community will never be the same

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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Head's Up! The Awesome Is Back.

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

Many of you may be asking yourselves about this blog. What's happening with it? Where are the regular updates? What's shaking in KiKi's world? Where is the blog bliss we long for? I know, I know. You can dry your tears because change is a comin'.

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Associations Unorthodox e-book available on August 8

Principled Innovation

Jeff De Cagna’s new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future , will be available as a free download beginning this Wednesday, August 8. The e-book was produced in collaboration with DC-based branding firm, CHIEF.

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Eric Lanke: Stop Calling It Strategic Planning

Eric Lanke

So I'm working my way through Humanize, and like most everyone else, I'm really enjoying it. This will probably be the first of several posts describing the thoughts it provokes for how I am and should be running my

What my 60 year old father reminds us about Facebook

Aaron Wolowiec

This is my dad with his granddaughter (my niece), Bella, during a visit to North Carolina. In the spirit of full disclosure, my dad doesn’t actually turn 60 until this October. Nevertheless, he’s nearly hit this extraordinary milestone, so I thought I’d give him the benefit of the doubt.

Will Associations Earn the Girl Scout Badge for Relevancy?

Reid All About it

Eight years ago, the Girl Scouts of the USA decided it was time to transform the organization. “We We knew we had to…revitalize the organization to ensure we remain compelling, contemporary and relevant to today’s girls.”. Girl Scouts was founded 100 years ago.

Always the Last to Know: Speek

Thanks For Playing

Do you ever do conference calls? duh - of course you do) Do you get tired of playing "who has the 800 number?" with the other participants? don't we all?) Have you tried Speek yet?

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Communications and Marketing for Associations – Paid Internship

Association Navigator

Verto Solutions is looking for an intern to join our Communications & Marketing team. This is a part-time, paid position. The ideal candidate will be pursuing a degree in a related field and be interested in trade associations or non-profits. We’d love to work with someone who Likes social media and is LinkedIn to new and exciting ways organizations communicate with their friends and followers. We’d like someone to start soon after the New Year. If you’re interested contact me

ASAE12: The aftermath

Association Advocacy Chick

This will be the first of two posts about ASAE12. I have so many thoughts about the last few days that I needed to spread them out. Today’s post is about my time there and a very special afternoon I had. Overall, I enjoyed ASAE12.

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Membership lessons from the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network

Optimist Consulting

You may already be aware of The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network. The newspapers free member’s only online community has grown to over 6,000 subscribers since it was launched in 2010.

The Ultimate Risk Member-based Organizations Face with SOPA

YourMembership Blog

You've seen the headlines, tweets and Internet buzz today about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and its cousin PIPA (Protect IP Act). No matter what you think

Association Management Lessons from Harley Davidson

Association Subculture

Ran across this little nugget over the weekend. Harley Davidson Upgraded by Fitch on High Profit Margins Wow. Haven't heard of S&P, Fitch or anyone else for that matter upgrading anyone in recent memory. In fact, since the

3 Ways Associations Can Live Dangerously in 2013

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

What if 2013 was the year of living dangerously for associations? What kind of changes would we see? Fear is such a pain. It saps our energy; develops more of the same old thing. Fear creates doubt in the place of excitement. Fear sucks.

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Tap Into Emotional Design for a Remarkable Website

Vanguard Tech

Business websites – particularly staid, professional, work only sites like those for a professional association – are supposed to be about facts and figures. Not emotion. Right? Wrong.