Monday Buzz: How to Recruit Small Businesses

Associations Now

Recruiting small businesses to join your organization is difficult, but these tips could help. Many organizations already know the value of recruiting small businesses as members, but servicing emerging businesses can come with a unique set of challenges.

Recruiting Members Face-to-Face

Eric Lanke

As has become my habit, whenever I find myself going somewhere, I check our database to see if there are any members in the area and, if so, I try to reserve some time to go visit them. A non-member, a company similar to many that are already in the membership, was in the same general neighborhood and was willing to meet with me to discuss the possibility of becoming a member. Why, I wondered had he not yet decided to become a member?

How to Motivate Around Mission

Associations Now

Roles at associations are in constant flux, which makes it harder for leaders to assign roles. Freeing staff and volunteers to express their own passions around the job can help. People come to work for relationships, personal efficacy, and a sense of purpose.”

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Membership Hack: Card-Carrying Volunteer Recruiter

Associations Now

The New Jersey Society of CPAs recruits volunteers with a business card that removes the barriers to getting involved. How to hack it? The New Jersey Society of CPAs was on a mission to engage members face-to-face and recruit some volunteers at the same time.

Sales Operations Demystified: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Do It Right

Wild Apricot

Sales operations refers to the unit, role, activities and processes within a sales organization that support, enable, and drive front line sales teams to sell better, faster, and more efficiently. But perhaps more than anything else, sales operations brings a system to selling.

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How to Start or Grow Your Online Career Center

Association Adviser

Starting or growing a career management site doesn’t have to be intimidating. However, many associations are hesitant to commit the needed resources and staff time to begin or enhance an online career center because doing so always seems to be a large undertaking.

How to Design a Successful Mentoring Program

Association Adviser

Benefits for mentees range from a boost in self-confidence to life-long positive professional impacts, such as learning how to speak up and be heard and understanding how to accept feedback. Recruiting. Should I run a pilot program to test the waters?

Proven Tactics to Recruit, Retain and Unleash Millennial Talent

SocialFish

A vast majority of these Millennials want to work for organizations that foster innovative thinking, develop their skills, and make a positive contribution to society. 50% of Millennials want to work for a business with ethical practices. Provide opportunity to make an impact.

From #Ideas17: How to Simplify Your Association’s Messaging

MembersClicks

Messaging is something that all companies and organizations have to do, but something that only a small percentage do well. association management association leadership ASAE membership management Small Staff Chatter

How Will Association Boards Recruit New Leaders?

SCD Group

With impending huge turnover in association leadership (from Boomers to Xers & Millenials), a couple of conversations I had last week illustrate some of the potential problems the association professional will face in the coming years.

Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Last year I was honored to partner with Kari Dunn Saratovksy from Third Plateau to facilitate an emerging leadership program to a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Science and Conservation portfolio of grantees.

How to Meet the Membership & Education Expectations of Millennials and Gen Z

.orgCommunity

Young professionals (YPs) are joiners, but they can’t afford to join associations or participate in association programs just because it’s the right or expected thing to do. But YPs are hungry to get ahead. YPs expect educational programs to offer current, up-to-date information.

Lunchtime Links: How to Get Volunteers (And How to Keep Them)

Associations Now

Also: Encourage leadership within your ranks. How to do both, and more, in today’s Lunchtime Links: Volunteer magnet: There’s nothing like the first few days of a volunteer program when the energy is up and you’ve got people lined up around the block to help.

3 Golden Rules for Volunteer Recruitment

AMR Management Services

Here's the wrong way to recruit volunteers: Step One: Post the following announcement: We are looking for volunteers to serve on the XYZ committee. Check out a few tips on how to recruit volunteers the right way from Allen Liff's blog, Focus! Board Management committee leadership Volunteer Recruitment

Future Focused Leadership Not Lollygagging Laggards

Velvet Chainsaw

This illustration is part of the booklet How to Change the World. Many organization leaders take great comfort in rear view leadership. We know what to expect. (At Our over optimistic belief that we can continue to do what we’ve always done is a crutch, at best.

Music City, Our Thought Leadership Team, and a Memorable 2014

YourMembership Blog

One of the great things about attending the ASAE Annual Conference is that for a few days you get the opportunity to be totally immersed in all things associations, and this year was no exception. From the trade show to the education tracks, to the networking opportunities (rain or shine!) it lived up to its billing as the “not to be missed” event of the year. I particularly enjoyed being in Nashville, my second favorite music city, next to Austin.

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How to Build a True Learning Community at the Core of Your Membership Model

SocialFish

I use the term “developmental learning” to specify learning that is purposeful—leading to specific solutions to specific problems and constantly developing participants along competency-building paths. Welcome to a day in his life.

Online Communities Reap Benefits From Volunteer, Executive Leadership

Associations Now

Strategy, governance, and executive leadership. In the most simple terms, these are a few of the keys to success for an online community. Leadership Programs. Do your staff have enough industry expertise to weigh in on matters of debate, or are they mostly management experts?

Hawaii Five-O & Monopoly Show Associations How to Engage Members

SCD Group

For tonight’s (1/14/13) showing of Hawaii Five-O, CBS invited viewers to vote on which ending they wanted for its show. Many people now are watching TV with a companion device (known to many as the “second screen”). So, what does this have to do with associations?

#ASAE17: Leadership Lessons from The Streets, The Jail Cell, and The Kitchen

Associations Now

During the closing keynote at ASAE’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Chef Jeff Henderson cooked up some leadership lessons, as well as a foie gras dish, for attendees. When Henderson was released from prison, he had to change his image to make it in the restaurant world. “I

Association Evolution: What Association Leaders are Thinking About for 2013 and Beyond

Portage Group

The Mayans mixed things up, got tired of writing their calendar or maybe they just wanted to freak us out a bit. Whatever the reason, I know that all you association leaders out there are constantly thinking about how to do things better and how to better serve your members in what in all likelyhood is a profession or industry that is going through a lot of change. The association sector is changing in so many ways, I hardly know where to begin.

How to Calculate where your Membership is Headed

Membership Marketing

How to Calculate where your Membership is Headed. And some of them do not realize just how much trouble they may be in going forward. When I meet with groups, I use a simple method to calculate where their membership is headed given their current metrics. Using your current data, you can also do this analysis to see what the ultimate equilibrium of your association membership count will be. Here is how it works. One other thought to consider.

What REALLY Drives Success for Your Association?

Spark Consulting

Information overload – we all experience it personally, every day, with our emails and social media feeds and online media and print media and broadcast media, and that’s hard enough to manage. leadership management webinars DMAW Trevor Mitchell

My Thanks to SCSAE Annual Meeting Attendees and Leadership

Association 20/20

I want to send out a special hello and expression of gratitude to the attendees of the 2009 South Carolina Society of Association Executives (SCSAE) Annual Conference as well as the leadership and staff of SCSAE, especially Executive Director Keely Yates.

The Small-Staff Guide to New Member Onboarding

MembersClicks

If we had to guess, we’d say you probably put a LOT of time and energy into recruiting new members - and that’s completely understandable. That said, because you put so much time and energy into recruiting new members, you absolutely want them to stay!

This Is Not a Good Look for Us

Spark Consulting

It’s an open secret that associations are deeply concerned about – and struggling with – our ability to recruit and retain Millennial young professionals, both as members and as association executives and talent in our industry.

Replacing the Engine While Flying the Plane: The Association Executive’s Guide to 21st Century Change

Portage Group

All of these are symptoms of the much larger issue of relevance, value, and member service, that are pushing many associations closer to the brink. For a growing number, the time to change is now…or perhaps never. Lay out what needs to change and how.

Being a Board Member Could Give You a Boost !

Portage Group

The Portage Group had been brought into this particular meeting to present options of structure models to align with strategic goals. every new generation brings a fresh perspective to previous traditional approaches.” To Offer New Perspective on Old Traditions.

Happy employees, big dollars

Aaron Wolowiec

I remember the first time a boss took me out to lunch for a job well done. Happy, loyal employees are the backbone of a successful organization, or so it seems, according to a recent study by Gallup. Managers need to be coached and encouraged to participate in professional development.

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Is Your Association in Need of Membership Sales Professionals?

Moery Company

I’ve been working in association sales for the better part of 20 years and have begun to see a few things happening. So much so, for the first time – we had a great association ask us to help them recruit a membership director last year. And to be honest, we’ve benefited from it.

Associations 101

Spark Consulting

Sponsored by me, Dave Will ( Peach New Media ), and Scott Oser ( Scott Oser Associates ) and free to you, the webinars are designed for people who are new to the profession of association management, new to particular topics in association management, or who just need a brush up on some concepts. Register now and learn how to kickstart your organizational culture in 2014! Same great format (10 tips in 20 minutes), but lots of new content and speakers!

I'm Not Building a Navy SEAL Team

Eric Lanke

I attend a lot of conferences where the focus is leadership and how to build and lead effective teams. One common type of speaker I see at these conferences is someone retired from the military (an ex-Navy SEAL Team member was the latest example), talking about their own experiences with team-building and team leadership. The people giving them always deserve our thanks and applause for the risks they have taken and for their service to our country.

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Association 141+: Volunteers at the Center

Association 141+

Associations rely heavily on the work of volunteers to successful achieve their goals year after year. Typically this is done by examining a list of open volunteer positions, making a call or directly recruiting potential candidates, and then slotting them into their roles.

Association Evolution: What Association Leaders are Thinking About for 2013 and Beyond

Portage Group

The Mayans mixed things up, got tired of writing their calendar or maybe they just wanted to freak us out a bit. The association sector is changing in so many ways, I hardly know where to begin. So, to kick off 2013 on the ARC blog, I thought I''d share four (just four!)

Learning and Growth

Eric Lanke

I''ve been writing about a facilitation workshop I recently attended--a workshop to learn how to be a better facilitator and how to teach others to do the same. I got a lot of takeaways that are relevant to the work I and my staff do with our association''s Board, committees, and task forces. As such, we have to think and act more intentionally about this aspect of the encounter. How do they expect me to do this?

You Are Not Making a Change For That Group of Members

Smooth The Path

There is a room in a grand old hotel that used to be magnificent. Entering the room is like being instantly transported back to the 1920s. There was a particular feel of British-occupied civility to the place that makes me want to grab a novel and park myself in front of the fire for the afternoon. I have not been to the hotel in three years so, imagine my surprise walking into the room and seeing a remodeled husk of what it once was.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.11.19

Reid All About it

The resulting report from this survey provides benchmarking data and insight into how more than 1,000 associations recruit, engage and retain members and certificants. Yes, I’m a tease, you’ll have to click through to see what everyone was reading last year.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.18.19

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter have a new book coming out, The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement. Jimmy Daly at Animalz describes three big challenges to producing great content.

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We Only Need One…….

The Membership Blog

During a recent membership program in London, I was team-teaching with UK membership expert Sue Froggatt ( sue@suefroggatt.com ) and we had the group discussing current membership recruitment efforts. The general lament of the participants was that all of these “member-get-a-member” campaigns are getting stale and that it is getting harder and harder to get current members to participate in them. It was catchy and to the point, I remarked.

Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

Higher Logic

Of the many ways to give back, volunteering is one of the most profound. Volunteerism has been the lifeblood of many groups throughout the centuries and continues to be a driving force today. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , 25.3% And what brought them to your door?