Aaron Wolowiec

5 Cool Things Associations Are Doing at Meetings and Events

Aaron Wolowiec

ASPPA used the free, open-source platform All Our Ideas for the voting process. The process was then repeated. This month’s guest blog post is by Samantha Whitehorne, deputy editor for Associations Now. Contact Whitehorne at swhitehorne@asaecenter.org.

Listen: Don’t just hear

Aaron Wolowiec

The International Listening Association defines listening as “the process of receiving, constructing meaning from and responding to spoken and or nonverbal messages.” As part of the conference registration process, get people thinking about their listening goals.

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Listen: Don’t just hear

Aaron Wolowiec

The International Listening Association defines listening as “the process of receiving, constructing meaning from and responding to spoken and or nonverbal messages.” As part of the conference registration process, get people thinking about their listening goals.

Bonus content – Event Garde e-news – July edition

Aaron Wolowiec

I think it’s because I like to retain my dignity during the learning process, so I want to retreat and make sure I know the material – and then, let me loose and get out of the way! Carla Kalogeridis. Q & A with Carla Kalogeridis , president, Arion Media Services.

4 Event Metrics You Should Be Calculating

Aaron Wolowiec

Another crucial element to measure is your attendees’ registration process. This month’s guest post is by Courtenay Allen, a marketing specialist at Attend.com , which produces event management software. It was originally posted on the attend.com blog.

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Straight from an intern’s mouth

Aaron Wolowiec

RFP processes. I am responsible for our sponsorship program, registration process, evening events for ABA committee meetings and special events and many other day-to-day operations.

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Post-event fulfillment reports: Setting the stage for sponsor renewals

Aaron Wolowiec

Make it an ongoing process. Post-event fulfillment reports consistently rank at the top of sponsor lists in terms of the most valuable services provided by conference hosts.

Technology truths for meetings and events

Aaron Wolowiec

Understanding the expectations of your meeting attendees as it relates to technology is an important step in the meeting planning process.”. I’ve admitted it before, and I’ll do it again: I’m a social media and technology addict.

Celebrating two years

Aaron Wolowiec

In the process, I’ve formed invaluable networks, and our blog has gained quite the following. Two years ago, Aaron Wolowiec had a vision. Strategic planning. Instructional design. Meeting management. They were all in his wheelhouse. But it was time for something new. And so, on Dec.

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Volunteer management: I gotta feeling

Aaron Wolowiec

Following I’ve compiled just 10 simple ways we can take ownership of the volunteer management process (both as staff and as volunteers): Identify a strong staff partner to support volunteer success – continuously refining his/her skills.

Call for Presentations: Dead or Alive?

Aaron Wolowiec

I hope this helps spark some ideas of how you might tweak the process within your own organization to ensure the “right” content at your next event. With their help, we would then secure speakers and share with them the actual needs/learning objectives identified throughout this process.

The key to successful CSM/planner collaboration is communication

Aaron Wolowiec

For starters, there’s the venue’s approval process. Kelly Van Dyke, CMP. This post is authored by guest blogger Kelly Van Dyke, CMP. Kelly is a convention service manager at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Email: kvandyke@amwaygrand.com.

Association Hunger Games: Victory or Defeat?

Aaron Wolowiec

Ask questions about process, workflow and unexpected issues. I had the pleasure of presenting this year at the ASAE Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville. And, believe it or not, I didn’t talk about meetings or learning.

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For Better or Worse: Business Relationships Built to Last

Aaron Wolowiec

The first thing she told me is: “A wise consultant friend once told me if the proposal/contracting process is painful, the engagement will be worse. Help the prospective client to prioritize projects and processes.

Speaker coaching: The key to unlocking top-rated conference sessions

Aaron Wolowiec

Growth in the delivery of conference presentations is an iterative process.

Improving knowledge transfer in your organization in 3 stages

Aaron Wolowiec

You can facilitate a glitch-free learning and transfer process by adopting these measures even before the training program starts. The learning process continues long after the training is over. Karla Gutierrez, marketing manager and digital strategist, Aura Interactiva.

Associations play an important role in higher education

Aaron Wolowiec

You are just at the beginning of an exciting and accelerating lifelong learning process. When I graduated college 16 years ago, times were different. I had a job before graduation and I never questioned the value of my degree. While I had an internship, the focus then on skills (vs.

If companies build (capability), greatness will come

Aaron Wolowiec

Institutional capabilities are all skills, processes, tools and systems that an organization uses as a whole to drive meaningful business results. Objective assessments are an important tool in this process — and few respondents say their companies use such assessments now.

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Stop spamming your members

Aaron Wolowiec

That’s a lot to read and process. I’ve had the good fortune to work for and with associations my entire professional career. So it’s fair to say I understand and value association membership. That’s why I’m a card-carrying member of several professional societies.

Instructional Design: The New Normal

Aaron Wolowiec

That is, they’re not familiar with adult learning, cognitive processing, learning styles and learning objectives – all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. I fled this week from the blustery temperatures of Grand Rapids, MI to a warmer climate in Dallas, TX.

The makings of marketing mavens

Aaron Wolowiec

Any use of marketing metrics and an analytics process is good, but even better is when that process uses metrics that do more than just report on activity levels. Two years after graduating college, I entered the association world.

Time for a MOOC-like makeover

Aaron Wolowiec

Associations need three things: people (SMEs, instructional designers, LMS administrators), processes (course development, marketing) and technology (video, left-navigation layout). Massive Open Online Courses.

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Want to boost attendance? Just ask.

Aaron Wolowiec

Self-reflection is never easy, but this week, Kevin Whorton, principal of Whorton Marketing and Research , will help make the process a bit less painful. Kevin Whorton, principal of Whorton Marketing and Research.

Feel the love

Aaron Wolowiec

A good referral program is easy to understand, lets the member know what kind of people to refer, is worth the member’s time and makes the referral process quick and easy to complete.”.

6 Simple Ways to Turbocharge Learning and Retention at Meetings

Aaron Wolowiec

Discovery Learning simply means having students actively participate in the teaching process through verbal and tactile exercises. Being engaged is imperative to the learning process. This month’s guest blog post is by Jenny Stanfield , lead event producer for Engagement Unlimited.

Bonus Content – Event Garde e-news – February edition

Aaron Wolowiec

What I am enjoying most about this process is finding opportunities to apply what I am learning as I go. Elyse Kopietz, director of communications, marketing and events, Michigan Manufacturers Association.

Just two little words

Aaron Wolowiec

Throughout the last couple weeks, my kids have been making cute turkeys. We made them in my daughter’s Daisy troop with pinecones and feathers. Then she made one at school and wrote for what and for whom she was thankful on each feather.

Time to cut the fat

Aaron Wolowiec

From the whitepaper: “Is there a process that can help associations achieve our missions, stay in business, find problems worth solving and make a real and meaningful difference for our members, achieving the sustainable, dynamic impact we seek?

Mission possible: Finding and keeping volunteers

Aaron Wolowiec

What types of decisions in your association would benefit from a deliberative decision-making process? Which would benefit from a more rapid decide-experiment-learn-iterate process?

Don’t be an Association Hoarder: Use Professional Organizer Techniques to Revamp Your Programs

Aaron Wolowiec

The process is basic but complex at the same time. We are in the process of identifying: The “MUST haves” (What products do the members absolutely need for their businesses to succeed?). John Ricco, vice president, Partners in Association Management.

Rolling out the ORGPRO 2013 welcome mat

Aaron Wolowiec

Participants who request a mentor during the registration process will be paired with a volunteer mentor prior to arrival. Shana Killips, sales manager for the James B.

Good data, good decisions

Aaron Wolowiec

These are your Key Performance Indicators, the process-related metrics that determine how well your association is doing. Big data equal big opportunity. It sounds simple, but for most associations, it’s not.

Selecting and coaching speakers to deliver quality digital presentations

Aaron Wolowiec

In a content curation process, a committee comprised of a cross-section of the organization’s key constituents first identifies the topics of greatest interest or concern to the industry. This post was originally written by Aaron Wolowiec for the CommPartners blog.

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Nonprofits and associations are hiring…even in a candidate’s market

Aaron Wolowiec

Avoid a lengthy hiring process so “the good ones” don’t get away. We’re nearing college commencement season. In about six to eight weeks, excited college graduates around the country will don their caps and gowns, ready to hit the workforce with enthusiasm and a bit of trepidation.

18 tips for negotiating with speakers

Aaron Wolowiec

Opportunity to videotape his/her sessions for resale (this is a subject of its own and requires some processes to work well). It’s the age-old dilemma: You’re looking for a quality speaker with a good message and a dynamic stage presence who will be well-received by your members. And, by the way, could this person present for free – or, at the very least, for a significantly reduced honorarium?

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A Tuesday ‘thank you’

Aaron Wolowiec

Communicating impact to partnership stakeholders is a vital piece of that process. Editor’s Note: As Thanksgiving approaches, we all start thinking about our blessings. So it seemed appropriate to dedicate this week’s blog post – and probably next week’s – to the topic of saying “thank you.”

Plan, attack, conquer: A conference strategy

Aaron Wolowiec

So I developed a process I now use for every conference, including ASAE. Tom Morrison, CEO, MTI Management. With the ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo quickly approaching Aug. 13-16, we wanted to share more advice from conference goers to help you capitalize on your experience.

Hiring an event management partner

Aaron Wolowiec

After the contract is signed, will you work with an event coordinator throughout the process? Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA. This post is authored by guest blogger Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA. Heidi is the general manager of Technisch Creative. Email: heidi@technischcreative.com.

7 secrets of thinking like an entrepreneur

Aaron Wolowiec

How will we ensure key stakeholders become a part of the process (e.g., What is our preferred process/procedure and frequency for check-ins/progress reporting?

And the survey says…we’re scared

Aaron Wolowiec

The visa process will change, as will destinations of choice, MPI says. It was a Friday night and it had been a long week. I was just starting to unwind when my iPhone’s email notifications starting coming full blast.