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Learning about Soyfoods, a Book Review

Association Navigator

Prompted to write the book because of the many questions and accusations directed at soy and all of the products made from it, Oser believes the questions and rumors are merely a backlash stemming from all of the good news about soy. John H. The Skinny on Soy. By Marie Oser.

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

Association Navigator

Fueled by holiday beverages, and reflected in a roaring fire, I see a more interesting and productive year on the horizon. He works full-time on helping other people be more productive. Overall, this is probably the best personal productivity book I’ve ever read.

Innovation for Association Executives

Association Navigator

This summer I discovered a book about innovation strategy for corporate product launches and I can’t stop thinking about applying these concepts to associations. The concept involved is using a “wide lens” when preparing a product or service innovation.

What Should You Expect From Your Trade Association?

Association Navigator

Associations have a unique opportunity to provide professional certifications for their member companies’ professional staff or for products or services offered by the companies. The question of association value comes up over and over again.

What’s Your Favorite Mars Product?

Association Navigator

My favorite Mars product is Peanut M&M. Don’t miss the great article in the new Fortune magazine about Mars – Inside Mars, one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For , by David A. Kaplan. Here’s what I find interesting: Mars’ headquarters is in McLean, Virginia, the DC suburb where I live.

On the Road for Flavor Creation

Association Navigator

Thousands of consumer products contain flavors, added to improve taste. I say food and beverage, but flavors are used in many product categories, including confection, pet food, and even medicines. Santa Monica sunrise on an early morning run.

Global Public Affairs

Association Navigator

Just getting a handle on all the various business units, products or services in a large company or industry can be a challenge. My reading material on a recent business trip included Building and Maintaining a Global Public Affairs Functio n , by the DC-based Foundation for Public Affairs.

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Social Media for Associations: Challenges and Opportunities

Association Navigator

Gatorade staff track online conversations, monitoring what’s said about the brand, its competitors, sports nutrition and the athletes who endorse Gatorade products. Associations and non-profits are very busy trying to figure out social media.

The Best Books for Association Executives

Association Navigator

Meetings are the essence of associations, but they don’t always feel as efficient or productive as they should. When it comes to challenging conversations, at home or at work, Marshall Rosenberg gives you the tools to make them more productive and less stressful.

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Discussing Business Success Over a Shrimp Po Boy

Association Navigator

Increased Cost Consciousness – Aside from routine cost containment, the most successful firms outsourced services whenever possible to decrease rising personnel costs, invested in new technology to increase employee productivity, and explored mergers and acquisitions.

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GMA Executive Conference: Perhaps the End of a Very Good Thing? A Review

Association Navigator

I’ve just returned from Colorado where GMA, the Association of Food, Beverage and Consumer Products Companies , hosted what will reportedly be their last Executive Conference. The production was jumpy, the pace was too fast and did they even have scores?

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ASAE Rocks and Cowboy, is that a Big Screen!

Association Navigator

Product sales, Meeting promotion and programming, and. I’m just back from a few days in Dallas where I gave a speech at an amazing ASAE Annual Meeting and Exhibition.

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Food and Beverage Colors – Chicago, IL September 11-13

Association Navigator

Influence of Color on Consumer Product Preferences. What’s the latest in food and beverage color?

Scanning the Horizon on the Chesapeake Bay

Association Navigator

Cruising from Annapolis to Crisfield, Maryland, you can see the water becoming more and more beautiful and pristine as you head south, away from large population areas and the more significant agricultural production. Early Morning on Lake Ogleton, near Annapolis, Maryland.

Association Leader: Ernie Rosenberg

Association Navigator

So I was interested to see Ernie Rosenberg’s article in the June Perfumer & Flavorist , “Fragrances and Fragranced Products: A Strong Alliance.” Ernie Rosenberg, President & CEO, American Cleaning Institute.

We’re All In Sales Now

Association Navigator

Pink provides a model for selling more, and this applies to selling anything, products, services, or an association’s critical objectives. Let me repeat, we are all in sales now. This is the title of a great article in the new issue of Associations Now about Daniel Pink’s forthcoming book.

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“Big Food” and Organic

Association Navigator

She suggests that the difference is pure profit and there’s no discussion of the fact that organic production is more expensive. Be sure to read today’s New York Times Business Section article on organic food.

Does Your Association Produce Videos?

Association Navigator

It’s no longer news that video is a viable and effective medium for association and non-profit communications; what’s news is how effective it is in furthering the critical objectives of your organization. I’m presenting at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Dallas, August 11-14.

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Association Navigator

Fooducate allows you to use the bar code scanner on your smart phone to scan products on the shelf at the supermarket and then receive instant information about the ingredients. What a game changer for product information.

Global Color Conference 2012

Association Navigator

Color is important to so many consumer products – confectionary, beverages, medicines, and so many more. Congratulations to the International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM) for hosting a great conference this week in Chicago. Early September in Chicago was beautiful and IACM created a great event for color manufacturers and user companies.

Meet the Product Team!


Responsible for managing and planning the technology you know and love, the MemberClicks Product team is made up of curious, tenacious, caring Clickers. Know that every time you use one of our products, you’re logging into something this team has put their heart and soul into.

Customers Buy Experiences, Not Products

Higher Logic

Traditional business models focus on products and services. Companies build up their products, advertise them, then make sales. Sales are becoming less and less dependent on products and services. Selling your product often includes ratting off its features.

Productivity Hacks

Spark Consulting

Sharing a fun presentation from Etienne Garbugli on how to be more productive: 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20 from Etienne Garbugli @egarbugli. presentations productivity Vinay Kumar My favorite tips include: Work when you’re in the zone – relax when you’re not (that’s also a great time to do stuff like your filing, balancing your books, reading an article, catching up on the blogs you follow, etc.).

Top 11 Productivity Apps for Membership Managers

Higher Logic

While you enjoy the last of your summer and get back into the swing of things on the work front, we thought we'd greet you with a few recommendations on tool s that will help you get out in front of your deadlines and be more productive. Productivity and Time Management.

How Vimeo’s Community Helps Them Create Better Products

Higher Logic

Alexandra spoke about how she works with current Vimeo users to do usability testing on new products. Higher Logic: Tell us more about your background in community management and product usability testing. HL: How do you gather product feedback from your Vimeo users?

Community Enhances Your Product Enhancements

Higher Logic

And that all adds up to a better product. Whether you’re an enormous B2C company like Coca Cola or a B2B startup with a short runway, collecting user feedback quickly and efficiently is key to creating a competitive product. Product feedback is a natural outcome of community.

Association Conference Calls: Stay Productive

Association Management

With that many calls, I want them to be productive time. Here are seven habits that help keep calls that I facilitate more productive: Know who’s driving. Operations conference calls productivityThat’s how many association conference calls I facilitate in the average year. So many calls are just adrift, it’s unclear who is charged with facilitating the call [.].

Association Conference Calls: Stay Productive

Association Management

With that many calls, I want them to be productive time. Here are seven habits that help keep calls that I facilitate more productive: Know who’s driving. Operations conference calls productivityThat’s how many association conference calls I facilitate in the average year. So many calls are just adrift, it’s unclear who is charged with facilitating the call [.].

’Tis the season for product roadmaps.

YourMembership Blog

YourMembership’s Product Roadmap constantly evolves. Here’s where YourMembership is headed in 2017, and beyond, to drive more member engagement + increase membership for forward-thinking associations. Around this time, everyone is eager to learn what the New Year will bring.

Now – Next – Later: The flexible approach to product roadmaps that hits the mark for associations

The Nimble AMS Blog

You’re probably familiar with the idea of a product roadmap when it comes to software. Generally, a product roadmap tells you what features and functionality are planned for future releases of a product. But not all product roadmaps are created equal.

Spring Clean Your Routine: Four Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Associations Now

Don’t just focus on your closet or your file cabinet: Spend some time this season working on ways to minimize distractions while maximizing productivity. With that in mind, here are some alternative spring cleaning suggestions—each with improving productivity in mind.

Snow day productivity: Briefer, clearer, funner communications

Aaron Wolowiec

First, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. Both Kristen and I, together with the Event Garde team, appreciate you following our blog, sharing your comments and post ideas and paying forward those posts that resonate with you most.

Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

Beth Kanter's Blog

The video chat provided a nice opportunity to have conversation in real-time about the relationship between self-care and workplace productivity. Workplace Productivity and Well Being . The blue zone is productivity and as you can see it peaks in the morning (8-10 am) and (4-6 pm).

9 Super Productivity Tools for Nonprofits

Wild Apricot Blog

If you find yourself struggling to keep up with everything you have to coordinate in your work, I encourage you to browse this list of productivity tools to see which ones might help you out. Every tool in the list has a free basic version or trial. Even if a tool can save you just one hour a week, it may be worth exploring

My Interview with Creative Maya Kalman, CEO of SWANK Productions

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

One exemplary standout from the lineup of speakers is Maya Kalman, SWANK Productions CEO. The focus of the interactive Plan-A-Thon this year is for attendees to reinvent three key event formats: the award show, the gala fund-raiser, and the product launch.

How a Major Corporation Crowdsources Product Innovation (And How You Can Too)

Higher Logic

Customers made their requests, which were then voted on by other patrons to determine their popularity before Starbucks put them into production. 4 Steps to Crowdsource Product Innovation at Your Company. Create a Product Plan. Starbucks. You’ve heard of Starbucks, right?

Be Productive While Having a Beer (or Two)

Reid All About it

There are plenty of productive tasks you can do while enjoying a beverage. If you really want to be productive, draft emails you need to send, but don’t enter the email address into the To field and don’t even think about sending them. Tagged: Productivity. Business Productivit

7 Tips for Association Pros to Improve Productivity


To avoid losing focus and diminishing productivity, build more rest and renewal into your daily routine. Here are seven easy-to-implement tips for improving productivity and focus: 1. Ignore your email for one hour and see how much more productive you become. Productivity

7 Small Steps Towards Mindful Productivity

Association Success

Productivity is using your pro-activity to focus and attain your goals. Start out with a clear set of intentions and then align your thoughts, beliefs and actions to become productive. How do we integrate personal and professional productivity?

From Panicked to Productive: How to Lighten Your Load While Getting Your Om On

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

In fact, the three of us are presenting a session at ASAE Annual called “From Panicked to Productive: How to Lighten Your Load While Getting Your Om On” which is – we hope – going to be a lot of fun and practical for people.