Hiring an event management partner

Aaron Wolowiec

Ask for references and follow-up with them. Make sure that you get a list of past client references and not personal references. Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA. This post is authored by guest blogger Heidi Brumbach, CMP, CTA. Heidi is the general manager of Technisch Creative.

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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." Eric Lanke. Association executive and author. Pages. Leadership. Innovation. Member Engagement. Generations. Books Read. Fiction.

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

The Nimble AMS Blog

This is why the Nimble AMS team takes a different approach to product roadmaps – an approach we refer to as our “Now – Next – Later Roadmap”, or NNL Roadmap. You’re probably familiar with the idea of a product roadmap when it comes to software.

Configure versus Customize: Which option is best for your association management software?

The Nimble AMS Blog

Tech Tip: If you hire someone to customize your AMS, be sure to have them thoroughly document their modifications for future reference. Association management software (AMS) systems typically include out-of-the-box functionality to support most of the organization’s basic processes.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Beware of Binders Becoming.

Idea Architects

I had only been in the meeting for about 15 minutes when I realized the chairperson had already referred to “The Binder” about a half-dozen times. Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas.

Word of the Day: Amplify

Jamie Notter

She wrote a post about “volume,” referring to a very cool video of George Carlin. Consulting. Speaking. About. Contact. Generations. Humanize. Books: Jamie Notter. Leadership insight.right when you need it. Word of the Day: Amplify. Posted September 13, 2011. in Leadership - 3 comments. Tweet. I give credit to Shelly Alcorn and her Association Subculture blog for triggering this post.

Association Law Blog: The IRS, Private Inurement and Non-Profit.

Association Law

The mere reference to private inurement inspires puzzled looks on volunteer faces, and worry on the faces of association executives. skip to main | skip to sidebar. This blog focuses on legal issues of interest to association leaders, including executives, volunteers and members. It is NOT intended to provide legal advice, but rather to share my informal thoughts on legal issues commonly faced by trade and professional associations, as well as foundations and other charities.

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The Big Picture: BlogAds Logo Contest

The Big Picture

And they will pay $1,000 to the creator of the logo that is chosen and $300 to the blogger whose post refers or inspires the designer. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference BlogAds Logo Contest : Comments. The Big Picture. A big-picture view of issues and trends affecting associations - in Mississippi and nationally. Shawn on Facebook. Shawn on Twitter. Shawn on Google+. Shawn on Pinterest. Shawn on LinkedIn.

Will 2011 be the Year of Customer Service? YES!!! | Experts in.

Experts in Membership Marketing


HQ & Chapters: Curing the Love-Hate Relationship


You may refer to HQ as “national” or “parent organization” or use a multitude of different terms to refer to your geographic partners. It’s one of the quintessential love-hate relationships. HQ and its Chapters. Regardless, the relationship is often one fraught with varying degrees of mistrust, ineffective communication and mixed signals. Here are 5 self-help actions

The Google Generation - BlogClump


In Free, Anderson refers to a group (mostly under 20 years old who have grown up always having a broadband connection) as the Google Generation. skip to main | skip to sidebar. BlogClump - Blogging About Associations From a Gen Xer. A Gen Xer giving his thoughts and opinions on the Association world. Monday, August 24, 2009. The Google Generation. They expect information to be infinite and immediate. These are your future members. How are you going to adapt?

A Tale of Two Paradigms

Golden's Rules for Association

Paradigms are the frames of reference that filter our view of the world. They govern how we see things … and can blind you to realties that don’t fit your governing paradigm. Take professional licensure. It’s a no-brainer, right? Some form of professional licensure has existed in America for lawyers since 1763, for physicians and dentists […]. Uncategorized engineering licensure PE

AE on the Verge: Time for the Urban Dictionary

AE on the Verge

An online post included a reference to "open a can of whoop ass" and since I wasnt sure if it was okay or not, deleted it. AE on the Verge. Association management, meetings and mania. Monday, June 15, 2009. Time for the Urban Dictionary. Good suggestion I got later: to look it up on Urban Dictionary. Its sometimes difficult with all the clever lingo online to know what something really means. Here are some recent definitions from Urban Dictionary: 1.

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12 Top Association Articles from 2016


They condense a tome like War and Peace into 25-30 pages, giving you the highlights along with a few symbolic references that high school English teachers eat up. Remember Cliffs Notes, the popular synopses of required reading and classic literature?

1+1+1 = 5

Association Management

In many cases, they’re referring to the cost savings they expect to be realized as the previously discrete organizations’ operations are combined. It happens every time businesses join forces. The leaders talk about “synergies.”

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Executive Connections: CBC's Secret Weapon: SLA Members!

Executive Connections

If you haven’t already, take a moment to read this great interview with SLA Member Michele Melady: CBCs Secret Weapon: Our Reference Library. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference CBCs Secret Weapon: SLA Members! Executive Connections. « And the Envelope Please. Main. | EPA : The Fight Continues » 08 February 2007. CBCs Secret Weapon: SLA Members!

Board Member Boot Camp

World Class Boards

Below are slide references from our Board Member Boot Camp program, to help you build your world class board. Leading Associations is happy to discuss ways we can be of service, including Interim Executive Director Services, Comprehensive Management and Strategic Leadership Development. Please contact Rob Spangler, MPA, at 720.259.3432 or rob@leadingassociations.com. Please contact us with any questions! Board Training

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Is It Time to Redesign Your Online Community?


It refers to the way people make judgements about something based on how it appears to the outside world. Have you ever heard the phrase “perception is reality?” Nowhere is this more important than online, where smalltime brands can get a credibility and conversion boost by appearing well-designed, organized, and professional. Online Member Communities Online Community Software Member Engagement Mobile Strategy

How to Use Activity Data to Identify Your Association’s Next Volunteers


All those careers pay close to $23/hr, but none are the job that I’m referring to. $23.56 per hour. According to nonprofit management and advocacy organization, Independent Sector, that’s the estimated worth of a job. But what job? A paralegal? A dental hygienist? A mechanic? What’s your guess? Member Engagement Membership Management Software Volunteer Management

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The Message in Flex Working for Associations


referring to a CMSWire piece that nearly half of all workers tend work in more flexible environments , outside of a traditional office It seems that everywhere I look there are subliminal messages supporting major changes to the traditional association chapter model.


Why you should not proceed as an ad hoc working group

Association Management

As standards initiatives develop, a fork in the road that many hit is the question on whether to formally incorporate the entity or continue operating under a more informal structure, often referred to as a “promoter-adopter” model.


5 Tips for Successful Member Renewals

YourMembership Blog

Assuming we are not referring to these people, how do you keep retention numbers high and disenfranchised members low? As Shakespeare wrote, parting is such sweet sorrow. Or is it? Admit it.

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Radical orthodoxy

Golden's Rules for Association

It is something of a commonplace to refer to associations as a kind of family or even to think of our mission-driven efforts as in some ways similar to a religion: an effort to organize like-minded individuals who share a common cause … a cause that is integral to both who they are as individuals [.].

3 Ways to Get Members to Recommend Your Association


But beyond the good vibes, how can you capitalize on the fact that satisfied members are willing to refer you to their colleagues? How many times have you been talking to a new member who said they were encouraged by an existing member to join?

Organized Chaos - Moery Company

Moery Company

On Friday afternoon, I snap a picture, so I can refer to my notes and activities later if needed. Everyone has their idea of organization. What it looks like and how it feels. There are a ton of tools available – apps, websites, planners, calendars, etc.….

Online Learning Needs a Robust E-Commerce System

Web Courseworks Associations

For your reference, I have compiled a list of e-commerce system features that are especially useful for association online learning.

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Feel the love

Aaron Wolowiec

Although research points to higher member conversation rates among those who’ve been referred, many associations are afraid to ask for a referral. And although it seems logical that members want to refer others, the main reason they don’t is because no one asked, WebLink says.

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Should Lurkers Be Called 'Lurkers'?

Higher Logic

Only recently has the word ‘lurker’ referred to someone who watches online discussions or forums but doesn’t participate. See how different this new frame of reference is? New frame of reference. Experiment with how changing words or phrases alters your frame of reference.

4 Stages of a Learning Business

Web Courseworks Associations

References: Leading Learning, Tagoras (Producer). OrgCommunity and Web Courseworks are excited to present the closing webinar of the Spring eLearning Thought Leaders series, The Learning Business Maturity Model , featuring Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele of Tagoras.

Do You Need a Member Engagement Strategy?

Smooth The Path

Many of the members Arlene refers, rise to volunteer leadership roles. Like the members she refers, Arlene is no stranger to volunteering. Arlene is a very engaged association member. She faithfully renews every year.

Strategic planning

AMR Management Services

While some question their usefulness referring to the current plan as a Overview. Strategic planning sessions have been a staple in the for-profit and nonprofit arena for many years.


The truth IS out there and your association is definitely needed (or should be)!

YourMembership Blog

” A little X-Files reference for all you sci-fi fans out there. “Mulder…where is the truth?” In a recent post I shared some thoughts on the annual Black Friday ritual that leads many into both panic buying and shopping nirvana, sometimes at the same time.

How to Create a Formal Membership Retention Plan


If not, you may want to consider creating one, particularly so you and your staff have something concrete to reference (and improve upon) throughout the year. You know the importance of membership retention, but do you have a formal membership retention plan?

Signal-to-noise ratio

Effective Database

(Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash) Signal-to-noise ratio, formally used, applies to electricity and engineering, and refers to how much of a desired signal is being received, versus how much background noise is coming through.


Brain-Loving Foods That Affect Our Productivity [Infographic]

Velvet Chainsaw

While the graphic refers to workplace wellness, the information definitely applies to conference attendee wellness too! Does the food we eat affect our productivity? Of course it does! Here’s an infographic from MindFlash on the very subject.

Dealing with a Difficult Board: 4 Tactics to Try


to best practices for dealing with a difficult board (which he referred to as more of a therapy session). Raise your hand if working with your board is like pulling teeth? Or a headache waiting to happen? Ok, maybe don’t raise your hand (board members could be looking!).

Lead from the Widest Circle First

World Class Boards

But in a business context we rarely refer to this management behavior as “love” since that’s a bit too woo-woo, not to mention it might be confused with the romantic notion, which is a slippery slope, especially in the modern work environment.

The Art of Thankfulness: 3 quick tips

YourMembership Blog

In this case I’m not talking about the medium, I’m referring to the message. Categories: Member Engagement + Retention Tags: appreciation , member retention , volunteers Why do I call it an art? There’s no art behind being thankful. Anyone can do it, right? Anyone can be thankful but expressing the thanks in a meaningful way (to the recipient) is an art. If you want your appreciation to [.] ( Read more. )

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5 Things to Consider When Creating a Member Referral Program


On the flip side, the new members being referred are likely to come into membership excited and ready to engage, too. Referrals are honestly the best way to recruit new members: For one thing, it means the members that are talking you up are loyal and engaged. Creating a strategic referral program really boils down to the good ol’ five W’s: membership management MC Insider

Craft a Writing Style Guide for Your Website


Have you ever heard someone refer to content as “noise”? While the AP and Chicago manuals provide a thorough reference for the nitty-gritty of grammar and style, you’ll probably have some specific requirements that you’ll want to include. References section.