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.

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.

AE on the Verge: New word: Thank-a-thon

AE on the Verge

Last week, two association execs participating in a twitter chat used the term in reference to efforts to thank members. AE on the Verge. Association management, meetings and mania. Thursday, December 2, 2010. New word: Thank-a-thon. I learned a new word: thank-a-thon.

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

Experts in Membership Marketing

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What Should We Do to Get Ready for Blockchain?

Spark Consulting

One of the key elements of blockchain networks is the network. This technology is a system-level technology. What that means is that its true power lies in the network effect, in the system.

HQ & Chapters: Curing the Love-Hate Relationship

Mariner

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

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?

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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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

12 Top Association Articles from 2016

Socious

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?

The Importance of Language for Your Community

Higher Logic

The words that we use to refer to people change how we treat those people. Disney refers to all of their staff as cast members and their engineers as “Imagineers.” Do we refer to them as guests, users, members, citizens, etc.? Think about how you refer to your community.

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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?

Socious

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

Socious

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

Mariner

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.

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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.

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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 [.].

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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I Want the Right Pageviews

Eric Lanke

When I talk about the "right" pageviews, those are the ones I'm referring to. + + + This post first appeared on Eric Lanke's blog , an association executive and author. This week's blog post is partly inspired by this post on Seth Godin's blog.

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.

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.

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.

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3 Ways to Get Members to Recommend Your Association

MembersClicks

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?

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.

Selfless Leadership is the Best Kind – Are you a Selfless Leader?

Association Leaders

Back in the old days, some people referred to this as “MBWA” or “Manage by walking around.” I view leadership as a journey. Like most journeys it has its highs and lows. Sometimes I am working on all cylinders and practicing great leadership techniques. Other times, I struggle and find myself practicing more of the “don’ts” than the “do’s” of leadership. I suspect most leaders have similar experiences.

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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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.

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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.

Transforming a Challenging Board/Staff Relationship

World Class Boards

If the board leadership won’t “own” the problem (or is the problem), bring in an outside facilitator if necessary, but don’t let yourself get in the middle (refer to previous paragraph on “collateral damage”).

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.

Carrying Strategy from the Boardroom to the Receptionist’s Desk

World Class Boards

Referring to the previous example of knowing how to get home without a map, think about how you reach a state of intuitive alignment.

2018 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks Associations

To reference earlier points in the hype curve, xAPI is what the ACCME should be using to analyze the aggregate educational value of CME activities. A couple years ago, I started noticing people from higher education referring to any old online course as a “MOOC.”