2020

Introducing the 2020 Community Movers + Shakers

Higher Logic

Online communities are powerful. Not only are they complex solutions for complex organizational problems, but communities can create real lasting friendships, powerful professional connections, and loyal brand advocates.

Why Your LMS Needs Google Analytics

Blue Sky eLearn

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with Google Analytics. You (or your marketing team) are probably using it to track traffic on your organization’s website. But why not on your Learning Management System? Audience . General dashboards offer an at-a-glance view of some general insights.

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Twitter for Nonprofits: Does Your Organization Really Need to Tweet?

Wild Apricot

For some nonprofits, Twitter is the perfect platform to grow their community, while others are better off putting their efforts elsewhere. Is Twitter right for your organization

Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.3.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… I never thought my livelihood could be legislated away but if California’s AB 5 becomes a model for legislation in my state—as it has been in New Jersey, which Gwen Moran addresses in this article for Fast Company —or it becomes the model for federal regulation, I’m in trouble—as are thousands and thousands of freelance professionals like me. In trying to address serious gig economy labor issues, legislators are destroying the professional lives of freelancers, like me, who choose to work for themselves. It’s just another example of politicians passing poorly written legislation and wreaking havoc with people’s lives. AB 5 must be amended, and this type of legislation should never be allowed to pass in other states without carving out exceptions for freelance creatives and professional service providers. Just this week, I read about two companies that went out of business because they were unable to recover financially from ransomware attacks. Stories like these remind us how important it is to educate chapters about cybersecurity risks. In the fourth post in their “chapters in crisis” series, Billhighway provides advice for helping chapters prevent cybersecurity attacks. Okay, let’s lighten the mood a bit with these ten emerging trends that will unbreak your workplace in 2020 , according to work futurist Dominic Price at Atlassian. Many trends lists are predictably meh, but this is a good one. #4 on Price’s list: “Your ability to focus will determine your success.” You can start honing your concentration muscle by reviewing these 16 strategies from WBT Systems for finding more time to focus on deep work. Just one quick hit this week because I haven’t been reading much beyond fiction lately: 20 great books for content marketers published in 2019 (and one in 2020). (Ann Gynn, Content Marketing Institute ). Lots of good eats to share this week—skip down to the list of free webinars etc. if you’re not into cooking: Smoky sweet potato and black bean casserole makes an excellent meatless dinner—but you could add ground turkey and/or chorizo as I did—or a fantastic breakfast foundation for fried eggs. Need a really quick dinner? Grab a rotisserie chicken and make one-pan chicken alfredo tortellini. Satisfying. Another comfort food meal: beef tips with gravy , don’t forget the mashed potatoes. I’m adding this recipe to my Christmas cookie list from now on: dark fruitcake cookies. We’re enjoying them still along with Russian teacakes (made with almonds this time) and coconut macaroons. On Christmas Eve, we served a cheddar and chive cheese ball along with smoky savory fire crackers —but I had to make additional spicy butter to cover all the crackers. For dinner, shrimp scampi —the golden elixir (aka homemade shrimp broth) makes all the difference. Dessert on Christmas Eve included the aforementioned cookies as well as this excellent cannoli dip —it made way too much so unless you’re feeding a crowd, cut the recipe in half. I also made Nigella Lawson’s spruced-up vanilla cake. Yes, it was worth buying the special tin, but the unmolding was quite the nervous moment. Kitchen hack: brush your pan with melted shortening and sprinkle all over with granulated sugar, and let the cake cool before attempting to unmold. I’ve been looking for a recipe that comes close to the stollen at Pastries by Randolph (Arlington VA), which, back in my day there, bought more butter than any other kitchen in the DMV. This almond stollen recipe from Red Truck Bakery comes pretty darn close. I made this tater tot ham and cheese breakfast casserole for Christmas and New Year’s mornings but the second time, I used regular ham instead of country ham, a big improvement since I thought the first version was too salty. I also added poblano pepper and garlic to the mix. On New Year’s morning, I also served bacon cranberry crack. I detest the name, but this recipe is easy to throw together with crescent rolls plus maple syrup, brown sugar, pecans, bacon, dried cranberries and cinnamon. Don’t follow the recipe amounts, they’re way off, just trust your intuition, you’ll need less than what the recipe suggests. You don’t need to bake it as long the recipe says either. For New Year’s dinner—also Jim’s birthday dinner—we enjoyed his favorite: roasted corned beef alongside a cabbage sauté with bacon, red bell and poblano pepper, carrot, garlic and chicken broth. I follow the Pioneer Woman method for cooking the corned beef but use a bunch of dried ground spices (allspice, mustard, coriander, Aleppo red pepper flakes, clove, black pepper, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon) as the rub on top instead of just black pepper, plus several bay leaves. Here are the educational events scheduled for next week. If you have any free webinars or events coming up, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not product-centric. Mon 1/6 at 1 p.m.* – The Keys to Professional Confidence: Chatting with Agnes & Cecilia. This series of 15-minute videos cover hot topics and issues related to 501c organization management. A new episode is posted every Monday by 1 p.m. More info. Guest: Cathy Pales, Executive Leadership Coach. Hosts: Cecilia Sepp, CAE, CNAP, principal and founder, Rogue Tulips LLC. Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. *All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted. Tue 1/7 at 12 p.m. – Using Artificial Intelligence to Connect with Members. This opportunity is for association professionals who are responsible for reporting analytics to leadership, Boards of Directors, and other stakeholders, to come together in a free-flowing environment to share their lunchtime and discuss topics such as using AI to connect with members. Conversations will include presentations and attendees discussing challenges and key points on each topic. 1 CAE credit. More info/register. Organizer: Association Data Analytics Brown Bag. Tue 1/7 at 2 p.m. – Association Chat on Twitter (#assnchat). The original #assnchat Twitter chat is back. Join an online tweet chat with fellow association professionals by following the #assnchat hashtag on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. More info. Host: KiKi L’Italien, founder, Amplified Growth. Wed 1/8 at 12:00 – The Journey to Creating Effective Boards & Committee (Association Insights, Alexandria VA). Hear about the importance of good governance for an association management professional in any role and at any level. This session will emphasize and demonstrate how solid structure and appropriate volunteer leadership development provide the right path for a successful journey to creating effective boards and committees. 1 CAE credit. Location: Alexandria VA. More info/register. Organizer: Association Insights ASAE Collaborate group. Presenter: Donte Shannon, CAE, CEO of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals. Thu 1/9 at 2 p.m. – 2020 Hospitality Marketplace: Everything You Need to Know. Hear the current industry outlook and critical forecasts that dictate behavior in the meetings industry, including methods to optimize your relationships with hotels, skills you need to thrive in the coming market, and myth vs. reality in today’s meeting environment. More info/register. Host: Smart Meetings. Presenter: Mike Dominguez, CEO, ALHI. Wed 1/15 at 3 p.m. CST – The Pros and Cons of Having Corporate Partners (Chicago, IL). Sometimes associations and not-for-profit organizations have a “love-hate relationship” with corporate partners. This session will delineate the advantages and disadvantages of having corporate partners. Then we’ll discuss how to accentuate the advantages and overcome the disadvantages. Join us for an informative discussion followed by a networking reception. 1.5 CAE credits. Location: Chicago IL. More info/register. (free for Association Forum members). Hosts: Partnership Professionals Network and Association Forum. Association Brain Food Weekly is published Friday mornings. If your organization offers free professional development for the association community, please send me the link via email or Twitter before Thursday afternoon. Follow Blog via Email. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Follow. Creative Commons image by Paulius Dragunas via Unsplash. Associations & Nonprofits Brain Food

AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

Associations Are Communities

Spark Consulting

It’s time to act like it.

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Ending Missed Opportunites

Golden's Rules for Association

We are a product of history. None of the inequities, whether trivial or profound, at work in our lives came about overnight. Small injustices compounded over time and became institutionalized and even sublimated into our unconscious collective and individual biases

Virtual Meeting Etiquette (Best Practices for Conference and Video Calls)

Association Leaders

Associations, companies and other organizations have been using conference and video calling to meet and conduct business for many years. Most of us are very experienced with the process and have developed methods to be productive and polite when holding these “virtual” meetings. During the last few weeks the sheer number of virtual meetings and volume of participants has grown exponentially.

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11 Issues to Keep on Your Association’s Radar for 2020 and Beyond

WBT Systems

11 Issues to Keep on Your Association’s Radar for 2020 and Beyond. Read more about 11 Issues to Keep on Your Association’s Radar for 2020 and Beyond

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Is Washington DC Entrepreneur Friendly? – Ask JP #010

Moery Company

Transcript: Ask JP question today is, “Do you find that the Washington DC area is entrepreneur friendly?” ” Yes, I do. In fact, I think it’s so entrepreneur friendly that there are a lot of fake entrepreneurs out there. They’re not really entrepreneurs.

Focus on Helping Your Employees to Be Successful

Jamie Notter

Normally, as a speaker, the spring is a very busy season for me, with lots of travel for conferences and events. But there is very little, as you all well know, that is “normal” right now.

Run Your Virtual Event with Confidence: Tips for a Great Show

Higher Logic

As COVID-19 forces events from in-person to virtual , the first and most essential thing is a mindset shift: Going digital was not your plan, but it’s your chance to make the most of a bad situation.

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LMS Support: Top questions you’re not asking your LMS vendors — but should

Blue Sky eLearn

If you’re in the market for an LMS, you’re probably waist deep in the search process and dreaming of the light at the end of the tunnel. There are many important factors to consider when narrowing down the list of hundreds of vendors to your top three or four possible solutions.

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49 Free Nonprofit Webinars for April 2020

Wild Apricot

Here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in April 2020 that the Internet has to offer

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 1.10.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… As many in my family can tell you, I’m not always good at noticing someone’s sent me a text, so I’m not in need of a digital detox.

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Tips for Working from Home

Spark Consulting

I have to caveat this by saying I can’t help you with what do to with your kids (I don’t have any myself) or with your team telework tech (it’s just me here at Spark). I have been working for myself from my home office for nearly eight years.

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3 quick tips for small associations to show their thankfulness

YourMembership Blog

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. In this case I’m not talking about the medium, I’m referring to the message.

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In Letter, ASAE Makes Case for Associations to Receive Federal Coronavirus Aid

Associations Now

In a letter to White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, ASAE says that associations shouldn’t be left out of conversations regarding aid packages related to the coronavirus.

Members Hire Strategic Solutions

Potomac Core

Breaking news. Executives and Professionals seek strategic solutions from their Associations. Facing increasing pressure to produce results, they only engage in activities that help them overcome business challenges and achieve results.

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The Exciting Impact of Digital Transformation on Professional Development

WBT Systems

The Exciting Impact of Digital Transformation on Professional Development. Read more about The Exciting Impact of Digital Transformation on Professional Development

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What skill sets should associations look for when hiring new talent? – Ask JP #011

Moery Company

Transcript : Hello there, association friends! Today’s Ask JP question is, “What skill sets should associations look for when hiring new talent?” ” This is very simple in my view. One skill.

The Role of Negotiation in Culture

Jamie Notter

I spoke last week at the American Cleaning Institute’s national conference, and the attendees were generally from large companies, many with a global footprint.

Webinar Recap: Attracting Young Professionals to Your Association

Higher Logic

To attract young professionals to your association, you have to understand what matters to them in their early career stages and what really drives them to succeed. Wondering how to get in the mindset of a young professional in today’s world?

Association Webinars: Not Just for Continuing Education

Blue Sky eLearn

Our Blue Sky eLearn team spends a lot of time working with clients producing webinars associated with continuing education for their members. But there are so many more use-cases to consider leveraging this engaging and cost-effective technology. We’ve outlined a few ideas for consideration: .

36 Free Nonprofit Webinars for March 2020

Wild Apricot

Here are all the free nonprofit webinars happening in March 2020 that the Internet has to offer

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.27.20

Reid All About it

The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… The Virtual Conferences Survey from Tagoras comes at an opportune time since virtual events are on everyone’s mind.

Partnership v. Membership: Communicating Change

Spark Consulting

Now that you’ve mapped out the changes you want to make to your membership program, and your board of directors is on board with those changes, how do you go about communicating them to the members who will be affected?

?6 ways AMS technology can make your small association’s event planning easier

YourMembership Blog

There’s no need to struggle through event planning because you have a small staff. An AMS system with modern event technology built in can make your association’s event planning easier. Membership & Marketing Member Engagement Email Marketing Social Media Non-dues Revenue Event Management

Should Your Next Conference Have a Plant-Based Menu?

Associations Now

This year’s Golden Globes served an entirely plant-based menu for the first time. With more of your attendees going meatless and looking for meetings to have a smaller environmental footprint, should your conference menu be plant-based too?

Guest Post: Why the Generational Topic Is More Controversial — And More Relevant — Than Ever

MembersClicks

I’ve been in the association community for about five years now, and some topics, you just hear brought up over and over again. For me, one of those topics is “the great generational shift.”.

How to Use Learner Journey Mapping to Improve the Educational Experience

WBT Systems

How to Use Learner Journey Mapping to Improve the Educational Experience. Read more about How to Use Learner Journey Mapping to Improve the Educational Experience

What is the first thing one must do when starting a business? – Ask JP #008

Moery Company

Transcript: Hi, it’s JP for Ask JP! Our question: if someone was going to start their own business as an entrepreneur, what do you think is the first most important thing to do? Hey, this is easy because I’ve been through it.

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Work Doesn’t Have to Suck

Jamie Notter

In our first two books, Maddie and I were fairly traditional on the dedication page—the first one went out to our respective parents, and the second one was dedicated to our respective kids.

7 Situations Where Customer Communities Improve Customer Experience

Higher Logic

When executed with proper planning and resources, a customer community can have a tangible impact on key business performance indicators, including ticket deflection, revenue generation, and customer satisfaction. According to Aberdeen Research , firms with online communities: Enjoy 5.4x

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