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免费下载抖阴, a trusted partner to 27 leading health care, scientific, and professional associations, is pleased to announce we will be relocating its headquarters from our current location at O鈥橦are Plaza in Chicago to 1061 American Lane in Schaumburg, IL on November 1, 2024. 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 new office will be located within the building owned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

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AI: Risky Business for Associations?

By Steve Smith

AI has the power to significantly shape how associations operate and engage members, enabling them to do more faster and with fewer resources than ever before.

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Reflections on 免费下载抖阴 Being 50

By Steve Smith

For 50 years, 免费下载抖阴 has helped associations 鈥淎chieve What You Believe.鈥 It all started in 1974, when Art and Dagny Engle followed a hunch and created a business plan.

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Robert Oakes Hired as Director of Business Solutions

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We're excited to welcome Robert Oakes back to 免费下载抖阴 in a new role as director of business solutions. In this role, he will oversee the implementation of tools that enhance the customer experience for the associations 免费下载抖阴 manages and oversee a team of member services professionals who provide customer and member support.

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Molly Anderson Selected as Executive Director of NANN

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We鈥檙e very pleased to announce that Molly Anderson has been selected as the executive director for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), a client partner of 免费下载抖阴. Molly has been serving as interim executive director of NANN since July 1, 2023.

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Sara Hynes Named Executive Director of NPIAP

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We鈥檙e very pleased to announce that Sara Hynes has been promoted to executive director for the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP). Sara brings nearly 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, board partnership, program development, and achieving strategic goals to her new role as executive director.

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Leading the Future in 2023

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Throughout the past year, leaders at all levels from within 免费下载抖阴 have been busy sharing their expertise to help advance the association profession and contribute to the association community. Here鈥檚 a look back at blog posts, interviews, articles, and sessions from the past year.

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Karen Christensen Araujo Joins 免费下载抖阴 as Director of Marketing

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We are excited to announce that Karen Christensen Araujo, MA, has been hired as the director of marketing at 免费下载抖阴. In this role, she will lead a shared-services marketing and creative team in providing cost-effective solutions that advance the visibility, brand, and revenue potential of our association clients鈥 programs and products.

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10 Tips for Success for Incoming CEOs

By Katherine Wayne

Transitioning to a new role as a CEO or executive director (ED) of an association can be challenging. What steps should you take to prepare for your new role and how do you ensure success from Day 1 and beyond?

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Welcome the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation

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We鈥檙e pleased to announce that 免费下载抖阴 has been selected as the new management partner for the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF). We began providing management services to RNRF on August 14, 2023.

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3 Executives Promoted to Vice President Roles

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We are pleased to announce that we鈥檝e expanded our Client Success Team to include 3 executives from within 免费下载抖阴 who have been promoted to Vice President of Client Success.

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Ethics and Event Locations

By Dave Bergeson

Selecting the ideal location for your conference or event can be difficult, but in recent years social justice, equality, and political issues have emerged that have made the decision even more challenging.

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Top 25 Blog Posts by Women Thought Leaders at 免费下载抖阴

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Little did we think when we started our blog in 2015 that 8 years later we鈥檇 have published more than 242 posts written by thought leaders from nearly every corner of 免费下载抖阴. If you鈥檝e been following our blog for a while, one thing you may have noticed is that the majority of our thought leader contributors are women.

This year鈥攊n honor of Women鈥檚 History Month鈥攚e鈥檝e compiled a list of the 25 blog posts by women thought leaders that resonated the most. If you鈥檙e looking for insights on association management; conferences and events; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); governance; marketing and membership; and professional development, check out these posts.

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Past Presidents: Friends, Foes, or Both?

By Mark Engle

 鈥淲e have had great experiences with our past presidents. The expectations of what happens after service on the board is well understood and most past presidents don't get involved or try to influence after they have served.鈥 鈥 CEO of a large professional society

鈥淚 just don鈥檛 understand it. I would expect that of all people, our past presidents, who worked so hard, and gave so much, would be invested and supportive of moving the association forward. Instead, they are being obstructive, feel entitled, and are a source of constant headaches.鈥 鈥 CEO of a large professional society

These are actual quotes from real association executives, speaking on their very different experiences with the past presidents* of their association or society.

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Does Your Governance Structure Support Your Values?

By Erin Volland

An association has been in the news in recent weeks, and not in the way that an association (or any organization) wants to be in the news. This association is an example of when bylaws, policies, procedures, traditions, and culture are not thoughtfully aligned.

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Welcome, Cord Blood Association

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We鈥檙e pleased to announce that 免费下载抖阴 has been selected as the new management partner for the Cord Blood Association (CBA). We began providing management services to CBA on January 1, 2023.

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In Memoriam: Dagny Engle

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It is with the utmost sadness that we announce co-founder and former president, Dagny Engle, passed away on January 2, 2023.

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In Memoriam: Art Engle

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It is with deep sadness we share that Association Management Center (免费下载抖阴) co-founder and first President, Art Engle, passed away on November 19, 2022.

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Data Analytics: An Imperative for Associations

By Wendy-Jo Toyama

Why Data Analytics?

Data helps associations better understand their members. We can use data to find efficiencies, lower expenses, validate trends, communicate effectively, and drive innovation.

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Governance Change: Run It Like a Communications and Political Campaign

By Erin Volland

Association governance change is fraught with the wall of membership or House of Delegates (HOD) approval. A task force spends months working on a strategic governance issue, researching solutions, gathering data, and reviewing leading practices before presenting their recommendations to the board.  After a healthy discussion, the board approves the recommendations. In some cases, the board can then amend the bylaws and staff are then able to implement the change in their procedures.

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Zinat Ali and Katherine Ast to Co-Lead DEI Advisory Group

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We鈥檙e excited to announce that Zinat Ali and Katherine Ast have been named as co-leads of 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 DEI Advisory Group. Formed in 2019, the DEI Advisory Group was created to expand opportunities for education, dialogue, and understanding about diverse experiences and perspectives within our workplace.

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Steve Smith to Speak on DEI at AAMSE Annual Conference

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免费下载抖阴 CEO Steve Smith will share insights on how to be a more effective ally and advocate to BIPOC colleagues, leaders, and members who face obstacles, injustice, and racism daily at the on July 28. Co-presenting the session 鈥淐onversations in DEI: Allyship and Advocacy," Steve will draw on his experience as past chair of Association Forum's Welcoming Environments Committee and executive leader of 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 DEI Advisory Group to highlight ways to be a more present, visible, and committed ally in professional medical societies, workplaces, and communities.鈥

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免费下载抖阴 Board and Governance Experts Presenting at ACCESSE22

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免费下载抖阴 leaders in ethics, board-staff partnerships, and governance will be sharing their expertise this July at the . Hosted by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE), ACCESSE22 is a 3-day conference that combines leadership development, peer-to-peer connections, and expertise in managing science, technology, engineering, and math societies.

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Looking for Revenue in Plain Sight

By Wendy-Jo Toyama

Balancing a mission-driven board while ensuring financial sustainability for the association can be a challenge during the best of economic times. But add in a pandemic and ever-increasing inflation, and it can seem like an insurmountable uphill climb.

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Wendy-Jo Toyama and Debbie Trueblood to Give Keynote Session at Forum Forward

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Wendy-Jo Toyama, CEO and executive director of AAHPM, and Debbie Trueblood, senior consultant, have been selected as the keynote speakers for this year鈥檚 Forum Forward in June. In their session titled , Wendy and Debbie will share strategies for how associations can budget for DEI, incorporate it into their strategic plans, and implement DEI practices in their organizations.

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Board and Staff Relationships: For Better or For Worse?

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Like many relationships in life, the board-staff relationship can be really great, with the board and staff working as a cohesive and collaborative team. Or, they can be more challenged, potentially leading to feelings of distrust and disillusionment and suboptimal performance.

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DEI for Leaders: Creating a Learning, Evolving Culture

By Debbie Trueblood

Many associations have recently begun their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) journeys, or double downed on their DEI efforts in significant ways. This has been a long time coming and is an important evolution of the value associations bring to our industries and professional communities.

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Carol Pape Joins 免费下载抖阴 as Executive Director

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We鈥檙e excited to announce that Carol Pape, CAE, has been hired as an executive director and will serve two of our client partners: the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) and the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS).

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Easy DEI Week Events that Engage and Inform

By Katherine Wayne

This past week 免费下载抖阴 celebrated our second annual diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) week. Though DEI is a focus all year long, DEI Week gives us the chance to participate in multiple events each day to celebrate what makes us all unique, take a deeper dive into learning about DEI and fostering an inclusive culture, and step away from our day to day to have some fun.

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Remembering General Colin Powell

By Steve Smith

Colin Powell, a retired four-star general, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, died earlier last week at the age of 84, leaving an important legacy of leadership.

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Congratulations, Lauren and Michelle!

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We鈥檙e excited to announce that Lauren Krauth and Michelle Whitworth have been selected as Forty Under 40 honorees by Connect Association and Association Forum, respectively.

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Welcome ACVP, Our Newest Association Partner

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We鈥檙e pleased to announce that 免费下载抖阴 has been selected as the new management partner for the (ACVP). We began providing management services to ACVP on October 1, 2021.

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How Associations Turned the Lemon of a Pandemic into Lemonade

By Katherine Wayne

Since March of 2020, association board leaders have been confronted with leadership challenges that few could have anticipated when elected to serve in volunteer positions. From conference cancellations, member distress, and financial uncertainty, to virtual meetings, burnout, and even grief, association boards and staff have to lead differently.

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Motion to Dismiss: Robert鈥檚 Rules of Order in Board of Directors鈥 Meetings

By Dave Bergeson

It happened again. I was participating in a board of directors鈥 meeting and directors were discussing a critical issue. Discussion was flowing. Directors were offering good ideas, observations, and opinions, and suddenly everything stopped. This board was trying to run their board meeting using Robert鈥檚 Rules of Order, and one of the directors had just made not one, but two motions, one of which he explained 鈥...was a main motion and the other one a subsidiary motion.鈥 

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Allison Lundberg Elected to AAMSE Board of Directors

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We鈥檙e pleased to announce that Allison Lundberg, CAE鈥攚ho serves as the manager of marketing and communications for our client partner the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine鈥攈as been elected to the board of the (AAMSE) in the role of director. She will serve on the board in that role until 2024.

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Mark Engle and Erin Volland to Present Governance Essentials August 13

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To succeed, associations depend on good governance practices and association staff are critical to implementing and promoting them. Drawing on its rich history of establishing frameworks in which boards of directors are able to function at a high level, 免费下载抖阴 has developed Governance Essentials, a half-day workshop that provides  core governance practices with a focus on the "nuts and bolts" of good governance.  

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Why Every Association Needs an Editor

By Danielle Leber

Excellent editorial work is invisible to readers, but errors are not

I often joke that to be an editor is to have an invisible profession鈥攁fter all, the editor鈥檚 role is only apparent to everyone else when it is done poorly.

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Don鈥檛 Lose Sight of the Benefits of Virtual Staff Meetings

By Katherine Wayne

You hear a lot about 鈥淶oom fatigue鈥 these days and the draining effects of being on video meetings for hours a day. As offices in our area consider reopening and ending capacity limitations, some are relishing the novelty of being able to return to holding meetings in person with their teams and staff. 鈥淭eams need to be together in person to truly connect鈥 is often cited as a reason for returning to in-person meetings. Do people connect better in person? Sometimes. Do in-person meetings create an inclusive and equitable space? Not for everyone.

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Welcome SCMR: Our Newest Association Partner

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We are excited to announce that we have been selected as the new management partner for the   (SCMR) and will begin providing operational and  management services to the Society on July 1, 2021.

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The Case for Permanent Virtual Participation in Leadership Meetings: Maintaining Diversity & Accessibility

By Erin Volland

Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering, highlighted a tweet in her March newsletter that helped to further articulate one of the troubling reasons about the possible move back to in-person meetings. The tweet referenced how disabled people have been asking for years for remote conferences so they can participate and how they have been told no, it鈥檚 too difficult to do, at least until the pandemic made remote events a necessity for everyone.  In her newsletter, Priya challenges us to 鈥渂uild our gatherings around the needs and insights of the marginalized.鈥

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4 Lessons Learned Through Co-Authoring

By Wendy-Jo Toyama

In 2017, I approached Mark Engle, DM FASAE CAE, Association Management Center (免费下载抖阴) principal to learn about the board selection process (BSP) research that he and Professor William Brown, PhD, Busch School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University had conducted. The research explored board competencies and processes that lead to exceptional and high-functioning board of directors.

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How Can I Write Better Headlines? Here鈥檚 What to Do

By Julie Rogers

Headline writing is an art. You can even win awards for it. (As the managing editor of the Awards and Personalization Association, I鈥檓 well aware that there are awards for expertise in just about everything鈥攂ut headlines might be a new one for you.)

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Get the Essentials of Good Governance for Your Organization

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On February 25, governance experts Mark Engle and Erin Volland will lead an interactive virtual workshop on Governance Essentials鈩, walking association professionals through the foundational practices needed to ensure good governance in their association. Sound governance practices are critical for high-performing organizations but are rarely taught to association staff, leaving them to learn as they go.

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5 Virtual Meeting Lessons Learned

By Katherine Wayne

2020 was defined by many things鈥攆or associations and the staff who support them, the ability to pivot and adapt to the unforeseen were top among them. As 2020 began, 免费下载抖阴 staff were busy preparing for the typical  20+ events we manage each year for our association partners.

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Welcome, ACAAM and ABAM

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We are proud to announce our new partnership with the (ACAAM) and the (ABAM). As of January 1, 免费下载抖阴 began providing management services to ACAAM and ABAM.

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Rocking the Boat: A Shift to a Competency-Based Board During a Pandemic

By Erin Volland

According to recent industry data, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated trends that were already in the works (). Will advancing towards a competency-based board be part of this trend? The pandemic has certainly forced many associations to review their volunteer leadership structure, particularly around their decision-making process and the distribution of authority to make key, timely decisions. 

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5 Virtual Ways to Celebrate DEI Week

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This past week we celebrated our first virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) week to create a space where we could learn more about what makes us all unique and to support 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 commitment to DEI. It鈥檚 easy enough to find ways to celebrate and learn together when you鈥檙e able to gather in person, but what happens when everyone is still working remotely? As many of us have discovered since the start of the pandemic, virtual events take a bit more creativity and planning for attendees to feel engaged and connected.

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What You Learn with a Career Change

By Julie Rogers

In my last post, I explained how I entered the association sphere after a career in newspaper journalism. I learned a lot with this career shift and have a few tips that can apply to anyone starting a new job or switching industries.

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How did I get here? 鈥楾he harder I work, the luckier I get鈥

By Julie Rogers

How did I get here? It鈥檚 been a beautiful combination of hard work and sheer luck, to be honest.

As a senior content marketing and editorial manager in the Creative Media Services (CMS) department at 免费下载抖阴, I work with our association partners on a wide variety of projects, including managing the  production of traditional print products, such as postcards and meeting brochures; writing feature articles and crafting marketing messaging; and assisting my colleagues with client-specific knowledge as they work on search engine optimization (SEO), analtyics, and others services that aren鈥檛 quite in my wheelhouse.

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Finding Inspiration in RBG鈥檚 Legacy

By Steve Smith

2020 feels like a year filled with an excessive amount of hardship, loss, and grief.

When I heard about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last Friday evening, I gasped and my heart sank. I knew her cancer had returned, but she always seemed to bounce back. Perhaps I was buoyed by the images of her morning workouts that are famously featured in the documentary The Notorious RBG and forever etched in my mind. She seemed eternally and unusually resilient.

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The Keys to High-Functioning Committees and Task Forces

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Highly functional committees and task forces are equally as important to organizations as a high-functioning board. Both depend on the other to govern well. And both can suffer if there is discord or lack of direction. Read this by 免费下载抖阴 Senior Consultant Erin Volland for insights into why and how you can ensure your committees and task forces are functioning as effectively as possible so they can advance your organization鈥檚 strategy and serve your mission.

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4 Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Members During COVID-19

By Molly Anderson

2020 is not business as usual鈥2021 looks scary, too.

Members are the lifeblood of associations and 免费下载抖阴 clients. As association professionals, we鈥檙e here to serve them, and our bottom lines depend on their support through dues payments, meeting registrations, and product sales. So, when a global pandemic and a recession challenge those goals, how can we keep up?

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Mark Engle to Present Virtual Edition of Exceptional Boards

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In today鈥檚 environment, it鈥檚 critical that associations have an effective, responsive, and cohesive governance strategy that is committed to organizational success. In this special virtual edition of , Mark Engle and Mary Byers provide the tools and resources needed to create a high-performing, response-ready board.

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Empowering Women in Association Management

By Megan Toal

In her Conversations by Association , Marilyn Jansen, 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 executive director of business development, discusses her mentoring relationship with former coworker Lindsey Nelson, CAE, and also recalls how finding female mentors was greatly different when she was just starting her career.

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7 Tips for Better Productivity

By Katherine Wayne

Like many offices, 免费下载抖阴 transitioned to a fully remote work environment back in March. I was happy about the change and envisioned sailing through my to-do list each day and checking off all of those lingering tasks I鈥檇 been meaning to finish. After all, I鈥檇 been very productive working from home 1 day a week for years.

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Stop! Grammar Time

By Megan Toal

At 免费下载抖阴, our Creative Media Services (CMS) team includes 8 editors who take great pride in correct grammar, following style guides, and beautifully worded phrases. You may have seen earlier posts on grammar faux pas and misused words, but in this age of digital communication鈥攚hich is especially augmented now that many offices will continue to work remotely and organizations are taking great care to communicate their plans, intent, and social justice stances鈥攊t remains even more critical to effectively communicate what we are trying to say. At best, you avoid embarrassment, and at worst, you avoid a public scandal.

We have gathered the CMS editorial team鈥檚 top grammar blunders. We鈥檒l break it down for you, so stop! It鈥檚 grammar time.

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Don鈥檛 Burn the Furniture, Please

By Dave Bergeson

It would be clich茅 and perhaps too obvious to say that for nonprofits and associations, this year is unlike any other. And yet, here we are. Most of our in-person conferences have been cancelled. Many, if not most, of us are implementing virtual meetings and conferences. Our traditional forms of content delivery and revenue streams have been disrupted.

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14 Best Practice Tips for Association Book Publishing

By Bryan O'Donnell

I have loved books ever since I was a kid. It鈥檚 more than simply the act of reading鈥擨 enjoy the tangible feel of books, the cover design. I have way too many books at home, and it鈥檚 kind of a problem.

However, that love for books has translated into a passion for the act of publishing books. As a managing editor on 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 Creative Media Services (CMS) team, I have helped manage the publication of six healthcare-related books, and I鈥檓 currently managing two other book projects.

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鈥淟et鈥檚 Take This Online鈥: 5 Ways to Smoothly Plan a Virtual Event

By Valerie Good-Turney

The (MCA) hosts two in-person educational meetings each year that typically draw 110鈥125 people at each event. Seven weeks before the 2020 MCA Summer Meeting in June, with COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the United States, the MCA board and staff made the decision to transition to a virtual event this year and move our hotel contract to a similar date at the same location in a future year. With months spent planning the in-person meeting, all parties knew we needed to act swiftly and smartly to smoothly transition to a virtual event.

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The Power and Potential of a Virtual Board Orientation

By Erin Volland

There is the line in everyone鈥檚 2020 calendar where plane tickets and hotel reservations shift to virtual meeting appointments. For our personal calendars, the shift might look like cancelled vacations. For our professional calendars, it might be rescheduled annual conferences and house of delegates and board meetings: those events where consequential business still has to take place but no longer can in the traditional face-to-face format.

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7 Tips for Staying Connected When You're Running Out of Ideas and Still Social Distancing

By Erica Berg

Connecting with your staff is always important, but during uncertain times where your team is remote or social distancing, it鈥檚 even more crucial to keep your staff engaged, connected, and, in turn, happy. We have been working remotely for 3 months now and  know it can be challenging to come up with creative ideas. Here are our 7 tips for keeping staff connected when you feel like you鈥檝e used up your best ideas:

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A DES Guide for Adding a Virtual Component to your Conference

By Darlene Somers

With COVID-19 infection rates decreasing in some areas and increasing in others, the 免费下载抖阴 Meetings team is busy planning client conferences with four different contingency options in place: a regular face-to-face (F2F) meeting, a hybrid meeting, an all-virtual meeting, and a potentially cancelled meeting. Adding a virtual component to an existing face-to-face (F2F) meeting or converting your F2F meeting to a completely virtual one has never been a hotter topic of conversation in the meetings and events industry. But before you rush off and start talking to digital platform vendors, take a moment to think about WHY you are adding that virtual component.
Such virtual components include hybrid meetings and virtual meetings:

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Amy Sherwood, CAE, Joins Association Management Center as Executive Director of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses

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We are pleased to announce that Amy Sherwood, CAE, has returned to the company as executive director of the (APHON). In this role, Amy oversees all administrative and program responsibilities for APHON including its strategic plan, operations management, resource development, business planning, membership and marketing, and partnership with its board of directors.  

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Is a Virtual Conference Right for Your Audience?

By Stephanie Adams

5 Insights from 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 Education SIG

Members of 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 education special interest group (SIG) have been at the forefront of transitioning in-person educational conferences to virtual events for our clients in response to COVID-19. With so many unknowns around the ability to meet in person in the fall and beyond, many 免费下载抖阴 clients are already looking ahead to 2021 and considering fully virtual events or hybrid in-person/virtual events. Before you make the leap into hosting a virtual educational event, there are a few aspects that you need to consider first. As we鈥檝e gone through the process with several of our clients, we鈥檝e identified five considerations to keep in mind to ensure a successful virtual educational event.

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Redefining the Corporate Partner鈥檚 Experience during COVID-19 Conference Cancellations

By Jo茅l Payne

How 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 Professional Relations and Development Team Pivoted to Virtual Options for Members, Sponsors, and Exhibitors

As associations try to field the crisis created by the coronavirus, the teams that serve 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 client partners and execute their conferences have had to nimbly circumvent the cancellations while ensuring that members still receive the education they need and clients meet revenue goals. With client conferences being canceled in response to Shelter in Place orders in many states, 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 Professional Relations and Development (PRD) Team needed to rapidly change direction to create contingency plans for exhibit sales and corporate-sponsored events. With flexibility, collaboration, and an openness to any and all ideas, PRD created a strategy for exhibits and corporate sponsorships affected by current disrupted conferences and future events that may be impacted in the same way.

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Virtual Governance: What Boards must Do

By Mark Engle

Jerald Jacobs, practice leader at Pillsbury Nonprofit Organization, author of Association Law Handbook, and past general counsel of ASAE, and Mark Engle dive deeper into association bylaw processes during COVID-19. Listen to Jerald鈥檚 recommendations of the ways boards might change how they delegate responsibilities and the methods and frequencies of how they meet, especially given that multiple virtual meetings generate various levels of engagement.

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Bylaws in Virtual Governance鈥擣riend or Foe

By Mark Engle

In this vlog, Mark Engle speaks with Jerald Jacobs, who is the Pillsbury Nonprofit Organization鈥檚 practice leader, author of the Association Law Handbook, and past general counsel of ASAE. Tune in for Jerald鈥檚 legal insights about the ability of nonprofit boards to delegate authority and amend bylaws, particularly during time of crisis, along with how well association have adapted to the new normal of operating remotely.

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Helping Members Stay Ahead of the COVID-19 Curve

By Danielle Leber

Communication in the Time of Coronavirus

COVID-19 threatens not just the health of individuals, but also the economy. For the 99.9% of businesses in the United States鈥攖he small businesses that employ nearly half of U.S. workers and are crucial to the economy鈥檚 success鈥攖he pandemic is a threat to their survival. The small businesses that make up the majority of the member companies in the Awards and Personalization Association are no exception. Therefore, providing timely, reliable information to members in the face of COVID-19 is of the utmost importance.

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Virtual Governance: Trust and Board/Staff Partnerships Take on a Greater Meaning with Arlene Pietranton, CEO of the ASHA

By Mark Engle

In his latest vlog, Mark Engle talks with Arlene Pietranton, PhD CAE, CEO of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), about how being intentional about instilling a culture of trust between the ASHA board and staff from the beginning has been instrumental in helping them to make decisions quickly during this time of crisis.

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Sustainable Sustainability during a Global Pandemic

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Seeing Opportunities in Uncertainty

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Outsmarting the Virus: Keeping Your Conference Afloat Amidst COVID-19

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Creating an Association COVID-19 Response Plan

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Virtual Governance Series: Part 1

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Virtual Governance: what does it look like and what does it do?

As many associations and organizations make the decision to transition to a virtual work environment, now more than ever has it become critical for Boards to navigate urgent decision making.

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How to Record a Podcast

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The Work/Life Balancing Act

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Magazines: A Powerhouse Communication Tool for Associations

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How did I get here? Navigating a Career in the Association World

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Quality: Measuring What Matters for Your Healthcare Association

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Conference Crash Course: Conscious Food Choices to Keep You Energized

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Volunteering: Your Secret Career Superpower

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We all are busy. We all have too much to do. We all have limited time for additional commitments. So, why does it seem that some people have more hours in their day and can find the time to volunteer for their professional association? The answer: They prioritize it.

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Recruit the Right Board: Behind the Scenes with Board Experts Will Brown and Mark Engle

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In Recruit the Right Board: Proven Processes for Selecting Critical Competencies, authors Will Brown, PhD and Mark Engle, DM FASAE CAE, explore case studies of associations with high-functioning boards of directors, identify the competencies needed for highly effective board members, and provide a detailed framework for how to select the right board members to optimize performance.

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Why Young Professionals Need a YP SIG: A Case for a Forum for Young Professionals in the Workplace

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When a Changing Market Changes Everything

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Who Are Your People? How Building Your Network Can Help You Accomplish Your Goals

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"Recruit the Right Board" Offers a Research-Proven Guide for Developing a High-Performing Board

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How Did I Get Here? Navigating a Career in the Association World

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At a time when all signs (and trusted confidants) pointed me toward journalism, I marched straight for technology, earning my degree in management of information systems. This chatty, reluctant extrovert emerged from the halls of higher learning fresh faced and writing, of all things, computer code.

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The Case for an Internal Communications Team

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New Podcast Hosted by Steve Smith and Christina Rowe Offers Advice for Growing a Career in the Association Field

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The CAE Difference: Becoming a Leader in Association Management

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Years ago, I began my professional life as a teacher, and the only association I was familiar with was the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC). Young and enthusiastic, I volunteered to serve on the committee of teachers that worked to review, prepare, and organize all of the required school documents that were provided to the NCA during our scheduled review. I was passionate about quality standards, learning best practices, and refining my understanding of policies that enhance the professionalism in the educational arena. I knew this association held my school and many others accountable to a set of quality standards for instruction and required policies. It is funny, because even years later, I am still passionate about quality standards and policies. These continued interests were key motivators in my decision to obtain the CAE certification.

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Pocket Guides: 7 Tips to Make the Perfect Petite Conference Companion

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When it comes to conference guides, many associations are finding out that smaller is better. Foldable and easy to slip into a pocket or bag, a conference pocket guide is ideal for attendees who want to quickly navigate an event鈥檚 many offerings without having to pull out their phones or tablets. Here are 7 things to consider when creating your perfect petite conference guide.

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The Art of Grants Management: Building a Mighty Team

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Conference Crash Course: Unity of Function and Form in Footwear

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Fiduciary Duties Are Not Hats

By Dave Bergeson

One of the time-honored traditions in working with association boards is that at some time someone will say something like this: 鈥淣ow remember, at this meeting today I expect everyone will wear their [Association Acronym] hats.鈥 More specifically, if a member of the board also serves on the board of another association, he or she will often be asked to 鈥渢ake off their [ABC Competing Association] Hat, and put on their [Association Acronym] 丑补迟.鈥

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From Improv to Improve: How Comedy Improvisation Can Help Your Association Career

By Valerie Good-Turney

One of the reasons I first moved to Chicago was to continue studying improvisational comedy (also known as improv). Having taken classes at The Second City and the iO Theater and performing in countless shows for families, late-night crowds, and everyone in between for more than 11 years, there are many lessons I have learned that become engrained in you as an improviser. These lessons are key to helping you (and your team) be successful on stage. But success isn鈥檛 only about making people laugh鈥攊t鈥檚 also about creating real, authentic moments that you, your fellow performers, and your audience share in. Moments that, by the very nature of improv, can鈥檛 be recreated.  

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15 Reflections from the Process of Earning the CAE

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A few years ago, I sat for the Certified Association Executive exam. Thankfully, I lived to tell about it! Reflecting on the process, the exam, and the post-exam timeframe, here are 15 anecdotes/recommendations/ideas I want to share with anyone preparing for the CAE exam next week or the exam in December (which, if you haven鈥檛 started prepping yet, you鈥檒l want to get on that ASAP).

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A Sample Board Orientation

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So, you read my last blog post about the impact that board orientation has on an organization and are now 100% convinced that an effective board orientation is important, impactful, and worth the time investment.

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What to Know Before You Go

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Have you ever received one of those 鈥淲hat to Know Before You Go鈥 e-mails that many associations send to conference attendees? It has a lot of great information to help first-time attendees have a great experience, but what about for staff working at their first conference? As a new employee in the association field who recently worked at my first conference, I discovered 7 tips that can make the experience easier for other first-time conference staff.

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The 75% Solution: Board Orientation, Board Capabilities, and Board Effectiveness

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At a time when associations face significant challenges in revenue generation, volunteer time, resource allocation, and member engagement, it is more important than ever that boards perform effectively. Unfortunately, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that underperforming boards are distressingly common and have significant consequences on the financial performance of associations, as well as staff and board morale.

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It's the Thought That Counts! Productivity Series Part 3

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In the second part of this productivity series, I shared tips from 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 Caffeine and Productivity SIG for physical activities that can help you focus at work. From stepping away from your desk for lunch or a walk to protecting your sleep time and desk stretches, there are many ways you can trick your body into being productive.

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Sometimes Productivity Doesn鈥檛 Look Very Productive: Productivity Series Part 2

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Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.鈥 --Paul J. Meyer, top-selling author of personal development materials in the world.

In the first part of this productivity series, I shared tips from 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 Caffeine and Productivity SIG for making technology work for you. From key board shortcuts, to different software you can use, there are countless tools at our disposal. But, how can you supplement technology to increase your productivity? I鈥檝e got 5 more techniques you can try. They might seem a bit unorthodox, but the best way to discover what works for you is to experiment and try different tools. Not all productivity journeys looks the same, but the end results should be similar!

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How did I get here? Navigating a Career in the Association World

By Caryn Odenbach

Growing up, I never said, 鈥淥ne day I鈥檇 like to work in association management.鈥 What I did know is that I wanted to work for a mission that I could support, along with people whose passion was contagious, and somehow utilize my English degree. During my last year of college, right before the recession of 2008, I, like many of my classmates, was jumping at opportunities for internships. Yes, I really wanted the internship at WGN or Timeout Chicago--- those made the most sense as an English major concentrating in Cultural and Media Studies--- but somehow my path went a different way when I interviewed for a communications intern position at the Builders Association.

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Welcome, ABM!

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We are excited to welcome the (ABM) as a client partner. As of February 1, 免费下载抖阴 began providing full-service management to ABM, and we look forward to helping them achieve what they believe.

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Trust and Control: A Powerful Paradox

By Mark Engle

How do trust and control go hand-in-hand?

As an association Board member, you want to execute your control to make sure everything in your association goes smoothly, after all, the board has ultimate oversight duty. Why should you entrust anyone else with this responsibility?

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Welcome, CESSE!

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We are excited to announce that the (CESSE) will be joining us as a client partner. Starting March 1, 免费下载抖阴 will provide full-service management to CESSE, and we look forward to helping them achieve what they believe.

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Avoiding the Mire of Misused Words

By Danielle Leber

We here at Association Management Center love the way a good inspirational quote can lift your spirits and jumpstart your motivation (鈥淎chieve What You Believe,鈥 anyone?).

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When You Give a Mouse a Cuppa鈥hat Mouse Might Get Really Creative.

By Heather Payette

Full disclosure: 免费下载抖阴 was my first job out of college. I had never worked in an office before, but I went to business school for my undergraduate degree and also worked two jobs on the side, so I was looking forward to having my own desk job, let alone my own desk. I already knew how to work hard and manage my time, so I thought, 鈥淗ow hard can it be?鈥

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Customer Service: More Than a Friendly Voice

By Andrea Dodd

What Words Come to Mind When You Think of 鈥楳ember Services鈥?

Friendly? Helpful? Understanding?

The frontline of any association, member services representatives (MSRs) have the ability to positively or negatively affect how customers and members view an association. Though considered 鈥渟oft skills,鈥 being friendly, helpful, and understanding are in fact crucial for those who interact with an association鈥檚 membership. However, a truly successful member services representative also needs to have technical skills and association industry knowledge to truly serve its membership.

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Top 10 Tips

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In the past couple of years, thought leaders at 免费下载抖阴 have written broadly on a number of resources for associations and the professionals who work with them. As we near and prepare for 2019, let鈥檚 take a look back on our 10 most popular posts and tips:

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All You Need to Succeed Is Initiative and PPE

By Natalie Steenberg

I must confess: When I accepted the position of operations coordinator for the (MCA), I knew nothing about metal construction. I even mentioned in my interview that though I was interested in the opportunity, I was completely clueless about the industry. What I did know about is association management, which is why I got the position.

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It鈥檚 a Green Revolution!

By Rita Wirth

Being environmentally conscious and creating a sustainable footprint is a global concern, but how easy is it really for organizations to adopt 鈥済reener鈥 practices? Pretty easy as it turns out. Small, simple-to-implement habits can have a big impact and lead to a healthier and more sustainable workplace and Earth.

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How did I get here? Navigating a Career in the Association World

By Liz Giannini

鈥淟ife moves pretty fast. If you don鈥檛 stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.鈥

How many times have you heard this cool Ferris Bueller quote and actually stopped to look around? Can you do so right now? What do you see? What are you reflecting on?

As a proud working Mom who is trying to maintain a daily balance, I have made it my goal to stop, look around, reflect, and enjoy my life, family, and career. (I鈥檓 still trying to drink enough water, exercise, write more thoughtful handwritten thank you notes, and get 8 hours of sleep.)

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Marketing Strategy: Is It Time to Get Off the Bus?

By Beth Zemach

Setting performance metrics and understanding data are key to measuring the success of marketing efforts. If you consistently hit or exceed unit sales or revenue objectives campaign after campaign, you can stop reading now and treat yourself to ice cream for a job well done. On the other hand, if you have adapted messaging, tracked calls to action, and segmented audiences (see Part 1 of this series) but still aren鈥檛 seeing results, it鈥檚 time to take a deeper look into changing your overall marketing strategy.

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Wellness at Work: Make Meditation Happen

By Susan Vogel

Once a week in a large conference room, something magical happens. We move the tables and chairs to the side, grab blankets and bolsters, and take off our shoes. Breathing slows, minds calm, and for the moment, thoughts of deadlines are set aside. Our weekly group meditation session has begun.

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How did I get here? Navigating a Career in the Association World

By Dawn Herman

The Places My Journey Has Taken Me

My journey started鈥攁s my dad tells the story鈥攁t the age of 11 when I came home and announced, 鈥淚 want to be a nurse when I grow up.鈥 I don鈥檛 quite remember this, but I did focus my energy on becoming a nurse. It wasn鈥檛 an easy path, especially since I was on my own to figure out how to fund my pursuit. Challenge accepted! I applied for and won an Army Reserve Officer鈥檚 Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship, which meant that not only was I going to college to become a nurse but also to prepare me to become an officer in the Army. While in college, I joined an all-girls team to train for and participate in an Army Ranger competition. I also went to jump school and became certified Airborne. All of this was done with the plan that my career path was set鈥擨 was going to graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and become an officer in the Army. My ultimate goal was to be assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit. My path was set.

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7 Common Grammar Faux Pas

By Danielle Leber

Let鈥檚 get this out of the way immediately: yes, I am one of those grammar people.

Every time I see a misplaced apostrophe on a restaurant menu (appetizer鈥檚, entr茅e鈥檚, etc.), I can鈥檛 help but joke (much to my companions鈥 delight, I鈥檓 sure), 鈥淲ho is appetizer and what鈥檚 he got?鈥

An unnecessary comma in a novel forces me to pause my internal monologue dramatically, as must have been intended by the author (because why else the comma?).

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Becoming an Anticipatory Organization

By Susan Farrell Stock

Change and the disruption it often creates is inevitable in the association world. But, how can associations harness the potential change brings and not get lost in the chaos it creates? The answer, according to Daniel Burrus, is by becoming an anticipatory organization (AO). A leading futurist on global trends and innovation, Burrus is the author of The Anticipatory Organization: Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage, which offers strategies for how organizations can transition from a reactionary to an anticipatory mindset so change creates opportunity and advancement, not chaos.  

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Are You an Effective Board Member?

By Mark Engle

If you鈥檝e ever conducted an initiative to improve your organization, you know how important it is to track your results. Without data鈥攚hether it is quantitative, such as likes on a Facebook post, or qualitative, such as member testimonials鈥攊t鈥檚 impossible to know what is working and, perhaps more importantly, what is not.

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Getting Your Brand into Your Grant Proposals

By Susan Vogel

Creating a compelling story is part of the art and craft of a good grant proposal. We invite the reader in to share our story and our mission and hopefully, compel them to be part of our story. 

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How Can You Tell if Your Marketing Efforts are Working?

By Caryn Odenbach

You put a lot of work into marketing your association鈥檚 conference, products, and membership benefits. But do you know if anyone is receiving your message? Or more importantly, do you know if anyone is taking action because of your marketing pieces? No matter what your campaign is focused on, you must first identify your goals and the metrics you will track to gauge your success. Before you think about a rebrand or new product strategy, you can make some quick, helpful changes to your marketing efforts that don鈥檛 require a ton of staff resources.

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How did I get here? Navigating a Career in the Association World

By Bruce Hammond

Editor鈥檚 note: We鈥檙e thrilled to introduce a new series on the 免费下载抖阴 blog, How did I get here? Navigating a Career in the Association World. In the coming months, we鈥檒l feature career articles from 免费下载抖阴 staff sharing their personal career stories and providing insight to those considering or just starting out in the field. This week, Bruce Hammond, CAE shares lessons learned from his 17-year career.

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Asking Team Why it Clicks Reveals Surprising Word

By Clay Baznik

What makes a happy and healthy team? I could tell you what I think, but maybe it makes more sense to go directly to an actual team that fits the description. I asked members of our creative team to share their thoughts, expecting to hear about a 鈥渉ardworking yet fun atmosphere鈥 and buzzwords like 鈥渁ccountability,鈥 鈥渇lexibility,鈥 and 鈥渞ecognition.鈥

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Try Picking Up the Phone: The Value of Individual Board Member Calls

By Steve Smith

Before we go any further, I want you to ask yourself one important question: When and how do you and your president engage association board members in direct, proactive dialogue? If you answered only during new board member orientation or regular in-person board meetings, then you鈥檙e missing out on valuable opportunities to engage with, and get ideas from, some of your most involved members. Luckily, capitalizing on their knowledge, boosting their levels of engagement, and providing them with personal support can be as easy as picking up the phone.

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Value-Driven Decision Making (and Crickets)

By Jess Morgan

Almost a year ago, we had a series of meetings with clients in preparation for an enterprise project. The goal of the meeting was for the IT team to walk away with an idea of client values, pain points, and drivers for success. The client representatives in the meetings came from various functional areas of our association client teams and each brought a different perspective to the discussions.

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5 Tips for Online Community Engagement

By Emily Muse

Increasingly, associations hear members express the desire to connect with colleagues outside annual meetings and CME events. When one of our physician members at the (AAHPM) responded to an engagement survey by saying, 鈥淚n my rural practice I literally have no one to ask for clinical advice in this field,鈥 we knew that development of a virtual or online community sharing platform had to begin.

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10 Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected at Your Onsite Meeting

By Kari Messenger

The time spent leading up to your next onsite meeting is always hectic. Between last-minute projects and fielding questions from staff and attendees alike, planning for the unexpected can easily fall off the to-do list. Believe me, I have been there.

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Asking the Right Questions

By Valerie Romack

An Introduction to Surveys

What a member wants, what a member needs, whatever makes them happy sets you free鈥 Oh, sorry, I didn鈥檛 see you there. Please forgive my singing. I was just thinking about how members shape the goals of our organizations and guide them into the future. Wouldn鈥檛 it be great to know what they want from their membership? Wouldn鈥檛 you like to know what they like about you?

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Productivity Using Kanban: Part 2

By Jess Morgan

Sequels are rarely as good as the original, but someone thought it was worth it to have a part two.  Darn, not very compelling. Let me try again. Following my first 免费下载抖阴 blog post on Kanban, I鈥檓 picking up where I left you, still curious about Kanban, perhaps seeking encouragement to take the first step into having a board of your own one day.

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Utilizing Your Greatest Assets to Make Informed Decisions

By Caryn Giznik

As a new member of the team, I was anxious to get my hands on some member and customer information. However, creating a survey that asked the right questions, collected the right data, and implementing an action plan afterward was overwhelming; where was the best place to start?

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Mise en Place and the Database

By Susan Vogel

I am not much of a cook and the biggest challenge for me is getting the entrees and side dishes done at the same time, plated and served. I鈥檓 in awe of chefs who, through craft and precision, can serve beautifully presented plates of food (often customized) to hundreds of people each night.

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The Skinny on Style Guides

By Danielle Leber

How Consistency Can Result in Higher Revenues and Better Brand Visibility

Let鈥檚 do an experiment.

Take a moment. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and think about your favorite brand. Really think about it.

What popped into your head? Was it the feeling of buying your preferred product from that company? The sound of their familiar jingle? Or did you imagine the company鈥檚 logo, a graphic you likely could recognize anywhere?

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Onsite Communication in a Weather Crisis

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As associations, we plan annual meetings and events years in advance. And while it would be great to have a crystal ball informing us of the weather our attendees will experience while traveling or when they arrive onsite, that kind of foresight just isn鈥檛 a reality. At the , presented by the and the , a major Nor鈥檈aster storm descended upon Boston and threatened travel plans for more than 3,500 attendees, exhibitors, faculty and staff members 鈥 many of whom were scheduled to arrive on the day Logan International Airport closed.

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The Value of Leadership Transitions

By Bruce Hammond

I started as the Director of Governance & Operations for 免费下载抖阴 client the in late April 2016. Coming onto the staff at the time I did, I was able to be here right as our current president began her two-year term. On May 5 at the conclusion of our conference, that term will conclude.

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Call Me a Grant Writer

By Susan Vogel

When meeting new people at work, I am often introduced as the grant writer. I like being called a grant writer. When I first transitioned into this area of work, I imagined sitting undisturbed in a cubicle spending my days writing and putting together well thought out, neat and tidy proposal packets. It was a great fantasy.

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Redefining Industry Relationships: How HOPA took its IRC to the Next Level

By Danielle Leber

When the (HOPA) first launched their Industry Relations Council (IRC) in 2011, only four companies saw the potential of joining as supporters. But under the direction of Association Management Center and Julie Ichiba, director, professional relations, for HOPA, the IRC quickly became profitable, productive, and very popular.

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What's Next(Gen)?

By Joe Lindahl

I recently had the honor of being selected as an participant, where I had the chance to attend a retreat for emerging leaders to come together and discuss association trends and topics along with personal and professional development. Enough knowledge was passed along to make my head hurt, but in an invigorating and energizing way. I can鈥檛 share everything 鈥 I probably wouldn鈥檛 do it justice and I also can鈥檛 write a novel (though I could) 鈥 so below are my three favorite takeaways.

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Building for the Future Like New Orleans

By Liz Giannini

There are 2 Tuesdays until Mardi Gras.

My favorite New Orleans local to follow on Instagram and Twitter, @nolamaven, has been filling followers鈥 feeds with visions of glitter in preparation. The lineup was just released and it鈥檚 dynamite. The Saints鈥h, the Saints鈥hat a heartbreaking end to a hard fought football season. Bon Appetit magazine named the New Orleans sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf the ! A sandwich shop! I could go on and on.

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Get Answers to Your Burning Governance Questions

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Are you looking for answers to questions such as

  • What is governance anyway?
  • Are we doing it right in my organization? Can we do it better? What can I do better?
  • Bylaws, policies, procedures 鈥 what鈥檚 the difference? Why so many documents?
  • What鈥檚 the difference between what the Board of Directors does and what the staff does?
  • How can my preparation for a board meeting affect governance?
  • Help! I have to take minutes! What do I do?
  • Whew! The board meeting is over. So all my work is done, right?
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Applying Social Media Concepts to Professional Relations

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On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 The American Marketing Association (AMA) Chicago chapter partnered with Association Forumto host an event called, 鈥淕et Noticed on Social media (without breaking the bank)!鈥 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 own Allison Lundberg was one of two speakers on a panel that discussed how an organization can find its voice, get noticed on social media, and take it to the next level with social advertising. A handful of members from 免费下载抖阴鈥檚 Professional Relations and Development (PRD) team, including Joey Maginot, Maddie Liesz, Dana D鈥橭nofrio, and Zack Smith, attended this session at the AMA office in Chicago. The team shares key take-a-ways from the event, why they found them important and creative ways they鈥檝e incorporated them into their work for PRD.

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Turning Digital Disruption into Real-Life Results

By Danielle Leber

Education. Networking. Publications. Advocacy. The benefits associations provide their members are numerous and invaluable鈥攁nd the rewards members gain from them are equally incalculable.

But what do you do when one of your top-rated member benefits starts having problems that overshadow the many solutions it offers? If you鈥檙e , you start to think outside the (paper) box.

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Increase Productivity Using Kanban

By Jess Morgan

Some people follow all the latest nutrition and diet trends like cleanses, South Beach diet, cabbage soup diet, paleo, raw foods and clean eating. What do I follow? Productivity trends. Go ahead and laugh, I鈥檝e come to terms with it. One of the tools I have discovered that seems to hold the most promise for increasing productivity is Kanban. Kanban literally translates to 鈥渂oard鈥, but often you鈥檒l hear or read 鈥淜anban Board鈥, which is redundant. We鈥檒l forgive the repetitiveness and just focus on what Kanban entails and how it might increase your productivity. Curious yet? Let鈥檚 jump right in.

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4 Reasons to Bring Your 鈥淥ther Agenda鈥 into the Boardroom

By Steve Smith

We鈥檝e all been there before. You鈥檙e discussing an important issue for your association, but instead of concentrating on your organization鈥檚 agenda, someone is trying to further their own. These hidden agendas can derail important conversations, complicate decision-making, and result in poor solutions for your association.

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I鈥檒l Take Potpourri for $500, Alex鈥

By Bruce Hammond

Ok, since you’re twisting my virtual arm, I’ll admit it… I’ve always wanted to be Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. He’s just so darn cool. He has the best job in the world, probably drives a Ferrari or some other cool car, and has the power to create categories in his show like Potpourri where he just throws together a bunch of things that don’t really relate all that much to one another.

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5 Tactics to Generate More Leads

By Carly Bartman

For all organizations and businesses, not just associations, it’s the ultimate catch-22—you need more leads to make money, and you need money to get more leads. To thrive, associations need members and customers to continue running, but it can be difficult to find room in the budget for marketing and lead generation. Never fear though, there are easy and affordable methods to draw more potential members and purchasers to your organization right at your fingertips.

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9 Corporate Lessons Reinforced in a Parking Lot

By Vish Kalambur

There I was, on a bright, sunny Saturday in September with a hammer and work gloves in hand, trying to look the part at the Park Ridge Presbyterian Church parking lot. I was there with to build wall sections for 3 homes to be donated to those in need in Johnson City, Tennessee. Those of you who know me are probably thinking “Dude, what do you know about building houses?” Believe me, I asked myself the same question several times and when I saw the 85+ volunteers going at it, I seriously considered getting back in my car and heading home.

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#VegasStrong

By Liz Giannini

Two weeks after the unthinkable happened in Las Vegas, my colleague and I touched down in the city for the trade show. Unsure of the environment that would greet us, I found we were met with the very definition of strength, and given a daily reminder of the message resonating throughout the city. The city is #VegasStrong. In fact, I feel it is stronger than ever.

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Maximizing Non-Dues Revenue

By Judy Paczko

Member associations en masse are finally recognizing that revenue diversification is the key to sustainability in the current economic and cultural climate. Focusing on developing key revenue generating sources outside of membership are job one. Concurrent with grandiose strategic plans forming around major non-dues revenue initiatives, organizations should start immediately with the low hanging fruit that can bring in small profits today leading to much larger profitability and revenue gains tomorrow.

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6 Rules-Of-Thumb for Effective Grant Program Discussions

By Susan Vogel

A common conversation among grant professionals is about how to set expectations and measure success of grant programs. Many stakeholders (the boss, the board, the committees) often want to talk about revenue as a measure of success and usually focus on increasing revenue. While a meaningful metric, increasing revenue is not always the most reflective of success or impact of the program. Over-the-years, I have come up with a few rules-of-thumb that help frame the conversation in a better way.

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5 Questions You Should Be Asking in Board Exit Interviews

By Steve Smith

As the staff of any association can tell you, onboarding new leadership is an important process that can reap many rewards. However, the process for when those leaders eventually leave may not be as well defined. Ensuring a smooth exit for your former president or board member not only make a difference to them but also your association.

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Millennials Demystified by Millennials

By Andrea King

Millennials, Millennials, Millennials….We may all feel like this topic has been beaten to death, and yet we just can’t stop ourselves from asking, “What makes them tick?” As co-chairs of 免费下载抖阴’s Young Professionals SIG and because we are both Millennials (although on slightly opposite ends of the age spectrum) we have a unique perspective on how our generation functions as a product of our surroundings. We sat down to answer some burning questions and provide insight into the largest generation in the workforce today:

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Calling All Young Professionals: Career Panel Takeaways

By Sarah Dittmer

Several times throughout my college career, I thought, “This is it! I’ve found what I want to do!”  Some of those career plans included museum curator, archeologist, communications director of a sports team, professor of physics, and professor of economics. Considering every “add” or “drop” of a major or minor in college, I think I made at least 11 changes to reflect the latest “This is it!” phase. I graduated with a marketing degree - very different from the previously listed jobs!

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Looking for Team Happiness? R+R+R鈥 and Cupcakes

By Clay Baznik

The creative team at 免费下载抖阴 revealed why they work so well together in a . As it turned out, the magic formula for teamwork required more than strange grapes, oddly flavored potato chips, cupcakes, and the rest of the carbs we cram onto a file cabinet that’s conveniently buffet height.

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Strategic Planning: Moltke the Elder, Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, and Just a Little Mike Tyson

By Dave Bergeson

It is not uncommon for analogies to be drawn between business strategy and military strategy. One of my favorite examples is a Australian consultant Graham Kenny wrote for Harvard Business Review. In it, he compares strategic planning in business and the military, citing an approach promoted by Moltke the Elder, Dwight Eisenhower, and Winston Churchill

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Personalizing the Experience Economy

By Carly Reisner

In the late 90s, noted that “The Experience Economy” is demonstrated when “a company intentionally uses services as the stage, and goods as props, to engage individual customers in a way that creates a memorable event.” Likening the Experience Economy to a performance is as effective a metaphor today as it was then because it reminds us that we need to create connection to our products and services to engage our customers.

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Earning Your CAE? Remember These Important Steps

By Kelly Kellermann

For association professionals, the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is a mark of professional development. Earning your CAE can make a positive impact on your career path and showcase your commitment to the association profession. Several 免费下载抖阴 executives use the knowledge they gained earning their CAE certification to guide and support our association partners.

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Personal Touch: How Much do Your Members Matter?

By Brendan Sugrue

Ad campaigns about customer service are all the rage right now. Who doesn’t love “Jake from State Farm”, the khaki-wearing night shift worker turned meme? Or what about Discover and their commercials about how they treat you like you treat you. Because “I don’t have time for machines,” according to one Discover customer.

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3 Steps to Smoother Onboarding of Incoming Presidents

By Danielle Leber

As leader of the organization and chair of the board of directors, an association’s president has a unique responsibility to guide the actions of numerous volunteers to ensure they make decisions based on the association’s best interests. Most often, this person is well-prepared to act as an advocate for members following many successful years of service. Most often, this person also has extensive experience acting as a leader within his or her field, experience that proves invaluable to their role as president.

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Scrum: Build Teamwork and Drive Results

By Vish Kalambur

In 2015, Association Management Center (免费下载抖阴) was faced with upgrading Personify, its association management software, and realized there was a problem: The upgrade would not solve a number of challenges; however, the organization expected the new version to magically do exactly that! There was a misalignment of business goals and project goals, and the project, as initially planned, would have left us with many of the same usability issues, such as:

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Construct. Deconstruct. Reconstruct.

By Liz Giannini

Your cab drops you off in the middle of a changing Chicago neighborhood…Fulton Market; once a gritty meatpacking district, is being transformed into a tech and foodie hot spot. The glimpse of the Google office and the new Ace Hotel flash past your window and you are delivered into the urban space – the location of June 28, 2017 Forum Forward conference event. With one step in the door, you’re already excited about what’s ahead…

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Infographic: Defining Transparency in Association Governance

By Kelly Kellermann

How should association leaders respond to member requests for more openness, communication, and accountability from their board of directors? This is the question 免费下载抖阴 governance and strategy consultant Anne Cordes and 免费下载抖阴 principal Mark Engle, along with Jed R. Mandel, Esq, discussed in their 2016 article on the role of transparency in association governance. While there are several benefits from the policies and practices called for in the name of transparency, it can also do harm when applied without regard for board privacy.

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Innovative Models Fund Product Development 鈥 Win-Win for Association Clients

By Susan Farrell Stock

(APS) beloved educational program Fundamentals of Pain was initially developed to educate and engage early career practitioners and researchers in the field of pain medicine in order to meet the growing need for research and practitioner support for those in pain. The Fundamentals program was held annually as a preconference to the association’s Annual Scientific Meeting and included education, mentoring, and networking components. In the beginning, it was 100% funded by a singular corporate funder.  However, after nearly a decade, the sponsor’s funding initiatives changed, and they decreased funding for the program. At the same time Fundamentals attendance slowly began to shrink. 

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Thank you for your thank you!

By Carly Reisner

Being onsite for conference is the best, isn’t it? Sure, the hours are long, your legs are tired from schlepping your bags across a convention center, and you’re breathing recycled air for about a week, but it is nearly unrivaled in building connection to our work and members.

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Building Inclusivity into your Association and Events

By Jamal Turner

An inclusive environment promotes continual reflection, opportunities for growth, and helps individuals feel welcomed. Most importantly, participants are able to be themselves. Do your members feel a sense of inclusion within your association?

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The Effect of Laser Tag on Board Performance

By Dave Bergeson

There I was, standing face to face with a large, bemused group of boys about eight years old. I had just emerged from an idling bus along with seven other members of our board of directors. These kids were staring at us like we were aliens emerging from a space craft. Why the stares? Because our board of directors – composed of nurses in their 30s 40s 50s and 60s - had just converged at a laser tag facility and this horde of eight year olds was no doubt not accustomed to being booted out by a group of people the age of their parents or grandparents.   

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Real World Lessons on Customer Experience

By Bruce Hammond

My wife and I are in the market for a new patio on the back of our house. It’s our one big purchase for the year and it’s important to us that it’s done right. Like most people in this situation, we want to get some quotes and determine who can do the job best. We reached out to three local companies to come out and give us a quote, providing each with the same request and specs for the job.

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I just got elected to the board of directors. Now what?

By Peggy Reilly

Expectations of board members in the association world are high. Upon election to the board, members are expected to have a solid understanding of the association’s mission, strategic plan goals and objectives, financial status, programs and services, and governance structure. In addition, board members bear a legal and fiduciary responsibility for the health and future of the association. These expectations can be daunting. As a member of the governance team at the it is our job to ensure board members are informed and prepared for their roles so that they can participate fully on day one.

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How Picking Up the Phone Drives Member Retention

By Beth Zemach

Old news: Membership retention in the current millennium is a key challenge for organizations, especially for those not connected with mandated licensures or certifications.  

Bad news: There is no magic bullet to overcome this challenge quickly. You need a loooong term strategy.

Good news: There are a few short term tools that may help slow the rate of loss and stem some of the decline. 

Let’s focus on the good news. 

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Competency-Based Board Selection and Difficult Conversations

By Anne Cordes

In the past, Nominating Committees started their work a few months before elections began by identifying those who were next in line for the open positions. This process assumed that the most qualified candidates for the governing board were those who had worked their way up through the ranks of committees and participated in other volunteer opportunities.

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Ramp Up Your Twitter Engagement: 5 Ways to Drive Event Social Traffic

By Allison Lundberg

Social media has taken over our lives. It seems as though a new social network pops up each month, giving us one more thing to check up on each day. Associations are digging through social networks to study our members, find where their interests lie, and determine where our organization should target our efforts.

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Extra! Extra! Read All 免费下载抖阴 APHON!

By Danielle Leber

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who read USA Today, you probably noticed an extra-special source featured in the March 31–April 2 weekend edition: President Kathleen Ruccione, PhD. Her piece, “Nurses Create a New Paradigm of Cancer Care,” detailed the role of nurses in health care—and of oncology nurses specifically in the treatment of patients with cancer, helping readers understand the impact of these integral members of the medical team and the future of cancer care.

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Grassroots Movements: How Your Association Should Get Involved

By Jordan Wildermuth

Regardless of political affiliation, the 2016 election played on the heartstrings of the American people. These emotions have given rise to several grassroots political movements, such as the Women’s March on Washington and those surrounding immigration and healthcare issues. With thousands of people participating in these movements across the country, as associations we must at least ask ourselves the question of whether or not our association should be involved with those movements that impact our members. 

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Innovative Microvolunteerism Encourages Member Engagement

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Finding new and exciting ways to engage members and inspire loyalty is the secret sauce for successful associations. Getting creative about the types of engagement opportunities—everything from leadership roles on the board to a few minutes of social networking on behalf of the association—allows organizations to reach members willing able to help despite limited availability. Associations everywhere are embracing microvolunteering as a means to engaging folks with the least amount of time to give, but a desire to contribute. And the concept is taking off! So much so that this Saturday, April 15, the U.S. celebrates for the 4th year in a row.

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Five Reasons to Choose a Career in Association Management

By Karen Kramer

If you’re like most people, you likely didn’t learn about the association industry in undergrad. In fact, you may not know much about it today. But the truth is there’s a whole world of rewarding work in the nonprofit space, focused on helping organizations work toward the greater good.

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AAHPM Highlights Conference through Daily Video

By Allison Lundberg

As of this year, experts report as much as 74% of online traffic consists of video content. In our daily lives, we see countless videos on Facebook, in emails, and even on websites. According to a study done by , viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to only 10% when reading it in text. In the association industry specifically, video communication is still considered a growing trend helping more organizations connect with members and prospective members like never before.  

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3 Membership Lessons from a Kindergarten Basketball Coach

By Bruce Hammond

My guess is you’re asking one of two questions right now… “What were you thinking when agreeing to coach kindergarten basketball?” or “What could that experience possibly teach you about associations?” Believe me, as this post formed in my mind, I asked myself the same two questions and what I’ve found is, kindergarten basketball coaching and association membership are definitely related.

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Virtual Advocacy = Real-Life Results

By Danielle Leber

One of an association’s most important responsibilities is to act as an advocate for its field. That’s why finding new and innovative ways to engage membership and communicate the needs of the industry to lawmakers and regulators is an integral part of operations for our clients.

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Associations and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

By Jordan Wildermuth

The quote that best defines the current state of the healthcare debate came in a meeting with the nation’s governors at which President Trump exclaimed, “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated."  Earlier this month, the president delivered his remarks to a joint session of Congress where many were anxiously awaiting directives on how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Onsite Visits Improve Member Experience

By Jose Segarra

The is headquartered in Chicago, a major hub for nationally-recognized hospitals and health systems. That makes us, the HOPA staff, lucky! Lucky to have so many of our members nearby and easily accessible.

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ASPHO Benefits Members with Successful Mentorship Program

By Carly Bartman

The mentorship program for members of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) began in early 2013 as an effort by the society’s professional development committee to engage members and provide a resource to early-career members on a variety of issues. Because of the complexity of the pediatric hematology/oncology profession, the committee created a mentoring system to customize the experience and serve member needs.

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Unlocking the Mystery of Meaningful Metrics

By June Pinyo

One of the biggest challenges in the association space can be that, as staff, our business goals and daily tasks mirror those of the corporate world, only without the corporate-sized budgets and resource pools to help us get them accomplished.

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Event Planning: Why You Should Say Yes to that Last-Minute Addition

By Brendan Sugrue

Picture this: There are 3 weeks until you leave for your annual meeting. Your schedule is finalized, the keynotes and speakers are accounted for, your marketing campaigns are starting to wrap up, and your staff is now shifting into the “hosting” phase of conference. But then you receive a phone call from a game-changing potential speaker.

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6 Signs Your Association May Need Consulting Expertise

By Susan Farrell Stock

Regardless of the size or focus of your association, you’ve likely experienced a situation in which you didn’t have the expertise required to tackle a goal in the most effective way. Eventually, most of us encounter situations that could benefit from professional consulting expertise. But how do you know when your association has reached that point? Here are six signs to look for that indicate bringing in external consulting expertise might be right for you:

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#Success with Social Media

By Danielle Leber

It’s no secret that social media has taken over the lives of millions—and our many association members are no exception! That’s why 免费下载抖阴 clients use this low-cost, high-impact advertising and engagement tool to its fullest with innovative initiatives that truly are worth Tweeting about.

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5 Reasons for Associations to be Optimistic about the New Administration

By Jordan Wildermuth

As the season of holiday gatherings winds down, I am sure that on more than one occasion a dinner was interrupted by unsolicited political banter. Around the association table, I would like to offer my gift of five reasons to be optimistic for the 115th Congress and the new presidential administration.

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Time to Make our Association New Year鈥檚 Resolutions

By Bruce Hammond

It’s that time of year again – time to light the menorah, decorate the tree, and celebrate the end of what was hopefully a fantastic year! It’s also the time when many people make resolutions for the coming year and plan how they’re going to do things differently to make it even better than the one before.

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Walking to a New Beat: Don鈥檛 Let Historical Conference Offerings Hold You Back

By Brendan Sugrue

We all fall into the same trap. “This is what we’ve always done,” we say. These are dangerous words for associations. They lead us to complacency and we risk losing our ability to feel fresh to attendees. The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) recently ran into the same issue – and decided to approach it head on.

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How to Build and Communicate Charismatic Branding

By June Pinyo

Jennifer GoodSmith wasn’t always a “tree person,” but over the course of a branding campaign for the in Lisle, IL, she’s come to know more about trees—especially the arboretum’s —than she ever thought she would.

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Ask the Management Team: What books have made a difference in your career?

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600,000 to 1,000,000.

That’s how many business books are published each year in the U.S. alone, according to a recent Forbes article. How in the world do you know which ones are worth your time?

Queue 免费下载抖阴’s Management Team members, who took the time to share their favorite leadership and business books and articles. If you’re looking for career-impacting reads, you’re in the right place! 免费下载抖阴 asked:

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SEO, Marketing and Mohawks: 5 Takeaways from MozCon

By June Pinyo

I’ll be honest. Conferences cause me great anxiety. Working for an association management company has provided me with an “out” in that I’m typically working at the there is a collection of coworkers, familiar faces with whom I’ve some sort of established relationship.

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Benefits of Giving Back as a Team

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A group of staff from the (AAHPM) recently participated in Centennial Day of Service at The Fred Matthews Senior Housing Center, a 60-unit affordable housing unit for seniors. They had a great afternoon visiting and playing bingo with residents, while spending time with other members of the association community.

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Four Reasons Your Association Should Embrace Social

By Molly Anderson

All good content marketers – corporate and nonprofit alike—dream of elusive viral posts and skyrocketing social growth. But how do you get there? How do you find and engage your audience and better yet, elicit likes, shares, and retweets beyond your wildest dreams?

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Creating Fear in Your Event's Non-Attendees - the Good Kind!

By Liz Giannini

Remember that year you didn’t attend the Annual Conference? The food looked perfect on Instagram. The hashtag blew up Twitter. Your favorite conference buddy was tagged endlessly on Facebook during the new learning labs which were located OUTSIDE in Palm Springs. And…you’ve always wanted to go to Palm Springs…And, the sky was perfectly blue. Nobody was wearing a coat. Everyone was smiling; and earning millions of CE credits while smiling. This feeling that’s welling up inside you? This, my friend, is the fear that you’re missing out or, more commonly referred to as FOMO.

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5 Steps to Special Interest Groups Revitalization

By Taylor Thomas

The association world is constantly changing and it’s key to make sure each segment of your association continues to expand and adjust with the current market climate. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are an important part of any association, and it is essential to revitalize SIG meetings that have become stale over time. The Administrator/Coordinator SIG at Association Management Center recently went through this process and, by using the steps below, had amazing results. The SIG boosted attendance by 30 percent, had increased member engagement, received tons of positive feedback, and had much happier members overall. Consider the following to revamp your SIG today:

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Do This, Not That: Website Edition (Part 2)

By Monica Moore

More Solutions for Common Web Problems

As mentioned in the first article in this series, there are a variety of ways to complete a task on the Web, but some solutions are better than others. Below is a continuation of the list of common Web problems you may encounter in your website updates and some more-optimal ways to solve them.

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Do This, Not That: Website Edition

By Monica Moore

Better Solutions for Common Web Problems

There are a variety of ways to complete a task on the Web, but some solutions are better than others. While looking at items that are part of a typical Web update routine, I listed below some common web problems, possible solutions, and then much better solutions. Because there are so many ways to address items on a website, these certainly aren’t all the possible solutions, nor are all of the “poor solutions” always incorrect. The goal for any website is to keep things clean, consistent, and engaging. The “better solutions” listed below are recommendations with this intent in mind.

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Change is the Only Constant

By Susan Farrell Stock

Creating value is often about embracing change. It’s about exploring options in relation to an organization’s overarching business goals. Here are a concrete example and a number of considerations about how change permeates all of what we do in associations.

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Who Is Us?

By Bruce Hammond

When reading Seth Godin’s blog post from back in January, , I got excited. In only four sentences, he spoke volumes about numerous issues associations have had for what seems like forever without ever mentioning our industry.

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免费下载抖阴 to Host August Governance Event

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Board Performance: Practice Meets Strategy

Join us at the second session of 免费下载抖阴’s three-part Governance series for nonprofit staff executives, where two key strategists will share corporate lessons learned and how their experience translates into organizational performance in the association community. Panelists from the corporate and association worlds will contribute to a robust and engaging discussion.

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How Do I Get Started in Video Marketing?

By Carly Bartman

Quick Tips for Video Preproduction Part 1

You’ve made the decision to start making videos, and now comes the scary part: where do you start?

Right now, the world looks like your oyster. You could go so many ways and do so many things in your new medium. The sheer number of possibilities can make beginning this process seem very daunting. Done properly, video marketing can add personality to your marketing strategy and grow a valuable connection to your audience, as you read in our previous post on video marketing. Before you begin, it’s necessary to narrow your focus by answering a few questions.

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Healthy Associations Are Healthy Businesses

By Rob Oakes

You can’t fulfill your mission if your business is failing. Your business cannot succeed unless you have a growing base of satisfied customers. In my experience, these two statements are often underappreciated by associations. In fact, as I’ll share, they are sometimes just ignored.

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Association Management Center鈥檚 Ask The Management Team Question of the Quarter

By 免费下载抖阴

It’s time for the next installment of Associational Management Center’s Ask the Management Team question series. This quarter, we reached out with a question about something everyone can relate to: BUDGET! But instead of focusing on the challenges related to limited budget, we wondered what our executives would do if they had more money to spend. We asked 免费下载抖阴 leaders to answer the following question:

If your budget increased by $200,000 for the year, with the expectation all of it must be spent in 2016, where would you invest to make the biggest impact? Why?

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5 Content Marketing Tips from an Industry Rockstar

By Bruce Hammond

She may not have the name recognition of Beyonce or Dave Grohl, but in the content marketing world, Amanda Todorovich is a real rockstar. She is a regular presenter at  and other large industry conferences, and was named a  in 2015. And that’s in addition to her day job – leading the content marketing efforts for the , one of the world’s leading health systems.

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Why Video Content is Important for Your Association

By Carly Bartman

 

It’s easy to feel lost when it comes to video marketing, especially when what first comes to mind is big-budget commercials produced by large companies. At first glance it looks daunting, but video is more accessible than ever and can be done on a budget.

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Five Considerations When Rebranding Your Association

By Louise Ristau

Rebranding has been a hot topic in the association community for years, and 2015 is no exception. Associations regularly have been seeking to better understand tips and tricks for effectively rebranding their organizations. Here at 免费下载抖阴, our client, the recently went through the process and we thought we’d share our experiences with you.

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Looking Forward 鈥 Q & A with Association Laboratory鈥檚 Dean West, FASAE

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Earlier this year, three 免费下载抖阴 staff members took part in an educational session at the Association Forum led by Dean West, FASAE and President of in Chicago. Dean’s session focused on Association Laboratory’s latest whitepaper, an environmental scan of the association industry entitled Looking Forward 2016.

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5 Tips for Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan

By Amanda Pairitz-Campo

So you just finished a board meeting and amidst all the generative conversation and decision making, chances are, you have a few action items before the next meeting. It is hopeful that these action items correspond to the strategic plan and will fit nicely into a work plan that already exists. However, this is not always the case and you are now not only tasked with completing the action item, but creating a work plan that links it with the strategic plan to track your work and ensure you reach the board’s requested goal.

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6 Ways to Leverage Your Career Center for Brand Building

By Allison Whitley

In 2015, more than 142,000 users visited the career centers of 免费下载抖阴’s client organizations. Of those 142,000 impressions, how many could potentially have been new visitors to the career center, thus providing an opportunity to build your brand during a professional’s first exposure to your organization?

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Dealing with Disruption and Competition to the Association Industry 鈥 A Q&A With Stephanie Mercado, CAE

By Bruce Hammond

On a monthly basis, 免费下载抖阴’s Management Team holds a meeting that includes a generative discussion on a topic of importance to association leaders. This month, the topic focused on competition to the association industry, and the discussion jumped from innovation to risk to Board composition to the speed at which associations make decisions.

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Wrong Way

By Jordan Wildermuth

Sometimes associations take the wrong path, whether it’s in their membership strategy, their marketing strategy, or their advocacy efforts. Whether it happens with leaders fully understanding the situation or by mistake, going down the wrong path obviously isn’t ideal.

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Ask the Young Professionals - Question of the Quarter

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Just as it is important for association leaders to hear from established leaders on topics of importance to our industry, we feel that it is also important to hear from up-and-coming professionals on topics important to them. Thus, we've created our Ask the Young Professionals series here on the blog. Here’s our second question, as well as answers from 10 of 免费下载抖阴's young professionals.

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Ask the Management Team - Question of the Quarter

By Bruce Hammond

On a quarterly basis, we ask our executive level leaders (our Management Team) to provide their insights on a pressing question for the association industry. Here's the next question and answers from a subset of our leadership.

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Running the Race for Advocacy

By Jordan Wildermuth

Kenyans and Ethiopians have dominated the sport of distance running for many years. What sets them apart from the rest of the field is their technique of pack running. They run in a large group (or pack) and use each other to set the pace, fend off the wind, and conserve energy. Even though they are working together, and the goal of each individual is to try and win the race, they realize that in order to do so they need the help of their teammates.

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5 Steps to Your Very Own Style Guide

By June Pinyo

We hear often about organizations working to “eliminate silos” and encourage collaboration and shared ownership. When it comes to content strategy, this process also can mean increased opportunities for inconsistency, disjointedness, and maybe even conflict.

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Our Top Five Posts of 2015

By Bruce Hammond

The year 2015 was a good one for a number of reasons – not the least of which here at 免费下载抖阴 is that we launched our blog and began developing and publishing our own unique content on our own website. With more than 220 staff members, there is a lot of leaders within our walls, and we are now better able to share their expertise more consistently with the association community.

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Is Failure Absolute?

By Bruce Hammond

In the vast majority of cases, especially in the association industry, the answer is no. While we may not always hit our goals, the overwhelming likelihood is that we haven’t completely (and absolutely) failed.

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12 Content Marketing Terms to Know

By June Pinyo

Content marketing—let’s start with this one.  defines content marketing like this:

“a marketing program that centers on creating, publishing, and distributing content for your target audience—usually online—the goal of which is to attract new customers.”

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Three Ideas for Effectively Thanking Members and Volunteers

By Bruce Hammond

It's that time of year again – time to eat some turkey and pumpkin pie while watching the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions play in their annual Thanksgiving Day games. But Thanksgiving is also a time where we should do as the holiday’s name instructs – give thanks – to our friends and family, to people who have helped us, and for those of us in the association community, to our volunteers and members.

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Do you have Grit?!

By Marilyn Jansen

I attended the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting in Detroit and there was one topic that really grabbed me, probably because I heard it over and over again; that topic was “Grit!”

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Ask the Management Team - Question of the Quarter

By Bruce Hammond

On a quarterly basis, we will ask our more than 20 executive level leaders (our Management Team) to provide their insights on a pressing question for the association industry. Here's our first question and answers from a subset of our leadership.

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Five Considerations When Rebranding Your Association

By Louise Ristau

Rebranding has been a hot topic in the association community for years, and 2015 is no exception. Associations regularly have been seeking to better understand tips and tricks for effectively rebranding their organizations. Here at 免费下载抖阴, our client, the recently went through the process and we thought we’d share our experiences with you.

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Top Takeaways from Association Trends Webinar

By 免费下载抖阴

A number of 免费下载抖阴 staff members recently sat in on the webinar titled Meeting Membership Recruitment Benchmarks: Strategies to Turbo-Charge Your Recruitment. We asked four of our participants for their biggest takeaway, which are each included here.

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Make Your Customers鈥 Experience a Delight, Not a Fright

By Beth Zemach

When an association recently transformed its brand and name, it decided to also update its forms, including its membership application.  The membership manager, thrilled at the prospect of collecting loads of great data at a time when fresh members are most enthusiastic to provide it, packed the form with so many items it would be good for only one thing for the new member -- a good snooze. Sound familiar?

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Welcome!

By Bruce Hammond

It’s an exciting time for 免费下载抖阴—we’ve launched our redesigned website!

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The Impact of Mobile

By Bruce Hammond

As we worked through our website redesign, I took a look at our site’s Google Analytics to get a wide ranging understanding of our site’s traffic.

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