How Are Your Details? Tips to Keep Your Team on their “A” Game

By: Ricki Sexton

Working for my first association management company (AMC) has taught me numerous things in the last “almost” two years.  Working for an AMC is vastly different from working for a stand-alone association, which is where my previous work experience generated.   The key :  One association, versus 21 associations.  That means 21 Board of Directors,  21 different membership bases, in some cases, certification programs with different requirements, conferences for several of our clients and 21 different types of frequently asked questions.

Whew!  Confused yet? Continue reading How Are Your Details? Tips to Keep Your Team on their “A” Game

Disaster Plan…Check, Implementation….Maybe

By: Amy Bean Napier

After four hurricanes hit Florida in 2004, most Florida businesses now have business continuity and disaster preparedness plans in place.   We keep the plan updated continuously with the latest technology to ensure that we are ready just in case. Continue reading Disaster Plan…Check, Implementation….Maybe

Greek Recruitment Tips for Networking

By: Shelly Joines

This time 10 years ago, I was preparing for what was my final time being involved in recruitment through my sorority at Florida State University. While it felt like a time consuming tradition at the moment, it taught me more than I could imagine about networking and interviewing. You see, opening up and engaging with people isn’t a natural skill for all so knowing ways to make other people comfortable and helping manage a conversation (at a conference luncheon let’s say) is a special skill.

We’ve shared several blogs about networking and how to do it properly, wearing your badge on the right lapel, preparing an elevator speech and asking questions, but we haven’t really laid out conversation starters and more importantly ways to keep the conversation going. Continue reading Greek Recruitment Tips for Networking

Hitting Your Target Market… In A Special Way

By: Lisa Kamper

People know they can get general news and information from a variety of sources today, but often they rely on trade and professional publications to stay up-to-date and current in their related field. Trade publications speak to a very specific group of people. Companies and manufacturers that sell industry specific tools or products look to advertise in trade publications because they are confident their ad will reach readers who are more interested in their product.

In today’s market companies are not limiting themselves to only traditional print and web advertisements; they are looking for more specialty advertisements and ways to make their products stand out from other manufacturers who sell the same or similar products. Continue reading Hitting Your Target Market… In A Special Way

How To: Be a Volunteer Leader

By: William Ferguson

Volunteering with an organization is a great way to meet new people, find a mentor, give back to your community, and even further your career. As association professionals, we spend so much of our time focused on helping our volunteer leaders that we forget there is another side to the volunteer coin: serving.

I think that, for most of us, the reason we are in non-profit management is because we want to help. We want to solve problems. We want to help create solutions. In short, we want to change the world – even if it’s just through helping change the regulations for widget makers.

If you’re in a position where you’re not quite feeling enough challenge, or if you want to branch out and gain some leadership experience, why not consider joining a committee? There are many volunteer opportunities such as serving on a board of directors or committee, chairing a fundraising event, speaking, or even acting as a greeter at an event. Continue reading How To: Be a Volunteer Leader

Ideas to Help Inspire Your Fundraising Efforts

By: Danielle Jessup, CMP

Annual convention’s and fundraising go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you are fundraising for your association’s foundation or maybe you are raising money for a charity,   you are probably asking your attendees to donate, donate, donate.

At one of our client’s most recent Annual Convention and Trade Show, we incorporated the following activities and increased our fundraising revenue.

Continue reading Ideas to Help Inspire Your Fundraising Efforts

Affinity Partners 101 Part III – Contract Clauses

 

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

In the previous blogs, we provided context to how to structure affinity partnerships and how to select the proper company to join with . Such programs and services are generally provided by a third party provider.

One of the crucial areas to achieve value, ensure accountability and meet legal requirements is proper contract language. In this blog, key provisions to be included in a formal contract/agreement are covered. Continue reading Affinity Partners 101 Part III – Contract Clauses

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