Achieving Results through Successful Committees

By: Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

Whether you’ve chaired them, served on them or staffed them, you recognize that successful committees don’t just happen without some effort and thoughtful planning.   Committees play a huge role in the overall success of an organization and their ability to meet their goals and objectives.

What can we do ensure successful committees? The following isn’t an exhaustive list, but a few tips I’ve found helpful: Continue reading Achieving Results through Successful Committees

Answering to the Call of the Ding

By: Kristi Spargo

Stress.  It’s a living breathing entity.  Like a vine, it entangles itself into every element of life and the tighter it squeezes, the harder it gets to breathe and see a way out. Like many others, my stress level is directly linked to an overall sense of organization and goal achievement. Continue reading Answering to the Call of the Ding

The Four Steps to Creating a Public Awareness Campaign

By: Rachel Luoma, CAE and Brianna Barnebee

Many associations include advocacy as part of their mission. There are the standard methods, such as lobbying, working with allied organizations and communicating with regulatory agencies.

But, what happens when the association determines it wants to start messaging directly to the public?  Where do you start as an association? Continue reading The Four Steps to Creating a Public Awareness Campaign

AMC Model Benefits Clients During Conference Season

By: Shelly Joines

Being an Association Management Company (AMC) staff member and attending a client’s annual conference is like killing two birds with a single stone. It allows me to apply our best practices to benefit the client while learning from this event and sharing with our other client associations.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of assisting with one of our client’s annual conferences in Orlando. I have in depth experience in the dental laboratory industry in my almost 9 years at PIAM and it’s exciting to carry knowledge and experience from this to one of its state component members. Continue reading AMC Model Benefits Clients During Conference Season

First 100 Days of Membership

By: Amy Bean Napier

All we hear and see right now on the news (print, online and social media) is about President Trump’s first 100 days in office.  We hear versions of what has been accomplished from both sides (pro and con) and see statistical comparisons of Trump’s first 100 days vs. past presidents.   This non-stop news blasting now has me thinking about our new members and their first 100 days with the association.

President Trump’s first 100 days equals only approximately 1/14th of his presidency term.  For most associations, memberships are billed annually so when a new member joins, they get 365 days of membership.   A new member’s first 100 days is basically 1/3 of their first year (term) as a member.  Continue reading First 100 Days of Membership

Financial Management Duties of Non Profit Board Members

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

During my career in association management, I have been privy to a number of cases of financial mismanagement; embezzlement and other less than stellar financial practices in 501(c)(3)(4)and (6) organizations. Continue reading Financial Management Duties of Non Profit Board Members

How’d I Miss That?! Simple Tips To Improve Your Proof-reading

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By: Liz Langston, CAE

Proof-reading is one of the most important quality assurance measures and it’s one that we all use.  Regardless, I think we’ve all had moments where we ask “How’d I miss that?!” right after hitting the “Send” button or when we see that article in print.

Written communications are a reflection of ourselves and our organizations.  The impact of written errors is often minimal, but it could be severe.  Errors in examinations or violations of copyright could result in legal challenges.  Careful proof-reading can help protect our personal reputations and those of our organizations while helping to ensure that our messaging is on-point.  Continue reading How’d I Miss That?! Simple Tips To Improve Your Proof-reading

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