By: Amy Bean Napier
My mom was a teacher for 35 years, so basically all of my life, my brother and I have been known as “teacher’s kids”. Sometimes that was a good thing and sometimes it was not. But both my brother and I have found that many of the lessons and skills learned as teacher’s kids have helped us be successful in our careers and lives! Continue reading Diary of a Teacher’s Kid
By: William Lessley
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For a long time I used the phrase “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…” to explain the reason for having documentation that outlines everything I do. Apparently this phrase makes some people nervous so now I’ve changed it to “If I win the lotto tomorrow…”
Working for an Association Management Company (AMC) has taught me many skills I hadn’t even thought of when I worked as part of a captive staff association. While our AMC has different departments, so much of what we do bleeds over and through every person who works here. Keeping not only members happy but also our clients happy is the job of every single person – no matter what their position. I think we’ve all been the victim of an out of date procedure manual at some point in our lives and it is not a fun place to be. Continue reading Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document
By: Kaitlyn Hudlow
It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting at a small staff meeting, or at a conference with hundreds of people, we’ve all been there where you look out into the audience and you realize maybe about 20% of the people are actually giving you their undivided attention. Continue reading Why Adults Make the Worst Students #meetingproblems
By: Shelly Sobol
We as a society are a visual group! There’s no way around it. We make snap decisions based on visual data we take in without even realizing it and this is usually done before utilizing any other sense. You don’t need further proof than when you consider how much weight you place on your graphic designer when developing ideas for conference and marketing brochures. If the event doesn’t look exciting and engaging on paper (or other forums: e-mail, social media, etc.), how will it ever encourage people to shell out hundreds of dollars to attend, let alone exhibit or sponsor an event? Continue reading But First, Let Me Take a Selfie
By: Maureen Turner
Springtime in Tallahassee. It is a very special time of the year! We have welcomed Spring since 1967 with one of the largest and most celebrated parades in the Southeast. Over 200,000 people flock to Tallahassee to celebrate Spring.
What better way to start the new season? Put the dead winter away and begin a new season. Having been raised in New England with bitter cold winters, spring was always special to me. Spring brings forth rebirth! There are gorgeous flowering trees and camellias and azaleasare everywhere.
Continue reading Springtime! Rebirth! Review!
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
Outside of having a strong membership base which is the life blood of any nonprofit, having an effective elected volunteer leadership team is crucial to the long term success of an organization.
In today’s association management environment, it is more common for volunteer board members to seek leadership opportunities that require less time for “ladder progression” to officer positions. In addition, volunteer leaders generally speaking, want to serve on a board where meetings are run efficiently (whether it be in person meetings or virtual – web and teleconference). Time is at a premium in today’s society, and association’s that have a format that does not respect or address the time expectations of leadership candidate’s risks losing potential talent. Continue reading Maximizing Volunteer Effectiveness
By William Lessley
If you’re anything like me, you see a lot of data on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully, the data you control (membership, meetings, donors, etc.) is orderly, contained, easily reviewed and manipulated. But what about the data you don’t control? Prospect lists, whether they are for membership recruitment, sponsorship opportunities, or even your very own custom-made drip campaign, can be a pure nightmare to deal with. Trust me, I’ve been dealing with membership recruitment and retention for the last 5+ years – I’ve seen it all. (And, if I haven’t, I don’t want to!) Continue reading The Dreaded Prospect List – Tips & Hacks