51 Shades of Gray (Hair)

By: Amy Bean Napier

One of the associations that we work with celebrated their 51st anniversary in 2014 at their Annual Conference and Trade Show.  After the big 50th Anniversary Extravaganza blowout in 2013, staff had to work hard to ensure that the 51st Anniversary was just as exhilarating, so that we harnessed the positive momentum moving forward.  While we were successful in making our 51st Anniversary Conference effective and exciting, we also noticed a trend that we may have been purposely overlooking.  Continue reading 51 Shades of Gray (Hair)

Treat Yourself and Improve Your Mood and Productivity

By: Amanda Carey

My one year anniversary with Partners in Association Management is quickly approaching and I’ve found it important to keep yourself happy.  Since starting at the company and transitioning roles from our member services department to a client management team, I have had to learn what keeps me grounded day-to-day.  From my previous blog that you can find here (http://bit.ly/1rHMAVR) these are some little things I’ve learned to keep my mood up and stay focused on the work week.  Here are just some quick ways to instantly boost your mood by treating yourself! Continue reading Treat Yourself and Improve Your Mood and Productivity

I don’t deal well with change…

By: Deborah Mandel

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I’m probably not in the minority when I say this, but “I hate change”. Changes, no matter how small, are usually followed by some sort of reaction from me. I have been trying to work on how I respond to change, so hopefully as my coworkers read this they are thinking to themselves, “no, not Deborah, she’s so easy-going, and accepts change with a good attitude, and doesn’t go home and scream into her pillow.” Continue reading I don’t deal well with change…

I Was Talking, Did You Say Something?

By: Lisa Kamper

Advertising Sales is a profession and like all professions it requires a certain amount of skill. If you take the time to master the required skills you will excel in your profession. All skills are not equal however; while prospecting, presentation and of course closing are all skills that contribute to the closing of a sale. There are three key ingredients that I have found that are more important. Continue reading I Was Talking, Did You Say Something?

5th Most Stressful Job in 2014 – Event Coordinator

By: Danielle Jessup, BS

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 When you hear that enlisted military personnel, military generals, firefighters and airline pilots are among the top four most stressful jobs in 2014, you are probably nodding your head in agreement.  Especially since they all deal with the safety of others and are considerably dangerous jobs. Now if I had to guess, you are probably not thinking that number 5 is an event coordinator. Why is it that we love this profession, specifically association meeting management which is the most challenging type of event planning?  For me, it’s the challenge of demanding budgets, tight deadlines and ensuring attendee satisfaction.  Here are three easy tips to help you stay calm. Continue reading 5th Most Stressful Job in 2014 – Event Coordinator

So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech

By Christina Welty, MA

If you’re a fan of the show “Friends”, you’ll most likely remember the episode where Monica and Rachel make a bet that they know Chandler and Joey better than Chandler and Joey know them.  Ross comes up with a game show and leads them through a series of questions; the last one is “What is Chandler’s job?” Monica and Rachel start shouting things like “it has something to do with numbers….and processing….and he carries a briefcase”.  Finally, Rachel shouts, “He’s a transponster!” Continue reading So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech

Crash Course on Non-Dues Revenues – 10 Tips in a 2 Minute Read

By: John Ricco

The non-profit sector is fighting harder than ever for dues, sponsorships and traditional sources of income.  Although it would be nice, let’s face it, we all can’t develop the next Ice Bucket Challenge.  Many of my association colleagues want to start generating more affinity programs for their organization and often times they are not sure exactly where to start. This post addresses some of the things that should be considered when developing affinity programs and should provide food for thought as you look for opportunities to better serve your members and provide additional financial resources for your organization. Continue reading Crash Course on Non-Dues Revenues – 10 Tips in a 2 Minute Read