By: Danielle Jessup
Contracts can be a scary task if you are not familiar with the different clauses and terminology used today. The APEX Contracts Accepted Practices is a great tool to keep on file and reference before signing any contract/agreement. Picture this, you sign a contract for a client’s meeting and didn’t review the function space in its entirety. You get onsite and the meeting room that you thought you had on a 24 hour hold is not available until that evening. So you, your staff and the conference materials now have to wait a full day to move into the “office space”. Something so small can set your meeting off to a bad start. Whether you are working on a large annual conference or a small board meeting contract, here are 5 clauses that you should never overlook. Continue reading 5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook
By: Amy Bean Napier
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are always stock full of parties, receptions and other various festivities. For the extroverted people lovers, this is a great time of the year where you get to party and spend time with lots of people and talk, laugh, drink and eat and just have a jolly good time! But for the introverted not-crazy-about-crowds type of people (like myself), it can be pure torture!Disclaimer: No animal was harmed during the making of this blog
So for all those similar minded, introverted, not really into social events, business professionals out there, here are some tips of how to survive and thrive during the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season
By: Eric Thorn
While an office harmonica may be unnecessary (not to mention unsanitary), office harmony is very important. Everyone prefers to work in a place where everyone gets along. Conflicts with people at work can grow and make an otherwise pleasant environment less so. Unnecessary conflicts can be bad for everyone’s morale. The following tips for office communications will help avoid misunderstandings and can help keep you and the people you work with in a positive place. Continue reading Hold the Phone – Did He Say Office Harmonica?
By: John Ricco, CAE
I recently read a thought provoking Harvard Business Review article titled, “Tell Your Team What Customers Should Say About Them.” The customer service model outlined was basic, yet compelling. In addition, a recent personal experience confirmed the philosophy, but more on that later. What do you want your members to say when they walk away?
Continue reading What Your Members’ Say When They Walk Away.
Although those 2 words never seem enough as you say them, to a veteran- it’s one of the most honest and genuine things you can hear. On this Veteran’s Day, our staff members would like to share with you a veteran that they would like to recognize and thank for their service and commitment to our wonderful country. Continue reading Thank You: Gratitude to our Military
By: District 3 (John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, Will Lessley Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE)
During the holiday season, the first thing that comes to mind is food. Thanksgiving for most people usually consists of a large multi-course meal followed by lots of eating, drinking, resting and even shopping. If you really think about it, a healthy association or non-profit is similar to a multi-course meal in that all aspects of the association should complement one another to help form a well-rounded experience for those involved. In associations for example, all departments must work together to ensure that efforts support the overall mission of the association. When it comes to planning a big holiday meal, similar considerations may be made.
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So, in the holiday spirit, we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes that have helped make planning a big holiday meal a success. Please feel free to share this with your family and friends to. Continue reading Recipes to Guarantee a Memorable Experience
By Jill Jackson, CMP
Whether we are working together professionally to achieve a common goal, to complete a project or just trying to succeed personally, is it always teamwork that brings success? As much as we all believe we can do anything and everything on our own, we must realize that reaching a goal or accomplishing a project usually has a positive outcome and great benefit through working with others.
“Teamwork” is defined as a cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause. “Success” is the favorable outcome of something attempted. At Partners In Association Management, we serve and manage many clients, all who have different aspects, challenges, memberships and teams. Through our various management teams, contracted vendors, and internal policies and procedures, we successfully manage every aspect of our associations. Continue reading TEAMWORK EQUALS SUCCESS ~ A PLAN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!