Sponsorships Got You In A Rut?

by: Danielle Jessup

Do you hold the same meetings year after year and roll out the same sponsorship packet?  If so,111 it may be time to do some updating, as many vendors are looking for more creative ways to get their company name out there.  Whether it is a small meeting for 35 people or a large conference for hundreds, sponsors want to see the ROI.  Standard sponsorship levels still have their place but it’s also time to start thinking outside the box.  Work with the vendors directly to ensure they get the most out of their sponsorship.

Here are a few tips to help you secure sponsorships. Continue reading Sponsorships Got You In A Rut?

Conference Room Rehab

By: Amy Bean Napier

Conference rooms are not the most exciting space in the office.  Staff usually perceives them as a place they are required to go, sit for an hour or so, and listen to others talk about something they may or may not be interested in.  Eyes glazing over and imitations of being fully awake and listening, while zoning out and thinking of other things, seem to thrive in this important room.  Kind of sounds like rehab doesn’t it? Continue reading Conference Room Rehab

Three Tech Tools to Increase Productivity

By: Rachel Luoma, CAE, MS

Before you read any further…you’re welcome!

As many of you know, technology can be your best friend and your worst enemy.  When things are working well, it is fabulous and I love all the neat things I can do with technology.  However, when they aren’t working, I want to beat my technology up (Office Space Style).

The following three tools were shared with me by some of my colleagues and they have helped so much that I feel that I must share them with as many people as I can.  Sorry Mac friends…this one is for my Windows lovers.

  1. Pin Tool

If you are like me, your work server has dozens of folders, which have dozens of subfolders.  Then those subfolders have super subfolders and those have double secret probation subfolders.  This means when I need to find a program or document, I am clicking on 10 different folders to get to it.  Plus, often times, I find myself wondering which folder I saved a specific document in.  I can’t be the only one who has this challenge….right?  The solution – the pinning tool!

The pinning tool allows you to “pin” a program or document to your taskbar – that thing that goes across the bottom of your screen (see below) – to make it easy to access at any time.

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That really isn’t even the most convenient part.  Beyond that, within a specific program, you can pin documents inside the program or to the taskbar so that you don’t have to go search in the folder abyss each time you want to find your chart of accounts or your meeting registration brochure.  How would one do this?  Simple!

To pin a program, simply right click on a program and select “pin to taskbar”.  The newly pinned program icon should display on your taskbar at the bottom of your desktop.  Now when you want to open a word document, you can simply click on the icon and voila!

To pin a document, to the taskbar you must have002the program pinned to your taskbar first.  Find the document on your server and use your mouse to drag the document and drop it on the program icon on your taskbar.  Now if you right click on the icon, you will see your document “pinned” at the top!

You can also pin a document within the program, by opening the program and selecting the “file” tab.  From there, you can click on the pin icon (highlighted below) next to the document or folder that you want to pin to the top of the file tab.

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The result = easy access to a document, file or program!

  1. Snipping Tool

This is my new best friend and I use it all the time! We all probably know how to do a screen capture (Ctrl + PrtScn) – been there, done that. But did you know there is a tool built into Windows if you only want to capture a small portion of your screen.  Hence the snipping tool.

To use or access the snipping tool, 004you will first want to find it by typing “snipping tool” into your Windows search bar.

Next you will want to pin it to your taskbar.  Remember how to do that?  If not, see cool tech tip #1.

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Once it is pinned to your task bar, anytime you want to select a portion of your screen you can select the snipping tool, create a “new snip” and use the drag feature on your mouse to create a snip.  The nice thing is that you can easily copy/paste this snip into any document or you can save it as an image for later use.

How might one use the snipping tool?  I use it all the time when proofing, especially for our web developer.  With this tool, I can easily send a snip and highlight the area of reference.  Getting an error message on the screen? Snip a copy to send to your IT professional.  Want to take a section of a document and make it into a jpeg? Snip and save as a jpeg.

This tool has allowed me to share snippets of my screen with others with ease.

  1. Sign Tool

Here is another doozy! Want to add text to a pdf, but don’t want to pay for the full adobe 006version? Adobe Reader has a simple tool that can assist you with that.  It is called the sign tool.  Note: if your adobe reader doesn’t currently have this feature, it may be time to upgrade your software.

The sign feature of Adobe should be located in the upper right hand corner of the screen when you open up your reader software.  Please note that some protected documents will not allow the use of this feature, but most documents should allow it.

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Once you select this option, you mouse should turn into a cursor and you should have the ability to click your mouse anywhere on the document and being typing.  The add text menu bar should display allowing you to change the font type, size, spacing, etc.

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This tool has been extremely helpful for me when completing applications that are provided in .pdf form.  Prior to knowing about this tool, I would have to print out a .pdf form and hand write in responses.  Now, I have the ability to type them in.

There are a slew of technology tools out there and if you are lucky enough to have an IT department who can navigate all those tools and buy you what you need, go for it.  If not, these tools may just save you some time and hassle.  I would love to hear more tips and tools that you have found that save you time.

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Why You Should Attend Events for your Organization

By: Lindsey Allbritton

My alarm goes off at 5:30am on Friday, May 8th and I jump out of bed – both nervously and with excitement – and get ready to head south toward Orlando to attend my very first Southern States Symposium & Expo. This is the largest dental laboratory industry meeting in the country run by a nonprofit association and one of our clients, the Florida Dental Laboratory Association (FDLA).

To provide a little bit of background, Partners in Association Management has been providing management services to state, regional, and national associations of all sizes since 1998. We currently manage 19 clients and I work directly with 3 of those: the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT). Although these 3 are different organizations, they work hand-in-hand to advance the dental laboratory industry. Imagine a tripod – what’s a tripod without the third leg? Continue reading Why You Should Attend Events for your Organization

How would you define CUSTOMER SERVICE?

By: Beth Evarts

Customer Service is the art of human contact on many levels. It is about recognizing another human being, providing a positive exchange between two people and embracing the impact you have on that other person.  Human interaction with others can be life altering at home and at work if you just take the time to consider your actions and how you deliver them.

Ask yourself who you are! Just a simple gesture of saying hello with a genuine smile can be enough.  Take time to make a simple gesture like this every day.  Each time take it a step further, because the more contact you challenge yourself to, the more comfortable you become at it. Continue reading How would you define CUSTOMER SERVICE?

What’s In Your Accounting Department

By: Ricki Sexton

While I do have many years of association experience, I have more years of accounting experience, which is why coming to work at Partners as a Member Services Manager was a new direction for me.  Numbers, following procedures, checks and balances, and proper and timely recording is something I feel extremely passionate about. Continue reading What’s In Your Accounting Department

Glass Slippers and Branding

By: Shelly Sobol

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away….

While the actual stories have changed from the time we were children, the idea of storytelling hasn’t. We tell stories to make sense of the changing world around us and to remind the listener of shared values (or values you want to instill upon them). You can use these same storytelling skills when determining a branding plan for your professional image. My goal today, is to share how to brand your organization by storytelling, and telling those stories through images (versus text/infographics/video or other mediums).  Continue reading Glass Slippers and Branding