Raise Money and Get Healthy All at the Same Time

By: Amy Bean Napier

One of the clients that we manage is the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT).  Their mission is to advance the profession of dental laboratory technology through education.

Like most non-profit organizations, they are constantly looking for out-of-the-box ways to raise money to ensure the continued success of the organization and their goals.  Last year, FDLT held their first ever Race for the Future event in which volunteers agreed to participate in the ITU Triathlon in Chicago, IL to help raise money for the Foundation.  Continue reading Raise Money and Get Healthy All at the Same Time

Quality Control Systems: How You Can Implement Them into Your Workplace

By: Caroline Thomas

If I had to tell you one thing I have learned in the past year working at Partners In Association Management, it is the importance of quality control systems in our workplace. My position within the Membership Services team,  is serving as quality control for our credit card charges, continuing education for multiple clients and membership status. Additionally, our team handles payment processing, time sensitive data entry and special projects every day. When you add in the high call volume we experience, there is a lot going on at once. Patience, attention to details, and quality of work are crucial. It may sound a little boring, but read on. I use the following tips that could help you too! Continue reading Quality Control Systems: How You Can Implement Them into Your Workplace

The Struggle Is Real

By Lauren Asbell, CMP

Within the last month I have planned and executed a large annual conference, moved  to a new city, started working from home and I’m currently planning four more annual conferences for 2015; the next one taking place in a week.  Now this blog is not intended to sound like a pity-party, on the contrary, I learned a lot the last couple of weeks about the similarities between meeting planning and moving. Continue reading The Struggle Is Real

Marketing Your Meeting – Before, During & After

By: Christina Welty

According to the American Marketing Association, “marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large” (http://www.ama.org).

At Partners, we hold a lot of meetings.  In fact, three of our clients have their annual conventions this month!  Your core members know about the meeting, but it’s important to keep them coming year after year.  It’s also essential to attract new attendees to grow your meeting.  Here are some quick tips to market the value of your meeting in addition to the standard practices of postcards, brochures, etc.     Continue reading Marketing Your Meeting – Before, During & After

Procedures! Organization! Success! Oh My!

By: Ricki Sexton

A word that I have never used quite so frequently in my entire life as I have in the last eight months  as an employee is procedures.  I’ve had “procedures” done at doctor’s offices.  I’ve had “procedures” done in the dentist office.   When I first started my career at Partners, I would define things as “instructions”.  Now, I too, have fallen into the “procedures” wording, because let’s face it – Procedures is a much clearer word! Continue reading Procedures! Organization! Success! Oh My!

Tips on Launching an Online Program

By: Lindsey Allbritton

As the Program Manager for a Foundation, I was recently responsible for the launch of a new Virtual Training Program. It has been quite the learning experience for someone who isn’t familiar with the backend of technology. This was a very new project for me, but knowing what I know now, here are a couple of tips I would recommend for anyone who takes on a similar project. Continue reading Tips on Launching an Online Program

Timelines and To Do Lists…Finding Work/Life Balance

By:  Jill M. Jackson, CMP

JJ Pic 1With all the timelines and things that must be done each day, how do we achieve work and life balance?  Being the over achiever, perfectionist and “always says yes” person that I am, this is something I have struggled with through my entire professional career.

Managing numerous client annual conventions that include trade shows, golf tournaments, meal events, hotel reservations, travel arrangements, speaker communication and logistics, marketing, registration, name badges, onsite program, signs… the never ending to do list goes on and on!  I am just tired while even thinking of it all! Continue reading Timelines and To Do Lists…Finding Work/Life Balance