The Holidays are Upon Us

By: Lauren Millard

It’s that time of year again!  The holidays are here and as much as we love the food, festivities, and spending time with the ones we love, let’s just be honest for a second and say, the holidays are stressful.  As if you weren’t busy enough going about your normal day to day tasks, let’s go ahead and add sending out holiday cards, buying presents, traveling, and going to 8 different holiday parties  to your running to do list that is already a mile long.  On top of all of that, just consider the amount of work that is piling up while you’re out of town eating your fill of turkey and apple pie.  How in the world are you supposed to enjoy this amazing time of the year that you spend with family and friends?  Here are some tips you can use this holiday season to try and find that balance between your work life and your personal life.  Continue reading The Holidays are Upon Us

Getting Your Name Out There

By: Shelly Sobol

Going to a “networking” event can oftentimes feel like you’re going to a sales convention. Determining what someone can do for you, and pitching what you can do for them. But how do you (or your association/business) make an event more subtle on sales and more about genuine connection? The folks at Hyatt Hotels showed me how when they recently hosted an event in Tallahassee before the Florida Society of Association Executives’ Education Day. Continue reading Getting Your Name Out There

Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…and Something for You:

By: Caroline Thomas

Have you heard this saying before? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe. It remains one of the most well-known wedding traditions, stemming from an English rhyme. Many brides round up items for each of these categories for good luck on the biggest day of their life. If you can believe it, in an office staffed with approximately thirty people, four of us are getting married within two months of each other this coming spring.. I am learning so much throughout the process that I want to share how you can utilize these concepts at your next association event, whether you consider yourself to be superstitious or not! Continue reading Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…and Something for You:

A Day in the Life of Member Services

By: Alonda Hill

I first began working at Partners In Association Management in the Member Services Department in late July.  I’ve always enjoyed working with people and my role as a member services coordinator allows me to connect with our members while providing great customer service.

When I tell people where I work and my title, they always ask “what is member services?” Our member services department is comprised of five full time staff members and we are involved in almost everything that defines association management in some way each day.

Let me share what a typical day in our member services department might look like as well as tips that we use to succeed in this role. Continue reading A Day in the Life of Member Services

Give Thanks (and Not Just Once a Year)

By: Maureen Turner and Christina Welty

 Now that Halloween has come and gone, it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving!  Many of our Facebook friends use the month of November to post daily with something they are thankful for.  We encourage you to take it a step further.  Branch out and give thanks throughout the year.  You can do this in your personal life, but let’s focus on your work life. Continue reading Give Thanks (and Not Just Once a Year)

Tis the Season – to Renew Your Membership!

By: William Ferguson

With the hustle towards the holidays already in full swing, you’ve probably already started to feel the squeeze of too much to do and not enough time. Did you notice they’re already playing Christmas carols on the radio? Pretty soon, if not already, your local stores will have all the Christmas decorations out and you’ll begin to feel the pressure to decorate your house long before Thanksgiving is here. We’re on the mad slide to a brand new year and you know what that means (for a lot of us)? Membership renewals! Continue reading Tis the Season – to Renew Your Membership!

CONTRACTS, RFP’S AND BEO’s… IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS!

By Jill Jackson, CMP

After being involved in RFP’s, contracting and event management for over 15 years, you definitely learn many valuable tips along the way.  Some cause new and exciting enhancements to your events while others cause sleepless nights, chest pains and new wrinkles!

I would like to share seven important items I believe will save the twitching eyes, lost hours of sleep and bring a sigh of relief knowing these important items have been covered. Continue reading CONTRACTS, RFP’S AND BEO’s… IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS!