Category Archives: Certification

Certificate vs. Certification: How Are They Different and Which Is Best?

By:  Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

If you are in the association industry, no doubt you have heard the terms certificate and certification, and often these terms are used interchangeably.  Are they the same and, if not, how are they different and which one is best for you or your organization? Continue reading Certificate vs. Certification: How Are They Different and Which Is Best?

Poor Planning Perpetuates Poor Performance

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

I don’t know about you, but I grew up a military brat.  That meant if you weren’t 10 minutes early, you were late.  It also meant the dishes were to be put in the dishwasher in a specific place and spontaneity was that you only had a day or two of notice before an event or activity.  I laughed out loud at BuzzFeed’s 25 Signs You Grew Up As A Military Brat as it explained my childhood pretty accurately.

I will never forget the 5 P’s as my dad called them “poor planning perpetuates poor performance”, or, my personal favorite, the 7 P’s “piss poor planning perpetuates piss poor performance”.  The 7 P’s were typically reserved for when I got into trouble. Continue reading Poor Planning Perpetuates Poor Performance

Certification Is Current

By: Danielle Jessup

Do you have a vested interest in enhancing your skills and advancing in the association industry?  Just as other industries require a license, the association industry has a handful of certifications to allow you to demonstrate a firm understanding of industry standards and possess the ability to put them into practice.  These two certifications are specific to our industry and could be beneficial to your career: Continue reading Certification Is Current

Wait, Too Many People are Talking at Once!

By: Lauren Millard

How many times has this happened to you?  You’ve been on a conference call, or in a board meeting, and too many people try to talk at once.  When this happens it can cause frustration for everyone involved.  The “talkers” aren’t being heard, and those listening can’t follow anything going on.

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We recently held a Job Task Analysis for one of our certification programs, which involved over 20 enthusiastic people who all wanted their idea to be heard.  To help alleviate some of the frustration, we were able to implement some basic guidelines to ensure the meeting was effective, and all the ideas were heard.  Continue reading Wait, Too Many People are Talking at Once!