Category Archives: communication

Closing the Generational Gap:   Teambuilding that Can Work for Your Team

By: Ricki Sexton

Many offices in today’s world have one thing in common:  Diverse groups of employees.  Here in our office, we have quite the mix of different people that come from different backgrounds.  We have people that live in the country.  We have people that live in the city.  We have people who are from up North, we have Southerners, we have Florida fans, we have FSU fans, and we come from different employment backgrounds with different levels of education.  Whatever we are personally, we all share a great pride that we “ARE” the Partners team, no matter our background.  Continue reading Closing the Generational Gap:   Teambuilding that Can Work for Your Team

The Hiring Games

By: Kristi Spargo

There’s nothing quite like the moment when I had to inform an employee that they have unpleasant body odor and needed to wear deodorant. Or the moment when I politely requested an employee to please leave their half-shirts at home and try to step up their office apparel to include pants without holes.  Memorable indeed.  It’s been over a decade since I worked in human resources but I’ll never forget the sinking feeling in my stomach, the nerves gripping my throat, my cheeks flushing and my verbal skills deteriorating to a lot of “umms” and “yeahs” during these awkward conversations.  Continue reading The Hiring Games

Building Effective Teams

By: Ricki Sexton

Here at Partners in Association Management, we take team building very seriously!  Not only do we usually start our monthly staff meetings with some type of icebreaker that connects us all as a team, we also have various events throughout the year, usually hosted by our social committee that are also great team building exercises.   For example, this past year, we did some really enjoyable activities as a group that really tested our teamwork skills.  Some of these activities included: Continue reading Building Effective Teams

Navigating Employee Onboarding

By: Rachel Luoma

Onboarding. It’s something we don’t need to think about unless we hire a new employee.  Right?

Wrong!!

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Onboarding isn’t just about hiring new employees – it is about understanding your organization’s culture and social norms and having a successful process in place to identify, recruit, hire, train, integrate and develop employees. Continue reading Navigating Employee Onboarding

Tips and Tricks for Strengthening Your Association’s Volunteer Leaders

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

I remember reading this great blog by my colleague Will Ferguson about being a volunteer leader.  In it, he provides some great tips for those looking to become involved in an association, such as selecting a volunteer position, being present, following through and knowing when to step back.

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As I read through it, I couldn’t help but think about the other side of the equation – managing volunteer leaders.  I always say that volunteers are the heart of the association and staff members are the legs.  The staff can do the heavy lifting, but the organization is dead without the heart – the volunteers.  Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Strengthening Your Association’s Volunteer Leaders

Greek Recruitment Tips for Networking

By: Shelly Joines

This time 10 years ago, I was preparing for what was my final time being involved in recruitment through my sorority at Florida State University. While it felt like a time consuming tradition at the moment, it taught me more than I could imagine about networking and interviewing. You see, opening up and engaging with people isn’t a natural skill for all so knowing ways to make other people comfortable and helping manage a conversation (at a conference luncheon let’s say) is a special skill.

We’ve shared several blogs about networking and how to do it properly, wearing your badge on the right lapel, preparing an elevator speech and asking questions, but we haven’t really laid out conversation starters and more importantly ways to keep the conversation going. Continue reading Greek Recruitment Tips for Networking

Engaging the Unengaged

By: Shelly Joines

Who wants extra work on their plate? Who wants to spend “free time” on a project that seemingly has nothing to do with their regular job function? Or even worse, who wants to step outside of their comfort zone and work on something that highlights their professional weaknesses?

Did you raise your hand? Not likely, as human nature is to stay in the comfort zone.

Continue reading Engaging the Unengaged