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”

Did you READ the email?

By: Kim Barclay

In this fast paced world and carrying our life on a mobile device, it is no wonder that information we try to convey or share isn’t often read with the attention it truly requires.  I think most of us have experienced the frustration of sending an email with important information, and have those recipients not follow directions or ask questions that were answered in the original email.

I have been struggling to find a way to politely relay to the readers, “PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL ATTENTION AND SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN!”  I think I have developed a technique over the years that seems to be working. Continue reading “Did you READ the email?”

3 Tips to Make Your Office Holiday Closure Hassle-Free

by: Ricki Sexton

Here at Partners, we are fortunate enough to have a full week off during the holidays each year. I started working at Partners last December 1st, and while I was told that December was our “busy season”, I had no idea what our busy season really entailed.  As a result, while trying to wrap my brain around my new job duties, 18 different clients, and 3 and a half new team members I had not previously worked with, I thought surely I had bitten off more than I could chew!  I had many plans in place that would keep us organized and on task, but the best laid plans often go astray while you have run to the kitchen for just one more caffeine fix.

Here are a few tips and plans that I have in place to ensure that we have a less “bumpy” ride this December, in the midst of one of our busiest client’s renewal periods, topped with the office being closed for an entire week. Continue reading “3 Tips to Make Your Office Holiday Closure Hassle-Free”