Category Archives: Credentials

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?

Coaching Principles Applied to Leadership

By: Jillian Heddaeus, CMP

Athletic Coaches and Business Leaders have several things in common. Generally, they manage teams, carrying out projects, tasks or skills and they have a Coach or Leader to guide them in the direction where they can perform to their highest potential.

Just as the elite coaches of today, business leaders generally have obtained their position through experience and extensive knowledge of their industry. Athletes and employees turn to these individuals to provide them with the “how to” and provide all the answers to success. Continue reading Coaching Principles Applied to Leadership

Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit

By Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Let’s face it – if I say policies and procedures, most people will stop reading this blog, another group will yawn or shudder and a few (albeit very few) people get excited.

If you are one of those people who likes details, organization and I heart policyfacts, then this blog is for you.  If you are one of those people that prefers the big picture and doesn’t fancy structure, then this blog is a must read. Below are some things that are extremely important to ensuring that your association has crucial policies in place that will guide your leadership and staff and may help prevent issues with the IRS or other government agencies. Continue reading Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit

Association Road Warrior: Top 5 Travel Tips

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

Travel – If you have to do it, make it work for you.

Depending on your role with a nonprofit association, and its scope, you may be called upon to travel some or a lot. I fall in the “a lot” category and I am one of those people who actually like it.

For me, the love and desire to travel likely came from my maternal grandmother. From the time I was very young through my senior year in high school when she passed away, she traveled domestically and internationally quite frequently. She hit every corner of the globe, sometimes more than once; going to several places that most people her age would have avoided just on sheer fear of the unknown. Continue reading Association Road Warrior: Top 5 Travel Tips

3 Tips for Building a Career in Associations/Non-Profits

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Navigating your way through any career can pose significant challenges.  I have always subscribed to the adage – you don’t know what you don’t know.  As an emerging association/non-profit professional I have learned through experience some of the skills that are needed in order to build upon my career.  I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned in my almost 10 year association career that have made me a better-rounded professional.

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Networking 101: What You Thought You Knew… But Probably Don’t

by: Kim Barclay

Remember back in the late ‘80s, NBC had a public service campaign called “The More You Know”? The messages focused on education, social awareness, storm survival and basic information regarding day-to-day life skills.  I think that’s what we need for our daily business and work related interactions…specifically networking.  Networking is a skill that isn’t taught anymore and you can only learn from experience.  People don’t practice it, therefore they are horrible at it.  I can’t tell you how many times I have attended a networking event and people will not introduce themselves to the people they are sitting with, nor did they bring any business cards.

Here are some basic DOs and DON’Ts you may not know to successfully engage people in any networking situation:

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A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

As an association professional who has been involved in running a certification program for almost a decade, credentialing has always been important to me.  Certification programs should be based on a particular industry and set the standard related to knowledge or skill of an individual.  Accreditation is an institutional certification program and outlines what a business or company needs to do to meet the standard.

Credentialing is a means to allow an industry to set minimum standards for an entire profession. To me, a credentialing program says – we care about the product or service we produce.  For an individual professional, voluntary certification is a process by which we can learn/grow and show our profession that we are proficient enough in our craft to meet the standard. Continue reading A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally