By: William Lessley
A small state trade association celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. Many associations, upon reaching such a milestone, will blow out their anniversary year and then retreat the following year. Often, they are recovering from the amount of money they spent celebrating. This is a mistake! You spent an entire year building momentum for your association and then just stop? Did the association cease to exist after this magical milestone was passed? Then, why would you go backwards? Continue reading Update Your Style #FixItFriday
By: John Ricco, CAE
Like many people, I like being active and doing what I can to stay fit; biking, kayaking, lifting weights, or running — O.K., I’m lying about enjoying running. In addition to the physical benefits, I find these activities help clear my mind and improve my ability to focus. The other day while on a run (not really), I began to think about the parallels that my fitness activities taught me about professional life and vice versa. The same mental framework we use to power through runs and bike rides can help us be more effective and productive at work — here are some that come to mind. Continue reading 5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym
By: Amy Bean Napier
In June 1944, the world was a different place. Young men were getting ready to hit the beaches of Normandy, France (http://about-france.com/regions/normandy.htm) to fight and protect the world from Hitler’s domination. These soldiers were 18, 19, 20 years old and were leaving their parents, wives, children, friends and family behind to head off to another country to fight the biggest evil ever known to man.
On the early morning of June 6, 1944, U.S. troops stormed Omaha Beach, a six mile stretch of beach that was backed by a seawall 10 feet high and overlooked by cliffs that were almost 100 feet high. Many soldiers drowned during the approach from ships offshore or were instantly killed as they neared the shoreline by German troops that were defending the beaches. But many more trudged forward in the pursuit of freedom. Continue reading Freedom Isn’t Free
By: Rachel Luoma
In April, my husband, Erik and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. It has been a wonderful seven years! I have a lovely home, two beautiful children and at least 30 extra pounds to show for it! As I think back on our years of wedded bliss, it makes me think of the parallels between association management and marriage.
My wonderful husband Erik Continue reading THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association
By: Shelly Sobol
Have you ever had that moment of sheer panic because something you worked weeks/months on had to be scrapped… or rearranged… or changed in some fashion outside of your control? You have? Great, join the club! Continue reading “It’s Not That Deep” – Words I Live By
By Lauren Millard
My all-time favorite show is “FRIENDS”. It does not matter how many times I watch it, it always makes me laugh. I quote it on a regular basis causing myself to crack up laughing. What I didn’t know, was that reflecting on past episodes of “FRIENDS” would completely relate to association management and careers in general. Stick with me while I go through the 5 things this classic sitcom taught me.
Continue reading I’ll Be There for You – 5 Things FRIENDS Taught Us About Association Management
By: Kasey Patton
You’ve heard the cliché ‘another day, another dollar’.
In the world of non-profit associations, much of the money coming in comes from fundraising, and specifically fundraising events. So how can you insure your client has a successful fundraising event? After working in fundraising and event planning for non-profits for several years I’ve found a few tips that will help ensure that they event is a hit. Continue reading How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event