Category Archives: Leadership

Freedom Isn’t Free

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.

6.14.141On 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

THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association

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.

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“It’s Not That Deep” – Words I Live By

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

I’ll Be There for You – 5 Things FRIENDS Taught Us About Association Management

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.

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How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event

By: Kasey Patton

You’ve heard the cliché ‘another day, another dollar’.

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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

Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document

By: William Lessley

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For a long time I used the phrase “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…” to explain the reason for having documentation that outlines everything I do. Apparently this phrase makes some people nervous so now I’ve changed it to “If I win the lotto tomorrow…”

Working for an Association Management Company (AMC) has taught me many skills I hadn’t even thought of when I worked as part of a captive staff association. While our AMC has different departments, so much of what we do bleeds over and through every person who works here. Keeping not only members happy but also our clients happy is the job of every single person – no matter what their position. I think we’ve all been the victim of an out of date procedure manual at some point in our lives and it is not a fun place to be. Continue reading Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document

Why Adults Make the Worst Students #meetingproblems

By: Kaitlyn Hudlow

4.23.14

It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting at a small staff meeting, or at a conference with hundreds of people, we’ve all been there where you look out into the audience and you realize maybe about 20% of the people are actually giving you their undivided attention. Continue reading Why Adults Make the Worst Students #meetingproblems