By: Meghan Brasher
From decorating trees to lighting menorahs and setting budgets to meeting deadlines, the holiday closing at the office can make for a very hectic time. The office staff members are all scrambling to complete all their work, making that “homemade pecan pie” and fitting all the holiday social events into one month!
What we seem to forget though during this stressful process is our “work family”. Continue reading Making over “The Holidays”: Association Edition
By: Ricki Sexton
Oftentimes, when you mention a professional development budget or taking a seminar in conversation, people may look twice at you as if you are speaking a foreign language. What? Why would you do professional development? That’s extra work isn’t it?
So, what is professional development, specifically? Continue reading Why Professional Development?
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.
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
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
By: William Ferguson
Volunteering with an organization is a great way to meet new people, find a mentor, give back to your community, and even further your career. As association professionals, we spend so much of our time focused on helping our volunteer leaders that we forget there is another side to the volunteer coin: serving.
I think that, for most of us, the reason we are in non-profit management is because we want to help. We want to solve problems. We want to help create solutions. In short, we want to change the world – even if it’s just through helping change the regulations for widget makers.
If you’re in a position where you’re not quite feeling enough challenge, or if you want to branch out and gain some leadership experience, why not consider joining a committee? There are many volunteer opportunities such as serving on a board of directors or committee, chairing a fundraising event, speaking, or even acting as a greeter at an event. Continue reading How To: Be a Volunteer Leader
By: Lindsey Rowan
There I was, twenty-four years old, just a year and a half into my career, attending my first FSAE (Florida Society of Association Executives) Annual Conference. During the very first breakout session, the speaker asked for a show of hands of the CEOs in the room. When nearly half of the room raised their hand, I felt intimidated. Are people wondering what I’m doing here? Am I even qualified to be here? Continue reading Continuing Education for a Young Professional
By: John Ricco, CAE
Not in a million years did I think that I would find myself connected (even tangentially) to a major event that would grip the nation. This changed with the June 12 Orlando mass shootings. In my role as Executive Director of the Florida Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, the FCCFA membership was called upon to aid state and local governments with their process of identification and transportation of the deceased and then later to serve their families by providing funerals and memorials services. Continue reading Orlando Shooting Leads to Lessons Learned in Association Crisis Management