Mom Was Right: Two Simple Steps for Success

By: John Ricco, CAE

The Thanksgiving holiday begins a time of year where we often take stock of our annual accomplishments and shortcomings and generate thoughts of grandeur for the upcoming year. Thanksgiving is time to express gratitude for the blessings we have to family, friends and colleagues. There two simple ways you can use the theme of Thanksgiving which, if you commit to and are willing to invest less than 1% of your time, will pay huge dividends in 2015 and beyond.

“No duty is more important than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen Continue reading “Mom Was Right: Two Simple Steps for Success”

Recipes to Guarantee a Memorable Experience

By: District 3 (John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, Will Lessley Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE)

 During the holiday season, the first thing that comes to mind is food.  Thanksgiving for most people usually consists of a large multi-course meal followed by lots of eating, drinking, resting and even shopping.  If you really think about it, a healthy association or non-profit is similar to a multi-course meal in that all aspects of the association should complement one another to help form a well-rounded experience for those involved.  In associations for example, all departments must work together to ensure that efforts support the overall mission of the association.  When it comes to planning a big holiday meal, similar considerations may be made.
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So, in the holiday spirit, we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes that have helped make planning a big holiday meal a success.  Please feel free to share this with your family and friends to. Continue reading “Recipes to Guarantee a Memorable Experience”

Once a Nole, Always a Nole: How to Retain Members

By: Shelly Sobol

Since I was a kid, I remember being dressed in Florida State University outfits/colors and would even ask for new FSU stuff for holidays and birthdays. Even thouFSU membershipgh I grew up seven hours south of Tallahassee, the Seminoles were always my favorite team.

Fast forward to 2003 and my freshman year at college. I went to every single home game… but it wasn’t always about the football. Yes, I loved the exciting plays and yelling about bad calls. But outside of that, the reasons I went every week, and the reason I have hardly missed a home game in the 11 years I’ve lived in Tallahassee is for 3 reasons (in no priority order). Continue reading “Once a Nole, Always a Nole: How to Retain Members”

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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51 Shades of Gray (Hair)

By: Amy Bean Napier

One of the associations that we work with celebrated their 51st anniversary in 2014 at their Annual Conference and Trade Show.  After the big 50th Anniversary Extravaganza blowout in 2013, staff had to work hard to ensure that the 51st Anniversary was just as exhilarating, so that we harnessed the positive momentum moving forward.  While we were successful in making our 51st Anniversary Conference effective and exciting, we also noticed a trend that we may have been purposely overlooking.  Continue reading “51 Shades of Gray (Hair)”

I Was Talking, Did You Say Something?

By: Lisa Kamper

Advertising Sales is a profession and like all professions it requires a certain amount of skill. If you take the time to master the required skills you will excel in your profession. All skills are not equal however; while prospecting, presentation and of course closing are all skills that contribute to the closing of a sale. There are three key ingredients that I have found that are more important. Continue reading “I Was Talking, Did You Say Something?”

So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech

By Christina Welty, MA

If you’re a fan of the show “Friends”, you’ll most likely remember the episode where Monica and Rachel make a bet that they know Chandler and Joey better than Chandler and Joey know them.  Ross comes up with a game show and leads them through a series of questions; the last one is “What is Chandler’s job?” Monica and Rachel start shouting things like “it has something to do with numbers….and processing….and he carries a briefcase”.  Finally, Rachel shouts, “He’s a transponster!” Continue reading “So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech”

Crash Course on Non-Dues Revenues – 10 Tips in a 2 Minute Read

By: John Ricco

The non-profit sector is fighting harder than ever for dues, sponsorships and traditional sources of income.  Although it would be nice, let’s face it, we all can’t develop the next Ice Bucket Challenge.  Many of my association colleagues want to start generating more affinity programs for their organization and often times they are not sure exactly where to start. This post addresses some of the things that should be considered when developing affinity programs and should provide food for thought as you look for opportunities to better serve your members and provide additional financial resources for your organization. Continue reading “Crash Course on Non-Dues Revenues – 10 Tips in a 2 Minute Read”

Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

 It’s 9:00 a.m. Monday morning and your board has decided they want a brand new logo for the association.  Who you gonna call?  A GRAPHIC DESIGNER!

Ok, so I’m a designer, not a writer, but if that situation did happen a graphic designer would be the perfect person to call.  Below are some tips to successfully work with a designer. Continue reading “Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer”