By: Lindsey Allbritton
My alarm goes off at 5:30am on Friday, May 8th and I jump out of bed – both nervously and with excitement – and get ready to head south toward Orlando to attend my very first Southern States Symposium & Expo. This is the largest dental laboratory industry meeting in the country run by a nonprofit association and one of our clients, the Florida Dental Laboratory Association (FDLA).
To provide a little bit of background, Partners in Association Management has been providing management services to state, regional, and national associations of all sizes since 1998. We currently manage 19 clients and I work directly with 3 of those: the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL), the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC), and the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology (FDLT). Although these 3 are different organizations, they work hand-in-hand to advance the dental laboratory industry. Imagine a tripod – what’s a tripod without the third leg? Continue reading “Why You Should Attend Events for your Organization”
By: Lauren Asbell, CMP
One of my favorite parts of magazines is when they ask people “What’s in your bag?”. You can gain great tips on beauty products, books, how to pack, etc.
We have a few meeting planners in our office and I always like to take a peek at what they have in their toolbox. I’ve picked up some great tips from them. Below are my essentials. Continue reading “Meeting Toolbox Essentials”
By: John Ricco, CAE
I swear I didn’t mean for this to happen, but it did. I was in Las Vegas on business and needed to overhaul my entire travel plan home. O.K. so that’s not exactly the Hangover-esque tale of debauchery you were hoping for, but it got you reading, right? Continue reading “Business Travel Lessons – The Hard Ways”
By: Jill Jackson, CMP
In event planning there is a never-ending “to do” list when it comes to preparations and perfecting execution of successful events. Most who don’t plan meetings and events full-time either believes it is fun or dread every minute of it! For me, I guess I have been involved in some type of event planning for as long as I can remember…or more like as long as I’ve been old enough to help my mother! My mom was the “party planner” for all family gatherings, friends and church events, as well as running her own catering business “for fun” on the side. My sister and I were always involved in some aspect of these events. Little did I know these experiences would help me learn the ins and outs of event planning and that it would be my professional career one day! Continue reading “Successful Event Execution or Disorganized Chaos!”
By: Lindsey Allbritton
“Where are you working now that you’re out of school?” I can’t count the amount of times I was asked this question just days after walking across the stage on that blazing August day. After working several part-time jobs (some good, some bad) throughout high school and college, I had one thing figured out: I was not going to accept a full-time position without finding 100% confidence and comfort in the interview. Luckily for me, this did not take very long, but how was I so sure? Continue reading “How to Effectively Become the Interviewer During Your Interview”
By Amy E. Bean Napier
After spending a week in Las Vegas, watching many people throwing a lot of money at slot machines and gaming tables trying to beat the odds and go home winners, it really made me think more about the odds of winning at anything, whether in Vegas, home or at work! Continue reading “Playing the Odds”
By: Kim Barclay
It is now 2015 and everyone is back in the swing of work and school after the holiday break. The office where I work was closed the week of Christmas however my holiday break was ruined by illness. I was incredibly sick that week and I certainly didn’t want to give the gift of germs to people in my office when we returned to work. We are still in the middle of the cold and flu season and many of us don’t actually get sick, but we carry the germs and get others sick instead. In either case, it’s good practice to be proactive and courteous to your family and co-workers so that the spread of germs is minimized as much as possible. Continue reading “Don’t Give the Gift of Germs”
By: Danielle Jessup
Contracts can be a scary task if you are not familiar with the different clauses and terminology used today. The APEX Contracts Accepted Practices is a great tool to keep on file and reference before signing any contract/agreement. Picture this, you sign a contract for a client’s meeting and didn’t review the function space in its entirety. You get onsite and the meeting room that you thought you had on a 24 hour hold is not available until that evening. So you, your staff and the conference materials now have to wait a full day to move into the “office space”. Something so small can set your meeting off to a bad start. Whether you are working on a large annual conference or a small board meeting contract, here are 5 clauses that you should never overlook. Continue reading “5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook”
By: Amy Bean Napier
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are always stock full of parties, receptions and other various festivities. For the extroverted people lovers, this is a great time of the year where you get to party and spend time with lots of people and talk, laugh, drink and eat and just have a jolly good time! But for the introverted not-crazy-about-crowds type of people (like myself), it can be pure torture!Disclaimer: No animal was harmed during the making of this blog
So for all those similar minded, introverted, not really into social events, business professionals out there, here are some tips of how to survive and thrive during the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading “Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season”
By: John Ricco, CAE
I recently read a thought provoking Harvard Business Review article titled, “Tell Your Team What Customers Should Say About Them.” The customer service model outlined was basic, yet compelling. In addition, a recent personal experience confirmed the philosophy, but more on that later. What do you want your members to say when they walk away?
Continue reading “What Your Members’ Say When They Walk Away.”