By: William Ferguson
Which is more frightening to you? Being the first one to do something or following in someone else’s footsteps? Stepping into an established role brings more challenges than you might think at first. Earlier this year we partnered with a new association that was changing management right in the middle of on-going programs. This has been a very challenging, but highly rewarding, year for me. Keep reading for ideas on how to tackle taking on a position that had previously been filled. Continue reading To Boldly Go Where Others Have Gone Before
By: Shelly Joines
Being an Association Management Company (AMC) staff member and attending a client’s annual conference is like killing two birds with a single stone. It allows me to apply our best practices to benefit the client while learning from this event and sharing with our other client associations.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of assisting with one of our client’s annual conferences in Orlando. I have in depth experience in the dental laboratory industry in my almost 9 years at PIAM and it’s exciting to carry knowledge and experience from this to one of its state component members. Continue reading AMC Model Benefits Clients During Conference Season
By: Mindy Rimes
At some point in all of our careers, we’ve all had to attend an unproductive staff meeting. Many organizations host bi-weekly or monthly meetings that can leave staff feeling unsatisfied and possibly even bored with what they’ve learned. Everyone should take away at least one vital bit of important information. The truth is most do not. Continue reading How to Maximize Your Staff Meeting
By: Christina Welty
It’s time to plan your upcoming annual convention. The board picked a location – convenient and central to your member base. You have chosen dates (avoiding holidays and competing association’s meetings) and you have sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) to several properties. After reviewing the RFP’s, you selected the hotel. Now, you have to tackle the next step – reviewing the hotel contract. Before you sign on the dotted line, keep the following tips in mind. Continue reading I HAVE MY HOTEL CONTRACT – NOW WHAT?
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: Christina Welty
Is your meeting getting stale? Are your attendees getting bored with the same events year after year? Here are five creative ideas to breathe life into your opening reception or party. Continue reading Breathing Life into Your Opening Reception
By: Rachel Luoma, CAE
Recently, John Ricco, MPA, CAE, and I had the pleasure of speaking at Building Better Boards – an annual training seminar designed by Leadership Tallahassee for novice & veteran not-for-profit board members & staff about board orientations.
One of the key areas that we discussed was the importance of incorporating principles of adult learning into the orientation process.
Why Adult Learning? Continue reading How to Avoid “Bored” Orientations