Fun with Financials

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Yes, you heard me right – I used financials and fun in the same sentence!

One of the most important aspects in any organization, whether for profit or not-for-profit, is the ability to maintain strong financials.  For “type A” folks like me, just talking about financial statements gives me quite the rush.  However, no matter what your personality type is, it is imperative to fully understand your association’s financials. Continue reading “Fun with Financials”

Meeting Toolbox Essentials

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”

Successful Event Execution or Disorganized Chaos!

By: Jill Jackson, CMP
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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!”

It’s all about that green, ‘bout that green…

By: Christina Welty, MA

St. Patrick’s Day – lots of history, celebrations and definitely green everywhere!

According to the History Channel, Saint Patrick (the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland) was actually born in Roman Britain.  He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16.  He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. Perhaps the most well-known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.  Continue reading “It’s all about that green, ‘bout that green…”

How to Effectively Become the Interviewer During Your Interview

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”

I took a Strength Finder Test and This is What I Found Out…

By: Shelly Sobol

I’ve been discussing with my manager lately about really pinpointing my strengths and areas of improvement to really help develop them better. So I set off to take a strength finder test to determine what someone else saw I was excelling at. I thought I could anticipate my strengths… I was more than a little off! Continue reading “I took a Strength Finder Test and This is What I Found Out…”

A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman

By: Deborah Mandel

In our office, each employee creates a Professional Development Bookplan for the year. This helps us select a focus for continuingeducation and make sure we are using our time and funds appropriately to move our careers in a positive direction. In our plan, we are asked to read a book and share what we’ve learned. For my report I chose “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done”, written by Peter Bregman.

Here are 5 ideas that I found worth noting: Continue reading “A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman”

What Do Wine and Membership Have in Common?

By: William Lessley

002A few years ago, I tried desperately to get “into” wine. Wine was the new thing that everyone was suddenly all about. There are so many choices when it comes to the vino; where do you begin? There are opinions on whether white wine is better than red, what pairs best with fish, beef, pork, or dessert, and if wine under $10 a bottle is even worthy of being considered “real wine”. If you ask 20 people which wine is the best white or red wine, you’ll get 50 different answers. Continue reading “What Do Wine and Membership Have in Common?”

My Husband Doodles in Church

By: Kristi Spargo

I have been happily married for 12 years.  For 12 years and with varying degrees of irritation I have dealt with and grown accustomed to my husband’s forgetfulness, meandering attention span and seeming inability to recall our kids’ daily schedule. For 12 years I have sat righteously in church as he whips out whatever paper he can find and starts doodling. I would watch and think to myself (because who really wants to start an argument in church) why can’t you just sit and listen for thirty minutes. Continue reading “My Husband Doodles in Church”