By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
As Partners in Association Management celebrates our 20th anniversary in 2018, we are looking back over the last 20 years as a way to help us learn from the past and navigate the future. For anniversaries, a 20th is often celebrated as it marks a major milestone. When it comes to age, 18 is usually a big celebration as it means the transition from child to adult. But oftentimes, celebrating a 17th anniversary is overlooked – that ends today! Continue reading “The Edge of 17 – Celebrating a Strong Partnership”
By: Shelly Joines
Santa has a BIG job. Millions of children around the globe look forward to one night (or morning) depending on your traditions, to see what Santa has in store for them. Year in and year out, Santa seems to get it right. Do you ever remember reading the news after the holiday season, that Santa had a bad outing? Nope, didn’t think so!
How does he pull that off so consistently? Santa is one person… there must be more to the story. Maybe he has a team of people involved! Continue reading “3 Leadership Tips from the North Pole”
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: Amy Bean Napier
After four hurricanes hit Florida in 2004, most Florida businesses now have business continuity and disaster preparedness plans in place. We keep the plan updated continuously with the latest technology to ensure that we are ready just in case. Continue reading “Disaster Plan…Check, Implementation….Maybe”
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: Shelly Joines
Who wants extra work on their plate? Who wants to spend “free time” on a project that seemingly has nothing to do with their regular job function? Or even worse, who wants to step outside of their comfort zone and work on something that highlights their professional weaknesses?
Did you raise your hand? Not likely, as human nature is to stay in the comfort zone.
Continue reading “Engaging the Unengaged”
By: Beth Evarts
As we approach the holidays, it is a time of celebration and spending time with family, friends and co-workers. It is a time of remembrance.
Once we stop, think and realize just what is important to each of us in life, we can plan for success. The question is, how do we plan to get there and have we planned for the unexpected. Continue reading “Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters”
By: Kristi Spargo
For the past 832 weeks (approximately), I woke up (grudgingly), showered, dressed, drove to the office, and sat at a desk for eight to nine hours before going home. Depending upon the week, I have been content enough that what I was doing had some purpose and provided a steady paycheck. Then the summer of 2014 happened. Not only was I in the process of buying a home, but I randomly received a call from a former employer of mine asking if I might be interested in a position. The tricky part, they were in Florida and I was in Pennsylvania so I would need to work from home. Voila. My life just took a drastically different direction.
When I started telling people that I was going to be working from home, I might as well have told them I won the lottery. Continue reading “The Domestic Endeavor”
By: Caroline Thomas
Recently, I had two weekends in town back to back (in between planning a wedding). I tore through my home like a tornado, tackling all the things I’ve been avoiding. It felt so good to minimalize, clean, and organize. I even broke down and cleaned out my personal email because I recently had someone notice the absurd amount of emails in my email icon on my phone home screen. I can’t remember the last time I did that!
I was feeling pretty accomplished and proud of myself… Until I came into work the following Monday to a jumbled email inbox, papers strewn across my desk, and notes reminding me of “to-dos” from the previous week. That’s when I realized I needed to bring the productiveness of my home spring cleaning to work with me! From that experience, I came up with three quick tips to kick off your office spring cleaning. Continue reading “Keep Calm and Organize On”