3 Leadership Tips from the North Pole

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”

To Boldly Go Where Others Have Gone Before

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”

Building Effective Teams

By: Ricki Sexton

Here at Partners in Association Management, we take team building very seriously!  Not only do we usually start our monthly staff meetings with some type of icebreaker that connects us all as a team, we also have various events throughout the year, usually hosted by our social committee that are also great team building exercises.   For example, this past year, we did some really enjoyable activities as a group that really tested our teamwork skills.  Some of these activities included: Continue reading “Building Effective Teams”

Nervously Networking

By: Kristi Spargo

I recently attended a client meeting in Chicago along with over 35,000 attendees. With that insane amount of people basically overtaking the city, pretty much every person I saw was a potential networking opportunity. The sales people that I attended with were practically salivating at the world of prospective clients and never seemed to have enough time to meet everyone. Yet, for me, I am an editor/writer that works from home. The loudest and most people-intensive day of my week is Thursday, when both the trash and recycling truck swing by my house. Admittedly, being in a scenario where I am expected to drop into a room packed with strangers and network forces me outside of my comfort zone. It is part of my job, however, to establish connections and potential authors and nobody said it was easy. Continue reading “Nervously Networking”

Volunteer Appreciation is Key

By: Danielle Jessup, CMP

You receive a $10,000 donation to support an event that you are managing. You have 50 volunteers that have put in more than 6,000 hours and over 12 months of their time. What do you do to appropriately thank the sponsor or volunteer?

Thank you
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It is easy to show how a donation of $10,000 benefits the association, but how do you show the value of your volunteers time? Continue reading “Volunteer Appreciation is Key”

Why You Should Attend Events for your Organization

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”