Did you READ the email?

By: Kim Barclay

In this fast paced world and carrying our life on a mobile device, it is no wonder that information we try to convey or share isn’t often read with the attention it truly requires.  I think most of us have experienced the frustration of sending an email with important information, and have those recipients not follow directions or ask questions that were answered in the original email.

I have been struggling to find a way to politely relay to the readers, “PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL WITH YOUR FULL ATTENTION AND SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN!”  I think I have developed a technique over the years that seems to be working. Continue reading “Did you READ the email?”

Are You Protected?

By: Amy Bean Napier

In today’s digital world, a virus will infect the workstations and/or server at your company sooner or later.  Employees are constantly on the internet and social media, viewing unknown websites, videos and files, opening emails and downloading attachments from unknown sources.   And even though we all have what’s marketed as the “best virus protection available” installed and constantly updated, a security breach will eventually occur.

These security breaches are usually caused by simple human error.  Social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, twitter, snapchat, etc.) are prime targets and online ads are 182 times more likely to deliver malicious content that common high risk sites (Cisco 2013 Annual Security Report).  When an employee is viewing their Facebook page at the office during lunch and clicks on a pop up ad, your office could instantly become infected. Continue reading “Are You Protected?”

Ignite That Spark in Your Members

Ignite That Spark in Your Members: Resources For Using Technology to Engage Association Members

By: John Ricco, CAE

The Pareto Principal. You may not know exactly what it is, but you experience it all the time.  Better known as the 80/20 rule, the Pareto Principal suggests that 20 percent of your members probably do 80 percent of the work.  So how do you lighten the burden for the overextended 20% and at the same time create meaningful involvement for others?  Continue reading “Ignite That Spark in Your Members”

Wile E. Coyote’s Guide to Association Management

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

On any given day at least two to three cartoon theme songs are running through my mind!  As I write, I am singing the Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme song.

It could be that I have two young children, or the fact that I love cartoons.  However, regardless of the reasons, I can’t help but draw parallels between cartoons and association management.  It seems that there are several lessons to be learned about how to build better associations from watching cartoon.

So, as my children would say, “Yo Ho Let’s Go”!  Continue reading “Wile E. Coyote’s Guide to Association Management”

Back to School or Too Cool for School?

By: Shelly Sobol

Our office has a wonderful mix of staff. We have employees that are currently enrolled through Florida State University, working towards additional degrees. There are also staff members currently shipping their youngsters and teenagers off to school the past few weeks. And if you’re like me, caught in between those milestones, then you’re whizzing past traffic and long lines avoiding the college students coming back to Tallahassee.

But if you don’t need new class items (by the way mom, if you’re reading this- I’d totally love this solar power backpack) and you’re not buying them for your little ones… how do you get excited about this time of year? For students, back to school ushers in a sense of excitement with the idea of something new is around the corner: new friends, new wardrobe, new technology, the works! How do we transfer that feeling to some who only view this time of year as 3rd and 4th quarter? Moreso, how do we get them pumped so that we can prepare for 2016? Continue reading “Back to School or Too Cool for School?”

Tricks for Microsoft Excel

By: Deborah Mandel

I love Microsoft Office products, and one of my favorites is Microsoft Excel. For the general user, it is easy enough to figure out and allows you to view and sort data, create simple formulas, format cells, and more. For the advanced user, there are over 400 functions and formulas to help you do advanced calculations, programming and even more that is well beyond me.

For the most part, I consider myself a general user. I’m using Excel typically for work purposes and a little for personal use. Each time I use Excel I learn something new about its capabilities and I’ll tell you, I love it!

Here are a few tricks that I wanted to share: Continue reading “Tricks for Microsoft Excel”

The Domestic Endeavor

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”

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”

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…”

Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit

By Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Let’s face it – if I say policies and procedures, most people will stop reading this blog, another group will yawn or shudder and a few (albeit very few) people get excited.

If you are one of those people who likes details, organization and I heart policyfacts, then this blog is for you.  If you are one of those people that prefers the big picture and doesn’t fancy structure, then this blog is a must read. Below are some things that are extremely important to ensuring that your association has crucial policies in place that will guide your leadership and staff and may help prevent issues with the IRS or other government agencies. Continue reading “Precision Policies Can Protect Your Association/Non-Profit”