Finding Calm in Chaos

By: Kristi Spargo

I am not a trendsetter. I am not even a trend follower. I’ve been known to quit listening to bands once they become popular and although it’s 2018, I still haven’t gotten over my fear of Facebook. There is one trend, however, that has completely captivated me: mindfulness through meditation. I understand that the vast majority of our readers are Type A meeting planners, executives and generally speaking, people that might not picture themselves taking a 10-minute break in the busy association world to seek their Zen. But before commencing the hippie talk requisite eye roll, at least consider the legitimacy of this trend. Continue reading “Finding Calm in Chaos”

How to Maximize Your Staff Meeting

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”

Cross Training: The Dirty Necessities

By: Ricki Sexton

As the hub of our association management company office, our member services department is at the front of all of the operations for the many associations we serve.  At any given time, all of our member services coordinators could be on a call,  processing payments for our members, helping a member who has walked in the front door, as well as juggling internal staff requests.

Cross training all of our staff members is a necessity!  I’d like to share a few tips that I feel have made our efforts more successful. Continue reading “Cross Training: The Dirty Necessities”

The Holidays are Upon Us

By: Lauren Millard

It’s that time of year again!  The holidays are here and as much as we love the food, festivities, and spending time with the ones we love, let’s just be honest for a second and say, the holidays are stressful.  As if you weren’t busy enough going about your normal day to day tasks, let’s go ahead and add sending out holiday cards, buying presents, traveling, and going to 8 different holiday parties  to your running to do list that is already a mile long.  On top of all of that, just consider the amount of work that is piling up while you’re out of town eating your fill of turkey and apple pie.  How in the world are you supposed to enjoy this amazing time of the year that you spend with family and friends?  Here are some tips you can use this holiday season to try and find that balance between your work life and your personal life.  Continue reading “The Holidays are Upon Us”

A Day in the Life of Member Services

By: Alonda Hill

I first began working at Partners In Association Management in the Member Services Department in late July.  I’ve always enjoyed working with people and my role as a member services coordinator allows me to connect with our members while providing great customer service.

When I tell people where I work and my title, they always ask “what is member services?” Our member services department is comprised of five full time staff members and we are involved in almost everything that defines association management in some way each day.

Let me share what a typical day in our member services department might look like as well as tips that we use to succeed in this role. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Member Services”

Timelines and To Do Lists…Finding Work/Life Balance

By:  Jill M. Jackson, CMP

JJ Pic 1With all the timelines and things that must be done each day, how do we achieve work and life balance?  Being the over achiever, perfectionist and “always says yes” person that I am, this is something I have struggled with through my entire professional career.

Managing numerous client annual conventions that include trade shows, golf tournaments, meal events, hotel reservations, travel arrangements, speaker communication and logistics, marketing, registration, name badges, onsite program, signs… the never ending to do list goes on and on!  I am just tired while even thinking of it all! Continue reading “Timelines and To Do Lists…Finding Work/Life Balance”