By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Navigating your way through any career can pose significant challenges. I have always subscribed to the adage – you don’t know what you don’t know. As an emerging association/non-profit professional I have learned through experience some of the skills that are needed in order to build upon my career. I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned in my almost 10 year association career that have made me a better-rounded professional.
Volunteering for Marriott/Renaissance Kids Against Hunger
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By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
As an association professional who has been involved in running a certification program for almost a decade, credentialing has always been important to me. Certification programs should be based on a particular industry and set the standard related to knowledge or skill of an individual. Accreditation is an institutional certification program and outlines what a business or company needs to do to meet the standard.
Credentialing is a means to allow an industry to set minimum standards for an entire profession. To me, a credentialing program says – we care about the product or service we produce. For an individual professional, voluntary certification is a process by which we can learn/grow and show our profession that we are proficient enough in our craft to meet the standard. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally”
By: Shelly Sobol, B.S. and Kaitlyn Hudlow, M.S.
Lights, camera, action! Being an actor or director sounds really glamorous with red carpets, make-up assistants, the newest technology, and traveling to exotic locations. But since we’re not Michael Bay, and we’re not shooting the newest action film, we’re confined to what we have: an iPhone 4s/5 and an eager staff!
In early July, we attended an incredibly insightful luncheon through the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives (TSAE) on “Video 101: How to Shoot and Edit Videos on Your Mobile Phone”. This small hands-on course was led by Natalie Pierre, a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Continue reading “5 Ways to Master Smart Phone Videos”
By: District Three
John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, William Lessley, Rachel Luoma, CAE
In the dystopian world of the Hunger Games, all resources flow into the Capitol where the rich and powerful greedily refuse to let the resources flow back out to the 13 districts who supplied all the goods and services to begin with. This, of course, is what brings about their downfall. Surely, if Panem were run like a non-profit, they would have never found themselves in such a situation.
The staff in our office bring together resources across all areas of association management which allow us to work as one large team for our clients. The organizations we work with allow us to improve our members’ lives which, in turn, causes the members to give back to the organization. Those Capitol people were really dense! Continue reading “Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations”
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
There are countless articles that have been written about the importance of honesty and transparency in the work environment. The common theme of most of the references is that employer transparency is the cornerstone of building a strong company culture.
The reasons to do it are obvious. Continue reading “Transparency in the Workplace – It’s the Right Thing to Do”
By: Jillian Heddaeus, CMP
The First Question…
“How do you have time for everything?” I get this question all the time. The simple answer is, “I get up really early, 4:30 a.m.” Yes, I choose to get up that early. Most of my days consist of 2 jobs and 2 workouts. I work fulltime at Partners and part-time as a Gymnastics Coach at the Trousdell Gymnastics Center). Why two workouts? Well… triathlon is a 3 discipline sport, if I did 3 workouts a day it would cut into my free time.
The Second Question: “What free time?”
Yes, I do have free time. I choose to workout as much as I do and I choose to coach in the evenings — because I enjoy it. I know what I choose to do with my “free time” differs from most; but I believe my day isn’t much different than many of my co-workers with children, pets, a desire to start an exercise routine, etc. Continue reading “3 Tips: How to Balance it All”
By: John Ricco, CAE
Like many people, I like being active and doing what I can to stay fit; biking, kayaking, lifting weights, or running — O.K., I’m lying about enjoying running. In addition to the physical benefits, I find these activities help clear my mind and improve my ability to focus. The other day while on a run (not really), I began to think about the parallels that my fitness activities taught me about professional life and vice versa. The same mental framework we use to power through runs and bike rides can help us be more effective and productive at work — here are some that come to mind. Continue reading “5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym”
By: Christina Welty
I was never a cheerleader. Perhaps it’s my lack of coordination (seriously, I won the Klutz Award at our office Christmas party!) However, I do understand the importance of cheering others on and recognizing people for the good work they’ve done.
Drawing attention to ourselves – whether as an individual or as a company – may be hard for some. We’ve been taught to be humble and not draw attention to ourselves, but let’s face it. The workplace (and life in general) is busier than ever and we need to take the time to be our own cheerleaders. Continue reading “Give me an “A”!”