First 100 Days of Membership

By: Amy Bean Napier

All we hear and see right now on the news (print, online and social media) is about President Trump’s first 100 days in office.  We hear versions of what has been accomplished from both sides (pro and con) and see statistical comparisons of Trump’s first 100 days vs. past presidents.   This non-stop news blasting now has me thinking about our new members and their first 100 days with the association.

President Trump’s first 100 days equals only approximately 1/14th of his presidency term.  For most associations, memberships are billed annually so when a new member joins, they get 365 days of membership.   A new member’s first 100 days is basically 1/3 of their first year (term) as a member.  Continue reading First 100 Days of Membership

Financial Management Duties of Non Profit Board Members

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

During my career in association management, I have been privy to a number of cases of financial mismanagement; embezzlement and other less than stellar financial practices in 501(c)(3)(4)and (6) organizations. Continue reading Financial Management Duties of Non Profit Board Members

How’d I Miss That?! Simple Tips To Improve Your Proof-reading

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By: Liz Langston, CAE

Proof-reading is one of the most important quality assurance measures and it’s one that we all use.  Regardless, I think we’ve all had moments where we ask “How’d I miss that?!” right after hitting the “Send” button or when we see that article in print.

Written communications are a reflection of ourselves and our organizations.  The impact of written errors is often minimal, but it could be severe.  Errors in examinations or violations of copyright could result in legal challenges.  Careful proof-reading can help protect our personal reputations and those of our organizations while helping to ensure that our messaging is on-point.  Continue reading How’d I Miss That?! Simple Tips To Improve Your Proof-reading

The Google Search That Keeps on Giving

By: John Ricco, CAE

After hearing a recent radio story on how organizations and individuals can improve their mindset and productivity, I decided to search the web to learn more. The first two “result pages” of a Google search for the phrase “assume positive intent” turned up some very interesting and surprising results – results that that could aid any individual in increasing the effectiveness and performance of themselves, their team and organization. Continue reading The Google Search That Keeps on Giving

Building Your Blogging Foundation

By: Shelly Joines

Three years ago this March, we started out on a blogging adventure. We had hopes of where this corporate blog would take us, but had no idea the exposure and workload it would bring along with it. In that time, we’ve tried a myriad of organizational tools, deadlines, strategies to accumulate graphics and ways to improve. If your organization or association is interested in creating a blog, we’re sharing how it all came to fruition and some things we have learned along the way. Continue reading Building Your Blogging Foundation

Certificate vs. Certification: How Are They Different and Which Is Best?

By:  Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

If you are in the association industry, no doubt you have heard the terms certificate and certification, and often these terms are used interchangeably.  Are they the same and, if not, how are they different and which one is best for you or your organization? Continue reading Certificate vs. Certification: How Are They Different and Which Is Best?

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

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