Making over “The Holidays”: Association Edition

By: Meghan Brasher

From decorating trees to lighting menorahs and setting budgets to meeting deadlines, the holiday closing at the office can make for a very hectic time. The office staff members are all scrambling to complete all their work, making that “homemade pecan pie” and fitting all the holiday social events into one month!

What we seem to forget though during this stressful process is our “work family”. Continue reading Making over “The Holidays”: Association Edition

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

Why Professional Development?

By: Ricki Sexton

 Oftentimes, when you mention a professional development budget or taking a seminar in conversation, people may look twice at you as if you are speaking a foreign language.  What?  Why would you do professional development?  That’s extra work isn’t it?

So, what is professional development, specifically?   Continue reading Why Professional Development?

The Twelve Days of… Association Management

By: Caroline Thomas

I’m not sure where the time went, but somehow it’s already time to deck the halls! Regardless of how you celebrate this time of year, you may be faced with some much needed preparation in the workplace for the end of the year. We’re sharing a new holiday carol for businesses. Continue reading The Twelve Days of… Association Management

Corn in My Taters and Updated Association Practices

By: Shelly Joines

I remember back when I was about 8 years old, my family did large Thanksgiving celebrations where  everyone would travel across the state to meet.  We would line up several tables to create a buffet, for a fun family feast. Some traditions are time honored ones and some we do for reasons we don’t even know why anymore – yet we still do them. Why is that? Continue reading Corn in My Taters and Updated Association Practices

I HAVE MY HOTEL CONTRACT – NOW WHAT?

By: Christina Welty

It’s time to plan your upcoming annual convention. The board picked a location – convenient and central to your member base. You have chosen dates (avoiding holidays and competing association’s meetings) and you have sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) to several properties. After reviewing the RFP’s, you selected the hotel. Now, you have to tackle the next step – reviewing the hotel contract. Before you sign on the dotted line, keep the following tips in mind.  Continue reading I HAVE MY HOTEL CONTRACT – NOW WHAT?

Thrift Shopping Ideas for Associations

By: Danielle Jessup, CMP

You hear people say all the time that we, as a society, are being inundated with information.  If so much information is out there, why not find a way to reuse it?  Some people say thrifting can be overwhelming, however, I will break down a few ways you can use these resources available at your fingertips to help save you time and money. Let’s go thrifting for content! Continue reading Thrift Shopping Ideas for Associations

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