I’ll Be There for You – 5 Things FRIENDS Taught Us About Association Management

By Lauren Millard

My all-time favorite show is “FRIENDS”.  It does not matter how many times I watch it, it always makes me laugh.  I quote it on a regular basis causing myself to crack up laughing.  What I didn’t know, was that reflecting on past episodes of “FRIENDS” would completely relate to association management and careers in general.  Stick with me while I go through the 5 things this classic sitcom taught me.

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How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event

By: Kasey Patton

You’ve heard the cliché ‘another day, another dollar’.

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In the world of non-profit associations, much of the money coming in comes from fundraising, and specifically fundraising events. So how can you insure your client has a successful fundraising event? After working in fundraising and event planning for non-profits for several years I’ve found a few tips that will help ensure that they event is a hit. Continue reading How to Help Your Client Have a Successful Fundraising Event

From Hesitant to Happy

By: Sigrid Hazelwood

Working in the member and customer service department I get a lot of phone calls from potential members who are usually pretty confused and hesitant about joining an association. They’re not sure if it’s a good fit or if they’ll get what they want out of the relationship with the association. It reminds me a lot of the situation I had when I first adopted my rescued German Shorthaired Pointer, Esther.

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Diary of a Teacher’s Kid

By: Amy Bean Napier

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My mom was a teacher for 35 years, so basically all of my life, my brother and I have been known as “teacher’s kids”.  Sometimes that was a good thing and sometimes it was not.  But both my brother and I have found that many of the lessons and skills learned as teacher’s kids have helped us be successful in our careers and lives! Continue reading Diary of a Teacher’s Kid

Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document

By: William Lessley

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For a long time I used the phrase “If I get hit by a bus tomorrow…” to explain the reason for having documentation that outlines everything I do. Apparently this phrase makes some people nervous so now I’ve changed it to “If I win the lotto tomorrow…”

Working for an Association Management Company (AMC) has taught me many skills I hadn’t even thought of when I worked as part of a captive staff association. While our AMC has different departments, so much of what we do bleeds over and through every person who works here. Keeping not only members happy but also our clients happy is the job of every single person – no matter what their position. I think we’ve all been the victim of an out of date procedure manual at some point in our lives and it is not a fun place to be. Continue reading Association Essentials – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document

Why Adults Make the Worst Students #meetingproblems

By: Kaitlyn Hudlow

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It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting at a small staff meeting, or at a conference with hundreds of people, we’ve all been there where you look out into the audience and you realize maybe about 20% of the people are actually giving you their undivided attention. Continue reading Why Adults Make the Worst Students #meetingproblems

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

By: Shelly Sobol

We as a society are a visual group! There’s no way around it. We make snap decisions based on visual data we take in without even realizing it and this is usually done before utilizing any other sense. You don’t need further proof than when you consider how much weight you place on your graphic designer when developing ideas for conference and marketing brochures. If the event doesn’t look exciting and engaging on paper (or other forums: e-mail, social media, etc.), how will it ever encourage people to shell out hundreds of dollars to attend, let alone exhibit or sponsor an event? Continue reading But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

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