By: Shelly Sobol
Have you ever had that moment of sheer panic because something you worked weeks/months on had to be scrapped… or rearranged… or changed in some fashion outside of your control? You have? Great, join the club! Continue reading ““It’s Not That Deep” – Words I Live By”
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.
Continue reading “I’ll Be There for You – 5 Things FRIENDS Taught Us About Association Management”
By: Kasey Patton
You’ve heard the cliché ‘another day, another dollar’.
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”
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.
Continue reading “From Hesitant to Happy”
By: Amy Bean Napier
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”
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”
By: Kaitlyn Hudlow
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”