By: Caroline Thomas
Have you heard this saying before? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe. It remains one of the most well-known wedding traditions, stemming from an English rhyme. Many brides round up items for each of these categories for good luck on the biggest day of their life. If you can believe it, in an office staffed with approximately thirty people, four of us are getting married within two months of each other this coming spring.. I am learning so much throughout the process that I want to share how you can utilize these concepts at your next association event, whether you consider yourself to be superstitious or not! Continue reading “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…and Something for You:”
By: Malarie Barineau
During the last 5 years I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles and with a variety of great individuals. Throughout these years I have had the ability to grow within Partners. Below are a few tips that have helped me along the way. Continue reading “Three Tips on How to Make Your Job Successful”
By: Kristi Spargo
Appearances can be deceiving. I may be a kid-toting, CR-V driving, Sperry-shoed Type A personality, but I’ve always wanted to be a hippie artist. Tapestries, lava lamps, tie dye and incense make me really happy. Back in college, I wanted to be the girl painting on the front lawn with the flower crown, baby doll tee and peasant skirt (yes, I went to college in the 90’s). Sometimes I wonder why I never made the leap; maybe it’s because I don’t have long flowy hair, but much more likely it’s because I don’t have a creative bone in my body.
Or so I thought. A year ago I eagerly accepted a position to once again work with Partners in Association Management, this time as a magazine editor/writer, but it didn’t come without some hesitation. I knew I could handle the editing, formatting and deadlines from my previous experience working here. Nothing makes me happier than proofing, inputting reminders into Outlook and creating organization and processes. Yet the idea of coming up with feature article ideas and cover design concepts was overwhelming. That type of work was for creative people, not me. As this year has progressed, however, I have learned that I can be creative; I just need to pair the task with my methodologies. Here are some tips that have helped the left and right side of my brain work together. Continue reading “Incense in the Office”
By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
On any given day at least two to three cartoon theme songs are running through my mind! As I write, I am singing the Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme song.
It could be that I have two young children, or the fact that I love cartoons. However, regardless of the reasons, I can’t help but draw parallels between cartoons and association management. It seems that there are several lessons to be learned about how to build better associations from watching cartoon.
So, as my children would say, “Yo Ho Let’s Go”! Continue reading “Wile E. Coyote’s Guide to Association Management”
By: Shelly Sobol
Our office has a wonderful mix of staff. We have employees that are currently enrolled through Florida State University, working towards additional degrees. There are also staff members currently shipping their youngsters and teenagers off to school the past few weeks. And if you’re like me, caught in between those milestones, then you’re whizzing past traffic and long lines avoiding the college students coming back to Tallahassee.
But if you don’t need new class items (by the way mom, if you’re reading this- I’d totally love this solar power backpack) and you’re not buying them for your little ones… how do you get excited about this time of year? For students, back to school ushers in a sense of excitement with the idea of something new is around the corner: new friends, new wardrobe, new technology, the works! How do we transfer that feeling to some who only view this time of year as 3rd and 4th quarter? Moreso, how do we get them pumped so that we can prepare for 2016? Continue reading “Back to School or Too Cool for School?”
By: Beth Evarts
Tallahassee is the capital of the State of Florida. Tallahassee is the 126th largest city in the United States. Tallahassee is known for rolling hills, oak-canopied roads, plantation homes, and genuine Southern hospitality. It also is home to Florida State University, Florida A&M University and, of course, Florida’s Legislature. Continue reading “Tallahassee – An Association Haven”
By: Meghan Brasher
As most everyone can relate, starting a new job can bring on a whirlwind of emotions-excitement, empowerment, nervousness, and for some maybe even a little bit of nausea. And like most, everyone finds themselves panicking a little about how this new endeavor is going to go: Am I dressed appropriately? Are the employees going to like me? How am I going to establish myself? Did I remember to brush my teeth? Although everyone handles their new start differently, here are some tips and tricks proven to get you through those agonizing, yet very important, first 90 days. Continue reading “Being the New Guy: The Road to Success in Your First 90 Days”
By: Maureen Turner
I recently attended the Florida Society of Association Executives (www.fsae.org) annual convention. I almost didn’t go. It was too far, would cost too much, etc. Yes, I made every excuse not to attend. However, if you have never been a part of FSAE, I encourage you to try it. There really is something for everyone.
I particularly enjoyed the closing keynote speaker, Delatorro McNeal, II, MS, CSP, who was sponsored by Partners (www.yoursearchisdone.com). He covered a variety of topics including work life balance, but the biggest take away for me was his information on sales. Continue reading “Sales Statistics You Can’t Miss”
By: Caroline Thomas
If I had to tell you one thing I have learned in the past year working at Partners In Association Management, it is the importance of quality control systems in our workplace. My position within the Membership Services team, is serving as quality control for our credit card charges, continuing education for multiple clients and membership status. Additionally, our team handles payment processing, time sensitive data entry and special projects every day. When you add in the high call volume we experience, there is a lot going on at once. Patience, attention to details, and quality of work are crucial. It may sound a little boring, but read on. I use the following tips that could help you too! Continue reading “Quality Control Systems: How You Can Implement Them into Your Workplace”
By: Christina Welty
According to the American Marketing Association, “marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large” (http://www.ama.org).
At Partners, we hold a lot of meetings. In fact, three of our clients have their annual conventions this month! Your core members know about the meeting, but it’s important to keep them coming year after year. It’s also essential to attract new attendees to grow your meeting. Here are some quick tips to market the value of your meeting in addition to the standard practices of postcards, brochures, etc. Continue reading “Marketing Your Meeting – Before, During & After”