By: Eric Thorn, Esq.
Each new year brings many new things. And since many non-profit organizations have calendar year based terms for their officers, a new board chair or president is often one of them. Frequently this is their first time leading a meeting in a more formal manner.
The following are six tips to help your new president or board chair start off the new year on the right foot: Continue reading “6 Tips for New Chairs in the New Year”
By: Amanda Carey
Meeting planning can be stressful, even if you’re planning a small meeting. Although assisting with other meetings can help prepare you, nothing can give you a better experience then jumping head first into planning YOUR first meeting. When I was given the task to take the reins on my first meeting, I was excited but definitely nervous. This is what my college degree and my experience had been working towards. Here are 5 tips I found to help your first meeting function smoothly. Continue reading “5 Tips on Planning your First Meeting”
By: John Ricco, CAE
Like many people, I like being active and doing what I can to stay fit; biking, kayaking, lifting weights, or running — O.K., I’m lying about enjoying running. In addition to the physical benefits, I find these activities help clear my mind and improve my ability to focus. The other day while on a run (not really), I began to think about the parallels that my fitness activities taught me about professional life and vice versa. The same mental framework we use to power through runs and bike rides can help us be more effective and productive at work — here are some that come to mind. Continue reading “5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym”
By: Rachel Luoma
In April, my husband, Erik and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. It has been a wonderful seven years! I have a lovely home, two beautiful children and at least 30 extra pounds to show for it! As I think back on our years of wedded bliss, it makes me think of the parallels between association management and marriage.
My wonderful husband Erik Continue reading “THE OLD BALL AND CHAIN: Tips for a Healthy Marriage or Association”
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: 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: 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”
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”
By: Bennett Napier, CAE
Outside of having a strong membership base which is the life blood of any nonprofit, having an effective elected volunteer leadership team is crucial to the long term success of an organization.
In today’s association management environment, it is more common for volunteer board members to seek leadership opportunities that require less time for “ladder progression” to officer positions. In addition, volunteer leaders generally speaking, want to serve on a board where meetings are run efficiently (whether it be in person meetings or virtual – web and teleconference). Time is at a premium in today’s society, and association’s that have a format that does not respect or address the time expectations of leadership candidate’s risks losing potential talent. Continue reading “Maximizing Volunteer Effectiveness”