3 Tips for Building a Career in Associations/Non-Profits

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

Navigating your way through any career can pose significant challenges.  I have always subscribed to the adage – you don’t know what you don’t know.  As an emerging association/non-profit professional I have learned through experience some of the skills that are needed in order to build upon my career.  I wanted to share some of the things that I have learned in my almost 10 year association career that have made me a better-rounded professional.

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Networking 101: What You Thought You Knew… But Probably Don’t

by: Kim Barclay

Remember back in the late ‘80s, NBC had a public service campaign called “The More You Know”? The messages focused on education, social awareness, storm survival and basic information regarding day-to-day life skills.  I think that’s what we need for our daily business and work related interactions…specifically networking.  Networking is a skill that isn’t taught anymore and you can only learn from experience.  People don’t practice it, therefore they are horrible at it.  I can’t tell you how many times I have attended a networking event and people will not introduce themselves to the people they are sitting with, nor did they bring any business cards.

Here are some basic DOs and DON’Ts you may not know to successfully engage people in any networking situation:

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Stay Fit, Stay Happy – NO Excuses

By: Malarie Barineau

For many people fitness is not at the top of their list; however, I have found that working out helps me stay productive during the work week.

When working out on a regular basis, I sleep better, am less stressed and more focused when completing my normal day to day activities. By exercising I am also giving my mind and body time to work through some of the stresses that the work day presents, leaving me energized and ready to tackle the harder tasks that loom ahead. Continue reading “Stay Fit, Stay Happy – NO Excuses”

One shot

By: John Galligan

Sometimes you only get one shot in the business world. An entire business relationship  can come down to just one phone call.

When someone calls a place of business it is usually because they need help with a request or need information. They have an issue and need it fixed. We have to realize that the phone call they are making might be the only one they make. If they need assistance and they get bad service they might explore new options. Continue reading “One shot”

51 Shades of Gray (Hair)

By: Amy Bean Napier

One of the associations that we work with celebrated their 51st anniversary in 2014 at their Annual Conference and Trade Show.  After the big 50th Anniversary Extravaganza blowout in 2013, staff had to work hard to ensure that the 51st Anniversary was just as exhilarating, so that we harnessed the positive momentum moving forward.  While we were successful in making our 51st Anniversary Conference effective and exciting, we also noticed a trend that we may have been purposely overlooking.  Continue reading “51 Shades of Gray (Hair)”

Treat Yourself and Improve Your Mood and Productivity

By: Amanda Carey

My one year anniversary with Partners in Association Management is quickly approaching and I’ve found it important to keep yourself happy.  Since starting at the company and transitioning roles from our member services department to a client management team, I have had to learn what keeps me grounded day-to-day.  From my previous blog that you can find here (http://bit.ly/1rHMAVR) these are some little things I’ve learned to keep my mood up and stay focused on the work week.  Here are just some quick ways to instantly boost your mood by treating yourself! Continue reading “Treat Yourself and Improve Your Mood and Productivity”

Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations

By: District Three
John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, William Lessley, Rachel Luoma,  CAE

In the dystopian world of the Hunger Games, all resources flow into the Capitol where the rich and powerful greedily refuse to let the resources flow back out to the 13 districts who supplied all the goods and services to begin with. This, of course, is what brings about their downfall. Surely, if Panem were run like a non-profit, they would have never found themselves in such a situation.

The staff in our office bring together resources across all areas of association management which allow us to work as one large team for our clients. The organizations we work with allow us to improve our members’ lives which, in turn, causes the members to give back to the organization. Those Capitol people were really dense! Continue reading “Be the Mockingjay: What the Capitol Can Learn from Associations”

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

By: Beth Evarts

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No matter how big or small your company/corporation is, the heart and soul of any business starts with a simple face to face greeting and/or how you answer the phone.  That one single moment in time sets the tone going forward and leaves the customerwith either one or two feelings:

The person with whom I am dealing with will and can help me, or

This person cannot or will not help me and I may need to speak with a supervisor who can make  a decision to help me.

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10 Simple Ways to Show Your Co-Workers You Care

By: Kaitlyn Hudlow, M.S.

Now more than ever, company culture is an important factor for a successful business. It is a known fact that people will be happier to pull into work every day knowing they are a part of a team, not just another worker bee. One way to start building that “team” feeling, is by showing your co-workers you appreciate them. Below are 10 simple ways to show your co-workers you care! Continue reading “10 Simple Ways to Show Your Co-Workers You Care”

Transparency in the Workplace – It’s the Right Thing to Do

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

There are countless articles that have been written about the importance of honesty and transparency in the work environment. The common theme of most of the references is that employer transparency is the cornerstone of building a strong company culture.

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The reasons to do it are obvious. Continue reading “Transparency in the Workplace – It’s the Right Thing to Do”