The Island of Misfit Newbies

By:  Kim Barclay

When you start a new job or are in a new environment, do you feel like you are a misfit on an island?  When you enter a situation that you don’t know the culture, dynamics, rules or routines; one can feel very isolated.  Most of us have been there and it’s a very uncomfortable place to be.

After I chatted with several co-workers in my office about how frustrating it was to navigate the office when we were first hired; a few of us thought if we came up with a plan for a new hire orientation, that it would assist new employees immensely and make them feel more educated about the office environment.  We presented our idea to ownership and they gave us the opportunity to develop what has become our “buddy” program. Continue reading “The Island of Misfit Newbies”

5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook

By: Danielle Jessup

Contracts can be a scary task if you are not familiar with the different clauses and terminology used today. The APEX Contracts Accepted Practices is a great tool to keep on file and reference before signing any contract/agreement. Picture this, you sign a contract for a client’s meeting and didn’t review the function space in its entirety. You get onsite and the meeting room that you thought you had on a 24 hour hold is not available until that evening. So you, your staff and the conference materials now have to wait a full day to move into the “office space”. Something so small can set your meeting off to a bad start. Whether you are working on a large annual conference or a small board meeting contract, here are 5 clauses that you should never overlook. Continue reading “5 Contract Clauses to Never Overlook”

Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season

By: Amy Bean Napier

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are always stock full of parties, receptions and other various festivities. For the extroverted people lovers, this is a great time of the year where you get to party and spend time with lots of people and talk, laugh, drink and eat and just have a jolly good time! But for the introverted not-crazy-about-crowds type of people (like myself), it can be pure torture!Disclaimer: No animal was harmed during the making of this blog

So for all those similar minded, introverted, not really into social events, business professionals out there, here are some tips of how to survive and thrive during the upcoming holiday season. Continue reading “Survive and Thrive During the Holiday Season”

Recipes to Guarantee a Memorable Experience

By: District 3 (John Galligan, Sigrid Hazelwood, Danielle Jessup, Will Lessley Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE)

 During the holiday season, the first thing that comes to mind is food.  Thanksgiving for most people usually consists of a large multi-course meal followed by lots of eating, drinking, resting and even shopping.  If you really think about it, a healthy association or non-profit is similar to a multi-course meal in that all aspects of the association should complement one another to help form a well-rounded experience for those involved.  In associations for example, all departments must work together to ensure that efforts support the overall mission of the association.  When it comes to planning a big holiday meal, similar considerations may be made.
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So, in the holiday spirit, we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes that have helped make planning a big holiday meal a success.  Please feel free to share this with your family and friends to. Continue reading “Recipes to Guarantee a Memorable Experience”

TEAMWORK EQUALS SUCCESS ~ A PLAN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

By Jill Jackson, CMP

Whether we are working together professionally to achieve a common goal, to complete a project or just trying to succeed personally, is it always teamwork that brings success? As much as we all believe we can do anything and everything on our own, we must realize that reaching a goal or accomplishing a project usually has a positive outcome and great benefit through working with others.

“Teamwork” is defined as a cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.  “Success” is the favorable outcome of something attempted.  At Partners In Association Management, we serve and manage many clients, all who have different aspects, challenges, memberships and teams.  Through our various management teams, contracted vendors, and internal policies and procedures, we successfully manage every aspect of our associations. Continue reading “TEAMWORK EQUALS SUCCESS ~ A PLAN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!”

Association Road Warrior: Top 5 Travel Tips

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

Travel – If you have to do it, make it work for you.

Depending on your role with a nonprofit association, and its scope, you may be called upon to travel some or a lot. I fall in the “a lot” category and I am one of those people who actually like it.

For me, the love and desire to travel likely came from my maternal grandmother. From the time I was very young through my senior year in high school when she passed away, she traveled domestically and internationally quite frequently. She hit every corner of the globe, sometimes more than once; going to several places that most people her age would have avoided just on sheer fear of the unknown. Continue reading “Association Road Warrior: Top 5 Travel Tips”

Turning Lemons into Pink Lemonade

By: Caroline Thomas

001Cancer.  We are made aware of it all the time in our personal lives, in the news, and on the web. I have to admit cancer is a scary word, but what does it technically mean?  Merriam-Webster dictionary defines cancer as “a serious disease caused by cells that are not normal and that can spread to one or many parts of the body”. How are we supposed to take this technical definition and transform it into reality, mold it into our daily lives, and morph into something we can all understand and cope with? The technical definition is a good place to start when with approaching the subject of cancer, but is it what will help win the battle? The key to helping fight against cancer is to find a way to make a purpose. Continue reading “Turning Lemons into Pink Lemonade”

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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Who Needs Luck?

By Jillian Heddaeus, CMP

I’m not much of one for “luck”. Good luck or bad luck, it just doesn’t hold much weight for me. Luck as defined by Webster’s dictionary is “things that happen to a person because of chance, the accidental way things happen without being planned.”

To me, luck is better defined by Seneca. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

No matter what the objective or goal is, personal or professional; there are steps you can take to increase your chances of success. Continue reading “Who Needs Luck?”

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:

Continue reading “Networking 101: What You Thought You Knew… But Probably Don’t”