By: Amy Bean Napier
Conference rooms are not the most exciting space in the office. Staff usually perceives them as a place they are required to go, sit for an hour or so, and listen to others talk about something they may or may not be interested in. Eyes glazing over and imitations of being fully awake and listening, while zoning out and thinking of other things, seem to thrive in this important room. Kind of sounds like rehab doesn’t it? Continue reading “Conference Room Rehab”
By: John Ricco, CAE
The Thanksgiving holiday begins a time of year where we often take stock of our annual accomplishments and shortcomings and generate thoughts of grandeur for the upcoming year. Thanksgiving is time to express gratitude for the blessings we have to family, friends and colleagues. There two simple ways you can use the theme of Thanksgiving which, if you commit to and are willing to invest less than 1% of your time, will pay huge dividends in 2015 and beyond.
“No duty is more important than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen Continue reading “Mom Was Right: Two Simple Steps for Success”
By: Shelly Sobol
Since I was a kid, I remember being dressed in Florida State University outfits/colors and would even ask for new FSU stuff for holidays and birthdays. Even though I grew up seven hours south of Tallahassee, the Seminoles were always my favorite team.
Fast forward to 2003 and my freshman year at college. I went to every single home game… but it wasn’t always about the football. Yes, I loved the exciting plays and yelling about bad calls. But outside of that, the reasons I went every week, and the reason I have hardly missed a home game in the 11 years I’ve lived in Tallahassee is for 3 reasons (in no priority order). Continue reading “Once a Nole, Always a Nole: How to Retain Members”
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.
Volunteering for Marriott/Renaissance Kids Against Hunger
Continue reading “3 Tips for Building a Career in Associations/Non-Profits”
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”
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”
By: Kim Barclay
Paper? What is paper? How did we survive before computers, the internet and email?
Life can be frustrating. For one, my car has been in the shop for way too long. Second, my bad karma has followed me to my office where our office as conducting server maintenance. This means that access to the internet and email can be sporadic.. Our IT director came around to everyone this morning and asked our whole office to log off our computers, and then told us it might take up to 45 minutes until we could log back on to the network. Holy Interrupted Internet, Batman! How am I supposed to work without a computer and the internet?
Continue reading “From Superhero to Superstar”
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: 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”