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.

001Volunteering for Marriott/Renaissance Kids Against Hunger

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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?”

I Was Talking, Did You Say Something?

By: Lisa Kamper

Advertising Sales is a profession and like all professions it requires a certain amount of skill. If you take the time to master the required skills you will excel in your profession. All skills are not equal however; while prospecting, presentation and of course closing are all skills that contribute to the closing of a sale. There are three key ingredients that I have found that are more important. Continue reading “I Was Talking, Did You Say Something?”

So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech

By Christina Welty, MA

If you’re a fan of the show “Friends”, you’ll most likely remember the episode where Monica and Rachel make a bet that they know Chandler and Joey better than Chandler and Joey know them.  Ross comes up with a game show and leads them through a series of questions; the last one is “What is Chandler’s job?” Monica and Rachel start shouting things like “it has something to do with numbers….and processing….and he carries a briefcase”.  Finally, Rachel shouts, “He’s a transponster!” Continue reading “So…What is it that you do exactly?! A quick guide to developing the perfect elevator speech”

Crash Course on Non-Dues Revenues – 10 Tips in a 2 Minute Read

By: John Ricco

The non-profit sector is fighting harder than ever for dues, sponsorships and traditional sources of income.  Although it would be nice, let’s face it, we all can’t develop the next Ice Bucket Challenge.  Many of my association colleagues want to start generating more affinity programs for their organization and often times they are not sure exactly where to start. This post addresses some of the things that should be considered when developing affinity programs and should provide food for thought as you look for opportunities to better serve your members and provide additional financial resources for your organization. Continue reading “Crash Course on Non-Dues Revenues – 10 Tips in a 2 Minute Read”

Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

 It’s 9:00 a.m. Monday morning and your board has decided they want a brand new logo for the association.  Who you gonna call?  A GRAPHIC DESIGNER!

Ok, so I’m a designer, not a writer, but if that situation did happen a graphic designer would be the perfect person to call.  Below are some tips to successfully work with a designer. Continue reading “Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer”

A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally

By: Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE

As an association professional who has been involved in running a certification program for almost a decade, credentialing has always been important to me.  Certification programs should be based on a particular industry and set the standard related to knowledge or skill of an individual.  Accreditation is an institutional certification program and outlines what a business or company needs to do to meet the standard.

Credentialing is a means to allow an industry to set minimum standards for an entire profession. To me, a credentialing program says – we care about the product or service we produce.  For an individual professional, voluntary certification is a process by which we can learn/grow and show our profession that we are proficient enough in our craft to meet the standard. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Certifications: Not All Credentialing Programs Are Created Equally”

WE ARE PLANNING AN EVENT! WHAT DO WE DO NOW???

By Jill Jackson, CMP

In my career of event planning, I have planned numerous types of meetings and events – conventions and trade shows, educational workshops, weddings and receptions, birthdays, baby showers and anniversary parties…  You name it! I have probably had a hand in planning some part of it.

As Senior Meeting Planner at Partners in Association Management, my knowledge and creativity are always put to the test in planning meetings and events with very limited budgets, but of course requiring a successful outcome and memorable experience. Continue reading “WE ARE PLANNING AN EVENT! WHAT DO WE DO NOW???”

5 Ways to Master Smart Phone Videos

By: Shelly Sobol, B.S. and Kaitlyn Hudlow, M.S.

Lights, camera, action! Being an actor or director sounds really glamorous with red carpets, make-up assistants, the newest technology, and traveling to exotic locations. But since we’re not Michael Bay, and we’re not shooting the newest action film, we’re confined to what we have: an iPhone 4s/5 and an eager staff!

In early July, we attended an incredibly insightful luncheon through the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives (TSAE) on “Video 101: How to Shoot and Edit Videos on Your Mobile Phone”. This small hands-on course was led by Natalie Pierre, a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Continue reading “5 Ways to Master Smart Phone Videos”

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”