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: 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”
By: Caroline Thomas
Cancer. 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”
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 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?”
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?”
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”