How Are Your Details? Tips to Keep Your Team on their “A” Game

By: Ricki Sexton

Working for my first association management company (AMC) has taught me numerous things in the last “almost” two years.  Working for an AMC is vastly different from working for a stand-alone association, which is where my previous work experience generated.   The key :  One association, versus 21 associations.  That means 21 Board of Directors,  21 different membership bases, in some cases, certification programs with different requirements, conferences for several of our clients and 21 different types of frequently asked questions.

Whew!  Confused yet? Continue reading “How Are Your Details? Tips to Keep Your Team on their “A” Game”

A Rock and Roll Guide to Organizational Awareness

By: John Ricco, CAE

If your members were asked to look 20 years into the future and pick a song to describe your organization, what tune would they pick?  Another One Bites the Dust? We Are the Champions?

The song they choose largely depends on how well your organization’s staff helps your leadership identify opportunities to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs of your members. So how do you ensure your organization doesn’t go the way of one-hit wonders like Vanilla Ice, The Knack or Gnarls Barkley? Continue reading “A Rock and Roll Guide to Organizational Awareness”

5 Tips on Planning your First Meeting

By: Amanda Carey

Meeting planning can be stressful, even if you’re planning a small meeting.  Although assisting with other meetings can help prepare you, nothing can give you a better experience then jumping head first into planning YOUR first meeting.  When I was given the task to take the reins on my first meeting, I was excited but definitely nervous.  This is what my college degree and my experience had been working towards.  Here are 5 tips I found to help your first meeting function smoothly. Continue reading “5 Tips on Planning your First Meeting”

The Domestic Endeavor

By: Kristi Spargo

For the past 832 weeks (approximately), I woke up (grudgingly), showered, dressed, drove to the office, and sat at a desk for eight to nine hours before going home. Depending upon the week, I have been content enough that what I was doing had some purpose and provided a steady paycheck. Then the summer of 2014 happened. Not only was I in the process of buying a home, but I randomly received a call from a former employer of mine asking if I might be interested in a position. The tricky part, they were in Florida and I was in Pennsylvania so I would need to work from home. Voila. My life just took a drastically different direction.

When I started telling people that I was going to be working from home, I might as well have told them I won the lottery. Continue reading “The Domestic Endeavor”

Keep Calm and Organize On

By: Caroline Thomas

Recently, I had two weekends in town back to back (in between planning a wedding).FullSizeRender I tore through my home like a tornado, tackling all the things I’ve been avoiding.  It felt so good to minimalize, clean, and organize. I even broke down and cleaned out my personal email because I recently had someone notice the absurd amount of emails in my email icon on my phone home screen. I can’t remember the last time I did that!

 I was feeling pretty accomplished and proud of myself… Until I came into work the following Monday to a jumbled email inbox, papers strewn across my desk, and notes reminding me of “to-dos” from the previous week. That’s when I realized I needed to bring the productiveness of my home spring cleaning to work with me! From that experience, I came up with three quick tips to kick off your office spring cleaning. Continue reading “Keep Calm and Organize On”

Time for Spring Cleaning!

By: Amanda Carey

An organized, clean workspace can make a difference on how you perform at work throughout the day.  It’s that time of year again to open your windows, let the fresh air in, and de-clutter your space, whether that’s at home or at work.  There is research to support that when your environment is clean and organized you are more likely to perform better and generally be in a better mood because of it! Continue reading “Time for Spring Cleaning!”

Meeting Toolbox Essentials

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

One of my favorite parts of magazines is when they ask people “What’s in your bag?”.  You can gain great tips on beauty products, books, how to pack, etc.

We have a few meeting planners in our office and I always like to take a peek at what they have in their toolbox.  I’ve picked up some great tips from them.  Below are my essentials. Continue reading “Meeting Toolbox Essentials”

Successful Event Execution or Disorganized Chaos!

By: Jill Jackson, CMP
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In event planning there is a never-ending “to do” list when it comes to preparations and perfecting execution of successful events. Most who don’t plan meetings and events full-time either believes it is fun or dread every minute of it! For me, I guess I have been involved in some type of event planning for as long as I can remember…or more like as long as I’ve been old enough to help my mother! My mom was the “party planner” for all family gatherings, friends and church events, as well as running her own catering business “for fun” on the side. My sister and I were always involved in some aspect of these events. Little did I know these experiences would help me learn the ins and outs of event planning and that it would be my professional career one day! Continue reading “Successful Event Execution or Disorganized Chaos!”

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”

“We’ve double booked your meeting space”… Now What??

By: Lauren Millard

“Hi.  We’ve accidentally double booked your meeting space”.   As a meeting planner, that might be one of the worst phone calls you can get.  As if planning a meeting wasn’t stressful enough (Don’t believe me?  Read our previous post here!), now you’re workload has just been increased.

I just started planning meetings this year, and I was hit with this phone call.  As someone who was still learning the ins and outs of meeting planning, this sent me into a panic.  I learned a lot from the experience.  Here are some quick tips if you’re ever in this situation. Continue reading ““We’ve double booked your meeting space”… Now What??”