Achieving Results through Successful Committees

By: Dee Kring, CAE, CMP

Whether you’ve chaired them, served on them or staffed them, you recognize that successful committees don’t just happen without some effort and thoughtful planning.   Committees play a huge role in the overall success of an organization and their ability to meet their goals and objectives.

What can we do ensure successful committees? The following isn’t an exhaustive list, but a few tips I’ve found helpful: Continue reading “Achieving Results through Successful Committees”

Timelines and To Do Lists…Finding Work/Life Balance

By:  Jill M. Jackson, CMP

JJ Pic 1With all the timelines and things that must be done each day, how do we achieve work and life balance?  Being the over achiever, perfectionist and “always says yes” person that I am, this is something I have struggled with through my entire professional career.

Managing numerous client annual conventions that include trade shows, golf tournaments, meal events, hotel reservations, travel arrangements, speaker communication and logistics, marketing, registration, name badges, onsite program, signs… the never ending to do list goes on and on!  I am just tired while even thinking of it all! Continue reading “Timelines and To Do Lists…Finding Work/Life Balance”

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”

A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman

By: Deborah Mandel

In our office, each employee creates a Professional Development Bookplan for the year. This helps us select a focus for continuingeducation and make sure we are using our time and funds appropriately to move our careers in a positive direction. In our plan, we are asked to read a book and share what we’ve learned. For my report I chose “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done”, written by Peter Bregman.

Here are 5 ideas that I found worth noting: Continue reading “A Book Review of “18 Minutes” by Peter Bregman”

Are you ready for the Holidays?

By: Malarie Barineau

The holidays can be a very stressful time of year if the proper steps reindeeraren’t in place. Between cooking several meals and arriving to your holiday gatherings in a timely manner, there isn’t much room for procrastination. Businesses are also in crunch time towards the end of the year, with making sure all the financials are in as well as making sure all HR documentation has been filed and completed. All of these things can be rather difficult if you don’t have sufficient time management. Continue reading “Are you ready for the Holidays?”

Procrastination – Never put off tomorrow what you can do today!

By: Lisa Kamper

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.

So we all tend to put off tomorrow what we can do today. It happens
to all of us at some point and time. Perhaps it is a project that we are not as interested in as other ones that we have to work on so we push completing it until the last minute; then rush through it to get it completed. Then we ask ourselves if this was the best we could have done? Continue reading “Procrastination – Never put off tomorrow what you can do today!”

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???”

From Superhero to Superstar

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”

3 Tips: How to Balance it All

By: Jillian Heddaeus, CMP

The First Question…
“How do you have time for everything?” I get this question all the time.  The simple answer is, “I get up really early, 4:30 a.m.”  Yes, I choose to get up that early.  Most of my days consist of 2 jobs and 2 workouts.  I work fulltime at Partners and part-time as a Gymnastics Coach at the Trousdell Gymnastics Center). Why two workouts?  Well… triathlon is a 3 discipline sport, if I did 3 workouts a day it would cut into my free time.

The Second Question: “What free time?”
Yes, I do have free time. I choose to workout as much as I do and I choose to coach in the evenings — because I enjoy it.  I know what I choose to do with my “free time” differs from most; but I believe my day isn’t much different than many of my co-workers with children, pets, a desire to start an exercise routine, etc. Continue reading “3 Tips: How to Balance it All”

6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)

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(A couple of close friends and me after graduation)

The best 4 (or 5) years of your life quickly come to an end when you hear that timeless graduation hymn and receive that (fake) diploma that will shortly be replaced by the real one, also doubling as your golden ticket to the real world.  College is over.  “Real life” is beginning.  The phrase you have been hearing and warned about since grade school.  Although the transition filled me with excitement and fear, I have learned valuable lessons shortly after taking a leap into this next chapter in life, and here are just 6 of them. Continue reading “6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)”