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Nine Ways to Use Questions to Make 2017 Great

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Nov 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

It is that time of year when we reflect on the past 12 months and set some goals for the coming year. For me, 2016 was a swirl of firsts (including my first child), challenges, activity and general busyness. I will admit that most of the year was spent reacting to all the things coming at me and not enough spent strategically. With that in mind, my goal for 2017 is to ask more questions to keep myself focused on my goals, improve relationships and be more mindful. Here are nine ways I believe questions will make my 2017 a success:

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Topics: Success, Career, Productivity

Bust Generation Y Myths for Success

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Aug 10, 2016 12:00:00 PM

It can be argued that since the dawn of time, the older generation has struggled to understand, work with and communicate with the youth of their day. Differences among generations is hardly a new concept, however it does seem the conversation about Generation Y, or Gen-Y (21–34 year olds), entering the workforce is especially apocalyptic. The truth is, conflict between generations in the workforce is nothing new; the difference is the rapid change in the world and the fact Gen-Y will be 43 percent of the workforce by 2020.

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Topics: Millennials, myth busting

The Future of Women in Leadership

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Jun 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

For the first time, the United States has a female presidential candidate of a major party. Whatever your politics, seeing women in high ranking leadership roles inspires other women to step up to the table and shows that women are capable and willing to serve.

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Topics: Leadership, Associations, Women in Leadership

Thoughts on What it Takes to Lead as a Nonprofit CEO

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Jun 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Being a nonprofit CEO/executive director is no easy task. The CEO is responsible for moving the organization through obstacles towards an ever-changing preferred future for the organization and its members. For those currently in this role or those who aspire to get there, here are few thoughts on successful leadership for you to ponder.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives, Leadership Strategies, Nonprofit

Conference Swag Ideas Your Attendees Will Remember

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on May 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM

How does your organization decide what this year’s conference swag item will be? Do you sit down with your conference committee and brainstorm ideas? Do you rotate through a list of the same items or order another bag, pen or padfolio? Swag is great advertising for your organization and your conference. Not thinking strategically about your giveaway items is equivalent to not having a marketing plan for your conference. Before you order your conference tchotchkes, read through these helpful tips and swag ideas to give your attendees an item that will represent your organization, event and goals.

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Topics: Conferences, Event Planning, events, giveaway items

Grow Your Events: Event Marketing Dos and Don’ts

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on May 4, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Do you have an event you would like to grow? You spend so much time getting a great location, awesome speakers and the perfect content; make sure your target audience knows why they should attend. Review this checklist of dos and don’ts before you send out your event marketing to ensure you have a solid value proposition to compel your members to attend.

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Topics: Meetings, Association, Event Planning, Associations, events

Five Tips For Making—and Sticking To—Your 2016 Resolutions

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Dec 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

My husband and I are huge FRIENDS fans. Every year around this time we watch our favorite holiday-themed episode: “The One with The Resolutions.”

In this episode, each of the characters makes a New Year’s Resolution. These range from trying something new every day to flying a commercial airplane. Chandler’s resolution to not make fun of his friends is the trickiest because it is completely counter to his sarcastic personality.

Fortunately for the sake of comedy, none of the friends keep their resolution and hilarious mayhem ensues. 

Unfortunately for us, we have all made resolutions we didn’t keep. Here are some tips for keeping your resolutions for 2016:

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Topics: Success, Career, Productivity

Your Professional Year-End Career Checklist

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Dec 2, 2015 12:00:00 PM

If you are like me, you are completely blind-sided by the end of the year. Wasn’t it just Independence Day? Why is it so cold all of a sudden? But December is here and it is a great time to grab a cup of tea, reflect on the past year and get ready for the year to come. Here are a few things to do before the ball drops:

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Topics: Career, Goal Setting

Advice from ISAE Membership Professionals

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Oct 7, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I was recently asked by a volunteer, “What is the best way to grow membership?” My honest answer was there is no answer. There is no silver bullet to association membership development. It is the thousand little things you do to provide and articulate your value to members that will help you grow.

Here are some great ideas you can incorporate into your “thousand things” provided by ISAE membership professionals:

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Topics: membership

Recruit and Retain More Members with Full Staff Participation

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

No one in the association management industry would argue that membership development is one of the most important jobs of association staff or that membership is the responsibility of all staff in the organization. The efforts you make to recruit and retain more members is the driving force behind initiatives such as integrating membership development strategies into your annual convention, having value proposition-centric communications or developing programs to serve your members.

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