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[Press Release] Indiana Society of Association Executives Celebrates Exceptional Association Professionals at the 16th Annual STAR Awards

Posted by ISAE on Dec 13, 2017 2:00:00 PM


Contact: Nicky Copland

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) today announced the full list of recipients of the 16th Annual STAR Awards on December 7, recognizing excellence exclusive to the association management profession in Indiana.

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Topics: Association, events, Press Release

No, Thank YOU! Volunteer Appreciation Done Right

Posted by Tara Puckey on Apr 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Good volunteers give so much to associations, especially when they’re leading committees, spearheading projects or rallying the troops around a cause. Whether they do it because they support your mission, believe in your cause, were “voluntold” or are a glutton for punishment (just kidding about that last one, kind of), letting them know they’re appreciated and valued goes a long way. So, in that spirit, here’s a list of some ways to say, “Thank you.” You’re welcome. For the list.

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Topics: Association, Volunteers, Associations

It's Not Me, It's You: Dealing with Difficult Volunteer Leaders

Posted by Tara Puckey on Apr 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

There’s something good to be said about volunteer leaders. Wait, let me think a little longer. I’m just kidding. Volunteer leaders are, for the most part, one of the greatest things about your association. They bring all the feels to your cause and they work hard, out of the goodness of their hearts, to inspire others and do good work for the organization. As staff, we love them. But, we also know there are some who are difficult to love and we definitely don’t love dealing with them.

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Topics: Association, Volunteers, Associations

Herding the Volunteer Cats

Posted by Tara Puckey on Apr 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The success of any association depends greatly on the strength of its volunteers. After all, as William James once said, “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.” As noble as the cause may be, inspiring, guiding and teaching volunteers to work cohesively can often be likened to herding cats. Wild, feral cats with the ability to spring off course at any given moment, destroy the furniture and look you in the eye while doing it.

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Topics: Association, Volunteers, Associations

A 3-Point Process That Takes You From Un-Strategic to Strategic

Posted by Richard Anderson on Mar 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Let’s be honest, we all love tactics. We can jump in and start doing things, get that instant sense of accomplishment without actually having a plan. Then, we wonder why we always seem to fall behind, and not meet all of our business objectives.

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Topics: Association, Associations, strategy

Mobile Friendly Events

Posted by Kalyn Rose Griffin on Mar 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Mobile event applications for smart phones seem to be more prevalent than ever. Companies and organizations use them to communicate before, during and even after the event. It creates a space to share speaker bios, sponsor profiles, session topics and agendas without having to print all those documents. Instead of handing them something that will most likely get thrown away or lost, your entire event can ride around in their pocket.

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

Keep Your Stress in Check: 4 Audio Visual Prep Tips for Your Next Event

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Mar 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

We all know hosting an annual meeting or event can be stressful. There are so many different details that need to considered and finalized. Has the food and beverage order been placed? Do we have enough table and chairs for the general meeting and breakout sessions? Have all the speakers confirmed and arrived?

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

Is My Committee Just Not That into Me?

Posted by Kalyn Rose Griffin on Mar 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It’s not you, committee, it’s me. I just need more space. All jokes aside, I’ve always struggled with keeping my board and volunteer committee engaged during the event planning process. I’ve gone from feeling like I’m reaching out too much, to wondering if my email isn’t working because I can literally hear crickets while I wait for responses.

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

Increase Your Event Footprint by Live Streaming: 3 Helpful Tips

Posted by Melanie Foursha on Mar 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Have you ever asked or provided a survey to find out why your members are not attending your onsite education events or Annual Meeting? Some popular reasons might be budget and travel costs, concerns about being away from the office, or conflicting schedules. Why not use the event technology available today and offer your members the option to “attend” online, through live streaming? Your members will appreciate that you are listening to their concerns and have provided another method to receive the content they need and that you and your team are working so hard to provide.

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

9 Little Ways to Propel Your Association Forward in 2017

Posted by ISAE on Jan 25, 2017 12:00:00 PM

But you know what all goals and resolutions have in common? Change. They’re all centered around the desire to change. We set goals and resolutions because we want things to be different than they are now—and that’s good! It’s healthy.

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Topics: Association, Goal Setting

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