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Preparing for GDPR at Your Association

Posted by Callie Walker, MemberClicks on Jun 6, 2018 1:25:00 PM

If you’re in the association space, it’s hard to go a week without hearing the term “GDPR” thrown around. That’s because the enforcement date is quickly approaching: May 25.

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Topics: Associations, membership, Association Management, GDPR, data

Young Professionals and Associations – Opportunities to Learn and Grow

Posted by Alyssa DelPrete on May 23, 2018 2:08:00 PM

If you told me at my college graduation that I would have a job at an association a little over a year later, I would have responded with a very confused look and many questions. As an English major, I had tested out a few different career paths through internships in my quest to determine my ultimate passion, but associations weren’t on my radar. It was pure luck that brought me to my current position at the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE).

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Topics: Networking, Associations, Young Professionals, careers

What a Time to Be a Woman

Posted by Ashley Roy on Mar 28, 2018 3:10:00 PM

What a time to be a woman! In the past year we have seen growing movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up bring to light social issues that impact women across industries, economic situations, geographic locations and more.

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Topics: Associations, Women in Leadership

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

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