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Why Should You Bother with Online Learning?

Posted by Melanie Foursha on May 9, 2018 2:22:00 PM

I think the real question is why wouldn’t you insist on having online learning available for your association? Online learning offers several important perks for your members plus undeniable benefits for your staff and association. Here are 3 significant benefits to providing online learning at your association.

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Topics: Learning, online education, Webinar

Trying to Figure Out the Latest Trends? Use ASAE ForesightWorks

Posted by Katherine Mandusic Finley, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE, CMP on Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Developed by the ASAE Foundation, ForesightWorks is an ongoing project which focuses on environmental scanning and trends. However, this is far more than just a list of the newest trends. For each trend, ASAE produces an "action brief"  summarizing the trend and forecasting the trend’s future effects.

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Topics: Learning, Leadership, Association Executives, Association Management, Trends, Association trends, tools

Young Leaders Take a Chance to Learn & Grow

Posted by Alyssa DelPrete on Oct 4, 2017 10:40:00 AM

As young professionals stand at the starting line of their careers, many searching for the experiences and opportunities that will lead them to success. Young people who belong to professional associations have a unique opportunity to become leaders by getting involved in volunteer groups. While seasoned association members may appear better suited to serve as volunteer leaders, young members who take the leap and step into these roles have the chance to grow their experience and skills while making important industry connections.

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Topics: Learning, Leadership, Career, Association Executives, Association Management, Young Professionals, Early Career

If Horton Can Hear a Who, a CEO Can Spot a Good Writermacallit.

Posted by Michael E. Fitzgerald, CAE on Sep 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A great deal of the image your professional or trade association projects is dependent on the quality of your publications, blast emails, marketing flyers, convention programs, dues notices and other communications vehicles. To a significant degree, association members and the public judge how professional your association is based on how well-written these vehicles are.

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Topics: Communication, Learning, Leadership, Career, Association Executives, Association Management, Hiring Strategies, Writing, Writers

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Association Executive

Posted by Kathy Finley, CAE on Sep 20, 2017 1:30:00 PM

A career as an association executive is often something people fall into, without much thought to pre-planning and developing the unqiue skill sets needed for such a niche industry. If instead you're planning ahead, good for you! Here are the 10 things that I wish I had known when I started this journey. 

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Topics: Learning, Leadership, Career, Association Executives, Association Management

What?  There’s an app for that?

Posted by Kim Harwood on Aug 23, 2017 12:01:00 PM

While most organizations have an app to support their annual conference or a single large seminar, some have embraced using an app to support all educational and engagement endeavors.

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Topics: Mobile, Learning, Engagement, app

What I Learned from My Peers

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Oct 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM

For nearly my entire career, I’ve worked as a communication department of one. That made brainstorming a little tough. When trying to explain my challenges to my co-workers, whether it was media relations, advertising buys or writer’s block, my questions were met with blank stares. This is one reason I became involved in professional associations early in my career, just so I could spend a few hours a month surrounded by my peers.

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Topics: Social Media, Communication, Association, Marketing, Learning, Associations, Career

Certified Association Executive Exam Tips

Posted by Katie K. Riggs, CAE, CMP on Sep 24, 2014 11:30:00 AM

highlighterAccepting the challenge to test for any industry designation is a bold one that will inevitably take a lot of hard work and diligence to be successful. If you are up to the challenge and looking for heighted recognition as an association professional then earning your CAE (Certified Association Executive) is the way to go.

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Topics: Association, Learning, Associations, CAE

ASAE 2014 Convention Highlights

Posted by Katherine Mandusic Finley, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE, CMP on Sep 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM


When I attend the ASAE annual meeting, I always assume I will garner a few new ideas that will ultimately result in either cost savings or revenue that will cover my expenses for the meeting. This year, I wasn’t disappointed and in fact attended several sessions that hopefully will result in more efficient association operations and more effective leadership.

Unfortunately, ASAE offers so many sessions so it is difficult to attend all of them. I highlighted a few of the sessions that were particularly interesting including:

  • “Give and Take” presented by Adam Grant
  • “Seven Steps to Develop Your Association’s Value Proposition” presented by Melynn Sight
  • “The True Cost of Free” presented by Rafi Mohammed
  • “Nimble Decision Making: Help Board Leaders Make Better, Timelier Decisions” presented by Elaine La Chappelle and Bill Shepherd of the Ontario Real Estate Association
  • “Five Important Trends in Membership” presented by Sheri Jacobs

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Topics: Conferences, Association, Learning, Associations

What's In It for Me? Innovative Solutions for Low Member Engagement

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Sep 3, 2014 10:00:00 AM

One common theme comes up in most ISAE Membership Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings; our members have high expectations, but low engagement. In other words, members increasingly want organizations to quantify “what's in it for me;” however life is moving faster and faster which gives members little time to engage. As membership professionals, we are constantly working on innovative solutions to this problem.

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Topics: Association, Members, Learning, Associations, Career, membership

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