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2017: Motivation for the New Year & New Opportunities

Posted by Patti Overton on Dec 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Need a little motivation or inspiration for the New Year? A New Year can often mean new beginnings, an opportunity to set new goals or make changes in our personal and/or professional lives. Whether you call them resolutions, goals, life changes or any combination encompassing the want to turn over a new leaf, we all have different motivators.

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Topics: Success, Career, Productivity

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

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

Six Minutes of Solitude from Digital Technology

Posted by Rachel Daeger, CAE on Nov 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Can you do it? Can you sit still and do nothing for six minutes or would you resort to giving yourself an electric shock to pass the time? Have digital technology and our personal electronic devices really made us so fearful of spending time with our own thoughts and dismissive of the feelings of others?

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Topics: Association, Success, Career, digital technology

Association Professionals—What's on Your Bulletin Board?

Posted by Laura Wilson on Jan 14, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Association professionals use an arsenal of tools to master demanding time commitments. Online calendars, productivity apps and other digital products help workers stay on time and on track.

Then there is the low-tech standby that quietly decorates most office walls: the bulletin board. It may be humble, but it does not disappoint. The bulletin board keeps needed information in plain view for instant-view access, immune to power outages and other electronic mishaps.

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Topics: Association, Success, Associations, Association Executives, Productivity

[New eBook] The Ultimate Guide to Event Planning, Marketing and Sales

Posted by ISAE on Aug 27, 2014 12:00:00 PM


Planning meetings, conferences and special events can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable jobs today. As industry veterans know though, it can also be among the most challenging and hectic. In this guide, you'll learn how to successfully plot and execute must-see events of every size, from executive retreats and leadership summits to tradeshows and strategic planning sessions – including how to make professional keynote speakers, breakout presenters and workshop administrators an essential and engaging part of these programs.

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Topics: Association, Members, Marketing, Event Planning, Success, Learning, Planning, membership

Lead by Example: Banishing ‘Busy’ for 30 Days

Posted by Laura Wilson on Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Like other four-letter words, “busy” is often bantered about with bravado, as if a sign of strength in this time-frenzied world. A simple, “Fine, thank you” will suffice when asked, “How are you?” Instead, we often bark out, “Busy!” – then proudly catalog our responsibilities and to-do lists.busy

Yet busy isn’t always good. In fact it can be a symptom of out-of-control timelines, driven by short-sighted work habits and skewed values. Busy becomes an addiction, a false friend that continually demands more, yet never satisfies.

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Topics: Association, Success, Associations

[New eBook] The Association's Guide to Process-Driven Membership Sales

Posted by ISAE on Jul 30, 2014 10:30:00 AM


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Topics: Association, Members, Success, Learning, Planning, membership

New To Association Management: 7 Lessons from the First 7 Months

Posted by Darcy Marlett on Jul 2, 2014 2:10:11 PM


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Topics: Success, Learning, Associations, Career

[New eBook] Star Award Winners: Association Management Case Studies

Posted by Katherine Mandusic Finley, Ph.D., CAE, CFRE, CMP on Jun 25, 2014 2:46:00 PM

In association management, we often get our best ideas from others. 

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Topics: Meetings, Conferences, Association, Members, Marketing, Event Planning, Success, Learning, Planning

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