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Where Should You Host Your Next Association Conference?

By |2020-10-29T16:07:41-05:00February 13th, 2020|

Every national association has different wants and needs from its conference host city. This blog is not meant to convince you to choose one city over another. Instead, I hope to break down the major decision factors when planning the geographic location of an association conference. For simplicity purposes, [...]

How to Develop a Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Association Conference Speakers – Interviewing a Professional Speaker

By |2020-10-14T14:36:59-05:00August 15th, 2019|

Jennifer Schrafft is a Certified Professional Coach who does regular speaking engagements throughout the year. Recently, she participated as a speaker in two association conferences that I managed. I sat down with Jennifer to find out what makes a positive speaking engagement for her and how we can work [...]

Speaker Confirmations: The When, What and Why

By |2020-10-14T15:53:07-05:00April 18th, 2019|

You are two weeks out from an association event: your program is set, all vendors have been contracted, the venue details have been organized and now it is time to reconfirm, reconfirm, reconfirm! Arguably, the most important deliverable at an association meeting or conference is the educational content. So, [...]

Planning Security at Your Association Event

By |2020-10-15T08:20:54-05:00January 3rd, 2019|

Security at association events has moved to the forefront of association event planning in recent years. Regardless of the size or scope of the event, it is the association’s responsibility to ensure that delegates are safe and secure in the various spaces that the event is taking place. This [...]

How to Get the Most out of an Association Event as an Association Leader

By |2020-10-15T08:29:43-05:00September 20th, 2018|

As association leaders, we are used to being on the planning side of things for association conferences and events. When attending other association events, we can often be guilty of looking at things through a planner’s eye rather than actively participating as a delegate. The following is meant to [...]

Planning Association Events – Are You Changing Enough?

By |2020-10-21T15:23:23-05:00June 21st, 2018|

Have you ever had a new planning committee member join and ask why a certain component of the event is done the way it is? If so, has the answer ever been “It has always been done that way”? In planning association events, we can find ourselves working with [...]

Association Event Planning Tips – An In Depth Interview with DMOs

By |2018-03-29T13:51:57-05:00March 29th, 2018|

Event managers partner with a number of suppliers to ensure the success of an association conference or special event. One of the first partnerships for many successful events is with the destination marketing organization (DMO). A DMO is responsible for promoting a city in order to increase tourism and [...]

Speaker Agreements – The Key to a Great Association Event

By |2018-01-04T13:52:03-06:00January 4th, 2018|

An event planner’s relationship with a speaker for an association conference often starts with a formal speaker agreement. With this being the initial interaction with the speaker, you want to make sure you get off on the right foot and ensure the details of the engagement are clear and [...]

Marketing Your Association Event Beyond Your Membership Base

By |2017-10-05T16:43:10-05:00October 5th, 2017|

When marketing an association event, the primary audience is the association’s membership. This makes sense as they make up the majority of the attendees and represent the group that the event was developed for. There may be, however, several other groups interested in the event. It is important to [...]

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