Strong Communications is the Foundation for a Successful Association Event

By |2023-05-11T09:42:46-05:00May 11th, 2023|

Working professionally in the events industry since 2016, my greatest learning has been how essential effective communications is for a successful association event.   Effective communications, and a strong team go hand in hand. It can lead to a more resilient, prepared, and trusting team. When a team is working [...]

Association Events: Tips for Finding the Right Venue

By |2023-05-04T11:54:40-05:00May 4th, 2023|

Half the battle in organizing a successful association event such as an awards ceremony, trade show, conference, or symposium is choosing the right venue. The right venue can ensure a positive and meaningful experience for an association’s members. The perfect venue should capture the essence of the association and [...]

The Importance of Fostering Relationships Between an Association’s Board & Staff

By |2023-04-13T10:52:08-05:00April 13th, 2023|

“The unique and multifaceted relationship between the board and its executive is perhaps the most important relationship leading to organizational success or failure. Like the two partners in a skating competition, each side can either bring out the best in the other or prevent the other from skating well.” [...]

Understanding the Structure of a Board & Your Role

By |2023-04-06T09:56:44-05:00April 6th, 2023|

As an association leader, understanding your volunteer role on a not-for-profit Board is being aware of your job description. Not only will this clarify your unique role and responsibilities, but it will also allow you to better support other members of the team and their tasks. Boards are designed [...]

Dear Female Association Leader: You are Enough

By |2023-03-24T10:03:28-05:00March 23rd, 2023|

You are a female association volunteer leader who has just taken charge of reviewing and updating the association’s Policies and Procedures. It’s a big job. In fact, it’s the most sizeable project you’ve ever taken on in this role.   You start to question whether you can do this, and [...]

How to Build an Association Crisis Communications Checklist

By |2023-03-09T13:26:10-06:00March 9th, 2023|

Let’s face it; no association wants to go into crisis communications mode. But ultimately most will face an internal or external issue requiring immediate attention. How an association fares during and post-crisis depends on how well-prepared it is to handle one. The key to successfully navigating through a crisis [...]

Balancing Different Volunteer Preferences on Association Boards of Directors

By |2023-03-03T11:36:40-06:00March 3rd, 2023|

Coming out of the pandemic, I have noticed a divergence amongst Board members as to when they’re available to volunteer. Some opt to do all their volunteer work during office hours to preserve their personal time, while others don’t have flexibility in their schedule to volunteer during traditional work [...]

Practicing The Art Of Woo (Winning Others Over) Within An Association

By |2023-02-13T14:47:54-06:00February 7th, 2023|

Difficult people are everywhere. Despite one’s best efforts some people are never pleased. But when they are exhibitors at an association event or tradeshow how can they be transitioned from difficult to champion? Practicing the art of WOO or Winning Others Over can help move difficult exhibitors to enthusiastic [...]

How to Elevate and Streamline your Association’s Strategic Planning Sessions

By |2023-02-13T14:46:38-06:00January 26th, 2023|

With the new year in full swing, many association’s communications teams are in full swing gathering members to participate in upcoming strategic planning sessions for key events. The end game of any strategic planning session is to effectively produce a solid and comprehensive plan clearly outlining the association’s communications [...]

Understanding Your Association’s Budgets & Cashflows

By |2023-01-12T12:35:52-06:00January 12th, 2023|

It’s a New Year with new opportunities for your association. One of the key elements of a successful association is understanding your current budgets and cashflows. Here are some tips on how to effectively conduct a financial audit for your association.  An Effective Financial Audit  Having the capability to [...]

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