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New Year, New Focus on You!

As we begin the new year, it might be a good time to consider new ideas about how you can make some changes around your personal self-care. The key thing is that you can’t be effective if you are stressed and overwhelmed, so let’s start there. Maintaining Sanity for You! As an Association or Hospitality professional, one of the most ...

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Balance Traditional and Trending Member Communications

Finding balance can be a tricky endeavor. Too much (or too little) of any given thing on one side tips the scales and creates an uneven approach. This year’s Association Communications Benchmarking Study showed us that traditional forms of member communication – live events and print media – continue to be popular among associations and their members. Live events remain ...

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Quick Tips: Trendspotting 2019

It’s a new year and with it, as always, comes new ideas about how to make meetings and events more exciting, more comfortable and above all more useful for those in attendance. Part and parcel of this experience are the spaces in which we meet. Convention centers, hotels and other event venues are upping the ante at all levels to ...

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Ask the Expert: How to Protect Your Data

Q: What is the easiest/best way for me to protect my data if my device is lost or stolen? A: The best way to protect data when your computer has gone missing is to cover these three aspects of security beforehand: Sign-in protection: This can be as simple as a password or a PIN for your computer. it can be ...

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Career Transitions: Association to AMC

Merriam-Webster defines transition as a passage from one state, subject, or place to another or – when in relation to an atomic nucleus or a molecule – an abrupt change in energy level usually accompanied by change in energy. In my experience over the past few months, the transition from a stand-alone association to an association management company (AMC) has ...

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Digital Exclusive: Don’t Miss the Best Articles This Year!

Association Leadership has compiled a new digital edition exclusive that showcases some of the magazine’s most read articles from 2018. Check out these and other pieces: A New Management Mindset: 6 Keys for Greater Staffing Stability 5 Things Your Association Should Do Before Attempting to Earn More Revenue Capture Your Retiring Talent with a Publishing Program Read the full Best ...

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Drowning in Data? Create a Dashboard

Are your board members or staff bogged down by lengthy financial statements and programmatic reports, causing them to miss overarching trends and key success metrics? Need a way to more quickly and easily interpret your organization’s data? Much like the dashboard in your car, an organizational dashboard can take a series of data points that measure your association’s health and ...

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We Sound Smarter on the Weekends

In 2003, I coached a company that makes liquid cleaners schools, hospitals and bus depots use to wash their floors and countertops. A team of about 150 executives and salespeople spent a lot of time talking about the company’s “sustainable earth” products and sustainability emphasis in research and development. I couldn’t have cared less. Frankly, it didn’t mean anything to ...

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Embrace a Culture of Innovation

Most associations tell me that innovation is important to them, and I, of course, agree. But the overall track record on innovation in the association community is not that great. Twelve years ago, some fellow consultants and I wrote a short book titled, We Have Always Done It That Way: 101 Things About Associations We Must Change. Two years ago ...

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Quick Tips: Going Back to the Wellness

There’s no question that when people take time out of their busy schedules – and money out of the budget – to attend a conference or event, they want to see a return on their investment. But that shouldn’t come at the expense of their experience. Cramming in too many education sessions, speakers or even casual mixers for networking can ...

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