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 •  February 16

Why your organization should consider ways to keep passionate volunteer leaders active even if their term is over. Also: the value of membership mapping. Even though a volunteer’s term on a board or committee may be over, that doesn’t mean they want to be done with the association. In fact, they may still be passionate about the organization...

Associations now

 •  February 15

Looking to stay relevant? Amanda Kaiser says your membership has to get younger. Also: Meeting design expert Adrian Segar shares his top recommendation for making a conference more interesting. Associations strive to stay valuable, but each association has its own struggles for relevance. Amanda Kaiser lays out several of those challenges in a...

Associations now

 •  February 14

Stay abreast of the latest trends to make it easier to reach new volunteer recruits. Also: show a little love to associations. Just as tech, event, and social media trends change from year to year, so too do volunteer trends. Engaging Volunteers shares volunteering trends you should know for 2018, including reaching out to retired people who may...

Associations now

 •  February 9

The latest version of Omnipress’ State of the Conference Industry report finds that many association pros are taking seriously the value of repurposing content from events throughout the year. The challenge? Managing it all. All the great content you create for your events can potentially have a shelf life long beyond the conference—if you know how...

Associations now

 •  February 6

Your meeting icebreakers may not be doing enough to close the distance between attendees. Also: Before you go higher-tech at your next meeting, make sure you’re prioritizing face-to-face interactions. Icebreakers perform an important role at meetings, but all too often, career-related questions like “What do you do?” aren’t sufficient to establish...

Associations now

 •  February 5

Are your most highly engaged workers also your most stressed? Also: Ban these buzzwords from your next internal meeting. Employee engagement is a valuable goal, and many organizations expend a lot of effort to encourage it. After all, increased engagement often results in a rise of productivity, employee retention, and quality of work. The gains...

Associations now

 •  February 2

Some ideas worth considering as you plan different aspects of your upcoming meetings and events. A lot of my inspiration for my weekly blog posts comes from articles, press releases, or whatever else has caught my attention recently. With that in mind, here are three things I wanted to share that may serve as food for thought and good reminders as...

Associations now

 •  February 1

Before your association attempts to rebrand, it’s important to take the time to speak to your members and stakeholders about what they want. A look at how the Association for Print Technologies succeeded with this approach. Long before NPES officially became the Association for Print Technologies on January 16, it created a new strategic plan that...

Associations now

 •  February 1

When you see change clearly, you can build the future you want. Read on for some highlights from the ASAE ForesightWorks research initiative. The future, like all unknown things, can be a scary place. But it can also be a place you know better. Many associations do some form of planning ahead when they work on their five-year strategic plans. But...

Associations now

 •  February 1

Don’t turn off potential members by launching into sales mode. Also: So your online course failed. Now what? Associations spend countless hours honing their mission, vision, and goals and then creating a communications strategy to get the message out to potential members. Considering all that effort, it’s not surprising that association pros assume...