Thought Leadership

Peek Behind the Scenes of One Innovative Annual Conference for New Ideas to Use at Your Annual Conference

150 150 Joseph Sapp

The following is a guest post from Amanda Kaiser.  You can check out more great posts from her on her weekly blog for association professionals at SmoothThePath.net or follow her on Twitter @SmoothThePath.   Your annual conference is even more important than you think! For many new members the annual conference is the first time they…

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Tips to a Ensure a Successful Mission Statement Revision

150 150 Pete Pomilio

If you volunteer for or are employed by an association, tell me if this sounds familiar, “Our mission is to be the premier provider of education and networking opportunities to serve the needs of our members”. It’s a fine mission, and in most cases it is true. However, this same mission is applicable to 99%…

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Staying Strategic – Three Ways to Keep Your Board Focused and Productive

150 150 Joseph Sapp

We have all been there.  Hour 3 of an all-day strategic planning board meeting, cell phones come out, and Facebook seems to pop up on a few laptops.  The focus shifts from the strategic discussion as a few individuals are diving into the weeds to talk about what cheese we are planning to have at…

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Sponsorship in the digital age, get outside the traditional …Creatively Expand your Sponsorship at Meetings & Events.

150 150 Kasey Connors

No matter what the core goal or objective of your meeting or event a successful result will inspire, engage, bring together, and/or educate your attendees. If you are organizing the US Open, a city-wide convention or a corporate event, securing sponsorships not only brings in added revenue and the ability to enhance the overall attendee…

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Act Like a Five Year Old!

150 150 Lisa Colangelo

You’ve probably heard of the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. Mr. Fulghum wrote about the value of the basic skills taught in Kindergarten. Communication Skills- Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing are skills that we learn and practice in Kindergarten. As a former Kindergarten teacher myself, I can…

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Understanding Your Organization’s Diversity

150 150 Joseph Sapp

We all know diversity is a great thing.  It brings together a range of opinions, ideas and perspectives that drive progress.  As your organization continues to find new ways to innovate and engage its members, it should also be focusing on understanding its own diversity, both at the Board level and the members at-large. At…

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9 Ways to Help Increase Member Retention Rates

150 150 Nelly Flumo

Can you imagine being a member of an organization and not quite sure on what it stands for? Would you feel like you belonged or would you feel motivated to assist that organization in reaching its goals?  If you are like me, then of course not, you would question why you even joined. Membership retention…

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Marketing to the Millennial Mind

150 150 Shawnna Kerns

Ah, the dreaded Millennials—Gen Y—Gen “Me”. Sometimes suited with the outfit of “lazy, entitled, technology reliant youth”, what is it that makes this generation so different and difficult to understand? This group of individuals, born between the years of 1980 and 2000, number anywhere between 52.8 and 86 million and are said to be more…

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Brexit in Review: Exit Strategies, European Meetings and More

150 150 Joseph Sapp

By Joe Sapp & Gregg Talley The world continues to react to the shocking news that the UK has voted to remove itself as a member of the EU.  What a painful breakup it will be – the growing uncertainty it will bring to world markets and of course the EU itself.  Could the UK…

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Global Trends in Business Events

150 150 Gregg Talley

I have been traveling a lot – ok, maybe too much – this spring.  Eight countries by my last count. In each I have had the chance to chat with colleagues from all sides of our industry at the event, city, state and national level. First a word on what we call this “industry”. One…

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