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Associations: Is Your Job Getting Harder?

Blame it on social media or helicopter parents, but members expect more of us these days. The one-size-fits-all model of association membership is dead. As Seth Godin said, “The riskiest thing you can do now is be safe. The safe thing to do is be at the fringes, be remarkable.” Doing things as they’ve always been done is a recipe for extinction.

But providing a customized member experience for everyone is hard work and one that requires resources that many associations don’t have.

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The Pros and Cons of a Casual Office

Casual offices are all the rage these days. It started in the tech world, which made sense; younger, hipper CEOs leading young, hip employees took the opportunity to nix the dress code in order to make sure that employees are happy, comfortable, and able to focus on their work. Every day more and more businesses and offices are moving towards that more casual workplace environment, but like everything there are pros and cons. We’ll weigh them out and you decide for yourself which works best for your office: the casual workplace or the traditional one we’re all used to. 

Casual Office

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4 Tips to Overcome Fear of Innovation

You know you need to innovate. Between the technology, the differences in generations, and growing membership demands, you know your association must change, but how do you become more risk tolerant and less afraid of failure?

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Well, That Looked Bad! How to Recover from Bad Press

They say there’s no such thing as bad press… well that’s not completely true. It is if you consider the fact that any mention of your association brings you to light and gets you attention, hits on google, visits to your social media, etc, but most of the associations I’ve run across would rather have no press than crop up among a scandal. Let’s take a moment and take a look at the kinds of bad press out there and how your association can recover. 

You goofed

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4 Tips to Jump Start Your Association's Social Community

First impressions go a long way.  Before you take the time to roll out your social community to your members, you want to make sure that its going to make an impression on them. After all, if they check it out and its empty, they’re not going to want to come back.

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Association Leadership: Industry Experts vs. Association Pros

There are many pathways to association leadership, but this blog will address two specifically: the association professional and the industry expert. When looking for a leader for a professional organization, you may be considering or seeking to consider both types. Here are the benefits and drawbacks to either! You can decide from there.

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3 Things You Should Never "Say" In Your Association's Online Community

Whether you have a dedicated community manager or someone who wears twelve hats, and handles everything, there are a few things that will erode all of the work your association has put towards growing your online community.

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How to Create the Custom Member Experience (with limited cash)

Your association may not have the money for big welcome packets or a lot of events. Never fear! Your members can still feel like they’re having a custom experience even without you taking a chunk out of your budget. 

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3 Tips To Be A Successful Giver

The opening session at this year’s ASAE Annual Meeting was one of the best I’ve ever attended. Adam Grant, author of “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success”, discussed how success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. Out of the 3 interaction styles he outlined, the “Giver” is the most interesting and the one with the potential to be the most successful, especially in the world of association professionals.

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How to Announce Your Departure

Career changes are part of the professional journey. As much as you love your association and have probably invested a lot of time, energy, and love into it, there may be a better opportunity on the horizon. Here are a few things to consider when preparing your association to get along without you. 

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7 Places to Find Content Ideas for Your Association Blog

Sometimes the well runs dry and you question your whole idea of writing a blog for your association, but don’t worry. Topics are everywhere. You just need to know where to look.

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