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Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Are Your Vendors Engaged? Would You Like Them to Be?

Rumor has it, in some association circles, trade show attendance is struggling. This could spell trouble for how vendor members find value in belonging to your organization. While some industries may be feeling the pain more than others, it is never a bad time to think about the ways you are engaging your vendor/supplier members. Read on for a handful of ideas on engaging your vendor-side members in effective and successful ways.

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Friday Top Five: Spring Has Sprung!

Posted by Sarah Hill

All of Atlanta is covered in a fine (okay, thick) layer of pollen. All of the blossoms, new growth, change and sneezing inspired today’s Friday Top Five: Spring has Sprung! Today's link round up deals with new growth, positive change, and maybe a little cleaning. 

Friday Top Five: Spring has Sprung!

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Spring Cleaning Ideas for Membership Pros by Joe Rominiecki

“If a lot of the work your association is doing in membership feels like “you’ve always done it this way,” maybe it’s time for a good spring cleaning.”


Maybe You Need a Barn Raising by Jeffrey Cufaude

“Much in the spirit of the traditional barn raising in which members of a community would collectively gather and work to help build one neighbor's barn, a Catch-up-athon would leverage your community's resources to help eliminate your task backlog in a very concentrated time period.”


Planting Seeds by Debra Helwig

“But maybe we shouldn’t forget that every time we put ourselves out there, every time we share good ideas and information and part of ourselves with the world, there is a strong possibility it will make a difference somewhere down the road (maybe far down the road).  And that’s true even if the reaction is muted or nonexistent at first.”


Leadership lessons from moving by Jamie Notter 

“Organizations rarely have something like a move to shake things up, so we just keep doing things the same way. We keep stuff (practices, approaches, even ineffective staff people) simply because we can. As a leader, don’t tolerate this. Constantly challenge your own way of doing things and “discard” practices or habits that are not working as well as they should.”


Ethical Springtime Dilemma: Stolen Blooms by KiKi L’Italien

"Ethical dilemma: Your neighbor has a blooming bush that is encroaching on your yard. The blooms would look perfect in vases throughout your house. 

Do you snip off the blooms that fall on *your* side of the fence so that you are delighted as you walk throughout your house? Or do you adhere to a "hands off" policy and wait for your own bushes to bloom?"

Allow us to weigh in on your ethical dilemma, KiKi. For us, this looks like a metaphor. The lovely blossoms look like GREAT ideas that originated with one association, but would look lovely in the home of another as well. In this case, I would go with the opinion that the use of the ideas or blossoms in another setting doubles the beauty enjoyed, and doesn’t take away from the success of the first party. Share and share alike, and if someone compliments you on your lovely arrangements, share the love with your neighbor!

Topics: association management

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