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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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Hard facts about being a Small Staff Association Pro

Posted by Sarah Hill

It’s the end of the year and you’re no doubt in an end-of-quarter sprint to wrap up the year. We’re here to tell you that you deserve a break, and we hope you have one coming. Here’s why all Small Staff Association leaders just need a big hug from time to time- their jobs are hard!

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  • The Hours are Long

You probably get in early and stay late. I’ll bet you take calls after hours and on weekends. Meetings run overtime and if you’re checking out venues you might have to go before places open or after they close. Your family is probably tired of seeing you go over grants at the dinner table or taking calls while out with family. You have long days because you care!

  • Your successes often go unnoticed

Not everyone is a gold star-seeker, but still. Sometimes you want a little attention for working out that tough predicament like boosting engagement or planning a knock-out event. You don’t want to ask for it, though, and chances are nobody notices because you all agree that it’s “your job.”

  • Your setbacks feel more prominent

Ever feel like the world is coming down on you when you make a mistake? Because Small Staff association leaders often tackle tasks by themselves, you probably feel that way too. Everyone makes mistakes… yours are just a bit more apparent.

  • You’re challenged to perform in areas which you have no experience

Because your job covers so many areas, you might not be 100% experienced to tackle everything that comes your way. For example you may be able to coordinate a meeting or speaker session, but a huge conference may be outside your comfort zone.

The good news is:

Your experience and skills are unparallelled. Although it may feel like a tough road right now, I’ll bet your years as an association leader will stand out as not only some of the most professionally rewarding time of your career, but some of the nicest in your personal life as well.

Think about it: yes, you’re presented with challenges but the solutions you find will not only boost your professional clout but change your members' lives for the better.

One of the best things a Small Staff Association leader can do is get a little help, and technology is one of the best and easiest ways to get help. Are you shopping for an AMS in 2015? Download our free guide to purchasing one! We break it down and make it simple so that you know exactly what you need and how to go about getting it. Download it today, and give us a call when you’re ready!

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Topics: association management, association leadership, small staff association, Small Staff Chatter

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