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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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Association Professionals: Are Your Educational Sessions “Diverse” Enough?

Education is likely one of your association’s biggest offerings. And it’s likely at the heart of your annual meeting or conference. (People attend to network and learn.)

But here’s a question: Are your educational sessions diverse enough for attendees? And we don’t necessarily mean in terms of content, but rather, in terms of format.

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From #Ideas17: How to Simplify Your Association’s Messaging

Messaging is something that all companies and organizations have to do, but something that only a small percentage do well. Many organizations disseminate complicated messages - or conflicting messages. This is particularly common for organizations that have multiple divisions (national and state divisions, for example).

But messaging is how you recruit people (and engage and retain them), so your messaging platform (the basis of your organization’s communications) needs to be straightforward and meaningful.

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Overcoming the Challenges Associated with “Small Staff” Innovation

If you’re a small-staff association professional, you probably understand the challenges associated with innovation. There’s the issue of coming up with ideas, sure, but then there’s also the issue of having too many ideas and not enough resources (people, time, money, etc.) to execute them properly.

Can you relate? If so, we have some good news. At the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) Great Ideas Conference in Orlando last week, William Mallon, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation at the Association of American Medical Colleges, explained how to vet projects and ideas so that you and your staff aren’t left feeling completely overwhelmed.

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3 Lessons Association Professionals Can Learn from The Book of Mormon, the Musical

One of my favorite sessions at #ASAE16 was “What the Musical The Book of Mormon Taught Me About Association Management.” I’d first heard about this session in early June, and honestly, had been looking forward to it ever since.

Did it meet my expectations? You betcha - and then some!

The session featured a GREAT lineup of speakers (all listed below) but even more so, a GREAT list of takeaways. In fact, here are three lessons association professionals can learn from The Book of Mormon, the musical:

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From #ASAE16: Using Trends to Steer Your Organization’s Strategic Plan

While at #ASAE16, I had the opportunity to attend a session titled, “Using Trends and Environmental Scanning to Steer Strategic Planning.” The session was presented by Sue Pine, CAE, Vice President of Professional Development at Association Headquarters, and Kristine Metter, CAE, Vice President of Member Services at America’s Essential Hospitals.

During the session, I experienced so many “ah-ha moments,” that I wanted to share a few of those with you.  

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Conference Checklist: 4 Things to Do When You Get Home

Ok, we’ll admit it - conferences can be exhausting. So it only makes sense that you want to go home and relax.

Well, some R&R is definitely needed, but before you go home and fully embrace that, we recommend completing a few post-conference tasks:

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Live from Salt Lake City! Updates from ASAE Annual

ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is officially underway, and with that comes loads of learning, networking, and of course, TONS of fun. In fact, it’s only Day #2, and we’ve already experienced all of that (with plenty more on the way).

It all started Saturday night with the Opening Celebration at Library Square. There were aerial dancers (insert gasp here), flaming donuts, great mountain views, and the best company around. Take a look!

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Gotta See It: 3 Can’t-Miss Events at ASAE Annual

ASAE Annual is just FOUR days away - can you believe it?! Hopefully you’re getting your schedule finalized, but before you dot the i’s and cross the t’s, make sure these three events are on your list:

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The Small Staff Guide to ASAE Annual (2016 Edition)

Are you a small staff association professional? Will you be attending ASAE Annual in August? If so, this post is for you. Check out these can’t-miss events specifically for small staffs!

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5 Must-Attend Sessions at ASAE Annual

Our ASAE Annual blog series continues, and this week, we’re talking about MUST-ATTEND sessions in Salt Lake City. Here are the Deep Dives and Learning Labs we’re most looking forward to:

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