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Membership Monday: Attracting Young Professional Members to Your Association

It’s the question that gets asked over and over and over again:

How can we attract young professional members to our association?

And hey, it’s a valid question! As more and more Baby Boomers enter retirement, and more and more Millennials and Gen Z-ers enter and move up in the workforce, in order for associations to remain relevant (and in existence), they have to start appealing to those younger generations.

And we’re not just talking about “getting on their radar,” but actually getting those young professionals to JOIN associations. (Not the easiest task ever, we’ll admit.)

But good news! In the first installment of our new Membership Monday series, we’re addressing how to attract young professional members to your association. Read on for a few tactics worth trying!

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5 Simple Work Perks to Retain Association Staff

We talk a lot about member retention - but what about association staff? Turnover is a burden on any workplace, and even more so on organizations whose resources are already limited. And while you can’t please everyone all the time, there are plenty of little things you can do to show employees that you value their time and effort.

Here are a few simple perks that could go a long way toward association staff loyalty:

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Inspiring Your Association Staff at Your Employee Retreat: 4 Tips

When most professionals contemplate going to an employee retreat, it’s usually accompanied with a sigh and a begrudging acceptance. Why? Employee retreats are often seen as a use of time away from the office that could be better spent in the office to avoid getting too far behind with your workload.

What if you could change that? Read these four tips to check out some alternative ways to view how you should run your next employee retreat.  

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Grant Writing 101: Creating a Process

Have you been looking into some ways to gather some additional funding for your association or chamber? We have one word for you: Grants! Applying for grants will offer your organization a chance to bring in funds that don’t have to be paid back as well as help you expand out more robust programs to better serve your members and industry.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at how the process works, we get it. The grant application process is no joke! Take a look at this simple outline to follow how the grant writing process generally plays out.

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20 Networking Questions to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Networking.

If your eyes roll (and your stomach drops) upon just READING that word, you’re not alone. Many people understand the importance of networking, but they still dread it.

We get that - and we’re here to help! If networking intimidates you and you’re never really sure what to ask/talk about, here are 20 questions to keep in your back pocket:

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Write a Professional Bio in 10 Minutes or Less with This Template

Presenting your best self in person can be hard. Presenting your best self in writing can be even harder! No matter your industry, you’ve probably been asked for a professional biography to sum up your identity in 100 words or less. No problem, right?

If you’re trying to figure out where to start, we’ve got you covered! Check out this basic template to follow so you can knock out a professional biography in ten minutes or less.

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5 Methods to Retain Your One-and-Done Members

Let us guess: Member turnover on your mind? No matter the season, every association professional worries over the loss of a hard earned member. Harder still is catching those members who come into your association for one sole reason and then slip away without even a goodbye.

If you’re looking to catch these folks before they leave, check out these five methods you should try to retain those one-and-done members of your association.

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4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee

If your association is like most, you have that one committee that just can’t keep the attention of your members and ends up feeling like a struggle to even keep afloat. Feeling lost at what to do?

Take a look at our four tips that will help bring life back into your “black sheep” committee and regain your members interest!

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How to Ace Networking at Your Next Industry Event: 3 Techniques

It’s no secret that most people are nervous when it comes to networking. You’re usually walking around a room full of strangers who are only connected through your industry and feeling the pressure to strike up one (or more!) random conversation. Sounds kind of intimidating, right?

While we can’t take all your jitters away, we do have some recommendations to help you make the most out of any upcoming networking event with less stress. Take a look at these three techniques you should try to feel your best when it comes to networking.

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Encouraging Hesitant Staff Members to Adopt New Technology: 4 Tips

You may be at the point where you KNOW you need new software in place, and maybe your staff and board are even in agreement. But admitting you need something versus actually using it are two very different things.

See, association professionals often find themselves in the following situation: They purchase a technology system (an association management system, for example), get up and running on it, but then...no other staff members seem to actually utilize it. They stick with their old ways. (Talk about discouraging.)

To get hesitant staff members to actually utilize new technology, consider the following tips:

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Preparing for GDPR at Your Association

If you’re in the association space, it’s hard to go a week without hearing the term “GDPR” thrown around. That’s because the enforcement date is quickly approaching: May 25.

Now we don’t want to add more stress to your plate, but if this is a topic and regulation your association has been grappling with, allow us to help. Here’s what you need to know about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation:

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