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Fresh Webinar Formats

Fresh Formats for Your Association's Webinars

Webinars are a GREAT way to engage members and potential members...as long as you can get people to register.

To drive registrations, your webinar must be interesting, convenient, and valuable. Now the trickiest part of that series is probably the “interesting” part. What makes a webinar interesting, aside from the topic? Well a major factor is the format.

To keep your members (and potential members) on their toes, consider experimenting with these fresh webinar formats:

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Do You Ask These Interview Questions When Hiring Nonprofit Staff?

The hiring process is exhausting, no matter your industry. First, you have to determine the gaps and additional skills you need to efficiently grow your staff. Then you need to consult the appropriate coworkers to clearly define the position, deciding on their title, salary limits, and job responsibilities.

Next, you’ll need to start looking for candidates and start the interview process! Feeling a little overwhelmed? Check out these seven crucial questions you need to be asking to make sure you get the right staff fit for your nonprofit!

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How Transparency Can Transform Your Association’s Culture

Have you ever stopped, sighed, and said to yourself “I wish we could all just be on the same page” while at your workplace? If this has become a frequent inner monologue for you, then keep reading.

It can be a scary feeling to be transparent (whether it’s about your opinion or your daily tasks), especially when it comes to sharing information with your co-workers. However, we believe that those organizations who practice transparency have the amazing opportunity to create an open and creative work environment.

Sounds pretty great, right? Check out these quick tips that can make a big difference in fostering transparency in your association’s culture today.

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“What I Love Most About Associations Is…”

Love is in the air! Can you feel it?

Maybe you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day...maybe you’re not. (Well, aside from all the delicious candy, that is.) Either way, we decided to indulge in the holiday a little bit and ask Clickers (what we call MemberClicks employees) what they love most about associations.

Here’s what they had to say…

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Association Basics: How to Navigate a Sick Day

No matter your industry, there is one thing that every professional dreads - a sick day! The combination of feeling miserable and knowing you’re falling behind in work is enough to make anyone feel worse. And we're sorry to tell you that it's the prime sick day season.

So the real question is: How can you make the best of it? While we don’t have any tips to cure your illness, check out these suggestions to help you make the most of your sick day.

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The Secret to Balancing Your Board’s Expectations

As an executive director, you might be feeling like you’re constantly juggling several types of obligations at once: Your organization’s, your board’s, and your own. With so much on your plate, it can be hard to know where to even start your plan of attack to get everything done.

While there is no easy answer, we’ve come up with three practices that should help you accomplish your own to-do list of goals AND impress your board. Check them out below!

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Competing for Top Talent: 5 Tips for Association Pros

Working for an association can be challenging for many reasons, but one challenge that never really seems to go away (and if anything, actually seems to be getting harder) is hiring. There’s SO much competition for talent out there, especially top talent. And when large companies can offer higher salaries and more impressive benefits packages, how can nonprofits and professional organizations compete?

Well, we’d be lying if we said there was a simple solution, but fortunately, there are a few things you can do to get (and keep) all eyes on you… 

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6 Association Mistakes to Avoid in 2018

When we talk about the new year and what that means for us - both personally and professionally - we often talk about what we’re going to do. But to achieve success, sometimes we need to pinpoint the activities and behaviors that are bad for us; the things we’re not going to do.

What mistakes should association professionals avoid in 2018? We’ve identified six:

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From GSAE: Creating a Young Professionals Group at Your Association

It was one of the biggest topics (and challenges) of 2017. And in 2018, we’re STILL talking about it.

The topic? Engaging young professionals.

You know as well as we do, it’s not easy! You’ve probably read a lot about it, and maybe even tried a few new tactics in the past couple of years. But if you’re still struggling to engage Millennial members (and Gen Z members, for that matter), you’re not alone.

Fortunately, the Georgia Society of Association Executives hosted a webinar a couple of weeks ago centered around this very topic. You’ve probably heard that one of the best ways to engage young professionals is to get them involved in the process - to create a task force, so to speak. Well that’s certainly true, but how do you create an effective young professionals task force at your association (particularly when you’re already struggling to engage young professionals)?

Aaron Manogue, Marketing Manager at AMPED Association Management, had some ideas. (And note: He IS a young professional who’s created a successful young professionals task force.)

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Welcome to MC Insider!

New year, new blog!

MC Insider is a weekly series for our users, dedicated to all things MemberClicks: product features and pointers, training details, webinar announcements, a glimpse into our day-to-day lives at our three office locations (Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Vancouver)...and so much more!

Every Tuesday you’ll receive the new post straight to your inbox (don’t worry, you can unsubscribe...although that would make us pretty sad). Read, comment, share with your colleagues - and most importantly, let us know what YOU want to read about! Send us an email with your suggestions.

In the meantime, we thought you might be interested in what some Clickers anticipate will be hot topics for the association industry in 2018. Do you agree? Disagree? Have other thoughts you’d like to share? We wanna hear ‘em - comment below!

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4 Things to Try in the New Year

New Year; New You! That’s how the saying goes right? Resolutions offer us a chance to wipe the slate clean, correct bad habits and try new things. From a personal angle, it’s all about embracing the best parts of yourself. While you’re basking in the glow of the positivity brought by this resolve, why not try a few new things for your association?

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