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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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The Evolution of Workplace Communication (And What It Means for Your Association)

The times they are a changin’ - particularly in terms of technology. And as you know, technology advancements (in some way, shape, or form) always make their way to the workplace.

Just look at workplace communication tools. There’s Slack, Atlassian, Trello, Facebook’s Workplace - and more and more popping up all the time!   

That said, are these workplace communication tools beneficial for associations? Are they worth looking into/considering? Well, like any sophisticated tool or system, there are pros and cons for each.

Take a look:

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2017 Technology Trends (And How Your Association Can Adapt)

When it comes to technology, I think we can all agree that the only constant is change. Once we get comfortable with one platform/device, bam! Another 10 pop up.

Now the key to adapting to these changes is to understand which trends impact your members the most. (Not all should be given equal weight.) Then from there, you can figure out unique ways to incorporate those trends into your association.

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From GSAE: Understanding Change at Your Association

We talk about, hear about, and experience change all the time. But it wasn’t until the other day that I really started to think about the process (and psychology) of change.

I attended a webinar held by the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) where Dr. David Renz, Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, spoke in great detail about successfully leading change initiatives. He explained what components are needed to successfully guide change and what factors often play into change (that leaders should been keenly aware of).

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Boosting Efficiency at Your Small-Staff Association: 3 Tips

If you work at a small-staff association, you understand how difficult it can be to get even the smallest tasks completed. Nothing’s easy, roadblocks are prevalent, and you’re pressed for time practically 24/7.

The simple solution here would be to hire more staff, but we understand, that’s not always feasible. So to help you out, we’ve put together three tips for boosting efficiency at your small-staff association:

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Your 2017 Conference Survival Guide

Ready or not, conference season is just about here! But don’t panic. No matter how big the conference you’re attending is, we’ve got a guide to help you get through it. Behold, your 2017 conference survival guide!

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4 Ways to Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Profile for the New Year

LinkedIn is one of those platforms you know you need to have, but you don’t necessarily check (or enjoy checking) as much as your other social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).

For that reason, it’s easy for your LinkedIn profile to become outdated - and that’s not helping you or your current and potential connections.

But what better time for a refresh than the beginning of the year?! Here are four little ways to spruce up your LinkedIn profile for 2017:

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3 Challenges Association Professionals Will Face in 2017

With a new year comes new challenges. Now we don’t mean that to scare you - we just say that to prepare you. And really, as long as you’re prepared, you have nothing to worry about.

So what are the major challenges facing association professionals in 2017? Here are three, and more importantly, solutions for each:

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4 Ways to Embrace (And Celebrate) Diversity at Your Association

Associations may target or cater to specific groups - for example, public educators - but within those groups, there are several sub-groups (e.g. science teachers, high school teachers, special education teachers, etc.) that could all use a little attention.

In fact, you might have more diversity in your association than you think, and better yet, than others think, which can be an added benefit to your association.

So how do you embrace that diversity, and more importantly, celebrate it? We’ve got a few ideas:

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9 Little Ways to Propel Your Association Forward in 2017

The beginning of the year is when you hear a lot about goals and resolutions. And those are exciting! They provide your association with hope and accountability, both of which are necessary for organizational success.

But you know what all goals and resolutions have in common? Change. They’re all centered around the desire to change. We set goals and resolutions because we want things to be different than they are now - and that’s good! It’s healthy.

So with that in mind, we put together nine little ways to help your association change and propel forward in 2017. Take a look!

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Branding on a Budget: 3 Tips for Association Pros

Branding is important - we don’t have to tell you that. But branding can also be expensive, and that’s where the problem often lies.

But good news! Branding doesn’t HAVE to be expensive. In fact, some of the best tactics out there are actually quite cost-effective.

Take a look at these tips for branding your association on a budget:

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