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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees: 4 Tactics to Try

Of course you want to provide an exceptional experience for ALL of your conference attendees, but ensuring that happens for your first-time attendees is particularly important. Their decision to attend future events (and possibly even renew their membership) depends heavily on that first experience, so going the extra mile for those folks, in particular, is certainly worth it.

What does “going the extra mile” for your first-time attendees look like? Here are a few tactics worth trying:

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4 Quick Tips for Mentoring Millennials

Posted by Callie Walker


Attracting Millennials to your organization is hard enough, but convincing them to stay? That’s a whole different story. 

For many organizations, a well-established mentoring program is the answer. It’s a great way to provide younger members with value while immersing them in your organization’s culture.  

That being said, mentoring Millennials is a little different than mentoring other members. They have a completely different set of wants and needs. That’s why we’ve put together four quick tips for mastering Millennial mentoring.

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  • Make it a dialogueRather than sitting down and spewing out all of the information you know, ask your mentee what he or she wants to learn. By focusing on what they want and need, you’ll be able to provide them with a more meaningful learning experience. 
  • Keep it casualMentoring Millennials doesn’t have to be a formal process. If your mentee doesn’t want to meet on the same day at the same time every week, no problem. Let them come to you when they’re ready or when they have an important question. 
  • Help them connectWhen Millennials graduate from college, they leave their comfort zones and personal networks behind. Help them get adjusted by introducing them to your network of friends. The more people they meet in your organization, the more comfortable they’ll ultimately feel. 
  • Think long termDon’t think of your mentoring program as something you just have to “get through.” Take time to really make it count. By properly mentoring your Millennial members, you’ll have a better chance of retaining them over time. 

Want more tips on engaging your members? Check out our free member engagement guide below! 

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Topics: association management, member engagement, Small Staff Chatter

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