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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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Association Basics: How to Navigate a Sick Day

Posted by Krissy Conant


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.

1. Evaluate Your Sickness

There are varying levels of sick days that can leave you stranded at home. For some, it may be that you are terribly contagious and will infect your whole office (your co-workers thank you!). For others, it may be that you wake up with an awful cold that leaves you unable to emerge from bed.

With the former, you still have the option to work partially from home to accomplish some of your daily tasks. The later, however, might have made you unable to do anything remotely like work. Either way, identifying this difference will define how you want to proceed with your day.

2. Keep your Staff and Members Informed

Your next step should start by emailing and/or calling your staff to let them know that you will be partially or completely unavailable. Make sure to provide an update of any urgent tasks and let them know when you will return back to the office. This should help your office prioritize their daily work goals with your workload.

Next, you should set an auto-response for your email to let your contacts know you’ll be away from the office and when you should return. This will help reset expectations for your reply and cause significantly less stress for you when you return to your inbox. Make sure to also include an emergency contact so that your contacts know who to reach for urgent inquiries.

3. Unplug

Okay, now it’s time for rest! As long as you’ve done these simple tasks, you should disconnect your phone and/or computer to just focus on you. Depending on your sickness severity, you should consider going to the doctor, taking some medication, or getting some needed sleep.

More often than not, professionals will typically start to get sick from not getting enough sleep, ultimately impacting their energy levels. This cycle will eventually lead to feeling drained and exhausted, thus lowering their immune system. In these circumstances, the best thing you can do for yourself (and your organization) is to get some much needed rest!  

If you’re starting to feel like you’re always a little behind, sick day or not, it may be time to re-evaluate your member management process. Did you know that you can automate your member applications, dues renewals, and membership reports? And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg! Check out Why You Need an AMS to see how you can make your life a little easier.

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Topics: association leadership, small staff association, membership management, Small Staff Chatter

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