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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees

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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The Number One Change Association Professionals Should Make Right Now

Posted by Callie Walker


We’re officially in Q2 of 2016. Hard to believe, right?

Well take a moment to reflect on Q1. How did that go? Did you achieve any of your short-term goals? Did you have any short-term goals?

Whether you’ve made changes to your organization or not, there’s one change that you can - and should - make right now:

Practice positive thinking.

Positive thinking can change everything: your success, your well-being, etc. But before you can make that change, you need to have the right mindset. Here are a few tips to get you on the right path:

1. Start with your strengths

To get that positive energy rolling, start by making a list of all your strengths. Brag on yourself a little! What do you bring to your association? Why are you valuable? What makes you unique? These thoughts can really change your self-perception.

2. Analyze the benefits of your association

Next, move on to the benefits of your association. You probably have a semi-rehearsed speech outlining why people should join your organization. But take it a step further. Are there any people in particular that your association has really helped? Any social or political policies that have been changed? Think about the big picture. Not only will this inspire others, but it will ultimately inspire you.

Which brings us to our next point...

3. Be inspired

We really can’t emphasize this point enough. Inspiration affects your actions. When you’re inspired, you work harder. When you’re inspired, you’re at ease.

If you’re lacking inspiration, or worse, feeling burnt out, check out these five inspirational Ted Talks to get you back on your feet.

Remember, a big part of happiness is maintaining your sanity. If you’re feeling overwhelmed this year, perhaps it’s time to consider an association management system. What is an AMS, you ask? See for yourself in our free guide below!

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