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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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Time Saving Tips for Association Pros: Holiday Edition

Posted by Krissy Conant


With the New Year closing in on us (seven weeks away), this fourth quarter will be done before you know it! That means your time is even more valuable during the holiday season and you want to make sure you're using your time effectively and efficiently.

But don’t fret! As long as you keep your head on straight, you’ll be able to tackle any project you’re trying to wrap up. Take a look at our time saving tips to help any association (or chamber) professional rock this holiday season!

Do the dirty work
Yes, you know exactly what we’re talking about - that one project you’ve kept on the back-burner all year long that isn’t quite a top priority but still should really get done before January. So, take this message as a sign from the universe that you should get on it!

These last few weeks of the year should focus on cleaning up any backlog or loose ends, as it will kindly prep you to start out fresh for the new year. Otherwise, you may find that you’re entering the new year with more baggage than fresh initiatives.

Trust in your to-do list
Depending on how much ground you want to cover, you’ll be better set up for success if you try to plan a loose to-do list for the rest of the year. Having a basic road map will help you avoid self-destructing from last minute curve balls that may come your way.

That said, in order to truly trust in your to-do list, you’ll need to make sure you’re maintaining your list items in relation to the level of importance so that it doesn’t become obsolete. Also, try to remember that it IS okay to say no sometimes - especially for things that can truly wait until the new year.

Don’t get burnt out
This sentiment may seem counterintuitive, but the more you push yourself beyond your comfort zone, the larger the possibility is that you may burn out too fast. Translation please? You need to make sure you’re scheduling some “you” time this holiday season, otherwise you’ll more likely get less work actually done.

We like to think of it as “being present” during your holidays as this mentality will allow you to easily jump between focusing on your workload vs your personal time.

As an association (or chamber) professional, you’ve got your hands full. You’re balancing member applications, events, emails, dues renewals, your website, and membership reports - among many other things! Want to see how an AMS (association management system) can make your life easier? Check out our guide, Why You Need an AMS, to see how you can start saving time year round!

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Topics: association leadership, small staff association, Small Staff Chatter, chambers

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