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Alleviating Financial Management Stress with Association Software

Sounds like an oxymoron, right? If you’re not sure that “alleviating stress” and “financial management” belong in the same sentence, then you might be surprised to learn what association management software (AMS) can do to lend a helping hand!

An AMS is a valuable part of an association’s financial ecosystem. Its functionality can create a better experience for members, save valuable association staff time, and make things easier on your books. (Which also makes things easier for you!) Here are just a few ways that an AMS can alleviate financial management stress:

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Grant Writing 101: Creating a Process

Have you been looking into some ways to gather some additional funding for your association or chamber? We have one word for you: Grants! Applying for grants will offer your organization a chance to bring in funds that don’t have to be paid back as well as help you expand out more robust programs to better serve your members and industry.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at how the process works, we get it. The grant application process is no joke! Take a look at this simple outline to follow how the grant writing process generally plays out.

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20 Networking Questions to Keep in Your Back Pocket

Networking.

If your eyes roll (and your stomach drops) upon just READING that word, you’re not alone. Many people understand the importance of networking, but they still dread it.

We get that - and we’re here to help! If networking intimidates you and you’re never really sure what to ask/talk about, here are 20 questions to keep in your back pocket:

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Write a Professional Bio in 10 Minutes or Less with This Template

Presenting your best self in person can be hard. Presenting your best self in writing can be even harder! No matter your industry, you’ve probably been asked for a professional biography to sum up your identity in 100 words or less. No problem, right?

If you’re trying to figure out where to start, we’ve got you covered! Check out this basic template to follow so you can knock out a professional biography in ten minutes or less.

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5 Methods to Retain Your One-and-Done Members

Let us guess: Member turnover on your mind? No matter the season, every association professional worries over the loss of a hard earned member. Harder still is catching those members who come into your association for one sole reason and then slip away without even a goodbye.

If you’re looking to catch these folks before they leave, check out these five methods you should try to retain those one-and-done members of your association.

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4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee

If your association is like most, you have that one committee that just can’t keep the attention of your members and ends up feeling like a struggle to even keep afloat. Feeling lost at what to do?

Take a look at our four tips that will help bring life back into your “black sheep” committee and regain your members interest!

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How to Ace Networking at Your Next Industry Event: 3 Techniques

It’s no secret that most people are nervous when it comes to networking. You’re usually walking around a room full of strangers who are only connected through your industry and feeling the pressure to strike up one (or more!) random conversation. Sounds kind of intimidating, right?

While we can’t take all your jitters away, we do have some recommendations to help you make the most out of any upcoming networking event with less stress. Take a look at these three techniques you should try to feel your best when it comes to networking.

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Encouraging Hesitant Staff Members to Adopt New Technology: 4 Tips

You may be at the point where you KNOW you need new software in place, and maybe your staff and board are even in agreement. But admitting you need something versus actually using it are two very different things.

See, association professionals often find themselves in the following situation: They purchase a technology system (an association management system, for example), get up and running on it, but then...no other staff members seem to actually utilize it. They stick with their old ways. (Talk about discouraging.)

To get hesitant staff members to actually utilize new technology, consider the following tips:

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Preparing for GDPR at Your Association

If you’re in the association space, it’s hard to go a week without hearing the term “GDPR” thrown around. That’s because the enforcement date is quickly approaching: May 25.

Now we don’t want to add more stress to your plate, but if this is a topic and regulation your association has been grappling with, allow us to help. Here’s what you need to know about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation:

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The Dos and Don’ts of Handling Brand Damage Control

We’ve all seen it: Some bad public relations comes out about a company and their representatives end up handling the whole ordeal terribly. And all the public can do is stand by and watch!

If you’re looking to get ahead of any potential PR trouble before it even starts, check out these dos and don’ts to properly handle damage control when it comes to your association’s brand.

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How to Survive Association Board Member Turnover

Chances are, you’re used to seeing some new faces join your board of directors on a regular basis. It’s not uncommon for association boards to have established terms, but just what does it mean to have new people constantly popping in and out of volunteer leadership positions?

Whether they grew up within your organization or are coming in from the outside to offer a fresh perspective, introducing a new board member comes with a unique set of challenges. As a leader on your association’s staff, you must not only be able to adapt to new leadership styles and personalities, but also help ingrain your new volunteer leaders in your organization’s processes and goals. A recent ASAE webinar (login required) outlined five things that could help make board turnover a little easier:

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