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6 Mistakes to Avoid at Your Association or Chamber in 2019

When we talk about the new year and what that means for us - both personally and professionally - we often talk about what we’re going to do. But to achieve success, sometimes we need to pinpoint the activities and behaviors that are bad for us; the things we’re not going to do.

What mistakes should association and chamber professionals avoid in 2019? We’ve identified six:

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Nailing the "Newness" of a New Year

With a new year comes a fresh start - positive change. But with all change comes the need to adapt.

What “newness” are you expecting in 2019? New staff? New members? (Hopefully!) New technology? Below are a few tips and best practices for adapting:

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How to Write an Out-of-Office Email

Note: This post was originally published on 12/23/15; Updated 12/10/18 for added value.

The holiday season is officially in full swing, and with that comes a multitude of out-of-office emails. (Brace yourself.)

Now you may need to set one up for your own personal (and much-needed) time off...but what should you say? And how exactly do you go about setting that up? Read on for tips and how-tos, plus a little sample!

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9 Ideas for a More Fun and Fulfilling 2019

December 31 seems to creep up faster and faster every year. While resolutions aren’t for everyone, I think we can all agree that a new year is the perfect time to start fresh with something, whether that’s a new initiative at the office or working on something a little more personal.

Not sure what direction to take as far as 2019 resolutions go? We’ve put together a few fun ideas for you to consider:  

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Holiday Gift Guide for Association and Chamber Pros

Ah, holiday shopping. For some: fun. For others: a total nightmare. What do you get your coworker? Or that volunteer who’s really gone above and beyond?

Fret not! No matter who you’re shopping for, we’ve got a few ideas for you:

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Time Saving Tips for Association Pros: Holiday Edition

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!

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How to Convince Association Millennials to Stick Around in 2019

Trying to look into the future to see how you can be the most prepared in 2019? With the average age of the association workforce starting to shift toward the younger generations, it’s crucial that you’re considering what it will take to keep Millennials plugged into your association.

Check out these values that your association should focus on to keep association Millennials around in 2019.

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Dealing with a Difficult Board: 4 Tactics to Try

Raise your hand if working with your board is like pulling teeth? Or a headache waiting to happen?

Ok, maybe don’t raise your hand (board members could be looking!). But we get it, boards are tough - and you’re certainly not alone!

That’s why DJ Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at MemberClicks, dedicated his breakout session at MC LIVE! to best practices for dealing with a difficult board (which he referred to as more of a therapy session).

Today, we’re bringing a little bit of that therapeutic advice to you. While Muller outlined several key tactics worth trying, here are four in particular that could have a major impact not only on how, but how well you work with your board:

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So You Started an Association, Now What?

Growing a new association is no easy feat, even for an experienced association professional. You’ll have to start considering alternative ways to expand your member base as well as expose your brand to a larger (and willing!) audience.

To help get you started, take a look at these four simple tips to start developing your association today!

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[Guest Post] Voices of Experience: CEOs Talk Member Engagement

The following blog post was written by Kevin Ordonez, Co-Founder of .orgCommunity, a responsive, subscription-based community for association professionals.

Writing a book is an incredible learning opportunity. When my business partner and I were working on Association 4.0--Positioning for Success in an Era of Disruption, we interviewed leaders at a broad cross section of organizations. It gave us the chance to hear how very different groups are handling some of today’s most hotly debated issues.

In an environment where information, education and community are at our fingertips, but time is in short supply, it’s not surprising that member recruitment and retention was a topic of many of our conversations. Several CEOs, who faced challenges in this area, were able to reinvent their approach. Their stories hold lessons for any leader facing statistics that are moving in an alarming direction.

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The Ultimate List of Association Blogs for 2018

Back in 2015, we recommended the 7 best association blogs to check out as an association professional (including some of our favorites like Associations Now & Smooth the Path).

The last three years have brought a lot of other great resources to our community, so let’s take a look at eight additional association blogs you should be following to stay in the loop!

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