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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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[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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Industry Buzz: 3 Key Takeaways from #MCLIVE18

If you follow us on social media, you likely know about the conference we just held in Indianapolis - MC LIVE! (If you don’t follow us on social media, well...you should! All the links are at the bottom of this page.)

That said, at MC LIVE!, there were a number of breakout sessions covering a variety of industry-related topics: how to work with a difficult board (yeah, we’ve all been there), how to improve the member experience, how to more effectively manage your organization’s data - all that good stuff.

Now as you can imagine, we left with pages and pages (and pages and pages) of notes, but if we were to pull only a few key takeaways, they’d be as follows:

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13 Ideas for Generating Non-Dues Revenue

Note: This post was originally published on 1/13/16; Updated 10/16/18 for added value.

Membership dues are a big part of your organization’s overall revenue stream. But in order to attract more members, it’s important to keep those membership dues down. And in order to retain existing members, it’s important to try your best to keep those dues consistent year after year.

Embracing non-dues revenue streams is a great way to keep membership dues down, while still bringing in the revenue you need to run your organization. To help you get started, here are 13 non-dues revenue ideas for your association:

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Evolve Your Association Leadership Style: 3 Practical Ways

As a leader, you should always be trying to gain new perspectives on how to best engage with your team, otherwise your association might start to feel disconnected. The needs of your staff and members will be ever changing, so it’s in your advantage to try and keep ahead of the curb by continuing to evolve your leadership style.

Take a look at these three beneficial types of leadership that anyone can start incorporating into their association leadership today.

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7 Productivity Tips for the Busy Association Professional

This blog post was originally published October 15, 2015 by Callie Walker but was updated for added value.

How many times have you uttered the phrase, “I wish there were more hours in a day?” Yeah, you and me both. But unfortunately, 24 hours is all we get.

That being said, there are a few tips for staying on track and improving your time management skills. Take a look!

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Developing Your Association's 2019 Strategic Plan

It’s hard to believe we’re in Q4 already! As part of that, you’ve probably started putting together your organization’s 2019 strategic plan. But as you do that, to really ensure you take your organization where you want it to go, we recommend asking yourself the following four questions:

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How to Choose Between Staff for Professional Development Events

Unfortunately, not every member of your staff can be out all of the time at professional development events (as much as they may wish to be) due to budget constraints and workload. However, you also want to make sure that you’re rotating your staff so that everyone gets to attend at some point.

Then how do you begin to decide who goes and who stays? Check out these three factors we think will help narrow down the best staff fit for the next professional development conference on your radar!

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From #ASAE18: Managing Remote Workers: 10 Things to Consider

Working remotely is something that’s becoming more and more popular at companies and organizations. But from a management perspective, it requires a bit of extra consideration. When you can’t see that employee, how can you be sure they’re actually getting their work done? And with them being out of the office, how can you make sure they still feel engaged?

Those are just a few of the things managers need to think through, but according to Anna Hofmeister, Partner at Tate & Tryon, Nicole Banks, Associate Director of Membership at the American Welding Society, and Kimberly Mosley, President of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, there are actually 10 key variables managers need to take into account when working with remote employees.

Here’s a recap of those variables, which they presented (along with a lot of other great info!) at the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) 2018 Annual Meeting & Exposition:

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Live from Chicago: Updates from #ASAE18

The American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) 2018 Annual Meeting & Exposition is officially underway! We’ve been waiting - and we’re not exaggerating - months for this, and let us just say, ASAE and the entire city of Chicago have DELIVERED!

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