- Listen to Members for Meeting Success
By: Tracy Krughoff Meetings can easily fall prey to external factors. One association learned that by listening carefully to what its attendees said they wanted, it could deliver in creative ways and ultimately fill its exhibition and session rooms, despite a down economy. (Titled "Tune in to Your Members' Wavelength" in print version.)
- Build a Mission-Friendly IT Department
By: Jennifer J. Salopek If your association's vision of IT is a staff in the basement working on a host of dull-but-necessary tasks, you're selling your employees short and failing to think of technology as a revenue driver. Luckily, you can take steps to align IT strategy with an association's goals and financial success. (Titled "Technology, Meet Mission" in print version.)
- Association Finance Trends and Advice
By: Facilitated by Andrew S. Lang Risk, fraud, audits, nondues revenue, the economy: Just a few of the topics a group of association financial experts recently discussed. Learn what it all means for your association and how you can be better prepared. (Titled "Navigating the New Economy" in print edition.)
- Many Chapters, One Brand Strategy
By: John Sotirakis When the American Planning Association began to look at its branding five years ago, it had an array of chapters and sections with wildly different public faces. Unity was critical, but it was about more than just getting everybody to agree on a typeface. (Titled "A Look That Lasts" in print version.)
- Why Association Members Give
By: Beth Gazley The first rule of fundraising: Know thy donors. New research from ASAE & The Center, the latest in the "Decision to" series, uncovered some surprising answers to the question, "Why do association members give?" (Titled "Why They Give" in print version.)
- Passionate Pragmatism for Advancing Social Change
By: Myrl Weinberg, CAE When facing the fear of change, striving for practical benefit can bring sides together.
- 7,300 Ways to Say "Hello"
Calling all your members can be a great way to connect and hear their concerns.
- A Day in the Life: Growing the Profession
Nicholas Bailey of the Association Forum of Chicagoland offers a glimpse of his work toward diversifying the association community.
- Contracting With Outside Consultants
By: Eileen Morgan Johnson When working with consultants, avoid potential pitfalls (and tax implications) with the right contract.
- Two Associations, One Office
By: Aria White Co-locating with another association offers more than monetary benefits.
- The Economy’s Effect on Ethics
Has economic pressure brought workplace behavior down or lifted it up?
- Direct Selling Success Tips
By: Amy M. Robinson Improve your association’s sales efforts with advice from selling experts.
- Disability Etiquette
Etiquette advice to help you provide excellent service for members and attendees with disabilities.
- Pursuit of Partnership
By: Suzi Wirtz, CAE Friendly rivals find common cause, and both their memberships benefit.
- The Favorites Game: Bill George
By: Kristin Clarke, CAE What leadership expert and author Bill George likes best.
- Make the Most of Your Content
By: Janet Bandows Koster One small-staff association shares how it got to know its members closely in order to tailor its communication to their needs.
- CEO to CEO: Tech Strategy and Job Wish Lists
How do you integrate technology into your association’s strategy? What’s one thing your job doesn’t allow you to do that you wish you could do?
- Technology Conference: Notable Quotes from Speakers
Associations Now asked speakers from the 2010 Association Technology Conference & Expo about the next big tech trends.
- An International Learning Experience
By: Interview by Aria White A Q&A with a past study mission attendee on the value of international learning.
- Partner Corner: Management Liability
By: Eric Johnson If your association employs general counsel, does your directors-and-officers insurance policy cover them?
- Social Responsibility in the Workplace
By: Ann Ranson A look at the definition of social responsibility and how to incorporate it in the workplace.
- Life After Earning the CAE
By: Elizabeth Langston, CAE One CAE recipient shares her story of volunteering with the CAE Commission.
- The Benefits of a Local Speaker
By: Jeff Waddle Your Southeast event already features plenty of the locale's sights, smells, and tastes. The speakers you invite can add regional flavor to what you hear during your meetings as well.