Cover Story:Small but Mighty Meetings By:Tim Ebner To create a meeting with high impact, you don’t need a big budget or a huge crowd. You may just need the right people in the right place with the right expectations for a small event that delivers big value.
Next-Level Conference Networking By: Maria Mihalik
Associations that offer only mix-and-mingle networking receptions miss an opportunity to help all attendees share more meaningful interactions. Adding thoughtful structure (and fun) to your networking events gets genuine conversations and connections flowing.
Manage the Meetings Data Deluge By: Mark Athitakis
Meeting planners can track more attendee information than ever. That data can help you understand where your event succeeded and where it may have fallen short, but the information stream often feels like a flood. An advance strategy can keep you from going under.
What I Wish I'd Known: CEO Advice for Young Professionals
We asked five association CEOs what they wish someone had told them about success in associations when they were just getting started. Although their answers may be especially valuable for today’s YPs, these lessons are worth heeding at every stage of an association career.
The A List
Sharing a Building and the Spirit of Volunteerism By:Maria Mihalik
Good things happen when associations share the same mission—and address. Just ask the five associations in the healthcare field that occupy office space in the same Washington, DC, building. One yearly event in particular shows how real estate can facilitate community service.
When Restructuring Makes a World of Difference By: Maria Mihalik
A global association divided the world—and its international operations department—when the chance to reorganize arose. Members across 40 countries are now better served by a trio of new executives with regional expertise.
How a Small Association Transformed Equipment Management By: Maria Mihalik
A small association moved the big players in the construction equipment industry to adopt international data standards. The results gave a powerful boost to how the mighty machines are monitored, and how their managers move up the corporate ladder.
Use the 80/20 Rule for Better Board Meetings By: Tim Ebner
To keep board meetings focused and on track, the Ohio Hospital Association makes sure that 80 percent of board members’ time is spent discussing issues of strategic importance—and only 20 percent is devoted to business items.
3 Lessons: On the Rise
For Sharleene Cano Quiara, CAE, learning to lead takes ongoing commitment and a willingness to face her fears.
Money & Business
Stay in Line With Federal Gift and Ethics Rules By: Jim Kahl and Jeff Altman
You need to step carefully when interacting with federal officeholders and other officials. But you can use federal gift and ethics rules strategically to energize your advocacy efforts.
Why Event Cancellation Insurance Is a Must
Eileen Hoffman, assistant vice president at Aon Affinity, explains why event cancellation insurance—which covers an association’s losses if an event is cancelled, curtailed, or abandoned—is so important.
Data: How Big Data Boosts Recruitment
Organizations use big data to figure out a wide variety of complex problems and set strategies, including for talent acquisition. A LinkedIn study identified the most common ways that organizations use big data to optimize recruitment.
Talking Tech: Refresh Your FAQs
Your website’s frequently asked questions page can be like wallpaper: always present in the background but seldom noticed or refreshed. A user experience designer has tips for monitoring, updating, and tracking performance of this essential page.
Do You Need a Data Protection Officer? By:Tim Ebner
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation requires some organizations to hire or appoint a data protection officer. Even if it’s not compulsory, this position can help safeguard your organization.
Why a Few Little Letters Are a Big Deal for Inclusion By :Tim ebner
It’s just a few letters, but the prefix you place before your name matters. That’s why the American Alliance of Museums lets its members select a gender-neutral title, reaffirming its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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Data: Budget Boost
With meetings and events growing in both size and frequency across the world, it makes sense that budgets are growing too. In a recent survey, here is how 2,668 meeting and event planners said their budgets are changing.
How I Got Here: Nate Smith
As a congressional intern for Rep. Thomas H. Allen (D-ME), Nate Smith handled constituent issues and helped to solve problems residents were facing. A look at his career journey so far.
Career Coach: Stay or Go? By: Cheryl Palmer
Ready to say goodbye to your current job and employer? These four statements can help you determine if it’s time for a new job.
Books: Unsafe Thinking; Leap; Leading Matters By: Kristin Clarke, CAE
Three books challenge association execs to break free from the status quo, organizations to leverage seismic shifts, and leaders to embrace humility and authenticity.