Membership

Tuesday Buzz: Nudge Your Learners Along

How your association can deal with members who are a bit slow on fulfilling their continuing education requirements. Also: why mind maps matter.

For associations with a heavy focus on continuing education and certifications, procrastinators can be a fact of life.

The reason? Your members may slack off on fulfilling some important continuing education requirements, putting them in a rush as deadlines approach.

On Forward Together, the blog run by nonprofit software firm Abila, the company’s Jessica Lane says a nudge is a helpful way to get your slow-to-act members moving ahead of a reporting deadline—generally December 31.

One suggestion offered by Lane? Make the job a little easier on your members by bundling together different kinds of content for learners.

“Does your state have an ethics or professionalism requirement? Put together a bundle with all the ethics hours they need for the year to make it super easy for your members to get exactly what they need to be in compliance,” Lane writes.

Map Your Mind

Creativity is important, but how can you harness and maximize its value? Over at PC World, contributor Michael Ansaldo makes the case for the mind map, which prominent thinkers throughout history have used:

Mind mapping is a technique for visualizing and developing ideas. Unlike linear note taking, mind mapping mimics the way our brain radiates ideas and connects them through natural associations. That makes them ideal for brainstorming, planning complex projects, and writing everything from business plans to novel plots.

Read more of Ansaldo’s insights over this way.

Other Links of Note

Does your event need a little more interactivity? One idea from BizBash involves the food stations. (Sounds like fun.)

Use Slack or Salesforce? These two popular tech tools will be more deeply integrated, starting today. Learn more on Slack’s blog.

Interesting startup of the day. TechCrunch highlights Skedaddle, a company that wants to turn charter buses into sharing-economy vessels. Could this have an impact on the events space?

(iStock/Thinkstock)

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

Got an article tip for us? Contact us and let us know!


Comments