In an age of social media nastiness, in-person social interactions—including at association meetings—provide welcome relief.
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.
Relaxed and creative networking formats can go over big.
Associations that offer only mix-and-mingle networking receptions miss a valuable opportunity to help all attendees share more meaningful interactions. Here’s how adding thoughtful structure (and more fun) to your networking events gets genuine conversations and connections flowing.
Meeting planners can track more information than ever about attendees. 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. A smart advance strategy that defines what you need to know can keep you from going under.
There’s nothing like hindsight, coupled with experience, to show you where your blind spots were long ago. An extended career tends to bring perspective and appreciation for what you may have undervalued in the past. We asked five association CEOs what they wish they had known as young professionals. Although their answers may be especially valuable for today’s YPs, these lessons are worth heeding at every stage of an association career.
We asked these young professionals what advice they would give CEOs about how to harness the potential of the YPs who work for them. Here’s what they said.
From privacy scandals to algorithm changes, handling social media for associations is harder than ever. Here’s how the experts are keeping up.
Nadia Aboulhouda, CMP, the director of conferences for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, loves traveling.
Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE, president and CEO of Financial Executives International, answers questions from FEI member John G. Panetta Sr.
Associations share a building and commitment to community.
New standards, laid out by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, are driving fleet management forward.
How one medical association stays on top of the world.
A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.
Use the 80/20 rule for better board meetings.
What was your most valuable professional development experience ever?
For Sharleene Cano Quiara, CAE, director of membership and publications for the American Thyroid Association, learning to lead takes ongoing commitment.
Online practice test is first step to a credential.
Women in Trucking empowers girls with a truck driver doll.
Use federal gift and ethics rules strategically to energize your lobbying efforts.
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. In a nutshell: “Having this insurance coverage could be the difference between having the finances for future meetings or not.”
Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from Iowa, the hawkeye state.
Meeting staff demands for more flexible work arrangements doesn’t faze most nonprofit employers these days.
GDPR ushers in the data protection officer. Here’s why that role is becoming necessary for many organizations.
Has it been a while since you’ve updated your website’s frequently-asked-questions page? FAQs can be like wallpaper: always present in the background but seldom noticed or updated. TJ Peeler, a user experience (UX) designer at Beaconfire RED, says this essential page should be monitored, updated, and tracked for its performance in web analytics.
A project management tool that’s up to the task.
Organizations use big data to figure out a wide variety of complex problems and set strategies, including for talent acquisition. In a recent study, LinkedIn identified the most common ways that organizations use big data to optimize recruitment.
Small changes, like the American Alliance of Museums' addition of a gender-neutral prefix, make inclusion real for members.
Welcome new members with a steady, manageable stream of information.
Treasures await in Florida’s third-largest city.
The Association for Jewish Studies embraces an income-based conference pricing strategy.
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.
Break free from the status quo, with the help of Jonah Sachs’ Unsafe Thinking.
4 statements that can tell you if it’s time for a new job.
Nate Smith, the vice president for government relations at the American Traffic Safety Services Association, came into his role in government relations as a congressional intern.
Associations find strength in numbers.
In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including perfume.