The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

How Meetings Can Fuel Association Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Oct 1, 2015 6:25:00 AM

Meetings are an unavoidable fact of life in any organization. Board meetings, staff meetings, group meetings and conferences can either energize and excite their participants or waste their time and leave them dragging. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at how meetings more effective, efficient, and enjoyable, as well as what constitutes an official meeting to see how meetings can fuel association success with members and the board.

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Topics: association boards, member engagement, engaging association board members, Association Meetings

How to Make Association Discussion Forums Lively

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Sep 22, 2015 6:30:00 AM

Discussion forums are a great way for associations to encourage engagement, education, and discussion among their members. However, associations sometimes struggle to keep their discussion forums lively. Forums can end up rarely used or outright deserted, not only does this do away with the benefit of having the forums in the first place, it can make visitors to the forum question the relevance of the association. Here, we suggest how to make association discussion forums lively with five easy-to-implement suggestions.

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Topics: increasing event participation, member engagement, managing association events, association marketing, Association Meetings

Proven Ideas for Maximizing Association Meeting Benefits

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Mar 19, 2015 1:48:00 PM

The stereotype of the meeting today is a yawn-inducing lecture or platform for disputes that takes time you could better spend working, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  Meetings can be great tools to update colleagues, present or learn a new idea and discuss developments in your team or organization. In this week’s Association Debrief, we present proven ideas for maximizing association meeting benefits.

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Topics: engaging association board members, board member engagement, Association Meetings