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

Best Tips for Managing Association Players

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Jul 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Managing any organization is hard work. Membership-based organizations such as associations are particularly difficult, as they involve lots of moving parts and various stakeholders who all have roles in the successful operation of the organization. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at the best tips for managing association players, such as Board members and staff members, and examine an alternative management structure where employees take the lead. Finally, the Debrief rounds out with pointers on how to bring out the best in your management style.

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Topics: association boards, engaging association leaders, association management, engaging association board members, board member engagement

Key Tips for Jumpstarting Member Engagement

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

Engage, engage, engage! Member engagement is what keeps your members interacting with the organization and renewing their memberships. Strong and effective member engagement strategies create strong organizations, and in the week’s Association Debrief, we present key tips for jumpstarting member engagement.

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Topics: member engagement, member retention, engaging association board members, member experience

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

Top Reasons Members Join Industry or Trade Associations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Mar 17, 2015 1:46:00 PM

What drives members to join associations? This question keeps membership staff up at night and constantly striving to discover the best ways to attract and close on potential members. Here, we present the top six reasons members join industry or trade associations, according to the recently released 2014 Small Membership Survey Report from Wild Apricot and the summarizing blog post “Snapshot of Small Membership Organizations in 2014.” These reasons are:

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Topics: member value, marketing for associations, member recruitment, association industry, engaging association board members

8 Steps for Running Effective Board Meetings

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Mar 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

There are plenty of potential choke points and pitfalls waiting to ruin board meetings. Wasting time, getting sidetracked, and letting personal issues get in the way of work are only a few of the problems that can impede board member engagement and keep participants from actually getting work done.

Wild Apricot recently put on a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Rick Lent entitled “Tools for More Effective Board Meetings” in which he discussed the tools and steps you can use to get the most out of your board meetings. Dr. Lent’s approach is that the underlying structure of any meeting affects the tone and content of the meeting, just as the foundation of a house determines how the house will function. Basic meeting structures include the physical setup, how you use the time you have, and the processes you use to manage the meeting.

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Topics: association boards, engaging association board members, board member engagement, board member recruitment

3 Creative Ideas for Engaging Association Board Members

Posted by Allison Reilly on Nov 20, 2014 3:36:00 PM

Being on the board of a professional association is a great privilege- but also a great commitment. Board members of associations volunteer their time for the growth and success of their organization more than any other member. Without a monetary compensation and with a major time/effort investment, how do you engage and motivate board members to do all the work required to run an effective and successful organization? Here are three creative and proven ideas that other organizations implemented successfully. 

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Topics: association boards, association leadership, engaging association board members, association administration