The Strauss Blog

A Joint Venture Between Two Associations – Creating A Mutually Beneficial Partnership.

One of our association management clients has recently decided to join with another association on a new joint venture. This is a very exciting opportunity for both associations and their members. Our focus is to ensure that this joint venture is mutually beneficial for both associations and their respective members. The reason they are joining […]

An Association’s Annual Trade Show – Is it Becoming Obsolete?

Recently, our association management company brought on a new client. This association has hosted a trade show for many years, sometimes in combination with partners and sometimes alone. Over the years, exhibitor and delegate sales have become increasingly challenging and there has been demand for fresh ideas. So, we are now grappling with the question […]

Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with a Physical Fitness Element, Part 3 – You’ve received delegate buy in now which activity should you offer?

In my last two blog articles, Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with Physical Fitness Element, Part 1 and Part 2, I wrote about the importance of meeting the needs of participants in your event and association meetings by adding a physical activity component to the long days, and specifically how to prepare your delegates […]

Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with A Physical Fitness Element Part 2 – You’ve Identified a Need, Now How to Incorporate It.

Coralee A. Dolyniuk, Association Manager, and Certified Fitness Professional. In my last article, I wrote on the importance of meeting the needs of participants in our event and association meetings by adding a physical activity component. As a society we are entering the trend of activity tracking, HITT training, Cross Fit etc. and we need […]

Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with A Physical Fitness Element

As a part time fitness professional I have a vested interest in the scientific evidence of the benefits of a daily physical activity, and am confident that adding a fitness component to your association meetings and conferences will create a positive response. If you look at people’s wrists, you will see a high percentage of […]

Transitioning to a New Association Role – 5 Quick Tips

Lately I have been having casual conversations with friends and contacts about situations we have all gone through when we’ve changed positions within our workplaces. I’ve heard stories of absolute chaos, confusion and many triumphs. The purpose of this article is to help prepare you for a smooth transition. I have recently changed roles, from […]

Averting A Tight Flip Disaster

Sometimes venue sales people do not understand the challenges of a tight flip caused by back-to-back events in their venues. A recent issue I experienced was finding out from a venue that they had sold our space for an unrelated event that was occurring IN BETWEEN our event programing. The venue sold the space on […]

The Importance of Clear, Concise and Timely Communication

When working with committees or clients for national associations from various time zones, communication tends to be done through email. Have you ever worked with someone who communicated with you about the event solely by cc’ing you on emails? And this person then assumed you knew everything that was being communicated? Perhaps you are this […]

Never Forget the Importance of a Thank You

There are many urgent items that need to be completed in order to wrap up an event and it is important that you do not forget to acknowledge those who helped make the event a reality. Thank you letters should be sent to sponsors and exhibitors shortly after the event has finished. Even though their […]