The Strauss Blog

Cyber Attacks and Associations

Scenario: It’s late afternoon on Friday, you go to check your computer as you are expecting replies from fellow association board members regarding copies of financials that you sent out the day before. You login to your account, and you see that you have received an email from a hacker informing you that they have […]

How to Know When Your Association Needs Help from a Professional Accountant

There can be many challenges when managing an association, especially a small one that may not have endless resources or a need for numerous full-time staff members. In particular, for a small association the accounting most likely does not require the work of a full-time accountant, it is still important to make sure that the […]

Managing and Growing National Association Events

Managing a major national association event like a convention, symposium or annual conference can be a challenge for any event manager. Usually events like this are the largest an association can offer to its members, and they provide opportunities for new business connections, professional development, networking and more. It takes a lot of work to […]

The Importance of Staying on Top of Association Trends

Every industry has trends that affect the future of the industry and its stakeholders. In association management it is very important to stay on top of trends and to implement change to the association while having little disruption. How do trends positively influence associations and why is it so important to be a leading association […]

Association Leadership Traits: Do You Have What It Takes to Lead?

We’ve all heard the expression “Jack or Jill of all trades”. When it comes to leadership in the association management world, this expression couldn’t be more relevant. Association leadership takes many forms, and there are many traits that association leaders need to possess if they are going to succeed. Indeed, to lead an association, one […]

Tips for New Association Member Onboarding

A new member’s first interaction with an association can make a lasting impression. There are a variety of different ways that you can onboard your members. It is important to personalize your member initiation to the particular needs of the new member based on what their expectations are. Every member relationship should begin with communication of some […]

The Importance of a Standard Operating Procedures Manual in Association Management

One of the key ingredients to an association’s success is having policies and procedures set in place. In order to maximize client and member satisfaction, it is important to ensure that policies and procedures capture the necessary information and are kept up to date. Imagine a scenario where an association has no vision, no objectives, […]