The Strauss Blog

The Board Meeting Menu: Tips on How to Create a Streamlined Agenda for a Successful Association Board Meeting

When you go to a restaurant, you expect your experience to be organized and in order. You expect things such as timing, delivery and taste to be done right. Imagine sitting down to a multi-course dinner and the kitchen is falling behind, the food portions are too large, or an important ingredient was left off […]

The More You Know: How to Better Support the Board with Greater Association Knowledge

Everyone has room to grow when it comes to learning more about their workplace and environment. While some people may choose to get by with minimal knowledge of their surroundings, it is my belief that one should not simply be aware and attempt to get by, but instead, truly grasp and understand what it is […]

You’re Ready for the Board Meeting, But Are the Board Members?

Directors of association boards are volunteers. They have full-time jobs, personal lives and they are not being paid for their time and responsibilities. It is important to take this into consideration when working with them as an association employee. Here are a few tips to ensure that both you and the association’s volunteer directors are […]

Introducing Association Members to a New Membership Feature

Adding new membership benefits is important for keeping association members engaged. It could be a new cutting edge benefit or it could be one that has been around for years that your association has not yet adopted. But how do you know that the new benefit is right for your association? Read on and find […]

In-Person vs. Teleconference Board Meetings: What is the Difference?

With most national associations, it is very common for the board of directors to be spread out across the country. This drives the directors to hold the majority of their board meetings via teleconference as opposed to in-person meetings. While a lot can be accomplished on conference calls, there are some obvious benefits to holding […]