The Strauss Blog

Internal Data Breaches, Human Error and No-Cost Cyber Security Tactics for Your Association

One in four security breaches are caused by human error, according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index. Could one person’s error can cause a breach which would affect 100% of your association’s members? Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent human error, but you can use these helpful tips to protect your association and […]

Speaker Agreements – The Key to a Great Association Event

An event planner’s relationship with a speaker for an association conference often starts with a formal speaker agreement. With this being the initial interaction with the speaker, you want to make sure you get off on the right foot and ensure the details of the engagement are clear and concise. What is included in the […]

Four Ways to Prepare for a Board Position

It can be exciting to find out that a new slate of directors has been nominated to serve on your association’s board of directors. It’s a promise of new ideas, new perspectives and positive change. What if you were approached to join your association’s board? Would you know what to expect? Doing your due diligence […]

Six Things to Do and Four to Avoid When Using Social Media For Your Association

After Introducing Social Media to a Reluctant Association, you need to figure out how best to take advantage of it. When used well, social media can work for your association by building awareness, promoting advancements, and connecting with prospective members. Social media can be overwhelming, but it is manageable. Read on fora few pointers to consider […]

How to Effectively Manage Accounts Receivable

Cash flow is one of the most important aspects of managing an association. One key element of proper cash flow management is appropriate management of accounts receivable. Studies have shown that many businesses struggle to collect payments from clients, especially small businesses. It can be even trickier for associations where being a member is a […]

Association Membership Renewals: Are You Ready?

For those of us who work in the association management world, mid-November to January is our busy time of year due to membership renewals. Processing, keeping track of, and following up with association members regarding their renewals keeps us busy. If you do not have a plan in place for your membership renewals then they […]

Simplifying the Venue Selection Process

Your association may be in the habit of sending out Requests for Proposals for every event that you host, and we have written an article just for that purpose, What to Ask and How to Ask It , but often the RFP process is extremely time consuming and unnecessary. Through doing a venue screening as […]

Icebreakers for Boards – Improving the Effectiveness of Association Board Meetings

Have you attended meetings where you didn’t know anyone in the room? Perhaps you simply knew the name of the person sitting next to you. Maybe you’ve only ever heard someone’s voice over the phone. The question is, how do we learn more about the people with whom we work or serve? On many accounts, […]