The Strauss Blog

My First In-Person Association Board Meeting

Getting Comfortable After working as an association coordinator for six months, I am starting to feel comfortable in my role. I have learned how to respond to more complicated requests and to solve unexpected problems. I have become comfortable with the membership management system that we use. And I’m getting the hang of certain unique […]

Association Leadership Creates A Top Performing Association

One key is the relationship between the board chair and chief staff officer The best sign of a healthy association is a strong partnership between the board chair and the chief staff officer (often called Executive Director). Strong partnerships are fostered by maintaining an open stream of communication, by collaborating to achieve organizational goals, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]