Six Points to Remember When Redesigning Your Association’s Website

By |2020-10-27T15:38:04-05:00September 3rd, 2020|

Redesigning a website takes a lot of planning and forethought. There are a lot of small details that can distract you from seeing the big picture. I have compiled a short list of points to keep in mind before and during your redesign that will help your website relaunch [...]

Board/Senior Staff Optimal Levels of Engagement: How Do You Assess Them?

By |2020-10-28T10:57:16-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Engagement is such a crucial factor in managing the new world where the COVID-19 pandemic exists. There are lots of discussions taking place regarding your association members’ financial health and how the pandemic will affect this year’s results and next year’s projections. Before the world paused due to the [...]

Creating an Association Membership Directory

By |2020-10-28T11:01:24-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

The membership directory is a useful tool for association members. Industry partners and stakeholders make use of it often. The directory is a great way to encourage and allow members to connect with each other and to build strong partnerships. There is a lot of thought and a lot [...]

Virtual Meetings for your Association Board

By |2020-10-28T11:10:07-05:00June 25th, 2020|

With many people currently working from home, the need for association staff and volunteer leaders to work online is necessary in today’s environment. Association meetings, whether they are board or committee meetings, and the need to hold in-person meetings weekly, monthly, or quarterly has not changed; the way in [...]

Board Succession Planning During a Pandemic: How is Your Association Adapting?

By |2020-10-28T11:24:41-05:00June 18th, 2020|

Due to the changing times as a response to COVID-19, many associations have been adapting operations and seeking new solutions. Member communications, continuing education and networking opportunities have been recreated with the purpose of providing return on investment for members. With annual general meetings, conferences, and board meetings being [...]

Refining your Association’s Standard Operating Procedures

By |2020-10-28T12:20:57-05:00June 4th, 2020|

Associations frequently rely on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and association task calendars to guide board members and association staff through their work over a calendar year. These pre-established systems to complete tasks throughout the year are a key tool to an association’s success. I recently read a book called [...]

Keep Engaging Association Members During this Pandemic

By |2020-10-28T14:48:18-05:00April 30th, 2020|

What have I learned during March and April amidst the global economic pause and stay at home orders? I’ve learned that despite legislated closures, jobs lost, and event cancellations, association members are engaging with their associations more than ever! They want to be engaged and connected; they want to [...]

How Associations and its Members can Continue to Work Efficiently in Quarantine

By |2020-10-29T09:16:47-05:00April 2nd, 2020|

I recently spoke with an association member that was trapped on a cruise ship during the current COVID-19 pandemic. She shared with me some ideas that helped her keep in touch with her staff and clients while stuck on board. You can see her interview on The Big Story [...]

Is your Association’s AGM in Jeopardy? Solutions to Cope with the Pandemic.

By |2020-10-29T10:25:19-05:00March 26th, 2020|

Annual General Meeting (AGM) season is underway for associations with a fiscal year end of December 31. The purpose of these mandatory meetings is for the board of directors and management to share reports, financials and updates and to allow members of the association to ask questions and share [...]

Association Board Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics: Why are they so Important?

By |2020-10-29T13:55:30-05:00February 27th, 2020|

A board of directors' Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics are valuable tools in board related issues. Recent events spurred me to write this article to emphasize the importance of incorporating these two documents into an association’s board member orientations, ensuring that they are signed annually and ensuring [...]

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