Teach Your Association Board How to FISH! The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Argument

By |2021-12-02T09:17:56-06:00December 2nd, 2021|

I don’t fish as I have never had the patience to sit that long but I recently took part in an online training program that made me think of the following phrase: “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and [...]

Association Meeting Minutes: The Dos and Don’ts

By |2021-10-21T13:20:24-05:00October 21st, 2021|

One thing all associations have in common is the recording of meeting minutes. Minutes are an official record of actions that the board or committee took at a meeting. Minutes are taken at all meetings whether they are board, committee, or member meetings. These meetings are held in-person, via [...]

Planning Your Membership Renewal Campaign: Convey the Benefits of Renewal

By |2021-10-14T15:17:07-05:00October 14th, 2021|

The fall is a busy time for everyone. Summer vacation is ending and students go back to school. Suddenly, your inbox, calendar, and to do list are all overflowing. That’s why when planning your fall membership renewal campaign, it is crucial to provide succinct information on the benefits of [...]

Lessons From 20 Years of Association Leadership

By |2021-10-15T11:38:53-05:00September 30th, 2021|

Milestone anniversaries are a time to reflect on the past and to think about the future. I’ve recently reached the milestone of 20 years serving as the Chief Executive Officer (originally Executive Director) of my first association management client, the Pedorthic Association of Canada. I am proud to say [...]

Growth and Mentorship: The Path to Finding Your Place

By |2021-09-09T11:22:06-05:00September 9th, 2021|

As a young professional working in today’s economic climate, I have experienced the struggle to find my way on the career path I have chosen. This is a challenge that most people experience at some point in their career, and for many, it can be a disheartening hurdle to [...]

Building Trust Virtually at the Board Level

By |2021-08-20T09:47:09-05:00August 19th, 2021|

Associations operate on trust between the CEO, Chair, and board members. In our new virtual world, we are losing that in-person connection opportunity. How can boards build trust the trust in each other that allows them to make decisions based on the expertise that each board member brings to [...]

Are You Really Listening? The Importance of Active Listening for an Association Leader

By |2021-08-12T11:42:43-05:00August 12th, 2021|

Between your “day job”, and your volunteer commitments to your association’s board and/or committees, you are pulled in many different directions throughout your day. While it may seem like you have no time, making the time to listen to members can further develop your leadership role significantly. Moreover, you [...]

Ways to Recognize Association Members

By |2021-07-23T08:11:41-05:00July 22nd, 2021|

Associations thrive and grow when members are interested in the actions of its board and association. That is why it is so important to always be looking for new, creative, and engaging ways to ‘entertain’ association members. Whether membership in your association is voluntary or required for a profession/industry, [...]

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