“Zoom Fatigue”: Is it affecting your Association? Tips on How to Manage it.

By |2020-10-28T09:27:38-05:00July 16th, 2020|

With so many of us working from home, video conferencing through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other platforms has increased. The demand to keep association members engaged through the pandemic has certainly increased meetings, remote learning, and social/networking events. The term “Zoom Fatigue” has been popping up with association members [...]

Maintaining Association Member Engagement in a Socially Distant World: An Interview

By |2020-10-28T09:34:14-05:00August 20th, 2020|

In this interview, Sandra Harssar, an executive member of the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), discusses her journey as a board member and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected association member engagement and involvement. Q: What prompted you to run for a position on the board? Sandra: I [...]

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 [...]

Navigating the Pandemic as a Board Chair: An Interview

By |2020-10-28T11:28:53-05:00June 11th, 2020|

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Strauss’ association clients continue to work with volunteers, board members, and association staff to navigate their next steps. This article features interviews with board chairs Alex Jovetic (A), Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC), and Victor Duarte (V), Physician and Clinical Assistants of Manitoba [...]

Mindfulness & The Association Leader

By |2020-10-21T15:51:19-05:00May 28th, 2020|

We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic; association leaders are undoubtedly going through challenging and unpredictable times. As an association leader, you are dealing with cancelled association events, a postponed AGM, new online platforms for board meetings, events, and webinars, and you are working harder than ever [...]

Financial Tips for Managing an Association’s Money During a Crisis

By |2020-10-21T15:51:46-05:00May 21st, 2020|

These are unprecedented times that most of us we are living in right now. With the COVID-19 pandemic, financial hardship is undoubtedly a concern for many associations. I have put together a few tips to make sure your association are doing all it can do to manage finances in [...]

Association Graphic Design During COVID-19

By |2020-10-28T14:26:45-05:00May 14th, 2020|

COVID-19 has changed work for everyone. Front line workers are working harder than ever and are always at risk. Some started working from home while others were unfortunately laid off. The world of association management and my role as a graphic designer quickly pivoted as well. Since I already [...]

Virtual Events: An Opportunity to Grow your Association’s Event Repertoire

By |2020-10-28T14:37:39-05:00May 7th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to hold in-person association events. Many associations are now looking to host virtual events to keep their members engaged and to provide new revenue generating activities. This article will explore options to pivot your cancelled events and will hopefully give you a [...]

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 [...]

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