What Associations Can Learn from Regret

By |2022-10-05T09:15:16-05:00October 4th, 2022|

Your association board has been approached to make a statement about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI/DEI). In feeling the pressure to do something, members of the board create a statement and post it on the association’s website. A group sees this post and starts posting negative comments on social [...]

A Practical Guide on How to Structure Your Remote Workday as an Association Leader or Volunteer

By |2022-09-15T11:24:30-05:00September 15th, 2022|

For association board members or directors, it becomes essential to have proper communication and productivity in a virtual or remote setting with your association leaders or volunteers. If you are an association leader or a volunteer who is not used to working remotely, here are some helpful tips to [...]

Is it Time to Introduce a New Program or Service to Your Association?

By |2022-09-08T11:12:25-05:00September 8th, 2022|

Members of associations across all professions are finding it increasingly difficult to rationalize membership and return on investment in belonging to an organization. They want new services offered by associations to help provide them with the tools they need as a professional. Association leaders, such as boards of directors, [...]

Stepping Into Association Management- Roles and Responsibilities

By |2022-08-18T12:00:57-05:00August 18th, 2022|

New to association management? So was I as of seven months ago. Stepping into my new role, I found it fascinating to learn how my personal life and related work experiences transferred into the association world. Yet, there was still a period of transition. Even though I felt supported [...]

Managing Tasks to Meet Association Needs

By |2022-08-04T11:48:50-05:00August 4th, 2022|

Ever find yourself over-booked because you promised to help more than one person forcing you to be in multiple places at once? I know I have, and it can be a very stressful situation. Ever find yourself in the same situation working on association tasks where you have multiple [...]

Association Reserve Funds

By |2022-06-23T11:22:37-05:00June 23rd, 2022|

What is a Reserve Fund? Reserve Funds are liquid assets that associations set aside for anticipated future expenditures, or to serve as a cushion against any unplanned expenses. Five Best Practices for Managing your Restricted (Reserve) Funds Use the Class tracking functionality in your accounting software If your association [...]

Creating Organized Communications Content for Associations

By |2022-06-16T09:18:48-05:00June 16th, 2022|

To say that communication is essential is an understatement for associations. Two years ago, when the unexpected pandemic hit us, the world as we knew it went digital overnight. This meant that all the brainstorming meetings and detailed explanations to designers or writers were now being conducted over long [...]

Giving Better Feedback as an Association Leader

By |2022-06-06T09:54:22-05:00May 31st, 2022|

Picture this. As the board chair of your association, you’ve been noticing that the membership committee chair, Bob, is not fulfilling his responsibility as a volunteer leader. Bob has been absent for meetings, is not engaging the rest of the committee, and is not sticking to agreed-upon timelines. The [...]

Association Members Are Talking – Are You Listening?

By |2022-05-19T15:38:24-05:00May 19th, 2022|

In association leadership, we know how important it is to members that they feel heard and seen. With this in mind, we survey members, request feedback, and provide ample opportunity for them to communicate their needs and priorities. This process is extremely important, but if we aren’t actively listening [...]

Making the Most of In-Person Association Board Meetings

By |2022-05-12T11:21:17-05:00May 12th, 2022|

My last pre pandemic blog article discussed how The Best-Intentioned Association Boards can get Sidetracked. As I reflect on the way we conducted board meetings during the pandemic, it is interesting to reflect on this article from over two years ago. It focused on making the best use of [...]

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