Association Membership Recruitment

By |2022-08-11T11:36:16-05:00August 11th, 2022|

Association members usually fall into two categories: mandatory and voluntary membership. While mandatory associations typically support regulated professions, voluntary associations can be a community of like-minded industry professionals, general enthusiasts, or businesses whose combined dedication allows the organization to exist. Membership recruitment comes into play for voluntary associations since [...]

Ensuring a Smooth Transition of Association Staff

By |2021-07-29T13:31:24-05:00July 29th, 2021|

In the association world, executive directors/Chief Staff Officers come and go. Sometimes it does not make sense to continue a relationship with an Executive Director for a variety of reasons and other times an association realizes the potential for excellence by making a change. In this article I’ll be [...]

Association Staff Turnover: Surviving the Transition

By |2021-05-06T09:44:52-05:00May 6th, 2021|

For associations, staff turnover happens. Whether it’s a reassignment of duties best suited for the staff’s skill set, a promotion to a new position within the association, or leaving the association for other ventures. Associations need to be ready to adapt to staff change while showing no delay in [...]

Bilingualism in National Associations: How to Meet Member’s Expectations

By |2020-10-29T10:35:44-05:00March 19th, 2020|

Canadian associations are often bilingual, meaning they offer membership programs and services in both official languages: French and English. In this context, members, potential members and industry partners are expecting bilingual service. It is the role of the association and its board to set policies and expectations for French [...]

Association Role Transition Strategies: Making Sure Nothing Falls Through the Cracks

By |2020-10-29T11:29:22-05:00March 5th, 2020|

The ink is still drying on your employment agreement, but the daily tasks of the association must go on. Transitioning smoothly into a new role with a new association is crucial to gaining an association board’s trust and to establishing a strong working relationship with association members. This blog [...]

Taking over an Association Term Position

By |2020-10-14T16:17:09-05:00January 2nd, 2020|

Being hired for any new position with an association management firm can be nerve-racking. But, temporarily replacing someone who will be returning from a leave of absence only adds to the anxiety. Association term positions are like trying to jump onto a moving train and then jumping right off [...]

Designing for Change at Association Events

By |2020-10-14T14:47:23-05:00July 11th, 2019|

I know what you might be thinking, but don’t get too excited: unfortunately, this isn’t a blog post about how graphic design can bring about positive change in associations. While this is certainly possible, it would take much more than one blog post to get into the nuances of [...]

The Administrative Side of Member Ethics

By |2020-10-21T15:16:31-05:00May 16th, 2019|

Associations that are also credentialing bodies and regulatory colleges will have a Code of Ethics and require their association members to abide by this code in order to practice under their association or college’s certification or credential. In the case of regulatory bodies, the Code of Ethics is a [...]

Shortcuts to Success when Working with Associations

By |2020-10-21T15:17:07-05:00April 11th, 2019|

With anything in life, as you spend more time on something, over time you develop tips and tricks to accomplish it more effectively. For instance, on your drive to work in the morning, you eventually learn that there are certain times of the day where you can take a [...]

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