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How to Create an Effective Meeting Agenda

How to Create an Effective Meeting Agenda | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Meetings. We all have them, but most people hate them. Why? Well the biggest complaint is that they’re a waste of time. What could be said in 20 - 30 minutes often takes a full 60. And as busy association professionals, you SURE don’t have time for that. So what’s the secret to shorter, more efficient meetings? Well it all starts with the agenda.

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How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips

How to Handle Negative Event Feedback: 4 Tips | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about the importance of surveying your association’s membership, particularly following events. But let’s say you do survey your event attendees and, unfortunately, don’t get the best feedback. What should your next course of action be? How do you respond to your members (and prospects) and appease them in a way that’ll make them want to come back next year? 

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Minimizing Lapsed Members: 5 Tactics to Try

Minimizing Lapsed Members: 5 Tactics to Try | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Member lapses are normal, and to an extent, inevitable. But many of them CAN be prevented - with the right strategy in place. Need help minimizing lapsed members at your organization? Try out these tactics

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Is a Seat at the Table Enough?

Is a Seat at the Table Enough? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

I often hear my association’s meeting professional members say that they would like a “seat at the table,” especially when it relates to organizational strategy. In many cases, meeting professionals are not valued or respected enough within their companies, or at least not to the point of getting that proverbial seat. Our industry can do better.

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Micro-Innovation: A Must-Try Strategy at Your Small-Staff Association

Micro-Innovation: A Must-Try Strategy at Your Small-Staff Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Raise your hand if you want to be an innovative association. Now raise your hand if you ARE an innovative association. Do those two realities line up? If not, why do you think that is? Often, it’s because we’re scared of innovation. It’s new, it’s different. Change is scary. But what if we could reframe our perception of innovation? Or maybe not even that, but scale down our ideas for innovation (and by extension, the risks associated with innovation)?

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Training Your Staff to Better Sell Your Association’s Member Benefits

Training Your Staff to Better Sell Your Association’s Member Benefits | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You’ve heard it before: “We’re all in sales now.” And to an extent, that’s true - especially for associations. There are a lot of things competing for your members’ and prospects’ time (and not to mention, money), so every touchpoint they have with your association(and every person they come in contact with) is an opportunity to sell - or not. That said, are all of your staff members equipped to “sell” your association’s member benefits? Are you all on the same page with what those are and how they should be positioned?

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13 Ways Your Company Can Foster a Sense of Belonging

13 Ways Your Company Can Foster a Sense of Belonging | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Pat Wadors, Senior VP of Global Talent for LinkedIn, believes that three factors – Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIBS) – are the key drivers of employee engagement. A sense of belonging, in particular – the feeling that you can bring your authentic self to work, that you are valued and are an essential part of your team – is the critical piece to the equation.

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Board Members Taking Action: Step 1 for Driving Growth

Board Members Taking Action: Step 1 for Driving Growth | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Organisations are fervently looking for new ways to drive more growth while investing significant amounts of time and resources to analyse data, measuring conference impact and determining areas for improvement. This happens as many associations acknowledge that their conference is the go-to place for networking and promoting educational opportunities, so one of their most sought-after goals is to create the much needed word-of-mouth excitement for it through a dedicated army of ‘conference ambassadors’.

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Creating Membership Tiers at Your Small-Staff Association

Creating Membership Tiers at Your Small-Staff Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If recruitment is an issue at your association, it might be time to reconsider (or revamp) your membership model. You probably have a variety of member types at your association (student, professional, associate, etc.), but within those member types, do you have varying tiers?

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The Wrong Time to Email Your Association’s Members

The Wrong Time to Email Your Association’s Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You probably read a lot about email best practices - when to email your members; what day, time, etc.

And while all of that is important (and definitely good to follow!), there’s something a little bigger we should all keep in mind, and that’s the context of our emails in relation to other emails.

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4 Things Your Members Expect from Your Association

4 Things Your Members Expect from Your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

People join associations for a number of reasons - professional development, networking opportunities, certifications and ongoing education, etc. But regardless of why they join, there are a few underlying expectations people have of your association - things they expect you to adhere to, regardless of size or industry.

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4 Ways to Make Your Members Look Good

4 Ways to Make Your Members Look Good | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

There are probably a number of reasons people join your association - for professional development, to network with other industry-professionals, to have easier access to job opportunities, etc. But regardless of all those reasons, there’s one thing all of your members would love to have from your association - and that’s for you to make them look good.

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4 Things Your Members WANT to Hear

4 Things Your Members WANT to Hear | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You probably spend a lot of time crafting and sending out messages to your organization’s membership. But are those messages even being heard? And if they are, are they resonating with people?

You have a lot to communicate to your members, so to do so effectively, take a look at these four messages your members genuinely want to hear.

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7 Event Planning Details That Associations Often Overlook

7 Event Planning Details That Associations Often Overlook | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The devil is in the details. We’ve all heard it, and most of us have lived it. But what details, in regards to event planning, tend to trip association professionals up the most? We’ve got seven.

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Associations Working on a Global Scale: Opportunities & Challenges for Growth

Associations Working on a Global Scale: Opportunities & Challenges for Growth | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Every day associations are looking for ways to take advantage of being part of a global community for growing their membership, programs and services.
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How to Get Your Staff (and Board) to Work Together: 4 Tips

How to Get Your Staff (and Board) to Work Together: 4 Tips | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
How do you eliminate silos within your organization and get everyone to work as a team? Here are a few tips:
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The Rise and Importance of Shaping Organizational Culture

The Rise and Importance of Shaping Organizational Culture | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
With the rise of such companies as Google and Facebook, organizational culture has emerged as a bigger concern for most companies.
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Using Events to Grow Your Association’s Membership: 4 Tips

Using Events to Grow Your Association’s Membership: 4 Tips | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Events are a great way to engage your association’s membership. But did you know they’re also a great way to grow your association’s membership?

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Serve Versus Sell: How to Negotiate Associations' Dual Roles

Serve Versus Sell: How to Negotiate Associations' Dual Roles | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A study on how hybrid organizations manage the tension between mission and business offers some guidance for associations and the membership model.

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Why Association Planners are Becoming More Scientist and Less Artist

Why Association Planners are Becoming More Scientist and Less Artist | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

To host a great conference used to involve a peppy personality, an untiring spirit, and a zest for customer service. While these things are still important analytics are taking over a previously soft skills-centered field.

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Keep the Mission, Expand Its Reach

Keep the Mission, Expand Its Reach | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

An author on innovation says associations need to stop playing small-ball with product tweaks and start pursuing big-picture partnerships.
Everybody in an association understands the importance of networking.

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Associations: Five Reasons to Digitise your Content

Associations: Five Reasons to Digitise your Content | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

With large volumes of information available online and with members increasingly assessing the value gained from membership, healthcare associations must innovate, and do so quickly, in order to stay relevant.

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Making the Most of Your Day: 5 Tips for Better Productivity in Your Association

Making the Most of Your Day: 5 Tips for Better Productivity in Your Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

If you’ve wished you could hire a lifeguard for your association because you’re tired of treading water and you’ve been watching that wave on the horizon with increasing fear, you’re not alone.

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Leadership Lessons From the Meetings Department

Leadership Lessons From the Meetings Department | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A good association meeting is not just a fun and educational experience. It’s the product of smart strategies that leaders can apply throughout an organization.

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5 Steps to Keep Vendors from Hounding Your Members

5 Steps to Keep Vendors from Hounding Your Members | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Vendors are a very important part of your association’s annual meeting and expo. Besides covering some expenses with entry fees, they also provide valuable goods and services that your members can use or may need. 


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