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Member recruitment: What's your strategy?
By Maria Huntley
I am always keeping my eye open for opportunities to develop myself professionally and connect with smart people from whom I could learn something. So when I was checking out my LinkedIn page the other day and saw a posting promoting the National Association of Distinguished Professionals, my interest was piqued. As a person who has spent the last 15 years making association management my career, I wanted to learn more about this distinguished association. I ended up learning plenty about their process of recruitment.
Could associations replace college?
It’s not such a crazy question to ask these days, even if only as a rhetorical exercise to help you develop a long term vision and strategy. Consider the heat that higher education has taken lately. Tuition costs are high while the results, many feel, are not what they should be. Employers increasingly feel college graduates are not showing up to work as prepared as they should be. And, while it is still true that college graduates fair better economically than non-graduates, it’s hard not to get the sense that this difference could easily collapse. Ask any recent college graduate currently living in her parents’ basement. Many are starting to argue, quite convincingly in many cases, that there are good alternatives.
Looking beyond the membership numbers
The rise of a third-party online community for doctors could be viewed as a cautionary tale for associations — or, instead, a reminder that a membership count isn’t the only measure of success.
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9 ways your association can make the most of an election-year Congress
Around this time of year, government relations professionals are meeting in their respective associations and coming to the same conclusion: Because it’s an election year, congressional productivity will grind to a halt sooner rather than later. However, this doesn’t mean that your work has to suffer. Here are nine ways your association can maintain productivity when Congress is focused on campaigning.
Stories boards tell — and how to untell them
By Michael J. Berens
Keeping board members on track is never easy, but what do you do when your board falls prey to misinformation — in particular, misinformation of their own making? One member may make a comment, ask a leading question or convey a recent conversation that contains inaccurate information. Before someone knowledgeable can respond, another member has repeated and reinforced that inaccurate information. In short order, the entire board is engaged in debating a story that is riddled with error and unfounded assumptions about a situation that does not, in fact, exist.
5 surprising reasons millennials join and stay with your association
The heart of your association is your membership. Your members show up and stick around because they’re getting something out of the experience. If any association executive was polled about why their members join and renew they’d probably say something about the great programs, networking with industry leaders, professional interaction, doing good in the community, and so on. While all that may be true, there are other reasons your members join as well.
How are associations using twitter?
Have you ever thought about all the goals your association has and how Twitter can help you achieve those goals? For many, the association Twitter account is treated like just another promotional channel. We push out messages like, “come to our event, read our article, volunteer for this committee, join us at the 6PM reception”. While all of these things are important for our members to know perhaps pushing all of the time is not so engaging. Instead of just pushing messages through Twitter here are some other ways to use this social media channel that may help you serve your members.
Leadership is not a solitary task
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
An inspiring historical story is once again making the rounds at least partially because of its inclusion in Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath. In it, Gladwell tells the story of the French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, which became a safe haven for Jews in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Led by minister André Trocmé, the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved between 3,000 and 3,500 Jews (in addition to others seeking refuge) from 1940 until the end of the war, bringing them into the community and hiding them from French and Nazi officials. By any measure, their actions were courageous and inspiring. They were also an example of the power of community in leadership.
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