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Mark your calendars now for these great upcoming events!
Wednesday, Feb. 20: DFWAE February Luncheon
"Harnessing the Power Voice of Member and Big Data"
Luncheon Speaker: Buck Beighly, American College of Emergency Physicians
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking and Luncheon
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana, Westlake
More information and registration
Monday, March 25, 2013: DFWAE Association Day
Early-bird registration closes this Thursday, Feb. 14; don't miss out! Visit the DFWAE website to review the complete lineup of national-caliber speakers. Check out the diversity of topics chosen specifically to address the wide range of professional development needs of association professionals. Association Day 2013 is eligible for up to 4 hours of participation towards CAE application or renewal credit, and transportation is available!
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DFWAE 2013 Award of Excellence: Time to nominate a colleague
Each year we give an award to someone who exemplifies the best in DFWAE service and leadership. Consider how your colleague exemplifies the attributes of an outstanding association employee and how they've put that into action for DFWAE. Write up your nomination (include your name, nominee's name, nominee's association, and a paragraph or two justifying why you believe this individual is deserving of this honor). Send it to DFWAE.firstname.lastname@example.org. Cut-off date is February 28. Thanks!
What the 2012 Pulse report means for your association
The 2012 Pulse report by Greenfield Services Inc. is out; it's a sort of crystal ball for associations. What does the report show and what does it mean for your association? Well, things are changing: The economy, technology, social media tools and paradigms for using them, and generation shifts. Your members and stakeholders have new expectations, but your associations aren’t changing fast enough to keep up.
Engage or die: The fate of nonprofits and associations
Could trade associations, trade unions and other membership organizations be going the way of the newspaper — a dying model struggling to keep pace with its customers/members? Several signs indicate the old model of membership no longer works. Those working in professions or on behalf of causes no longer join associations out of obligation or a need to belong. But that doesn't mean they aren't interested in their field or cause. They are constantly seeking information and networks in multiple places. Today and in the future, associations must have a value proposition that recruits and retains members with the latest news and information and a customized set of benefits.
Using member-get-a-member programs to generate more loyal members
Membership Marketing Blog
As long as there have been membership organizations, there probably have been member-get-a-member programs. It makes a lot of sense. Your members are likely to be in contact with others who share the same interests and needs as they do. So how can membership organizations harness the power of referrals?
Can moving to the cloud impact member engagement?
Keeping members engaged involves ensuring you have fresh or up-to-date content on your website to keep them coming back. It's also about keeping the membership connected. And it seems that moving to the cloud may help with both of these challenges.
How poor leaders become good leaders
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
A recent research project found that bad leaders could become better leaders by significantly improving their ability to execute nine particular leadership skills. This article discusses those virtues.
Embracing free membership
Some might call it free membership — and they'd be right. But Erin Fuller calls her stroke of brilliance "radical inclusiveness," and it's helping The Alliance for Women in Media thrive.
What's on your association board's agenda?
Board meetings can be effective and productive; they can also be boring and result in next to nothing. Board time is a non-renewable resource, so don't waste it. Here are eight elements to help make meetings meaningful for your association.
Associations' board diversity challenge
In an ASAE benchmarking study, 77 percent of boards reported having no voting members under the age of 30; 39 percent had no board members of ethnic or minority groups; 7 percent had no female members. The research also shows that only 19 percent of associations have a written diversity policy for board members, and that the lack of ethnic diversity is more pronounced at smaller organizations and trade associations. But if we know anything about diversity, we know that numbers aren’t everything.
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