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ISAE 2015 Summer Session
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Illinois Society of Association Executives Legislative Update
With the first set of major deadlines behind us and Fiscal Year 2016 negotiations underway, here is a summary of activity related to lobby registration and ethics reform.

Meet ISAE in St. Louis for Summer Session 2015!
Save the Date for ISAE 2015 Summer Session in St. Louis, June 3 – 5. Register today!

Forum Forward is June 16-17
Forum Forward™ delivers high-impact education, electrifying keynote speakers, unconventional learning formats and innovative networking opportunities to help ignite creative thinking and new ideas about the future for associations. The unique Forum Forward approach to experiential education creates a valuable parallel learning environment for CEOs and their staff teams. Learn more here.

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Awards. This award, begun in 1987, is the nation's longest standing state environmental award program that annually honors organizations and businesses who have made a commitment to the environment through implementation of outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Details and application information can be found here.

ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Melissa Weible, Cvent, Inc.

ASAE Inroads
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
  • Meetings issue still percolating on Capitol Hill
  • Timetable still uncertain for IRS political activity rules
  • Charitable tax bill stripped for use as Senate trade bill
  • Senate working groups still debating tax reform ideas
    Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.

    Always keep up with ISAE through the ISAE Blog.

  • Quit managing your time
    By Chris Egelston
    *See Chris Egelston speak at ISAE Summer Session!

    Do you want to be more successful? Do you want to be a high achiever? Do you want to get all your goals? Then you absolutely must quit managing your time! Hold on! That’s ridiculous. Every successful person has a time management system. Why would I want to stop? The real secret of high achievers is that they don’t manage their time, they manage their outcomes. They make sure they use their time to get the most important things done that move them towards their personal, professional and business goals.

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    Industry News

    Aspiring to be data-driven
    Many associations aspire to be “data-driven.” But what does that mean, exactly? Is your association data-driven because it conducts surveys and focus groups? And what impact does being data-driven have on your members and staff? Are you asking the right questions at the appropriate times to capitalize on insights and avoid survey fatigue? Do staff members have an established protocol to ensure that data collection efforts are consistent and accurate, not redundant and flawed?
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    Easy ways to increase attendee interaction
    Event Manager Blog
    As an event planner you thrive on seeing your guests connect with other attendees and engage in the content or experience being presented. You would love for every attendee to leave your event saying “That was an amazing experience! I am so happy I attended and I met so many wonderful new people.”… but as we all know, that isn’t always the case. So what can you do as a planner to ensure your guests leave feeling connected? How can you improve their level of engagement and provide a more enjoyable experience?
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    Managing your expectations and workload during strategic planning
    By William D. Pawlucy
    Every day there are many nonprofits in the world moving through the beginnings of a strategic plan. In every one of these sessions, nonprofit boards are creating the road map for their organizations, which is exciting. But there are many executive directors who are dreading the possibility of overloading their staff with too many initiatives. How can an executive director effectively manage expectations during the strategic planning session without putting a damper on the board's enthusiasm?
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    The missing link between membership and professional development
    Associations Now
    Clearly, professional development is one of the biggest drivers of people toward associations, if not the biggest. And yet the typical method for tying an association’s education programs to its membership package is through a simple member discount. Can we do better? Is there a way for associations to get greater leverage out of their most-valued product (education) and make it more integral to the membership package? Or, more simply, if nonmembers value your education so much, how can you get them to join, too?
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    Association professionals, don't hit send!
    Smooth the Path
    Member marketing is in a downward spiral. Better technology gives us inexpensive email and free social media, which allows us to message our members whenever we feel like it. Our members are literally being attacked by messages. Every day they receive more promotions and content than they could ever possibly read. Whether a promotional email, ad, post on social media or direct mail before it is sent outside your association’s doors ask yourself these questions.
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    6 ways to boost event attendance
    There’s nothing more frustrating than spending countless hours planning an event only to have a poor turnout. In fact, for event planners, the sight of empty chairs can often be downright painful. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tactics to help your association boost upcoming event attendance.
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