inspiration: summer trees

I’ve been thinking about morning habits, again. Last spring, after reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I developed morning habits like exercise, meditation, reading, and gratitude journaling that stuck with me for quite a while. Et voilà, my productivity increased. But after a while, I lost my mojo and the habits faded.

I picked these habits back up recently and, of course, my energy and productivity increased again. Duh. However, if I make the mistake of looking at my emails or Twitter before their scheduled time, I’m doomed. One good read leads to another. I think to myself, “I’ll exercise later” and later, “Why don’t I take a rest day.” And, what do you know—my productivity that day goes down the tubes. Haven’t I learned this lesson hundreds of times already? Back in the saddle tomorrow.

Enough of my kvetching, here’s the list of webinars and other events for the association community for the week of June 27.


Mon 6/27 at 1 p.m.* – Road to Innovation: Why the AMS Platform Supersedes All Else

Innovation today is moving at light speed and to deliver a world class member experience your association needs to be able to leverage a strong platform to take you there. Stop focusing on features and take a look under the hood. Learn how to evaluate an Association Management Software based on 3 important, often overlooked criteria, avoid hidden costs you may not see on the surface, and attract next generation thinkers and staff with a strong technology platform. More info/register.

Host: Nimble AMS

*all times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time


Tue 6/28 at 11 a.m. – How Much Does an AMS Really Cost?

“As an industry, we’ve been secretive about what goes into AMS pricing. It’s time to change that.” Learn what goes into AMS pricing, how to control the costs of a new AMS, and what questions you should be asking technology vendors to ensure the right fit. More info/register.

Host: Aptify

Presenters: Johanna Kasper and Eric McDonald, Engagement Managers, Aptify


Tue 6/28 at 12 p.m. – Podcasting Demystified (Columbia, MD)

Podcasting is catching on (again), and more marketers are deciding it’s time to see if it’s a fit. If you need to explain a product or membership benefit in greater detail or if you want to share in-depth thinking from your association (and its members), podcasts are an easy way to share a complex message while providing content to share on social. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Greater Washington/National Capital Community

Presenters: Jeff Davis and Charlie Birney, co-hosts and co-founders of Podcast Village


Tue 6/28 at 12:30 p.m. – Peter Diamandis: The Future is Better Than You Think

Peter Diamandis, co-author of ‘Abundance’, says humanity has hit a point of unprecedented change because of cutting-edge technologies. As the founder of X-Prize Foundation, he’s not just writing about these technologies, he’s making them happen. During this 25-minute Q&A, he’ll give a glimpse into this future. Tweet your questions for Peter to @assn_success or email them to info@associationsuccess.org. More info/register.

Host: Association Success


Tue 6/28 at 1 p.m. – Managing eLearning: Strategies for Impossible, Never Done Before Projects
In the fifth installment of the Managing eLearning: Thought Leaders Series, Lou Russell will walk us through the strategies for impossible projects. Lou is the author of IT Leadership Alchemy, The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook, Project Management for Trainers, and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management. More info/register.

Host: Web Courseworks

Presenter: Lou Russell, CEO/Queen of RMA


Tue 6/28 at 1 p.m. – What to Know Before You Go: How to Navigate ASAE Annual as a Young Professional

ASAE Annual offers a large number of sessions and events that may be challenging for any new attendee to navigate. In this Virtual Luncheon, three young professionals will provide tips and strategies for a successful first ASAE Annual, including how to develop networking relationships, navigate conference events and sessions, and maximize building on new knowledge and conference takeaways. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Young Professionals Committee


Tue 6/28 at 2 p.m. – Embracing the Board’s Duty of Foresight

What does it take to access, anticipate, and adapt your association to the future through the work of foresight? Find out with Jeff De Cagna, Chief Strategist and Founder of Principled Innovation during the weekly Association Chat on the Blab platform, hosted by KiKi L’Italien, founder of Amplified Growth. Participate live or view the recording.


Wed 6/29 at 12 p.m. – Bringing the Best to the Board Room (Washington, D.C.)

A new ASAE group, Innovation in Practice, will provide a forum for senior executives and staff to discuss how to develop innovative approaches and effective solutions to business challenges facing associations. More info/register. Location: Washington, D.C.

Host: ASAE Innovation in Practice

Facilitator: Kerry Stackpole, CEO, ‎Neoterica Partners


Thu 6/30 at 1 p.m. – Coherent, Compelling Education Product Strategy

Tagoras research has shown repeatedly that most organizations do not have a strategy for their education business. In this session, we discuss the fundamentals of developing a coherent, compelling strategy that you can put into action at your organization. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: YourMembership Learning (formerly Digital Ignite)

Presenters: Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, co-founders, Tagoras


Thu 6/30 at 1 p.m. – LMS Implementation: What Every Buyer MUST Know

The implementation process is vital to the success of any new learning platform. Yet, in today’s complex LMS marketplace, the cost of professional services to implement an LMS varies dramatically–from no extra charge to as much as $75,000 or more. This webinar is designed to help demystify today’s dramatic cost differences, and help training professionals understand which factors matter most in choosing the best level of service for their organization. More info/register.

Host: eLogic Learning

Presenter: John Leh, CEO and lead analyst, Talented Learning, LLC


If you can’t attend a live webinar, go ahead and register if the topic interests you. Most webinar hosts send a link to the recording to all registrants.

Association Brain Food Weekly is published Friday mornings. If your organization offers professional development for the association community, please send me the link via email or Twitter.