Pondering the past, the present, the future

Birthday weeks always put me in a reflective mood. Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about…

…what I accomplished, or didn’t, this past year, and what I hope to achieve in the coming year.

…what habits I’ve developed, broken, and want to develop.

…how I’ve been spending my time, and how I rather spend my time.

…how I can help others because, well, it’s not all about me.

Do you take time every year to think about these things?

Do you write down the behavior you want to adopt or the goals you want to achieve? Studies have shown you’re more likely to achieve goals when you write them down. But don’t just write down the outcome—write down the actions or habits that will get you there.

If you want to spend more time learning, then add one of these webinars to your schedule. Ok, that’s enough advice from me!

If your company has a webinar scheduled for the upcoming month, send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not too product-centric.


Tue 8/30 at 1 p.m.* – Simple but Effective Tips for Collecting High-Quality, Original Conference Content

Learn how to improve the abstract collection and review process for your conference, including how to: implement a plan to help increase submitter compliance, create an effective peer review process, prepare for an influx of last-minute submissions, and protect the integrity of your conference with plagiarism detection. More info/register.

Host: Omnipress

Speaker: Sean Lawler, Product Director of Digital Services, Omnipress

*all times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time


Tue 8/30 at 2 p.m. – Don’t Just Make Video. Make Video That Works. (Association Chat on Huzza)

Want to know how to make more compelling video content for your organization, where and when to invest in video, and get some tips for DIY studios and livestreaming? Join Association Chat host KiKi L’Italien, founder of Amplified Growth, and special guest Esteban Escobar, CEO & Executive Producer at 5:00 Films & Media, as they dig into those questions and much more. Participate live or view the recording.


Wed 8/31 at 12 p.m. – Small Staff Association Brown Bag Lunch Group (Washington DC)

At this monthly lunch, attendees share ideas and ask questions about other associations’ best practices. Please sign up to attend only if you are interested in making a long-term commitment to this group and if you currently work for a small staff association or AMC. More info/register.

Location: SmithBucklin, 2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC


Wed 8/31 at 1 p.m. – Ultimate Member Engagement: The Power of Data-Driven Decision Making

If you’re like most associations, your AMS contains a seemingly endless amount of historical, financial, social, and demographic data on members, former members, prospects, and more. Find out how to leverage visualizations and analytics to better understand your data, how mining the right data can improve your member’s experience, and how to determine a successful ROI on your collection and analysis of member data. More info/register.

Host: Impexium


Wed 8/31 at 1 p.m. – Event Sponsorship Is Broken: 10 Tips to Fix It

For most organizations, merely selling exposure to sponsors doesn’t cut it anymore. Learn why the traditional sponsorship model is no longer relevant, how to sell effective sponsorship packages, and how technology can help make sponsorships measurable. More info/register.

Host: Eventbrite

Speaker: Julius Solaris, editor, Event Manager Blog


Wed 8/31 at 2 p.m. – Creating and Sustaining Strategic Boards

The creation, care, and feeding of a strategic board of directors is one of the most significant leadership challenges facing association CEOs. Learn about the key findings from Association Laboratory’s white paper Creating and Sustaining a Strategic Board which incorporates ideas and insights from 25 association chief staff officers. Discuss the implications and practical application of the findings at your own association. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Association Headquarters

Speaker: Dean West, FASAE, President, Association Laboratory


Thu 9/1 at 3 p.m. – Loudoun County Idea Swap (Leesburg VA)

Registrants can provide agenda topics on issues they’re facing in their association. These topics will be addressed by participants in a round table format. In addition, every swap has a short presentation on a topic of interest to association attendees. This month’s topic: Effective Use of Video for Association Marketing, Branding, Communications and Events. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Speaker: Tom Madden, President, Visual Impact Productions

Location: American Roetgen Ray Society, 44211 Slatestone Ct, Leesburg, VA


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.


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