The weekly list of free educational events for the association community…

professional development for CAEs and association management professionals

You’ve almost made it to the end of your first week back, hang in there!

I spent the holiday weeks coughing, sniffling, and reading books, not blogs, so I don’t have much in the way of reading to share this week. I bought a lot of books too. I’m always on the lookout for good ebooks on sale so I thought I might share some of my finds with you. My secret ebook sale sleuthing method is daily alerts from BookBub, Early Bird Books, and Goodreads.

As of Thursday afternoon, these ebooks were still on sale but act quickly if you want a bargain. Fiction first.

  • Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck, a German bestseller about the European refugee crisis. ($2.99)
  • The God of Small Things: A Novel by Arundhati Roy, a Man Booker prize winner about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. ($2.99)
  • Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York by Francis Spufford was on lots of best-of-2017 lists, the adventures of a mysterious young man in mid-eighteenth century Manhattan, thirty years before the American Revolution. ($1.99)
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding, a Pulitzer Prize winner about multiple generations of a New England family. ($2.99)

And in nonfiction…

Here’s a story about how the American Nurses Association came up with their successful #FitNurseFriday campaign and how they convinced their components to get on board.

WBT Systems suggests starting off the New Year with these seven new habits for learning professionals. I especially like the first one—scheduling time for your own professional development—and not just because they mention Brain Food, but thanks!

We’re back in the lifelong learning business this week. Here’s the list of free professional development events for the association community scheduled for next week. If your organization has a webinar scheduled in the near future, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not too product-centric.


Mon 1/8 at 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.* – 2018 Convening Leaders LIVE

Can’t make it to Nashville for Convening Leaders? The PCMA Digital Experience Institute will be streaming live the most talked about sessions including each day’s main stage, thought leaders from across the globe and business events experts focusing on the most pressing industry topics. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

*All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.


Tue 1/9 at 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. – 2018 Convening Leaders LIVE

Can’t make it to Nashville for Convening Leaders? The PCMA Digital Experience Institute will be streaming live the most talked about sessions including each day’s main stage, thought leaders from across the globe and business events experts focusing on the most pressing industry topics. More info/register.

Host: PCMA


Tue 1/9 at 12 p.m. – The Ins and Outs of ASAE’s Gold Circle Awards: What to Know Before You Apply

Discover how you can showcase your association’s successful membership, marketing and communications campaigns by submitting an application for ASAE’s annual Gold Circle Awards. Learn how to apply for the awards, what the judges are looking for, and the ROI of applying. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Presenters: current Gold Circle Awards Committee members, and previous winners and judges


Tue 1/9 at 2 p.m. – The Proctor Is In: eLearning and Virtual Proctoring (Association Chat)

Watch/participate live or view the recording.

Host: KiKi L’Italien, founder, Amplified Growth

Guests:

  • Greg Sadesky, psychometrician and Chief Scientific Officer, Yardstick Testing and Training Experts
  • Mickie S. Rops, consultant who specializes in educating organizations on credentialing options

Wed 1/10 at 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. – 2018 Convening Leaders LIVE

Can’t make it to Nashville for Convening Leaders? The PCMA Digital Experience Institute will be streaming live the most talked about sessions including each day’s main stage, thought leaders from across the globe and business events experts focusing on the most pressing industry topics. More info/register.

Host: PCMA


Wed 1/10 at 12 p.m. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL

Connect with fellow Component/Chapter Relations Professionals (CRPs) to network and discuss current chapter challenges, such as how to measure and increase the health of chapters; best practices for chapter operations (volunteer tools, processes, etc.); and how to get the right statistics to prevent national and chapter level members from leaving. Lunch provided. 1 CAE credit. Duration: 1 hour. Location: Chicago IL. More info/register.

Host: Billhighway


Wed 1/10 at 1 p.m. – CAE Brown Bag

You’ve seen the letters “CAE” after someone’s name, you’ve heard about the exam, the hours needed, and the application process; now you’re ready to start, but where? Join an informational session on various aspects of obtaining the CAE, such as what is a CAE, benefits of a CAE, application process, eligibility requirements, obtaining and tracking CAE hours, preparing for the exam, what’s on the exam, Association Forum study group, CAE expenses, and CAE scholarships. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Association Forum


Thu 1/11 at 12 p.m. – Small Staff Association Brown Bag Lunch (Farragut/Dupont, Washington DC)

This casual lunch group of association colleagues is specifically for those who work at small staff associations. Attendees share ideas and ask questions about other associations’ best practices. Location: Washington, DC. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Small Staff Association Professionals


Thu 1/11 at 12:30 p.m. – Improved Employee Engagement through the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior)

Whether you believe the Gallup poll that only 30% of US workers are “engaged” or not, there’s no doubt that improving employee engagement will enhance not only the workplace environment but also the bottom line. Learn how the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior) provides a powerful, memorable framework to improve employee engagement, the workplace and the bottom line. 0.5 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: .orgCommunity

Presenter: Conor Cunneen, IrishmanSpeaks


Thu 1/11 at 1 p.m. – 7 Steps to the Right LMS for Your Association

Great content is only part of the equation for successful online education—most organizations also need a way to effectively deliver the content, track participation, and manage credit and certificates. The right technology can mean the difference between a big success and a big headache, but the selection process can be daunting. Learn about a time-tested process for selecting a learning management system and the pitfalls to avoid. Gain a clear understanding of how to lead your organization in choosing the right learning technology. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Hosts: Tagoras and Community Brands

Presenters:

  • Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele, co-founders, Tagoras
  • Anna Toon, product marketing manager for careers & education, Community Brands

Fri 1/12 at 1 p.m. – Structured Content- A Marketer’s Secret Weapon

Structured content is a methodology that enables customers to find your content more easily online, and allows your team to redeploy it more efficiently into multiple formats and media types. Get a crash course on structured content, and how to start using it to your advantage today. More info/register.

Host: American Marketing Association

Presenters:

  • Joe Pairman, Lead Consultant, Mekon
  • Matt Dion, CEO, Mintent

Save the date:

Tue 1/16 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Washington DC

Wed 1/17 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Alexandria VA

Thu 1/18 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Reston VA

Connect with fellow Component/Chapter Relations Professionals (CRPs) to network and discuss current chapter challenges, such as how to measure and increase the health of chapters; best practices for chapter operations (volunteer tools, processes, etc.); and how to get the right statistics to prevent national and chapter level members from leaving. Lunch provided. 1 CAE credit. Duration: 1 hour. Host: Billhighway.

Location: Washington DC. More info/register.

Location: Alexandria VA. More info/register.

Location: Reston VA. More info/register.


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

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.


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