The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community…
Forget robots, keep your eye on old people—they’ll help companies thrive, says Tyler Cowen. No surprise. Many Boomers can’t afford to retire and they’ve got lots of wisdom and life experience yet to contribute.
Because those Boomers will likely need to update their skills at some point, associations shouldn’t write them off any time soon. Figure out what your aging members need so they turn to you first for education.
Fast Company says email is the next great media platform. Since email is my main source of news and intellectually stimulating reads, I believe it’s already a great media platform. FC writes about new tools that make editorial newsletters easier to produce and more enjoyable to read.
Once again, DelCor is making the IT department’s job easier by providing a comprehensive employee termination IT checklist—all the things you have to take care of when an employee is fired or quits. Keep it by the cardboard boxes.
If your content marketing isn’t producing the results you expected, you may need to address one of the five issues described by TechHQ. I’ve seen companies struggle because of #4: they don’t create a marketing ecosystem around their content. They think if they publish it, somehow the audience will find it. It doesn’t work that way.
Some quick hits before we get to the list of free webinars:
- Tech analyst Mary Meeker did her famous (among geeks) annual presentation this week. (Recode)
- Rethink your marketing and PR tactics: 53% of journalists in the U.S. don’t use press releases to find new story ideas. (PR Daily)
- Another sign of the deplorable state of cable news: a study found 5,000 people may have died from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but cable news—CNN, MSNBC and Fox—focused on the trivial Roseanne story instead. (Media Matters)
Off-topic: Check out my Grabbing the Gusto blog for my post about the list of recipes I’ve made or plan to make in the coming week.
Now, the main event: free professional development events for the association community. If your organization has a free webinar or event coming up, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not product-centric.
Tue 6/5 at 11 a.m.* – Doing Business in India
Join a discussion of BICSI (a professional association supporting the information and communications technology community industry) activities in India. Hear about BICSI’s experience in India and recent strategic discussions with BICSI volunteers there. More info/register.
Host: ASAE International Section
Presenter: Paul Weintraub, RCDD, ESS, RTPM, TECH, CAE, Vice President of Global Development & Support
*All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.
Tue 6/5 at 1 p.m. – What’s All the Fuss Over Micro-Credentialing?
Are you like many other association professionals trying to grasp at all the latest buzz words: micro-credentialing, micro-learning, digital badges, etc.? Learn about the emerging trends in the certification/education space, ways to increase the value of your program by incorporating one of these trends, and other new and innovative ways other organizations are offering their education. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.
Presenters: Keith and Adrienne Segundo, founders, Limitless Association Solution Resource
Tue 6/5 at 2 p.m. – From Hype to Help: Associations and the Future of Learning and Work
The future of learning and work will look vastly different in the future. The profound implications of accelerating technology adoption, an aging workforce, economic inequality and other factors will see to that. If associations are going to be influential contributors to shaping that future, however, their decision-makers will need to shift current thinking in fundamental ways, steer clear of counterproductive hype and focus on how their organizations can meaningfully help their current and future stakeholders thrive in this dynamic environment. More info/register.
Host: KiKi L’Italien, founder, Amplified Growth
Guest: Jeff De Cagna, founder, Foresight First LLC
Tue 6/5 at 3 p.m. – Crisis Management
If you don’t think your organization is vulnerable to a man-made or natural crisis in this day and age, think again. Learn from communication experts and business event peers on the smart practices of crafting and executing a strong crisis management plan. Find out how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your organization’s plan, craft appropriate messaging for all stakeholders and event participants, and determine next steps for how to further develop your plan to ensure seamless execution. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.
- Nick Willis, Regional Security Manager for Cisco Systems
- Luca Favetta
Wed 6/6 at 12 p.m. – AMC Client Agreements: Best Practices
Learn about the primary elements of successful agreements between AMCs and their clients, including the scope of services and how to avoid scope creep, hybrid management situations, contract length options, contract termination and the effects of same, protecting confidential information, reciprocal indemnification, intellectual property issues, management company evaluations, and dispute resolution. More info/register.
Host: ASAE AMS Section Council
Presenter: C. Michael Deese, partner, Howe & Hutton
Wed 6/6 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. Location: Chicago IL. More info/register.
Wed 6/6 at 1 p.m. – Amplify Your Fundraising Events: Get the Latest Donor Trends and Preferences
Learn the top reason donors attend events, along with expectations they have of fundraising events. Find out how event experiences impact donations, how technology can improve fundraising events, and the importance of engagement before and during events, as well as post event follow-ups. More info/register.
Host: Community Brands
- Rich Dietz, Fundraising Strategist
- Dianne Kleber, Event Strategist
Wed 6/6 at 2 p.m. – The Essential Guide to Event Management Technology
Hear specific examples about what it really means to replace manual process with event tech and how doing so will make your job easier, deliver better experiences for attendees and positively impact your organization’s bottom line. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.
Presenter: Rachel Andrews, Director, Meetings & Events, Cvent
Thu 6/7 at 11 a.m. – Setting Goals to Execute Your Strategy
Hear about research on how leaders can set goals that best help a company to translate its strategy into results. Learn how traditional goal management can actually impede strategy execution; why FAST—frequent, ambitious, specific, transparent—goals are better than SMART ones; how to set goals that best encourage alignment across teams and individuals; and the importance of making goals transparent. More info/register.
Host: MIT Sloan Management Review
- Donald Sull, senior lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
- Paul Michelman (moderator), editor in chief, MIT Sloan Management Review
Thu 6/7 at 1 p.m. – What Nonprofits Need to Know About Digital Currency
Learn what digital currency is and what it might mean for your organization. Hear how Bitcoin and other currencies affect nonprofits, from donations to payments for programs and services to investments, and whether it’s a passing fad or lasting change. Find out what you need to know in order to evaluate whether digital currency is worth your attention; its risks and benefits; what you need in place in terms of technologies, policies, and procedures in order to accept digital currency; and what responsibilities nonprofits have to educate their constituents about the advantages and risks of digital currency. More info/register.
- Evan Paul (moderator), VP of Products at Guidestar
- Jesus Pizarro, VP of Financial Innovation at Heifer International
- Nandini Harihareswara, Digital Ecosystem Broker at UNCDF
- Paul Lamb, Principal of Man on a Mission Consulting
Thu 6/7 at 2 p.m. – The Internet of Things and Its Impact on Exhibitions and Events
Learn about the Internet of Things, one of the most revolutionary developments taking place around the world today, and the latest products and current opportunities for meeting planners and suppliers. From wearable technology to augmented reality, from smart building to diagnostic tools that help make sense of the vast new streams of data, hear practical advice on how to enhance your current business practices and give you insights into the changes you will need to make in the near future to keep up with your competitors. More info/register.
Host: Smart Meetings
Presenter: Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, MS
Thu 6/7 at 3 p.m. – Look to the Future: Serving Members and Customers Better by Anticipating Their Needs (Reston-Loudon VA Idea Swap)
Location: Reston VA. More info/register.
Organizer: ASAE Greater Washington/National Capital Community
Moderator: Lesley Boucher, ORI
Fri 6/8 at 1 p.m. – Webinars: Trends, Best Practices, and Avoiding Pitfalls
Learn how to take your webinars to the next level by understanding current webinar trends, applying best practices provided by our clients’ success stories, and implementing learnings from real client use cases, adapting them to the needs of your attendees. More info/register.
Host: Blue Sky eLearn
- Renee Latimer, MBA, DES, Senior Manager for Meetings Technology, American Dental Education Association
- Jennifer London, Content Director, Diversity Best Practices
- Donna Wegener, Executive Director, National TB Controllers Association
Tue 6/12 at 12 p.m. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Rosemont IL (new roundtable location!)
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. Location: Rosemont IL. More info/register.
Tue 6/12 at 2 p.m. – How Your Organization Can Use AI to Increase Member Engagement Right Now
Associations excel at engaging members deeply over the course of two or three days, once a year, hosting meetings and providing extensive educational programming. Between these enriching experiences, it’s difficult to compel your members to interact on a regular basis. Learn how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an accessible tool your association can use to increase member engagement. Find out how AI technology can be easily leveraged in your communications with members and how you can drive change in your association with AI. More info/register.
Presenter: Jared Loftus, rasa.io
Wed 6/13 at 3:30 p.m. – Ask Us Anything About Components (Silver Spring MD Idea Swap)
Having the right component structure with the right support is a secret to maximizing member engagement. So let’s talk! Our pack of SMEs (subject matter experts) include an association CEO, two cool peeps who turned the tables and created a collaborative chapter model, and one who’s an executive director for a chapter and co-author of the 2016 Chapter Benchmarking research and the Chapter of Future Model. They will respond to any chapter/component questions and challenges attendees are facing and want to discuss. 1 CAE credit. Location: Silver Spring MD. More info/register.
Organizer: ASAE Component Relations Section
- Sharon Kneebone, Executive Director, National Society for Histotechnology
- Lindsay Currie, Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)
- Wes Carr, Senior Manager, Chapter and Volunteer Relations, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS)
- Peggy Hoffman, President, Mariner Management
Thu 6/14 at 12 p.m. – Taking a ‘Trickle Up’ Approach to Chapter Engagement Programs
Every organization wants to provide its chapters with the tools and programs they need to create meaningful membership experiences. But each chapter is different and what sounds like a great idea from a national perspective isn’t always a good fit at the local level. Learn how to use the ‘trickle up’ approach to identify the best programs for consideration, different approaches to driving programs at a national level, and best practices when expanding a chapter-level program. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.
Tue 6/19 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Washington DC
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. Location: Washington DC. More info/register.
Wed 6/20 at 12 p.m. – Chapter Roundtable in Alexandria 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. Location: Alexandria VA. More info/register.
Thu 6/21 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. 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.
Creative Commons licensed photo by Kevin Noble on Unsplash.