Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.22.19

Free professional development resources and events for CAEs, association staff and others in the association community

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

Free professional development resources and events for CAEs, association staff and others in the association community

Remote work is business as usual for many of us. Most, if not all, of my clients have staff working from home in locations far from headquarters. I bet most association professionals seek jobs where they have the option to work remotely when necessary. WBT Systems explains how associations can help both members and employers adapt to remote working.

Augmented analytics is a megatrend set to disrupt the business world, says Natan Pollack at ReadWrite. What I’m wondering is whether some of the newish data analytics products built for associations do this kind of thing? Anyone know?

The intuitive problem-solving approach that works for individuals does not work for groups—that’s why many meetings end up being unproductive failures. Al Pittampalli at Harvard Business Review explains how to conduct methodical meetings that produce better results.

­­Does your association need to renew its DMCA safe harbor protection from copyright infringement liability? You better check out what Venable LLP has to say about it. Also, I find this amusing: this 968-word article, the size of a blog post, has five authors. What the what? Lawyers.

Rod Stewart has always been one of my favorite rockers, especially back when he was with the Faces, but, along with everyone else, I had no idea he was a huge model railway hobbyist. He said,I find beauty in what everyone else sees as ugly – rugged skyscrapers, beaten-up warehouses, things that are very run down.” Check out the photos of his city on the BBC site.

Good eats:

  • My house was the scene of a pasta extravaganza last weekend. Jim was away hunting so I indulged in two of my favorites. First up, a Thai-style pasta with peanut butter sauce loaded with veggies (whatever is left over in the frig), ginger, garlic, warm spices and a ton of cilantro. I couldn’t help but eat two bowls.
  • Earlier in the week, I made sweet potatoes with tahini butter from Bon Appetit. We eat a lot of sweet potatoes so I’m always looking for new ideas. This recipe is promising but I didn’t care for steamed sweet potatoes—the skin was too soggy, especially after the leftovers spent a day in the frig.

Instead of steaming, if time is tight, poke the potatoes all over with a fork and nuke them for 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the size, then finish them off at high heat in the oven or toaster oven. Or just roast them if you have the time. I liked the tahini butter—interesting, in a good way, flavors.

Here are the educational events scheduled for next week. If you have any free webinars or events coming up, please send me the link. I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not product-centric.

Mon 11/25 at 1 p.m.* – Chatting with Agnes & Cecilia

Check out this 15-minute web series covering hot topics and issues related to 501c organization management. A new episode is posted every Monday by 1 p.m. More info.

Host: Rogue Tulips LLC


  • Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman
  • Cecilia Sepp, CAE, CNAP, principal and founder, Rogue Tulips LLC

*All times are Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise noted.

Tue 11/26 at 12 p.m. – Creating Boards of Excellence (Washington DC Idea Swap)

Creating a board of excellence requires more than a once a year effort. It requires commitment, patience, making the organization a priority above personal interest, listening to others even when they don’t share your perspective, and the willingness to support a voice/decision outside the board room when the vote didn’t go your way. Learn how your association can create a board of excellence, and how to ask the hard questions, hear varied voices and opinions, and capture moments of connection to develop a board that leads better together. 1 CAE credit. Location: Washington DC. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Greater Washington / National Capital Community

Presenter: Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, CPF, CEO, Vista Cova

Tue 11/26 at 12:30 p.m. – The Financial Aspects of a Credentialing Program

Find out how to build, price, and operate a profitable credentialing program instead of a draining distraction. Learn about effective financial planning, establishing financial success metrics, and risk management and mitigation. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Web Courseworks

Presenter: David Rozsa, CAE, ACA, CEO, Metacred

Tue 11/26 at 2 p.m. – How to Handle Nightmare Volunteers (Association Chat on Twitter #assnchat)

The original #assnchat Twitter chat is back. Join an online tweet chat with fellow association professionals by following the #assnchat hashtag on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. More info.

Host: KiKi L’Italien, founder, Amplified Growth

Mon 12/2 at 5:30 p.m. – AWTC End-of-Year Reception (Washington DC)

Join AWTC for our biggest event of the year. Held at the ASAE Technology Exploration Conference, the AWTC End-of-Year Reception welcomes all association women technology champions and their supporters. Enjoy an evening of delicious food, drinks, and great company. Location: Washington DC. More info/register.

[Note from DR: I hope to see you there! Please introduce yourself if you see me.]

Tue 12/3 at 1 p.m. – 10 Tips to Crush Your Goals in Ads, Exhibits, & Sponsorships

Learn how to prioritize sales prospects to maximize impact, what information/data you should compile to increase interest, and how simplicity can increase response. More info/register.

Host: Engage Software

Presenter: Scott Oser, founder, Scott Oser Associates

Fri 12/6 at 3 p.m. – ASAE Small Staff Association Professionals Book Club

Save the date and start reading. The next book will be Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great by Carmine Gallo. More info/register.

Organizer: ASAE Small Staff Association Professionals Community

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 free professional development for the association community, please send me the link via email or Twitter before Thursday afternoon.


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Author: deirdrereid

Deirdre is a freelance writer for companies serving the association market, who after more than 20 years in the association and restaurant industries, is enjoying the good life as a ghostblogger and content marketing writer. Away from her laptop, you can find her walking in the woods, doing yoga, going to shows, journaling, cooking, or relaxing in a comfy chair with a good book and a glass of something tasty in hand.

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