See you in Salt Lake City!

Countdown to ASAE Annual in Salt Lake City! I’m looking forward to spending time with old friends and meeting new ones. If you see me wandering around looking like a space cadet—big meetings do that to me—please stop me and introduce yourself. I’d love to catch up with you or meet you.

I’m a social introvert—yes, such a thing does exist—so my adrenaline sizzles and my memory suffers at conferences. Please forgive me for that, especially when I reintroduce myself after I’ve met you a few times already. Yup, known to happen, embarrassing.

My plane lands on Friday afternoon, so if you’re arriving early, I’m planning to spend Saturday out and about, either hiking in nearby mountains (if I can figure out a destination and a way to get there) or roaming the city taking in history and good craft beer. Give me a shout-out at @deirdrereid or email me if you want to meet up.

Here’s the list of webinars and other events for the association community for the week of August 8. If your organization has a webinar scheduled for August, I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not product-centric.


Mon 8/8 at 2 p.m.* – Association Matchmaker: Building Lifelong Learning Relationships with Members

Don’t let your members go elsewhere for knowledge—show them you’re the perfect match for all the information they’re seeking. Discover the learning trends uncovered in Abila’s Member Engagement Study, strategies to blend continuing education with professional development, and tactics to design attractive credentialing and certification programs. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Abila

Speakers:

  • Amanda Myers, Director of Member Strategy, Abila
  • Anna Toon, Product Marketer, Abila

*all times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time


Tue 8/9 at 12 p.m. – Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive into the Latest Business Trends

Meeting professionals are so over-taxed, they often forget—or don’t have the time—to look ahead. Get a preview of the future based on MPI’s most recent Meetings Outlook research and then discuss the trends that most affect you and your peers. Brainstorm ways to start planning for the uncertain future with case studies and best practices from around the globe. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Speaker: Jessie States, Education Content Design Manager, MPI


Tue 8/9 at 2 p.m. – When “Uberization” Collides with Associations (Association Chat on Huzza)

An IBM study reports the #1 fear of 65% of C-suite executives is the “uberization” of their industry. Tune in to hear Tom Morrison, CEO of the Metal Treatment Institute, share key data and strategies on the opportunity associations have to capitalize on marketplace disruption. Participate live or view the recording.

Host: KiKi L’Italien, founder, Amplified Growth


Tue 8/9 at 2 p.m. – Meetings with Impact: How Leaders Create Strategic Conversations for Change

Standard meetings and brainstorming sessions don’t cut it in an era of shifting business models and increasing competitive pressures. They’re not conducive for dealing with messy, open-ended challenges or delivering the all-in participation required to wrestle with tough issues. In contrast, strategic conversations can turn time-sucking, energy-depleting meetings into inspiring, productive ones. Learn about the art and science of designing strategic conversations. More info/register.

Host: Velvet Chainsaw

Speaker: Jeff Hurt, EVP, Education and Engagement, Velvet Chainsaw


Tue 8/9 at 3:30 p.m. – Unified Learning Design Studio: Curriculum – Ties That Bind

Curriculum can take eLearning from ho-hum to transformative. Learn about four types of curriculum and how to connect your eLearning curriculum to curated content. You’ll also receive a curriculum analysis tool. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: iCohere

Speaker: Dr. Amanda Batson, founder, ADB Partners


Wed 8/10 at 2 p.m. – Improve Employee Engagement by Making HR Relevant Again

While most of what HR is asked to respond to is important to the business, it isn’t terribly relevant to driving the one thing the C-Suite really wants: growth. Redefine the role your “people people” play and improve employee engagement by giving HR the tools and resources they need as well as the ownership and responsibility for leveraging the one and only differentiator you might have: your culture. More info/register.

Host: QuestionPro

Speakers: Jamie Notter and Charlie Judy, co-founders, WorkXO


Thu 8/11 at 1 p.m. – Effective Webinar Design and Facilitation

Ready to turn unproductive webinars into effective, engaging online events? Learn about effective design strategies and webinar facilitation techniques to help foster collaboration. Find out how to convert your webinars into valuable on-demand training sessions and an online resource center. 0.5 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: iCohere

Speaker: Lance A. Simon, CVEP, Executive Vice President, iCohere

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.

Creative Commons photo of Salt Lake City by Garrett

Inspiration: Ocean Isle Beach at sunset

Here’s the list of webinars and other events for the association community for the week of August 1. The association webinar scene is quiet during vacation season and in the run-up to the ASAE Annual Meeting in a few weeks. Since the pickings are slim, please let me know if your organization has a webinar scheduled for August – I’ll be happy to feature it as long as it’s not product-centric.


Tue 8/2 at 12 p.m.* – Epic Solutions: Meeting the Challenges of Meeting Professionals

Stakeholders, executives and audiences are tasking meeting and event professionals with creating groundbreaking meeting and event experiences with budgets and demands that require unique solutions. Learn how High-Altitude Leadership increases productivity and overall performance, the accelerating insight of The Priority Process, and the practical insights of Creating “Wow” Experiences. 1 CMP hour credit. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Speaker: Jerome Wade, Chief Epic Officer, The Epic Advantage

*all times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time


Tue 8/2 at 12 p.m. – DC Small Staff Association Brown Bag Lunch Group (Washington DC)

Attend the first meeting of a casual lunch group of association colleagues who work at small staff associations. Bring your own lunch. Share ideas and ask questions about other associations’ best practices. You must be registered to participate. More info/register.


Tue 8/2 at 1 p.m. – 10 Emerging Trends in Digital Communications and Fundraising

Learn what’s new and next in digital communications and fundraising so your nonprofit can prepare for the future and embrace being an early adopter. Topics include: what’s new in online and mobile fundraising; what’s next in social media and online community engagement; an exploration of real-time communications and fundraising; the Internet of Things and its impact nonprofit communications and fundraising; and demographic changes and their impact on the nonprofit sector. More info/register.

Host: Public Interest Registry

Speaker: Heather Mansfield, Nonprofit Tech for Good


Tue 8/2 at 2 p.m. – How to Get the Best ROI out of Data Analytics (Association Chat on Blab)

This week’s chat, hosted by KiKi L’Italien, founder of Amplified Growth, features Galina Kozachenko, Director, Strategic Data Analytics at the Association for Financial Professionals, and Debbie King, CEO of Association Analytics. Galina and Debbie will share best practices and tips for ensuring the long-term success of your data analytics initiatives. From change management to continuous improvement, you’ll hear about lessons learned and learn how you can get the best ROI out of your data analytics initiative. Participate live or view the recording.


Thu 8/4 at 3 p.m. – Associations Tableau User Group (Washington DC)

RSVP by August 2 for an afternoon of hands-on exercises, discussion, and networking. Anyone who is in the association community and uses Tableau (or is interested in using it) can attend. Space is limited. More info/register.


Thu 8/4 at 3 p.m. – Association Mentoring: A Global Study of Best Practices and Key Findings for Program Success

Whether you already have a mentoring program or are searching for a solid framework to launch one, take an in-depth look at what makes a successful mentoring program based on the experience of hundreds of professional associations. Learn how associations currently implement mentoring programs (based on findings from their Global Research Study); 3 pillars of all successful mentoring programs; 7 steps of starting a mentoring program; and common program pitfalls. More info/register.

Host: Naylor LLC

Speakers:

  • Melissa Richardson, Art of Mentoring
  • Carrie McIntyre, Vice President, Naylor Association Solutions

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.

Inspiration: Ocean Isle Beach

Ah, the beach. Between you and me, I prefer the mountains, sssh. But since my family is spending next week at Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina, I will savor my time with them on the beach.

Before I get to OIB, I’m attending the Association Executives of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting in Williamsburg VA where I get to spend time with several speaker friends from across the nation. Yay! I get so excited when friends come to my little ol’ SAE.

Here’s the list of webinars and other events for the association community for the weeks of July 18 and July 25. Hey, The New Yorker can do a double issue in the summer, so can I. Since I’m publishing this earlier than usual, please feel free to add any webinars I missed in the comments below.


Mon 7/18 at 12:30 p.m. – 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 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 7/19 at 12 p.m. – Smarter, Faster, More Efficient

Everyone’s dealing with limited time and resources. These tech tools will help you work smarter, faster and more efficiently, whether you’re sourcing hotels, managing projects or trying to eliminate email overload. Understand how tech tools can streamline communication and collaboration. Identify potential project management solutions. Discover other apps and tools that can make travel and meeting management more manageable. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Kristi Casey Sanders, director of digital marketing strategy of Plan Your Meetings @ Meeting Professionals International


Tue 7/19 at 2 p.m. – Your Favorite Association Bloggers and Podcasters of 2016 (Association Chat on Blab)

Oh, I’m missing a good one! The weekly Association Chat on Blab, hosted by KiKi L’Italien, founder of Amplified Growth, is a special association bloggers edition. Tune in to hear from bloggers and content producers for Socialfish, Associations Now, Leading Learning Podcast, Spark Consulting, MizzInformation, Association Success, Simply Cynthia, along with many others share their tips for blogging and podcasting. Participate live or view the recording.


Wed 7/20 at 12 p.m. – Preparing Yourself and Your Association for the Looming Staff Leadership Deficit

The association staffing landscape is undergoing a significant transition. Retirements, competition for talent, and evolution within the association management model create new demands, while also opening new opportunities. Find out how the Certified Association Executive (CAE) program provides the essential knowledge you need to better serve as an association executive and demonstrates your executive readiness to your peers and boards. Get a sneak peek of this radically shifting landscape of learning and generational trends, staff management and business competencies driving the CAE Commission to chart the future course for the credential. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: YourMembership

Presenter: Lowell Aplebaum, CAE, member of ASAE’s CAE Commission


Wed 7/20 at 2 p.m. – From Millennials to Boomers: Connecting with Members at Every Age

From a booming technology evolution, to endless social media opportunities, to a workforce made up of four generations, it’s no wonder there are misalignments between member wants and member benefit offerings. Take a deeper look at each of these four generations to discover what really makes them tick. More info/register.

Host: Abila

Presenters:

  • Jamie Notter, Founding Partner of WorkXO and Culture That Works LLC
  • Amanda Myers, Director of Member Strategy, Abila

Wed 7/20 at 2 p.m. – Hollywood Producer Shares His Secrets for Innovative & Impeccable AV at Events

Hear tips, advice and case studies on new AV ideas, technology and flawless executions with cutting-edge design. Discover actionable and innovative solutions for common AV technology needs. Explore design elements and inspirations to build engaging shows for your clients. More info/register.

Hosts: Connect Association and Visit Lexington

Presenter: Austin Johnston, owner of AKJohnston Group


Wed 7/20 at 2 p.m. – Hacks for Securing (and Renewing) Sponsors for Your Events

Sponsors are from Mars, organizers are from Venus, or does it just seem that way? Sponsors want leads and more exposure. Learn creative tips to deliver real results and boost sponsor ROI. More info/register.

Hosts: Pathable and EverThere

Presenter: Kathy Cohen, Head of Marketing, EverThere


Wed 7/20 at 2 p.m. – Managing Business Rules to Obtain Credentialing Success

When an organization offers professional certifications, the amount of business rules required to complete the process can be staggering. Learn how to streamline your processes and encourage engagement among certificants while cutting costs. More info/register.

Host: Altai Systems


Wed 7/20 at 3 p.m. – MoCo Idea Swap on Online Community Best Practices (Bethesda MD)

This lively discussion will cover community manager best practices, increasing member engagement, purpose driven communities, measuring ROI, leveraging partners in your community strategy, and much more. More info/register.

Host: Association Networking Group

Presenter: Maggie McGary, Director of Marketing & Communications, Society of Fire Protection Engineers


Thu 7/21 at 11:30 a.m. – Deliver Results the First Time (Alexandria VA Brown Bag Lunch)

Learn how to increase member/client satisfaction, improve team efficiency, and boost member/client engagement using the AFTERS technique. Go home with a Personal Action Plan on how to implement what you’ve learned. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Presenter: Sam Lightfoot, Jr. of Lightfoot Management, Inc.

Host/Location: Marketing General, Inc., 625 North Washington St, Suite 450, Alexandria, VA, US

Organizer: Greater Washington / National Capital Community


Thu 7/21 at 1 p.m. – The Non-Negotiable 7-Step Content Plan for Association Websites

Learn the mandatory 7 steps you must take to ensure the content you’re posting on your website is engaging, relevant and meaningful. Find out the questions to ask and words to use when posting content to your association website so you can create authority in your industry, give members high-value content, and have peace of mind that you’re doing it right. More info/register. 

Host: Vanguard Technology


Thu 7/21 at 4 p.m. – ASAE Professional Development Virtual Half-Hour “Happy Hour”

Join an interactive, facilitated discussion on the Best Idea I Would Never Do Again! ROI RULES!” More info/register.

Host: ASAE Professional Development Section Council


Thu 7/21 at 4 p.m. – Nonprofit IT Department Best Practices

Find out why the size and roles of your IT department matter, how to scale up your IT to catch up with the aspirations of your mission or the growth of your staff, when to out-source and when to in-house, and what management structures seem to work best in the nonprofit environment. More info/register.

Host: Community IT Innovators

Presenter: Johan Hammerstrom, President and CEO, Community IT Innovators


Fri 7/22 at 3 p.m. – Best Practices: Building Digital Ecosystems that Deliver ROI

For many organizations, digital marketing is a new undertaking. Associations are looking for how to best staff their organizations, craft campaigns and measure programs in the digital age. This webinar series will help associations evolve fully into digital and help corporate marketers new to the association world understand what’s different. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: HighRoad Solution


Tue 7/26 at 1 p.m. – Managing eLearning: Thought Leaders Series – A Recipe for Consistently Engaging Virtual Online Sessions

Learn how to create engaging virtual online sessions: how to effectively manage the process, from planning to evaluation; the recommended roles for an effective online training program team; how to determine the extent of coaching an SME needs to be an effective presenter; and tips for avoiding and troubleshooting technical issues. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Web Courseworks

Presenter: Karen Hyder, Certified Technical Trainer CTT+, The eLearning Guild Online Forums


Tue 7/26 at 2 p.m. – Association Chat on Blab

Join the weekly Association Chat on Blab, hosted by KiKi L’Italien, founder of Amplified Growth. Participate live or view the recording.


Thu 7/28 at 12 p.m. – How Messaging is the Foundation of Your Brand

This virtual discussion will focus on the various types of messages you use to describe your association in news releases and how each message contributes to your brand and reputation. Learn how to create impactful messages starting with your association’s vision and mission statement and take away a blueprint on how to create consistent, clear and concise messaging. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Marketing Section Council

Presenters:

  • Sheri Singer, President of Singer Communications
  • Christina Garneski, CAE (Moderator), President, Marketing, Communications & Events of National Parking Association

Thu 7/28 at 12:30 – What 600 Associations Say About Their AMS

With so many options in the association management software (AMS) marketplace, the selection process is more important than ever. Thankfully, ReviewMyAMS has gathered about 600 reviews from real end users and in this webinar, you’ll learn the insights from those that have participated. Find out which job types and organization types are the most satisfied and least satisfied, the trends detected within the reviews and the red flags you should be on the lookout for during your next selection. 0.5 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: .orgCommunity

Presenter: Teri Carden, founder, ReviewMyAMS


Thu 7/28 at 1 p.m. – Performance Improvement (PI): What PI Is, Where It’s Headed, How It Can Be Part of Your Education Strategy

Performance improvement (PI) is arguably the end goal of all education—changes in individuals’ behavior drive broader change in the field or industry where they work, resulting in improvements for the learners and others. Learn how PI is used now, what’s being done to improve PI activities, and how PI can be applied more broadly. Whether your organization offers PI activities or not, this session is a chance to learn more about performance improvement and how it can fit within an education strategy. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: Web Courseworks

Presenters:

  • Celisa Steele and Jeff Cobb, co-founders, Tagoras
  • Andy Hicken, PhD, director of product development, Web Courseworks

Thu 7/28 at 1 p.m. – The Future Is Better Than We 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


Fri 7/29 at 3 p.m. – Measuring: Building Digital Ecosystems that Deliver ROI

For many organizations, digital marketing is a new undertaking. Associations are looking for how to best staff their organizations, craft campaigns and measure programs in the digital age. This webinar series will help all associations evolve fully into digital and help corporate marketers new to the association world understand what’s different. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: HighRoad Solution


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.

Inspiration: Monument Valley, AZ by Jeff Few

Back in the saddle—here’s the list of webinars and other events for the association community for the week of July 11.


Tue 7/12 at 10 a.m.* – Navigating the Privacy Shield and the General Data Protection Regulation

The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will have a significant impact on associations operating in both the US and Europe. This webinar will provide essential information on the key changes expected in privacy rules, the repercussions of the GDPR, the costs of non-compliance and how associations operating in both the US and Europe can best adapt in this transitional phase. More info/register.

Hosts: MCI and GlobalLaw

Presenters:

  • Karin McGinnis, Attorney, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC
  • Susanne Klein LL.M., Lawyer, GÖHMANNRechtsanwälte, Germany
  • Benno Barnitzke, Lawyer, GÖHMANN Rechtsanwälte, Germany

*all times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time


Tue 7/12 at 12 p.m. – Focus On: Referral Marketing

HighRoad’s new Analyst Brief series brings research from the for-profit world to the association world. Referrals are the most coveted type of lead for any business—an indication of trust and satisfaction and a faster path to revenue. Demand Metric recently conducted a study to learn about the current state of referral marketing. Hear about trend data and the interest in, evolution of, and success with referral marketing. More info/register.

Host: HighRoad Solution

Presenter: Jerry Rackley, Chief Analyst, Demand Metric


Tue 7/12 at 12 p.m. – Webinar Surveys: How to Get Useful Feedback from Your Audience

A well-designed post-webinar survey can provide valuable feedback that you can use to incrementally improve your online presentations. Learn what questions to ask in a survey and how to structure those questions to get insightful, actionable feedback. More info/register.

Host: Idealware

Presenter: Lindsay Bealko, Expert Trainer, Idealware


Tue 7/12 at 1 p.m. – Driving Interest for Education in Real-Time

Learn how to use trending events and the SPIKE method to drive interest in your educational programs. Find out how to forecast negative issues so you can mitigate, manage, or minimize them in advance. Discover how to scoop the news media and become the go-to source. More info/register.

Host: CommPartners

Presenter: Adele Cehrs, CEO/founder, Epic PR Group 


Tue 7/12 at 2 p.m. – Association Chat on Blab

Every week, KiKi L’Italien, founder of Amplified Growth, hosts Association Chat on the Blab platform. Participate live or view the recording.


Tue 7/12 at 2 p.m. – The Ultimate Guide to Event Interest

This webinar title makes no sense. It’s really about High Speed Internet Access/HSIA, a critical topic. If you’d like to know how much bandwidth you use, how it’s being used, whether you’re receiving what you contracted for, and/or what level of service you require, this is the webinar for you. 1 hour CMP. More info/register.

Host: PCMA

Presenter: Matt Harvey, PSAV’s Client Network Services


Tue 7/12 at 3:30 p.m. – Unified Learning Design Studio: Creating Your Online Program Using Limited Resources

If your organization has limited funding or limited staff, you won’t want to miss this webinar. Learn how to create a high value eLearning program for your members when you have limited resources? More info/register.

Host: iCohere

Presenter: Dr. Amanda Batson, ADB Partners


 

Wed 7/13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – DC Lunch & Learn (Washington, DC)

Gather with fellow association execs for a lunchtime discussion on how organizations are tackling member engagement and achieving great results using email marketing and marketing automation. Learn how Texas Medical Association leveraged marketing automation to grow revenue by 313%, the creative approach National Association of Federal Credit Unions incorporates for event communications, and the strategy behind Florida Association of Insurance Agents increasing member engagement by 201%. More info/register.

Host: Informz


Wed 7/13 at 1 p.m. – Credit where Credit’s Due: How Credly is Helping Build a Digital Credential Economy

In the emerging marketplace for talent and skills, digital credentials will emerge as the currency of choice. Learn how digital credentials—data-rich, portable, verified representations of demonstrated skills and earned certifications—are changing the way people learn, recruit, and work. More info/register.

Hosts: Connecting Credentials and Credly

Presenter: Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO, Credly


 

Thu 7/14 at 11 a.m. – How to Design Future-Friendly Content

Learn how to design content that is easier to find, understand, and share—everywhere and how to integrate content strategy into a cross-functional design process. This process works especially well for people experienced with large, subject-based content inventories and has been used successfully by professional associations, media companies, and government agencies. More info/register.

Host: Gather Content

Presenters:

  • Carrie Hane, Content & Digital Communications Strategy Consultant, Tanzen
  • Mike Atherton, Content strategist, Facebook

Thu 7/14 at 1 p.m. – eLearning Design: Designing for Learner Engagement

Get a peek into what it takes to engage a learner brain and what we can do to create an optimal learning environment online. Discover what triggers learner engagement (based upon neurobiological underpinnings of attention), review brain sticky qualities we can employ in digital course design, and explore five key engagement strategies. 0.5 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: iCohere

Presenter: Tracy King, chief learning strategist and founder, InspirEd


Thu 7/14 at 1 p.m. – The Key to Revamp Your Meeting: Start with a Good Hard Look

Learn about an elegantly simple tool to help you look at your meetings, and the destinations where they occur, with a whole new set of eyes. Improve your “visual intelligence” by learning to look with the Six Looking Glasses method, developing a list of specific observational objectives, looking “Short and Slow” and “Long and Fast,” and using looking routines and designing looking excursions. 0.5 hour CMP. More info/register.

Host: empowerMINT

Presenter: Jim Gilmore, co-founder, Strategic Horizons LLP


Thu 7/14 at 2 p.m. – Going Beyond Basic Webinars

Find out how to take your webinar out of basic boring mode. Hear tips for creating high quality content that attracts visitors, facilitation techniques that engage and move the audience to action, and new ideas for generating revenue. More info/register.

Host: iCohere

Presenter: Lance A. Simon, CVEP, iCohere’s Executive Vice President


Thu 7/14 from 3 to 5 p.m. – Leveraging LinkedIn to Grow Your Reputation, Visibility, and Impact (Loudoun County Idea Swap, Sterling VA)

Take home key actionable insights on defining your reputation and leveraging LinkedIn to build your visibility and impact. Gain clarity on how you want to show up on LinkedIn and understand how to increase engagement and achieve your business goals with your key audiences. More info/register. 

Host: ASAE Greater Washington / National Capital Community

Presenter: Jen Dalton, Founder, BrandMirror

Location: American Medical Student Association, Sterling, VA


Fri 7/15 at 12 p.m. – Ask CIC: Answers to Your Burning CMP Questions

This webinar will provide general information on CMP test requirements, and then review the resources MPI members have available to them that can help you accumulate and track your clock hours. 1 hour CMP. More info/register.

Host: MPI

Presenter: Gayle Dahlman, Certification Director for the Convention Industry Council’s CMP and CMP-HC Programs


Fri 7/15 at 2 p.m. – Help Association Members Accept and Embrace Online Events

Are your members resistant to online events like webinars, courses, and conferences? Learn how to ease members into the virtual setting, get them engaged, and move them from grumblers to advocates. Hear tips for pre-event engagement and what messaging to use to demonstrate their personal ROI. More info/register.

Host: iCohere

Presenter: Lance A. Simon, CVEP, iCohere’s Executive Vice President


Fri 7/15 at 3 p.m. – Building Digital Ecosystems that Deliver ROI

For many organizations, digital marketing is a new undertaking. Associations are looking for how to best staff their organizations, craft campaigns and measure programs in the digital age. This webinar series will help all associations evolve fully into digital (and help corporate marketers new to the association world understand what’s different). 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: HighRoad Solution


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.

<Creative Commons licensed photo by Jeff Few>

Find time and a good place to read this weekend

Thanks to Independence Day, most of us have a four-day work week after the 4th. But I bet many of you will try to cram five days of work into four days. It’s not the ideal time to attend a webinar which explains why no one in the association community, as far as I could tell, scheduled one for this week.

Are you still jonesing for a learning fix? Well, you came to the right person. Here are a few of my favorite association learning spots.

Websites

Associations Now: ASAE’s Associations Now Daily News shows up in my inbox every weekday morning to remind me to check this granddaddy of association media sites. The Editors’ Blogs are always worth reading as are the daily Buzz articles.

The DelCor Connection: If you want to receive regular advice about technology strategy and management from the DelCor consultants, subscribe to this blog. They’ll tell you what you need to know to ensure your technology, processes, and people work together to help your association achieve its goals.

Association Success: This new kid on the block is a collaborative effort from AMS provider Aptify, online community provider Rasa.io, and other partners. They’ve got an online community in addition to the articles on the website—you might recognize a few of the regular contributors.

Newsletters

Sticky Conference: Each edition of this monthly newsletter from conference and trade show consultants, Velvet Chainsaw, is devoted to one challenge or issue. In June, the mix of articles from Velvet Chainsaw’s consultants and other writers focused on attendee data.

Leading Learning: This newsletter from Jeff Cobb and Celisa Steele at Tagoras, an educational consulting firm, provides a curated selection of resources for continuing education and professional development professionals. Their picks are always good reads even if you aren’t in the education business, after all, we’re all lifelong learners.

Association Marketing and More: Marketing consultant Scott Oser reads lots of articles so you don’t have to. Every other week he sends out his selections, a few articles in each of the areas his newsletter covers: marketing, membership, and sales.

Podcasts

I’ve been a podcast junkie for several years now so I’m happy to see more people in the association community venturing into the audio world.

Leading Learning: Yes, Tagoras again! Celisa and Jeff’s podcast is all about next practices in learning. Don’t miss their excellent insight and interviews packed into 30 minutes.

Driving Participation: Another great podcast for our community is hosted by Beth Brodovsky, founder of Iris Creative, a strategic membership communications firm. She and her guests discuss marketing, communications, volunteer management, and other approaches to “driving participation”—“what’s working to get people to show up, stick around and give back.”

If you have favorite blogs, newsletters, podcasts, or webcasts, please let me know in the comments so I can check them out. I’ll feature more of my favorites in a future post.

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.

<Creative Commons licensed photo by Mehal Shah>

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.

Inspiration: Burr Trail, Capital Reef NP

If you host webinars for the association community, here’s a webinar especially for you:

Thu 6/23 at 1 p.m. – How to Leverage Webinars to Fuel Your Marketing & Sales Engine

This HubSpot webinar will teach you how to: attract the right types of registrants to your webinar to ensure the broadcast is well-attended with marketing qualified leads, engage your attendees throughout the webinar to reinforce your message and educate your audience, and influence your attendees after they tune in to take the next step in the sales process. More info/register.

And now, the list of webinars and other events for the association community for the week of June 20. If you’d like me to list your future webinar, please send me the information before Thursday for inclusion in the following week’s list. No product-centric webinars, sorry.


Tue 6/21 at 12 p.m.* – How Meeting Planners Can Change the World

People will always need to meet face to face, but the way meetings are conducted is rapidly changing. Meeting planners need to stay on top of technological advances, corporate initiatives, budget restrictions, attendee expectations, meeting innovations and organizational goals or risk becoming obsolete. Learn the importance of proving your worth and the value of your work, discover simple ways to plan more sustainable meetings, and understand the connection between meeting design and attendee behavior. More info/register.

Host: MPI and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

Presenter: Kristi Casey Sanders, director of digital marketing strategy of Plan Your Meetings @ Meeting Professionals International

*all times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time


Tue 6/21 at 12:30 p.m. – Investigating Employee Misconduct in the Nonprofit Workplace

Knowing when and how to investigate suspected employee misconduct is essential to minimizing your nonprofit’s risk of legal liability and promoting a productive and collegial workplace. When undertaking employee investigations, nonprofit employers need to understand what the law requires, permits, and prohibits, but they also need to understand best practices in this area. Failure to do so can be very dangerous for employers and cause them to miss out on important opportunities. More info/register.

Host: Venable LLP

Presenters:

  • Douglas B. Mishkin, Esq., Partner, Labor and Employment Practice, Venable LLP
  • Alyssa T. Senzel,, Deputy General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Blackboard
  • Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum (moderator), Esq., Partner and Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice, Venable LLP

Tue 6/21 at 1 p.m. – Online Fundraising: Amplify Your Digital Asks

Learn how to amp up your digital fundraising appeals and increase donations with power targeting and superior emails. By creating detailed personas, precise segments, and dead-on messaging, you’ll have better appeals, greater ROI, and increased revenue. 1 CFRE credit. More info/register.

Host: Abila


Tue 6/21 at 2 p.m. – Branding from the Trenches (Association Chat on Blab)

This week, Beth Brodovsky, founder of Iris Creative and the Driving Participation podcast, joins Association Chat host KiKi L’Italien, founder of Amplified Growth, to discuss “branding from the trenches.” Check the Association Chat Facebook group for more information. Participate live or view the recording.


Tue 6/21 at 3 p.m. – DC SAFE (Small Association Forum for Executives)

This monthly discussion group is a complimentary peer roundtable limited to association executives with 9 or fewer employees. More info/register.

Host: ASAE Small Staff Association Committee

Facilitator: Shira Harrington, Founder & President of Purposeful Hire, Inc.


Wed 6/22 at 12 p.m. – 10 PR Tactics to Make Your Events Stand Out from the Crowd
Learn about innovative tactics that can earn attention, spark interest, and inspire journalists from national papers and top bloggers to cover your events. Discover why outreach is so important to any PR campaign, and learn how to write an effective press release. More info/register.

Hosts: Event MB and Bizzabo

Presenter: Michael Chidzey, Marketing Director, event agency Chillisauce


Wed 6/22 at 12 p.m. – Sample Swap for Newsletter Templates

See what other organizations are doing with their email templates and hear feedback for improvements on yours, including newsletters, membership renewal reminders, event mailings, and more. More info/register.

Host: Informz


Wed 6/22 at 2 p.m. – Key Findings from the 2016 Association Email Marketing Benchmark Report

Hear about the latest industry trends in email marketing and marketing automation, key findings from emails sent by associations over the last twelve months, and the role of intelligent targeting and its impact on subscriber engagement. More info/register.

Host: Informz

Presenters: Vivian Swertinski and Chris Scavo, Digital Marketing Strategists at Informz


Wed 6/22 at 2 p.m. – Closing the Millennials Membership Gap: How to Drive Membership with Freemiums and Sticky Membership 

Today’s new crop of Millennial members are looking for more information for free or “freemium” member benefits and demanding that older organizations be up-to-date on all technological offerings. Learn what your association can do to meet these demands while still generating revenue. More info/register.

Host: Altai Systems


Wed 6/22 at 2 p.m. – From Volunteers to Super-Volunteers at Events

Learn how to identify your volunteer program’s strengths, weaknesses and alarming pitfalls in five easy steps that cover volunteer training, job descriptions, evaluation, risk controls, and volunteer management technology. 1 CMP credit. More info/register.

Host: Pathable

Presenter: Florence May, President & Managing Member, The Registration System (TRS)


Wed 6/22 at 2 p.m. – Measuring and Evaluating Your State Legislative Advocacy Program after Sine Die

Learn how your association can assess the final results of your state legislative program priorities upon session adjournment. A panel of experts will discuss how to identify metrics that can be used to improve the performance and results of state advocacy/government relations programs. They will examine how particular advocacy strategies and the metrics used to evaluate them can improve and advance a state legislative program. More info/register.

Host: State Relations Subcommittee of ASAE’s Government Relations Section Council

Presenters:

  • Brian Pallasch, Managing Director, Government Relations, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Randy Dwyer, Director, Grassroots Program Development, American Farm Bureau
  • Justin Thames, Director of Governmental Affairs, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Scott Morris (Moderator), Director of State and Local Affairs, Building Owners & Manager Association International

Wed 6/22 at 2 p.m. – Master the Art of Menus and F&B Spending

Learn clever ways to bring cost savings to your food and beverage programs while simultaneously increasing the quality and presentation. Add superfoods to your menus that accommodate dietary restrictions, fulfill attendees’ organic/farm to table/gluten free. Learn what is hot, what is tried and true, and what is next in the world of food and beverage. More info/register (not sure if this is for members only, let me know if you find out).

Host: PCMA

Presenter: Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, Strategic Meetings & Events


Thu 6/23 at 1 p.m. – Active Shooter

This modified version of United Security’s active shooter training module is designed to provide a clear understanding of the best practices used in preparing for and responding to an active shooter incident. Topics covered include: identifying behavioral indicators of an active shooter, the common characteristics of these incidents, preparedness and target hardening tactics, and response techniques that will keep people safe. More info/register (not sure if this is for members only, let me know if you find out).

Host: IAEE

Presenter: United Security


Thu 6/23 at 1 p.m. – Knowledge with a Purpose: How to Leverage AMS/LMS Integration to Create the Optimum Stakeholder Experience

Develop an understanding of the strategic purposes and roles of various types of learning content and how to maximize their value. Gain insight into the benefits that AMS-LMS integration can deliver that go beyond Single Sign On. Walk away with recommendations on best practices for conceiving and implementing your LMS. 1 CAE credit. More info/register.

Host: ACGI Software

Presenter: Rich Finstein, CEO and Founder of CommPartners


Thu 6/23 at 2 p.m. – The Value of Bullshit-Free Writing

No matter your community role, you need a different perspective when you’re writing for people staring at a screen all day (and nowadays, that’s pretty much everything we write). Your readers have computer and phone screens that are noisy, distracting places. Concentration is difficult, but bullshit-free writing can solve the attention deficit. Learn tips for writing community posts, emails, blogs and anything else in a way that truly stands out. 1 CAE credit. More info/register. <Love his blog — already registered!>

Host: Higher Logic

Presenter: Josh Bernoff, Chief Troublemaker, WOBS


Thu 6/23 at 2:30 p.m. – Online Discussion of DOL Overtime Rule

To help association professionals better understand the changes to the Department of Labor’s final overtime rule, ASAE will host a special Power of A Facebook Live and Periscope session. More info/register.

Host: ASAE

Presenters:

  • Julia Judish, employment lawyer, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Bob Skelton, CAE, chief administrative officer, ASAE

Thu 6/23 at 3 p.m. – Outsourcing Content Management: A 360 Degree View

This webinar will provide a closer look at the pluses and minuses of outsourcing content and entrusting external forces to be the voice for your association. Learn the questions you should ask to determine if outsourcing is right for your association; staffing and other pain points for small, medium and large associations from the 2015 Association Communications Benchmarking Study; what to expect (and not to expect) from an outsource partner vs. an internal hire; and what your expected ROI should look like. More info/register.

Host: Naylor Solutions

Presenters:

  • Jill Andreu, Vice President of Content Strategy and Development, Naylor Association Solutions
  • Liz Richards, Chief Executive Officer, Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association

Thu 6/23 at 6 p.m. – Harness the Power of Content Marketing

Learn the most effective content marketing tactics for small businesses—basic principles should also be applicable to associations. This webinar will cover: what makes content marketing so effective, top content marketing trends in 2016, interactive exercises to practice content marketing, how to create a basic content marketing plan, and free online tools to help you get started. More info/register.

Host:  Infusionsoft

Presenter: Carey Ballard, Director of Content Marketing at Infusionsoft


Fri 6/24 at 9 a.m. – AENC Meeting Planners Round Table

What’s keeping you up at night: contracts, speakers, AV, budgets, sponsors, onsite execution, exhibits, and more? Bring your current “hot button” issue for discussion. Share a problem and help others with solutions that worked for you. Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. 1.5 hours CAE and CMP credit. More info/register.

Facilitator: Jennifer Beam Johnson, CMP, The Johnson Meetings Group

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park, 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham, NC


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.