Mount Royal, NJ (April 24, 2017) – Talley Management Group, Inc. recently announced the addition of Tierra Cote as a Program Coordinator within it’s Association Management Services Division.
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Spring has sprung here in New Jersey! As we head into spring, I wanted to give everyone a quick update on what we have cooking up here at TMG.
The following is a guest post from Amanda Kaiser. You can check out more great posts from her on her weekly blog for association professionals at SmoothThePath.net or follow her on Twitter @SmoothThePath.
If you volunteer for or are employed by an association, tell me if this sounds familiar, “Our mission is to be the premier provider of education and networking opportunities to serve the needs of our members”. It’s a fine mission, and in most cases it is true. However, this same mission is applicable to 99% of associations and doesn’t truly speak to why your particular association exists. If your mission statement sounds like this one, it might be time to consider changing it. Here are a few tips to bring to the board table when considering a revision:
We have all been there. Hour 3 of an all-day strategic planning board meeting, cell phones come out, and Facebook seems to pop up on a few laptops. The focus shifts from the strategic discussion as a few individuals are diving into the weeds to talk about what cheese we are planning to have at the reception. With all these distractions, it can be difficult to keep everyone focused and on task. How did we get here and how do we get out?
No matter what the core goal or objective of your meeting or event a successful result will inspire, engage, bring together, and/or educate your attendees. If you are organizing the US Open, a city-wide convention or a corporate event, securing sponsorships not only brings in added revenue and the ability to enhance the overall attendee experience but also can increase value and opportunity for both the sponsors and participants alike. With the ever increasing pressure to increase revenue and lower expenses meeting professionals are continually looking for creative ways to leverage sponsorships.
You’ve probably heard of the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. Mr. Fulghum wrote about the value of the basic skills taught in Kindergarten. Communication Skills- Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing are skills that we learn and practice in Kindergarten. As a former Kindergarten teacher myself, I can tell you that these skills do not come naturally and we practiced them daily. Improving your communication skills can make a big impact on what kind of impression you make with people in your work environment. I don’t consider myself an expert communicator as I am still practicing those skills I learned in Kindergarten. I intend to share effective communication that I have recognized through the years as best communication practices in a work environment.
We all know diversity is a great thing. It brings together a range of opinions, ideas and perspectives that drive progress. As your organization continues to find new ways to innovate and engage its members, it should also be focusing on understanding its own diversity, both at the Board level and the members at-large.
Can you imagine being a member of an organization and not quite sure on what it stands for? Would you feel like you belonged or would you feel motivated to assist that organization in reaching its goals? If you are like me, then of course not, you would question why you even joined. Membership retention and engagement is indeed one of the greatest challenges most membership based organizations face.
Ah, the dreaded Millennials—Gen Y—Gen “Me”. Sometimes suited with the outfit of “lazy, entitled, technology reliant youth”, what is it that makes this generation so different and difficult to understand? This group of individuals, born between the years of 1980 and 2000, number anywhere between 52.8 and 86 million and are said to be more than 50% of the workforce by 2020. The largest generation thus far in our history will prove to be the most lucrative marketing opportunity yet, begging the question, how do you tap into their needs and wants?