In May, TMG announced its a new joint venture with the an award-winning firm, plan it! that specializes in conference and event planning; association management and consulting; and loyalty and engagement strategies. TMG and plan it! have been working together to enhance and expand the association management services available to new or existing Indian associations and global organizations wishing to grow the Indian market, creating Vraata. As anyone can imagine, this has been a very exciting time for both partners as we’ve had the chance to watch this concept become a reality.
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This past December, I had the privilege of facilitating a panel at the Dubai Association Conference (DAC), an event that promotes dialogue and offers educational sessions for associations interested in exploring opportunities in the Middle East Region. Our session, Building Your Career Path, covered the ever-evolving world of professional development and how planning one’s career and achieving progressive learning through certification can be a game changer in career advancement and growth.
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What is association management? That was the main question today asked of students within Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). Joe Sapp, of Talley Management Group and Kyle Fernley of Fernley and Fernley, representing the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives (MASAE) presented to a classroom of students about what association management is, how they can find a career in the industry and how MASAE can be an organization for the them to engage with.
A successful association board of directors has an eye to the future. They understand the strategic needs of the association, both short and long-term. One area that can sometimes fall outside of the normal strategic discussion is succession planning. Having an established succession plan ensures the long-term success of the association.
If you work with an association, you know that collaborating with volunteers located around the country or even the world is an everyday occurrence—and, at times, a challenge. Volunteer leaders of associations have day jobs and busy schedules, after all, which makes it more critical to ensure efficient and effective communication and making the most out of the times we can get everyone on the phone together! We at Talley Management know how vital collaboration between volunteers is to an association’s well-being and future, which is why we’re dedicating this post to some of our favorite tools for organizing successful and seamless online board or committee meetings.
For those associations who have a calendar based membership, you are facing down another member retention campaign. Why do we do this to ourselves? The end of the year always means fighting with holiday budgets, time out of the office and lots of other things grabbing the attention of our members.
Relevance is a challenge facing associations everywhere. How do you deliver value that keeps current members engaged while also drawing in new faces? There is a seemingly never-ending search for alternate sources of non-dues revenue and new programs to attract the younger demographic. With shrinking budgets, reduced resources and volunteers who have day jobs to focus on, however, staying relevant can seem like an impossible task. It can make associations wonder if there are any feasible opportunities for growth.
One type of program that continues to grow in popularity with associations is certification. More associations are seeing a gap they can fill between formal education and professional development to help drive workforce development. Before an association can make the decision to adopt a certification program, it is important to understand what it is and how it differs from a certificate program.
A board of directors is a critical component of any organization, and we’re doing a series of articles exploring the board and its responsibilities. Our next article in the series sheds light on the role of the all-important board secretary.
The chief executive requires the support of staff to implement any initiatives requested by the board of directors as effectively and efficiently as possible. Staff report directly to and are managed directly by the chief staff officer, not the Board of Directors. This is a very important distinction as you build your organizational chart and develop appropriate board-staff relationships. This week, we look at the role of that support staff. Where and how they are engaged is important to understanding the dynamics of an association and how they operate. While there are differences in the responsibilities of staff depending on their roles and the needs of the society, this is an overview of that general role.
What is the current state of association management? What has been the biggest game changer over the last few years in association management and where are we heading? The Association Management Professionals from Talley Management Group tackle these questions and more this week in our latest video.