As we expand and add new members to our team, we’ve had to come up with new and creative ways to make space for not only one another to sit and work but also space for people to actually meet.
At Talley Management Group, we use a Chatbot on our website, allowing us to immediately answer our website visitors in real time. We have seen an increase in site visits, engagement and length of time people stay on our pages. Various polls have indicated that 75% of internet users are adopting one or more messenger platforms, especially since they can now be integrated in platforms like Slack, Facebook Messenger and others, allowing the user to reach a wider audience.
At TMG we love our technology. We’re connected to our smartphones, our tablets and our laptops. We hold virtual meetings with clients and staff all over the country and even the world daily. We keep up with the technology trends within and outside of the industry to ensure that we are providing our client partners with the best and most recent technological opportunities available. Like most people however, sometimes we tend to be too attached to our devices and don’t necessarily disconnect as frequently as we need to. After compiling some tactics that our own team uses, we’re sharing the tips and tricks of “disconnecting” that work for us.
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.
I can still remember when the idea of the cloud-based AMS came up in a meeting. Coming from an Association Management Company that worked almost exclusively with a premise based iMIS system, it was intriguing, if not scary. As the past few years have shown us – an open, fast-moving cloud-based AMS system is here to stay. Regardless of budget size, your organization can find a solution that fits. Most of you have probably implemented a new system or have already moved between several of these systems.
We’ve heard that saying before and in the age of hybrid events, virtual meetings, social media and the up and coming Millennial Generation, there seems to be an assumption that the virtual environment is preferred over face-to-face meetings. Not so. Check out this article. In a recent study, "87% of all professionals believe face-to-face meetings are essential for clinching business deals.” 78% of Gen Xers and 80% of Millennials feel the same. Staggering stats. People still crave the emotional, physical connection made when conducting business. This translates to our meetings. Meetings are Business. Even if you are holding an educational conference, there is always some sort of business being conducted, whether through networking, sharing ideas, brainstorming, discussing general business, etc. These impromptu conversations would not happen virtually and usually happen at the coffee station.
That’s not to say technology isn’t important. Attendees like utilizing technology to link to colleagues who were unable to travel to the meeting, share information and include multiple people around the world for discussions. It’s important to balance hybrid and virtual events with face to face meetings. As mentioned above, attendees receive the emotional and physical connection with attendees at a conference and impromptu conversations are more likely to occur when face to face. Yes, costs are higher for a face to face meeting, but the outcome provides an excellent opportunity for ROI. As quoted by a TMG employee, “They may have to spend a little more money to get to our meeting, but a hand shake, eye to eye contact and networking are better.”