Keeping employees happy to come to work every day isn’t easy. It is driven by the foundation and core of the company and works outward. AssociationsNow posted a great article today about positive culture in the workplace and TMG thought it would be the perfect time to share how it continually works on being a place where people are both happy and proud to work.
Topics: Professional Development, Recruitment, Retention, Core Values, Culture, Thought Leadership, Mission, Purpose, association management company, positive change, employee appreciation, internal communications
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.
Topics: AMC, Association Management, Professional Development, Gregg Talley, Thought Leadership, Associations, Chief Executive, Chief Staff Officer, Speakers, Mentoring, association management company
Since social media management became popular and then, essentially, part of my job, I have seen a lot of changes, trends and missteps. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve been companies and associations make is discounting being on and effectively using LinkedIn. Too many times I have heard business owners, board members and even professionals say, “Yeh, we’re on LinkedIn, but we don’t do anything with it because we don’t have that many followers.” Those words are like pins in my eye. They hurt. So many messages are going unheard because there are still so many people who really don’t understand the power of LinkedIn.
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.
This month was an exciting one here at Talley, we had our annual Bug Out event that we hosted at our headquarters this year. Many employees brought family members to share in on the fun, which included food trucks, the moon bounce, hula hoop contests and all-around fun. Thank you to Ashley Duffy for organizing and Gregg Talley for hosting another fantastic family friendly event where the Talley team was able to come together and enjoy the summer fun. We were even able to raise money for ASPCA during the event from our employees, and we will continue to do so throughout August in the office.
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.