Good Reads You Might Have Missed: Better Panel Discussions

Perfecting the panel discussion can feel like a dark art, but it doesn’t have to. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Panel discussions—already a challenge to get right—have only gotten more complicated in the virtual format. But just because panels have a reputation for being a bit dry doesn’t mean you can’t consider new ideas to keep them fresh and vibrant. (One thing you should...

 

 

A Successful, Drama-Free Way to Raise Member Dues

The end of the year is approaching, and many association professionals are thinking about whether to raise dues—and by how much. Many organizations paused increases during the pandemic, but now it’s time to weigh the options. Here’s one association’s success story. Truth be told, many people would rather think about anything else besides when to raise membership dues or how to do it. But with...

 

 

Four Strategies to Make Your DEI Messaging Clear to Members

Your association may be doing a lot of work on diversity, equity, and inclusion—but your members may not be aware of it. Here are some ideas to ensure that your DEI messaging matches your efforts. Diversity, equity, and inclusion needs to go beyond talk. But if you don’t talk about what your association is doing to improve, you might be undermining your own work. Signs show that many...

 

 

Reopening of U.S. Borders Is a Key Step for Association Events

For nearly 20 months, COVID-19-related restrictions have kept international travelers from attending events in the United States. With those bans lifted on November 8, organizations are looking forward to again welcoming international attendees.   After nearly 20 months of pandemic-related travel bans, the U.S. government lifted international border restrictions on November 8, allowing...

 

 

Bad Days, Burnout, and Mental Health Struggles: Understand the Difference

  There are key differences between burnout, mental health conditions that might look like burnout, and bad days. Knowing which is which can help you better assist your employees. Burnout, burnout, burnout: People are talking about it on a scale not seen before. But while burnout means a very specific thing—a long-term loss of enthusiasm and energy that leads to lower performance—it...

 

 

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