Engage People

Aug
03

Are you going to ASAE Annual?

Calling all ASAE Annual attendees and YAP Nation! You are invited to YAP’s Annual Network-FEST, following in the footsteps of some incredible parties over the years hosted at ASAE Annual. This YAP yearly event promises to be a night of networking, revelry, and memory-making. Anybody in the association and hospitality industries will have the opportunity […]

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Aug
02

Engagement in action: Key takeaways from EAF

We’ve all been sent event feedback surveys, asking us politely about our experience and collecting comments, concerns and suggestions for improvement. It’s usually difficult to fill these in, especially because we often aren’t sure what we even wanted, what we should have expected, or what we would prefer – let alone how to articulate it. […]

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Aug
01

Can association make their members happier at work?

I am almost exclusively a non-fiction reader, and my favorite books are the ones that reshape my way of thinking. For instance, “Power of Habit” taught me how to be the master of my own routine, while “Abundance” opened my eyes to the technologies that will forever change the way we interact with the world. More recently, […]

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Jul
14

Why your current members are your best tools for getting new ones

A membership should be used. Much like joining a gym, becoming a member of an association offers you an enormous range of opportunities and benefits; if you actively use them. If you don’t hit the gym on a regular basis, you won’t see any results. That means a healthy membership demands consistent exercise by actively […]

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Jul
11

What do shared values tell us about our members?

The association space is distinctly diverse with membership comprising a huge variety of industries, each with their specific concerns, priorities and struggles. Yet we all share the mutual goal of understanding, engaging, and communicating with our members. While it is important to attend to the differences that make your association, and its members, unique, there is […]

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Jun
15

Does your conference need a networking facilitator?

Are you asking yourself… what the heck is a networking facilitator? I would have asked the same question 10 years ago. But modern conference goals and a good bit of research suggest that one of the most impactful parts of your conference may be the choice to add a networking facilitator to your schedule. Quality […]

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Jun
13

Mind the engagement gap

Millennials became the majority of the workforce in 2015 and, ever since, many leaders have treated their arrival much like they would if aliens had landed in New York City – with fear and skepticism and, often, a defensive stance. But the real reason why everyone has questioned, disliked and avoided the Millennials isn’t because […]

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Jun
07

7 more low-cost ways to boost conference engagement

We already talked about five ways association meeting planners can plan events to create more and better conversations amongst participants, making for a more engaging experience. Find seven more ideas for creating engaging events below! 6. GET PEOPLE TO MOVE We’ve all heard sitting is the new smoking. So, get people to move! Teach people […]

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Jun
01

5 low-cost ways to boost engagement at your next conference

There has been a rise in “unconferences” at meetings of late in response to meeting delegates increasingly shunning lecture-style, didactic conferences. Google explains an unconference as “a loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.” The thought of planning a completely […]

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May
23

Why first impressions matter for members

Mindset is a funny thing. Once we have made up our minds about something, even unconsciously, that decision informs every subsequent interaction we have with it. Whether it’s an adult wrinkling up their nose at a steaming plate of broccoli as they flashback to their first childhood encounter with the offending vegetable, or your parents being […]

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