Engage People

May
05

Need help with that? Consider full-circle mentoring

When we hear the word mentorship, we typically think of someone seasoned walking along someone who is less experienced and seeking to learn from their wisdom and mistakes, and that would be correct — as one aspect of mentorship. The reality is mentoring is all about relationships, and there are plenty of relationships we can […]

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Apr
28

4 keys to ensure your virtual events are actually engaging

Editor’s note: This blog post originally ran on Elisa Pratt’s LinkedIn page.  Here in the United States, we are potentially in only the early stages of this global health crisis, and I have already reached my limit. Like you, I’m being barraged by literally hundreds of virtual event invitations! I can’t take any more boring […]

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Apr
23

How COVID-19 has made transparency more important than ever

As COVID-19 continues to halt business as usual and raise questions about the futures of many organizations, employees world-wide are looking to leadership for guidance. In a time when answers are few and questions are many, clarity and accessibility from leadership are important qualities to have in our organizations. Executive coach Christopher Salem believes that […]

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Apr
22

How to grow your online community

Online communities need to be seeded at the right time in the right soil then watered, weeded, pruned, and nurtured with care to ensure they thrive and produce good fruit.  These insights were gathered when the National Digital Roundtable brought together a group of nonprofit and association experts to trade their secrets to the success […]

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Apr
21

The world is more than ‘members’ and ‘non-members’

If there’s one thing the last couple of months as global citizens has taught us, it’s that things are a heck of a lot more complicated than we may have liked to think at the beginning of 2020.  Even going to the grocery store to pick up some extra milk isn’t as straightforward as it […]

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Apr
15

How to hold a strategic planning session virtually

Replacing that one- or two-day in-person strategy session with a virtual process may seem far fetched. But it is possible. And, not just possible, but practical.  With modern technology and a good facilitation plan, you can still bring people together to think strategically and co-create for the future. In fact, in this uncertain environment, strategy […]

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Apr
14

12 tips for interviewing a job candidate you can’t meet in person

As COVID-19 continues to stun the world, many organizations have had no choice but to leave behind the comfort of their offices and adapt to the reality of working from home. Even though many of us are mandated to stay home, most organizations cannot afford to indefinitely pause their business.  As the show must go […]

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Apr
10

When COVID-19 cancels your event days before it’s supposed to begin

Steve de Haan did not have a pleasant stay in Margaritaville. As president and CEO of The International Warehouse Logistics Association in Des Plaines, Ill., de Haan’s  week of infamy began the night of Wednesday, March 11. Let’s let him tell the story: We called ahead that morning before our flight from Chicago to San […]

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Apr
09

How to pivot to virtual in real time

Nearly every association, nonprofit, and business in general has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but perhaps none more so than those holding spring and summer meetings and conferences. While these are challenging times, challenges also enable us to rise to the occasion and demonstrate true leadership. Those organizations that recognize the need to […]

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Apr
07

Act fast, act first when rescheduling covid-disrupted events

Having dealt with the tremendous consternation surrounding the planning and execution of meeting planning during these difficult and uncertain times created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hugh Lee, president of Focus Productions, can speak from experience. Lee last month postponed his DigitalNOW conference, set for April 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center. The annual event […]

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