Never underestimate the power of informal networking groups in your association! Peer-to-peer interaction with people who understand the joys and challenges of your profession is a key benefit. After we attended the Saint Louis Society of Association Executives CEO Special Interest Group this last week, the nuggets shared in just one meeting are worth so much more than the price of membership. The therapeutic value of our interactions, whether a high five or a nod of understanding empathy, is priceless.
The last speaker in the Ignite Session at ASAE19shared a genius travel tip: Forgot your binder clips to close up that teeny tiny sliver of space between the drapes in your hotel room? Not to worry! Re-purpose a skirt hanger from the closet, turn it vertically and clip! Voila…a much darker room, and better sleep.
Opening Keynote Speakers Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, authors of New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyper-Connected World and How to Make it Work for You, suggest, “Focus on your purpose over your brand. Use your new power to help the least powerful. You may not be luminous, but you are a conductor of light.”
Want to get Young Professionals engaged in your association? Consider offering a scholarship to a national conference or meeting. As part of the application process, ask: What it would mean to you to attend? How would you plan on using what you learned? What do you most hope to get out of the experience? Make sure volunteer service to the association is an eligibility requirement. Ask recipients to share what they learned in a video testimonial or as a speaker at future meeting!