Category: Association Industry 101

Association Newcomer: Exploring Roles & Career Opportunities

Whether you’re looking to make a difference in an industry or simply want to be a part of a mission-driven organization, career opportunities in the association space can satisfy that need. But if you’ve never heard of the industry – and trust us, there are plenty who haven’t – how do you get started and what jobs […]

How Do You Get CAE Credits?

For association professionals, credentials are the pinnacle of success – and nothing says you made it quite like adding CAE to your bio. The Certified Association Executive certification is one of the highest standards in the association management industry and requires passing an exam and a dedication to continuing education.  So how do you get it, […]

Association Newcomer: Understanding Organizational Structures

Organizational structures vary depending on the association. While there are some organizations with hundreds of employees representing huge industries, others are almost entirely volunteer-led and represent a regional or highly specialized profession.  What’s important to remember is that the size of the staff is not as important as the structure and efficiency with which the […]

Association Newcomer: Types of Associations

The association world is an eclectic industry filled with organizations of all shapes and sizes, in just about every industry and with different goals and focuses. However, most organizations often fall into one of three categories – professional, trade and social.  In our second association newcomer post, we’ll dive into these different types of associations […]

Association Newcomer: What Is an Association?

So you just got a job at an association. Congratulations!  Joining a mission-focused organization can be a rewarding experience allowing you to truly make a difference and enact change for an industry or group of people. However, for folks just entering the association space, this can be an entirely new world with its own unique […]

Essential Interview Questions for Board of Directors

The board of directors plays a significant role in the operation and direction of organizations. They are responsible for guiding the association financially and culturally and are often tasked with selecting the CEO. Because this role impacts the present and future of an organization, choosing the right board members is essential – and finding the […]

5 Ways To Increase Association Membership Renewals

While association recruitment strategies are vital for keeping the organization growing, evolving, and adopting fresh ideas, we can’t forget about retention. Without retained members, monthly revenue will be unpredictable, and the association’s culture will be kaput. As the adage goes, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.”  Recruiting […]

Steal the Template: Welcome Letter to New Members

Think back to the last time you joined a new group, professional or otherwise — it was probably a little intimidating. Everyone seemingly already knows one another and what to expect, and the unknown can be a bit scary. It feels a little bit like showing up to a party where you don’t know anyone […]

The 3 Questions Every Board Meeting Should Start With

Board meetings — extremely necessary and well-meaning — can become a seemingly useless formality when they’re not correctly managed and planned.  As we all saw with the COVID-19 pandemic, the world can change in an instant. It is vitally important for your board to be prepared, communicative and aware of what is going on in […]

How to Welcome New Members to Your Association

Think back to the last time you joined a new group, professional or otherwise. Whether it was an intramural sports team, professional association, or hobby club, it was probably a little intimidating. Everyone seemingly already knows one another and what to expect, and the unknown can be a bit scary — especially attending your first […]

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