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The Gardian Blog, featured in Alltop and Association Universe, serves as a rich content library that illuminates topics and issues of importance to the association community, particularly as they relate to professional development.

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By: Shannon Lockwood | Jan, 27 2023

Practical and Inspirational Takeaways from Expo! Expo! and Convening Leader

Shannon Lockwood takes time to stop and reflect on the incredible takeaways and aha moments from the business events professionals and thought leaders who spoke at this year’s Expo! Expo! and Convening Leaders conferences. Here are some of her takeaways.

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Gardian of the Month: Kris Mayo

Kris Mayo is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, networking advice for wallflowers, her go to resource and what she would title a book about her life!

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By: Kara Nacarato | Jan, 13 2023
Health

Workout For Good

​How are you going to make this your year to beat the odds and finally meet, and sustain, your workout goals? We’ve come up with a few simple tips to help you along the way.

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5 Facilitated Conversations You Can’t Afford to Put Off in 2023

As Aaron returned to a regular work schedule this week, it occurred to him that now’s the time to both reflect on our current level of facilitation knowledge and confidence, as well as take stock in those important conversations we need to have before we get too far into the minutia of the day-to-day meetings and tasks that are almost inevitably creeping into our calendars. Here are the five must-have conversations.

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Shaking Up Your Volunteer Strategy

The handwriting has been on the wall – associations have consistently failed to fully resource their volunteer systems.  We have in the past 2 years innovated our education and digital strategies, our decision-making models and our workplaces. To a certain degree, we innovated our member engagement strategy as well – and left the volunteer strategy to age another year.  Here's a new volunteer management model for 2023 and what it looks like.

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2023: Plan to Disrupt

2023 is the year leaders will benefit from disruption in the association sector. This post looks at three disruptions and how associations can turn discomfort into benefits to better focus on members, manage operations and invest wisely.

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