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Education Strategy: Moving Forward with Intention

As we approach the close of 2021, this is an ideal time to focus our intentionality on how we approach our slate of educational programming and how we want to move forward into 2022. But in a time when we have gotten used to reacting to what’s thrown at us, how can we approach our menu of programs, products, and services with strategic rather than reactive thinking?

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By: Walt Phillips | Sep, 24 2021
Associations

7 Practical Ways to Design a Better Association Strategy

Strategic planning is one of the most important but intimidating parts of association work. The extent to which your association achieves your goals, and how quickly, depends in large part upon the thoroughness of your strategic plan. There are many factors to consider when designing a calculated association strategy that can guide your association in the short, medium and long term. Here’s advice for thoughtfully assembling a better association strategic plan.

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11 Safe Meeting Observations from the Front Line

Having recently planned and facilitated a number of in-person meetings and events for a variety of clients and industries, Aaron Wolowiec shares 11 stand-out observations for keeping your members and attendees both safe and comfortable.

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8 Tips to Build Diverse and Inclusive Virtual Events

Building an inclusive, open, and diverse event is crucial in keeping your audience engaged. Here are some of the top and best practices you can follow to do just that!

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Do My Competitors Matter?

“When it comes to pricing and value propositions for our association’s products, do our competitors matter?” That's the question that we're going to tackle in this article.

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The Purpose of Pricing

When it comes to value in pricing, it is not about greed. Many associations think that if they discuss pricing, their members will see them as greedy, especially because we are nonprofit organizations. The reality is that our pricing is directly related to our financial sustainability, and our financial sustainability is what equips us to walk out our mission. 

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