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By: Jamie Notter | Dec, 11 2020

Where Will You Be Three Months from Now?

In the association world, we tend to think in annual increments. Of course 2020 taught us some of the dangers of that annual bias and about three months in we went into "crisis mode". We tend not to look back and evaluate what worked and what didn’t, so if we’re not careful, we’ll miss the key lessons behind our success and eventually slip back into our old ways. One of those key lessons was to stop thinking annually, and started thinking in two- to six-month windows.

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By: Peggy Hoffman | Dec, 4 2020

Will Chapters Be Relevant in 2021?

Peggy Hoffman explores the outlook for chapters in 2021 as well as lessons learned this year. She also notes the calls for action associations must take if chapters are part of your strategy to assure success. Also included are six opportunities for component strategies for most associations to consider in 2021.

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Now is the Time to Explore New Digital Non-Dues Revenue Streams

Associations have a unique opportunity to quickly evolve their communications approach to become more digital-centric. In turn, the addition of more digital communications allows you to open up more advertising opportunities, keeping your non-dues revenue streams flowing so operations can continue through the worst of this current crisis and prepare you for any that may come in the future. However, as you explore new digital communications your association can offer, keep these things in mind.

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The Show Can Still Go On

​The association industry has seen many events canceled or postponed in the past three months, but, thanks to virtual learning, the show can still go on. Follow these steps to get your virtual show on the road.

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Maximizing Your Budget with Volunteers

​Many small staff associations have big ideas but aren’t always able to execute due to a lack of resources, staff, time – or all of the above. Now is the time to learn how to do more with less by really engaging your volunteers.

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3 Things Associations Should Focus on in 2020

​We’re predicting more smart use of technology in 2020 that will allow for more diverse voices to be included in association initiatives and strategies. With the goal of a more inclusive membership experience for all in mind, here are three things associations should focus on in 2020.

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