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Event Garde Celebrates 10 Years of Client Success

In December 2011, with the goal of planning large association conferences for multiple concurrent clients, I launched Event Garde. In honor of these 10 years, we looked under the hood at just a few of the numbers to help illuminate just how far we’ve come and the mark we’ve left on the association industry (so far).

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Renovating Your Strategic Plan Virtually - Part 1: Understanding the Basics

Most associations view strategic planning as a necessary evil and cringe when the three years are up and it’s time to do another plan. Over time Boards can become jaded and skeptical of the strategic planning process, “We waste time and money on developing a plan and it never goes anywhere”. If this sounds familiar, your association is starting with an ineffective plan and/or flawed process to implement. This 3-part series will help you renovate your strategic plan so volunteers can once again get excited about the process and see actual results.

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Leveraging Technology in Virtual Facilitations

​We have entered a “new normal” where much of our facilitation work is being done in the virtual environment. This leads to new challenges and barriers, but also opportunity. There are a vast number of options of new or under-utilized technologies we can begin to leverage - let’s explore a few of them.

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Listening to Lead

​Most of us are familiar with a traditional leadership model, a bureaucratic one that leads from the top down. Decisions are made from the leaders and passed down the line to be implemented. While this leadership style has its place and purpose, in facilitation work we often challenge people to embrace a different leadership style. One that’s purpose is to seek input from all and decisions owned by the group.

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By: Lindsay Gross | Feb, 21 2020
Facilitation

Am I there yet?

Due to its complexity, facilitation requires continuous self-monitoring and assessment in order to identify areas of needed growth and improvement. Utilizing the International Association of Facilitators and the Technology of Participation assessments as a guide, Event Garde worked to identify eight domains that facilitators can use to assess themselves.

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By: | Feb, 14 2020
Facilitation

5 Tips for Better Focus Groups

While many think focus groups are an easy way to get feedback from members, it’s more than meets the eye (like most things in Associations!) Here are five quick tips to make your next focus groups the best they can be.

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