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Gardian of the Month: Alissa Parady

Our Gardian of the Month is Alissa Parady, Executive Director for the International Hearing Society (IHS) and National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).

Learn: How do you learn best? In a coffee shop with lots of noise or in a quiet, library-like setting?  

I am most productive in a quiet environment, but in terms of learning, I am highly visual.  I am a printer!  I prefer working with hard copies of documents so I can take notes, read and re-read, and absorb.

Network: Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers.  Which are you (or are you in the middle)?  

I’d consider myself to fall somewhere in the middle.  Sometimes I may prefer to sit back and absorb, but when around my members and people in hearing care, I want to connect, talk, and learn from them!

Transfer: Let's say that you just attended a certification course.  What would be your first step in applying what you learned?  

I would likely try testing new theories and ideas by discussing them with my staff leadership team and asking them how they might apply or react to the new idea.  If there is no organizational buy-in, a new idea may simply fall flat, even if it’s a good one.

Please share with us a resource and why you can’t live without it.  

When I stepped into the executive director role after leading IHS’ government affairs efforts, I felt one area of significant importance to gain insight on is leadership and staff development, so I’ve been listening to podcasts and reading books about how to be an effective leader and support staff.  Presently I’m reading “Think Again” by Adam Grant, and have gleaned some inspiration and affirmation from Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead podcast in these early months.

Just for Fun: What's your favorite thing about Summer?  

Having my daughter home for the summer and reconnecting with her, as well as forcing myself to take some time off for summer vacation and disconnecting for a bit.

In Event Planning…We’re All on the Same Team

In basketball, you win as a team, and you lose as a team. It doesn’t matter if you personally play your best game, if you aren’t supporting each other and working together as a team, you won’t be successful. This is true of events too! 

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Breaking Down the Many Faces of Meeting Software (in VR)

Pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual tools for business communication. Now we live in a remote-first society that demands better ways of connecting online. Here we explore what Virtual Reality is, and the many forms that it comes in to help us connect with others remotely.

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Gardian of the Month: Ahliba Toffa

Ahliba Toffa is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, her go-to networking tip, the resource she can't live without and a little-known fact about her!

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By: Shannon Lockwood | Sep, 9 2022

Aligning Your Venue Space, Content, and Experience Goals

You’ve just begun digging into the planning process for your organization’s next event. The venue contract was signed months (or even years!) ago, and you’re beginning to align the existing components of your event within the contracted space grid. And suddenly, a colleague comes in with their next BIG IDEA… and “the plan” goes out the window…

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By: Krista Rowe | Sep, 2 2022

How the Questions We Ask Effect Our Work

Often as facilitators we create questions to get to a particular outcome, to the extent that it guides the conversation in a narrow direction. Being clear about our own agenda for a question - the ways in which all questions are loaded and are directly connected to our own worldview – is super important.

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Forces Impacting Our Success: MSAE Members Complete PESTLE Analysis

During the Michigan Society of Association Executives, members and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a facilitated exercise to identify and explore current forces at play that are affecting them and their organizations. Following is an overview of those sessions led by Event Garde team members, along with the strategic insights and actionable business intelligence association leaders can apply to their work immediately.

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