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Gardian of the Month: Brian Vigna

The Gardian of the Month is Brian Vigna, Instructional Designer for Event Garde

Q: Learn: What's your favorite part about learning something new?

A: My favorite part of learning something new is the moment it clicks and you suddenly feel like, "this isn't so hard," which is one of the reasons I love teaching.  It allows me to facilitate that aha moment for others.

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

A: It all depends on the situation, I tend to move back and forth from wallflower to natural talker.  If I'm in a loud room with lots of people talking I usually take the backseat, but I have the ability do either.

Q: Transfer: Mentorship - How do you think mentorship aids in knowledge transfer?

A: Working closely with someone to learn a skill is a fantastic method of knowledge transfer.  I was once told by a very influential professor, "be a sponge, find the person with the skills you want and absorb everything they have to offer.  When they have nothing else to offer, move on to the next person".

Q: Please share with us a tool/resource/book/blog/article/website etc., and why you just can’t live without it.

A: Rise and Storyline have completely changed my approach to training and knowledge transfer.  Once upon a time I memorized text books and technical information and taught that in person full time.  Today I spend most of my time as an ID working with SMEs and existing content to create engaging training with the Articulate 360 suite of tools.

Q: Just for Fun: If you could live someone else's life for a day, who would it be, and why?

A: I would probably be an NBA player or a movie star, both have the resources and ability to travel on a whim, eat at the best restaurant, and enjoy the best part of every city they visit.  I would charter a private plane, fly to a cool city I've never been to, like Austin, and try to the best restaurant, the best local brewery, and best local hike/outdoor activity.  Then I would wake up and do it again in another cool city!

Gardian of the Month: Julie Metty Bennett

Julie Metty Bennett, Chief Executive Officer for Public Sector Consultants, is our Gardian of the Month.

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Revenue Diversification: It’s Time to Spread Out Your Eggs!

It’s safe to say we are experiencing an extreme interruption in the normal course of business during the COVID-19 pandemic. And for many associations, this disruption is detrimental to the health of the organization. As we enter the fall, a time when many associations typically hold their annual conferences and launch membership renewal campaigns that bring in the majority of their revenue, COVID-19 is putting the brakes on these efforts and leaving many scrambling to find new revenue streams. Now more than ever, it is time for organizations to get creative and start distributing their eggs into different baskets.

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10 Ways to Provide Value to Your Virtual Event Sponsors and Exhibitors

Check out these 10 ideas for how your association can help your exhibitors and sponsors gain visibility and better engage with their target audience before, during and after your next virtual event.

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Healthcare, we have a problem.

How is it that the place I should be going to be healed, isn’t equipped to handle discussions on racism and its impact on my health? Well, because it is hard to be honest and say, I helped to create this problem. Or help to perpetuate this problem. Or even further, I benefit from this problem. So how do we fix it?

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Centering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthy Aging

Healthy aging. The phrase evokes images of older adults riding bikes, working in a garden or eating healthy foods. Healthy aging is so much more than activities older adults engage in each day. No one wakes up one day in their 60s in sudden good health. Healthy aging is part of the life continuum, meaning it’s influenced by what happens to us across our lifetime and by the conditions in the social and physical environments in which people are born, live, play, and work.

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Implicit Bias: What it is. Why it matters. What can be done about it.

There’s been a lot of conversation in the news and on social media lately about implicit bias, in particular its impact on the actions of police officers. But what are we really talking about when we talk about implicit bias and are there effective strategies to address it?

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