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Gardian of the Month: Elisabet Harrell

Our Gardian of the Month is Elisabet Harrell, Director of Product Development and Meeting Services with CGi LLC.

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

I’ve always learned best when I can control my environment, so I’ve never done well in a coffee shop setting. That said, there is always coffee. I adapt my learning style to what I’m trying to learn. If I’m trying to comprehend something content-rich, my cone of silence goes up while I dig in. If I’m learning a new technology or something that’s more interactive, I prefer to have an external input – usually some music blaring in the next room. I primarily work from my home office, and my family has told me they can tell my “library mode” with just one look at my furrowed brow. They are (usually) happy to accommodate me!

Network: What's your number one networking trick?

Networking tricks are so specific to a person’s inherent disposition. I’m naturally more of an introverted empath, so networking has always felt awkward for me. It also means I’m highly attuned to others that feel the same way and gravitate toward alleviating their experience. I do genuinely enjoy getting to know people and developing professional relationships, so the tricks that work best for me to do this include one-on-one conversation, listening, expressing curiosity, and being present. But my number one trick is to ask for introductions when possible. These first-degree connections provide you with an instant commonality. 

Transfer: What resources/tools do you find most helpful in helping you retain knowledge? 

I think most people retain information best using elaboration – connecting information, ideas, experiences, to what you already know. Information doesn’t become retained as knowledge until you’ve personalized it. The most simplistic form of this can just be doing or applying what you’ve learned.

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

I’m a greedy reader and love to get information from as many sources as possible. I’m passionate about the science behind the why and how of decision making and learning. My job fundamentally boils down to problem solving, so understanding these basics makes things more fun and allows for constant evolution. I find myself returning to the first books of Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point) and Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene) frequently as the applicability of their theories are boundless.

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

Here is where I should say pumpkin spice lattes – but I’m with that small, unpopular group who has an aversion! Truly, my favorite thing about fall are the traditions that come with it for our family. There’s some serenity that comes with planting the mums, carving the pumpkins, raking the leaves, and spending time with extended family.

Gardian of the Month: Dilhara Muthukuda

Dilhara Muthukuda is our Gardian of the Month.  Find out her strategy for helping someone learn a difficult topic, how she thinks that mentorship aids in knowledge transfer and a resource she can't live without.

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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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Gardian of the Month: Danielle Guty

Danielle Guty is our Gardian of the Month - she shares a great knowledge transfer tip as well as some helpful resources in this month's feature. 

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By: Peggy Hoffman | Dec, 24 2021

Opening the Door to Volunteers

Recently, an association pro began a Collaborate discussion with the question “are associations seeking a reduction of volunteers interested in board or officer positions?” Volunteer burn-out is real and for many associations, we saw that with increasing clarity in the past 18-months. But not all responding said yes. What’s the difference between associations struggling and those succeeding?

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By: | Dec, 17 2021

2022: A Year of Voice, Listening, & Possibility

As we come into 2022, we find a populace that is tired. It feels like 2021, while different, was in some ways a continuation of 2020. Successful associations in the coming year will not just need adaptive systems and differentiated value – they will need to demonstrate an incredible, authentic depth of care for humanity.  Lowell Aplebaum shares a few 2022 predictions that can bring this into focus.

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Which Is Your Strategic Pricing Objective?

When potential clients go to Pricing for Associations and ask how they should price a specific product or service, one of the first questions they have to return is “What is your strategic pricing objective?”

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