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Gardian of the Month: James Bell III

Our Gardian of the Month is James Bell III, Founding Principal of Just Solutions LLC.

Learn: How do you learn best?

I love a lot of natural lighting. I've had success at Michigan State's library on the 2nd floor to be specific, but can also get the job done at a local coffee shop. I'm also an avid people watcher 😊

Network: What's your number one networking trick?

Be authentic - I find it harder to connect with someone if I feel like I'm not being myself.

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

I need a good soundtrack. I tend to remember more information when I can tie it back to a memory and in most cases that's a song. I recently did a talk on Privilege in the Social Work profession and Think Twice by Donald Byrd became the anthem of choice.

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

As of late I would say Canva - I love how user friendly it is and makes me feel like I can really do graphic design.

Just for Fun: What is your favorite season and why?

Definitely autumn. I may be the only person who says autumn in full, but I'm a fan of the layers and the leaves. 

By: Allison Laux | Aug, 12 2022
Associations

Findings of 2022 Non-Profit Survey on Value Proposition

Halmyre has released their latest report: Growing Value: Findings of Halmyre's Non-Profit Value Proposition Survey. This is based on the 2022 survey of Non-Profit Executives about value proposition, member engagement, pricing strategy, and data intelligence. Here are two highlights from the learning.

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Developing a Site Visit Itinerary

With sky high flight prices, travel delays, and lost luggage, it’s more important than ever to ensure every site visit is productive, efficient, and flexible. Here are 5 steps to guarantee that you are crafting a worthwhile itinerary for your group.

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By: Kara Nacarato | Jul, 29 2022
Meetings

Flexibility and Creativity: The Key to Event Planning

As we prepare to kick off the busy fall conference season, we are continuously reminded that despite the resurgence of in-person events, the way we plan and execute events continues to require more flexibility…with a side of creativity.

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Designing impactful instructor-led learning experiences with the millennial in mind

When it comes to offering face-to-face learning experiences, such as a day-long interactive workshop or a 75-minute breakout session at a conference, associations must carefully consider the millennial learner’s needs and expectations.

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Gardian of the Month: Luke Whalin

Luke Whalin is our Gardian of the Month! He shares his favorite part of learning something new, his go-to networking tip, the tools that help him retain knowledge and shares which animal's life he would like to live! 

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15 Best Practices for Virtual Site Visits

In partnership with ConferenceDirect, I recently began exploring and conducting virtual site visits. Based upon our recent experiences sourcing a number of venues for national events, following are 15 best practices for making the most of your virtual site visits.

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