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Gardian of the Month: Jenny Hill

Q & A with Jenny Hill, manager for social communications at Event Garde.

Q: Learn: Let’s say you’re studying for a big exam. Are you a crammer, or do you like to plan ahead?

A: I’m a plan ahead crammer.  I schedule time to study right before the exam – say, the last two days before the exam.  I find that I can apply myself to the task at hand more when I’m under a time crunch. 

Q: Network: Social media or face-to-face? Which form of networking is better and why?

A: I’m not a natural networker. As an introvert, I find it easier to network through social media – at first.  I enjoy building a relationship before actually meeting someone face-to-face. For me, this helps soothe my shy and nervous natural state. That being said, I do enjoy the experience when I finally get to meet someone in person.

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

A:  I am a hands-on learner – anything that I can learn through actually doing it will have a significantly higher retention rate.  I suppose, then, that the tool would be my hands.

Q: Please share with us you can’t live without.

A:  If I’m being totally honest, it would be Google. If I’m working in a program and need to find out how to do something, I’ve found that asking Google is a huge time saver. There’s a whole wide world out there and I’m not afraid to ask it when I need help.

Q: Would you rather swim in a pool, lake or ocean…and why? 

A: A pool 100 percent! I’m not a fan of the unknown, and do not appreciate something unexpected touching me – be it seaweed or otherwise!

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To ignite some creative thinking among your team, here are just some innovation bright spots to elevate the attendee experience that Aaron has experienced first-hand that you might consider adapting and adopting for those in-person meetings and events on your horizon. 

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Dr. Michael Tatonetti walks through a High-Low exercise that your team can use to quickly determine the value of individual member benefits (or any product your association offers) has for your members.

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By: Aaron Wolowiec | Oct, 1 2021
Meetings

10 Hotel Challenges to Overcome During Your Next Event

Having attended, planned and facilitated a number of in-person meetings over the last couple of months, following are 10 hotel challenges Aaron experienced that you should be aware of and plan to overcome as you work on fall and winter events.

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By: Walt Phillips | Sep, 24 2021
Associations

7 Practical Ways to Design a Better Association Strategy

Strategic planning is one of the most important but intimidating parts of association work. The extent to which your association achieves your goals, and how quickly, depends in large part upon the thoroughness of your strategic plan. There are many factors to consider when designing a calculated association strategy that can guide your association in the short, medium and long term. Here’s advice for thoughtfully assembling a better association strategic plan.

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11 Safe Meeting Observations from the Front Line

Having recently planned and facilitated a number of in-person meetings and events for a variety of clients and industries, Aaron Wolowiec shares 11 stand-out observations for keeping your members and attendees both safe and comfortable.

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Gardian of the Month: Steven Stout

Steven Stout, Executive Director for the Texas Society of Association Executives. is our Gardian of the Month.

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