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Gardian of the Month: John Bacon

Our Gardian of the Month is John Bacon, Vice President, Account Management for Naylor Association Solutions!

Learn: Let's say you're helping your child or friend with some homework.  What's your strategy for helping them learn a difficult topic?

Finding ways to relate it to something that interests that person so it resonates differently.

Network: Tell us about one of your favorite personal or professional networks.  What makes it special?

PACE Center for Girls Alachua - It’s such a great organization and a great opportunity to be a male presence for the girls there. That organization does so much for the girls in the community, it’s an honor to serve on the board.

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

The knowledge transfer, to me, is the end result of good mentorship. It allows you to pass on things that you’ve learned in hopes that your mentee shares that information with someone else; building your own personal tree/legacy.

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

A book called "The Alchemist” because it reminds you to never give up on your dreams. If you really want to reach your goals, follow your own personal journey, no matter the challenges that get in the way. It’s all about finding comfort in who you are and having the courage to overcome anything that comes your way; finding ways to be comfortable being uncomfortable is where the growth happens.

Just for Fun: If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be, and why?

The Title is “Servant Leadership is Leadership” The best way to invest in yourself is to invest in others.

Great Events Equals Better Member Engagement for Association Chapters

The mainstay of association chapters has been their chapter events, polls show that the preference for virtual options has risen to nearly 50%, a stat that has a compound effect on member engagement. Where does this all leave chapters? In a precarious position. The good news is that chapters who throw out yesterday’s playbook will find themselves on more solid footing. Here are three strategies worth helping chapters to embrace. 

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Gardian of the Month: Tracy King

Tracy King is our Gardian of the Month! Learn about a subject she'd like to learn more about, her preference for networking styles, and read about a recent experience that she considered profoundly impactful. 

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From Gadgets to Growth:The Influence of Technology Innovation on Social Transformation

The decision to mandate antiracism or diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) training should be made carefully. While antiracism training can be valuable and effective when implemented thoughtfully, it is most effective when participants are engaged, willing, and open to the learning process. Mandating it for individuals who are not receptive may lead to a superficial compliance without genuine understanding or behavior change. It can also derail the experience for those who are receptive and came to learn. Models of innovation primarily used in business, marketing, and technology, may provide some insight.

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By: Kate Pojeta | Sep, 1 2023

The Real Estate of the Conference Namebadge (Part II: The Extras)

Kate covered the basics for the front of your name badge not too long ago, now it's time to consider the extras you may or may not want to include.

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By: Kara Nacarato | Aug, 25 2023

Tackling your Event Management Staffing Struggles with an Outside Solution

Today, more than ever, organizations are challenged with staffing issues. Whether the challenge lies in finding the right staff member, or budget constraints keep you from hiring a full-time employee, securing an outside contractor may be the perfect solution. Here are just a few of the benefits that come along when you bring in an external partner to plan and manage your meetings and events.

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Gardian of the Month: John Bacon

John Bacon is our Gardian of the Month! Find out his strategy for helping someone learn a difficult topic, he share his favorite network and why it's special, how he thinks mentorship aids in knowledge transfer, the book he can't live without, and what the title of a book about his life would be called. 

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