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Gardian of the Month: Steven Stout

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

Learn: What's one subject you'd like to learn more about? 

Hacking For Good – I once booked a “white hat” hacker to speak at an event once and hearing their discussions on “hacking” for good I found totally fascinating. It completely inspired me to want to save the world from the comfort of an office desk chair.

Network: What's your go-to networking trick or tip? 

I really enjoy listening to people. I try my best not to dominate a conversation knowing networking is a two-way street. I have gained some really great insight just by shutting-up and listening. It is amazing what people will share when they feel very comfortable AND that you are actually listening to them.

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

I love research I always have so anything I can get my hands on that has to do with trends or innovations in our space. I will take the time to read I probably subscribe to more industry magazines than I should but I enjoy the varying perspectives on things plus I feel more aware of what is going on in our space the more I read

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

There was a fantastic book that came out in 2018 by Sheri Jacobs, FASAE, CAE called Pivot Point. Despite coming out in 2018 and reading it that year I came across the book again in 2020 during lockdown and in rereading it was shocked how applicable it was during that time. I think so many of us are used to being able to identify a solution to a problem or at the very least have an idea of how to approach a problem but last year definitely helped me understand the power of saying “I don’t know but I’ll figure it out” or being open to changing something that I wouldn’t have dreamed of adjusting in the past.

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

Travel Show Host – getting to travel the world on someone else’s dime is incredible! Getting to experience food and cultures almost every day as part of your paid employment sounds like a DREAM! I have always loved to travel ever since I was little and have done a fair share but I watch those travel shows and think “what a life!”.

Gardian of the Month: Kris Mayo

Kris Mayo is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, networking advice for wallflowers, her go to resource and what she would title a book about her life!

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By: Kara Nacarato | Jan, 13 2023

Workout For Good

​How are you going to make this your year to beat the odds and finally meet, and sustain, your workout goals? We’ve come up with a few simple tips to help you along the way.

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5 Facilitated Conversations You Can’t Afford to Put Off in 2023

As Aaron returned to a regular work schedule this week, it occurred to him that now’s the time to both reflect on our current level of facilitation knowledge and confidence, as well as take stock in those important conversations we need to have before we get too far into the minutia of the day-to-day meetings and tasks that are almost inevitably creeping into our calendars. Here are the five must-have conversations.

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Shaking Up Your Volunteer Strategy

The handwriting has been on the wall – associations have consistently failed to fully resource their volunteer systems.  We have in the past 2 years innovated our education and digital strategies, our decision-making models and our workplaces. To a certain degree, we innovated our member engagement strategy as well – and left the volunteer strategy to age another year.  Here's a new volunteer management model for 2023 and what it looks like.

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2023: Plan to Disrupt

2023 is the year leaders will benefit from disruption in the association sector. This post looks at three disruptions and how associations can turn discomfort into benefits to better focus on members, manage operations and invest wisely.

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Gardian of the Month: Yesenia Murillo

Yesenia Murillo is our Gardian of the Month! Find out what subject she'd like to learn more about, one of her favorite professional networks, the resource she thinks you should check out and which season best represents her!

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