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Partner Spotlight: Mariner Management

Event Garde partners with experts we trust to deliver the best. We draw upon the expertise of respected industry leaders to ensure your project gets the talent and attention it deserves. You can learn about more about all of Event Garde's partners here

Mariner Managment is an association management company and consultancy offering guidance to membership and nonprofit organizations looking to change, grow, test new ideas to create value for members and constituents. They focus their work on volunteer systems and components. They guide associations through their journeys to strengthen or change their strategies and systems around volunteer engagement, governance, and chapters and other components. This includes strategic planning, change management and assessments. They also provide volunteer training and staff liaison training.

LEARN: Share with us something interesting you've learned in the last year.

Tai Chi. It has become a journey well worth the distance. The principles of Tai Chi carry into all aspects of life. For example, harmonize the upper and lower body. As we bring that into our lives we harmonize work/play, one department with another, find harmony with clients and staff alike.

NETWORK: What is your go-to networking tip or trick?

Because so much has been virtual, my go to is opening the meeting with the simpel question "what brings you joy today". You feel the energy rise across the air waves.

TRANSFER: What is your best advice for helping yourself or others apply new knowledge to the workplace?

Share it with someone and ask their thoughts. This leads to using it every time 😊

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

There are so many things I can live without and none really I can't.  There are a few that I find useful like Outlook Tasks, Fitbit. and my games on my cell phone.

JUST FOR FUN: What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Heading to the lake at Eaglesmere for sailing, swimming and hiking. Plus I read more in 3 weeks than I do all year!

To learn more about Mariner Management visit their website  You can also connect with Peggy Hoffman, FASAE, CAE, Mariner Management's President directly via LinkedIn.

In Event Planning…We’re All on the Same Team

In basketball, you win as a team, and you lose as a team. It doesn’t matter if you personally play your best game, if you aren’t supporting each other and working together as a team, you won’t be successful. This is true of events too! 

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Breaking Down the Many Faces of Meeting Software (in VR)

Pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual tools for business communication. Now we live in a remote-first society that demands better ways of connecting online. Here we explore what Virtual Reality is, and the many forms that it comes in to help us connect with others remotely.

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Gardian of the Month: Ahliba Toffa

Ahliba Toffa is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, her go-to networking tip, the resource she can't live without and a little-known fact about her!

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By: Shannon Lockwood | Sep, 9 2022

Aligning Your Venue Space, Content, and Experience Goals

You’ve just begun digging into the planning process for your organization’s next event. The venue contract was signed months (or even years!) ago, and you’re beginning to align the existing components of your event within the contracted space grid. And suddenly, a colleague comes in with their next BIG IDEA… and “the plan” goes out the window…

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By: Krista Rowe | Sep, 2 2022

How the Questions We Ask Effect Our Work

Often as facilitators we create questions to get to a particular outcome, to the extent that it guides the conversation in a narrow direction. Being clear about our own agenda for a question - the ways in which all questions are loaded and are directly connected to our own worldview – is super important.

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Forces Impacting Our Success: MSAE Members Complete PESTLE Analysis

During the Michigan Society of Association Executives, members and attendees had the opportunity to participate in a facilitated exercise to identify and explore current forces at play that are affecting them and their organizations. Following is an overview of those sessions led by Event Garde team members, along with the strategic insights and actionable business intelligence association leaders can apply to their work immediately.

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