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The Gardian of the Month: Alina Cooper

Q & A with Alina Cooper, manager of client projects for Event Garde. Follow her on Twitter.

Learn: Q: How do you learn best?

A: I prefer a quiet space as I like to savor the information with total focus and no distractions. However, because I enjoy learning, I could be curled up on a couch surrounded by the sound of family or at a coffee shop.

Network: Q: What’s your No. 1 networking trick?

A: My No. 1 networking trick is “follow-up.” You can make a fabulous impression in person or while at an event, but it is the follow up that makes the shared engagement truly count. I’ve been known to create a personalized e-card and follow up with a phone call.

Transfer: Q: Tell us about an experience in which you learned something new and then applied it to your personal or professional life.  

A: I’ve recently had to learn a new platform for work. I initially sat through the introductory training but it wasn’t until I was able to get in there and try things for myself that it truly started to click. I appreciate the “trial and error” methodology with a little guidance to help avoid any frustration, especially with technology.

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

A: I truly enjoy receiving master marketer Seth Godin’s daily blog. His insights are relevant to current events and he provides a different way of thinking about things. Also, Twitter is my go-to social media tool because of its ease and quick headlines.

Q: What’s your spirit animal, and why?

A: I guess my spirit animal would be a dolphin, as they are playful, great hunters, very intelligent, protective of their young, live in pods (family oriented) and they go with the flow.   

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3 Things Associations Should Focus on in 2020

​We’re predicting more smart use of technology in 2020 that will allow for more diverse voices to be included in association initiatives and strategies. With the goal of a more inclusive membership experience for all in mind, here are three things associations should focus on in 2020.

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Ditch the Donut Wall

​When attending meetings and conferences, we often expect carb-heavy meals and few, if any choices for those on a specific diet or with food allergies. But that is changing…and fast. Over the past few years we’ve seen a huge increase in conferences and events offering more healthy choices, and more WAYS to be healthy.

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4 Ways to Encourage Gratitude at Your Association

Expressing gratitude – and encouraging the practice within your team – can’t just happen occasionally or by accident. Gratitude must be practiced frequently and consistently so that it becomes a habit ingrained in your organization’s culture. Here are four ways to show gratitude on a regular basis with your staff and members.

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Offer a Digital Membership to Capitalize on Your Mission’s Buzz

The American Beekeeping Federation saw an opportunity to create some buzz for member recruitment with a free one-year, digital membership.

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How to Reveal Your Association’s True Competitors

When you think about your competitors, who comes to mind and why? Membership loyalty is not easy to develop or maintain. Often, it’s tested by competing associations and for-pro?it companies.

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How “Combo-Promo” Marketing Can Bring in New Members

One association looked to highly engaged nonmembers as promising new-member prospects. The membership and marketing team tested a “combo-promo” campaign, which helped increase membership and engagement rates.

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