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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.   

By: Aaron Wolowiec | Feb, 15 2019
Facilitation

ACTION CARDS: A better way to meet

Short for Action Created Together, ACTION CARDS help teams have engaging discussion on identified topics, while identifying clear decisions and actionable/easily documented next steps. Moreover, participants have fun, team-oriented discussion where all participants feel safe, engaged and accountable to the outcomes.

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Bright Idea: Using social media to advocate

Love it or hate it, social media can be a useful tool for grassroots efforts to build support, educate and inform.

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By: Lindsay Gross | Feb, 6 2019
Facilitation

Starting from the bottom up: facilitation’s foundational values

Facilitation work, like anything else, also requires a strong foundation to work from.

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Content delivery becoming more challenging, but rewarding

A new report by Omnipress finds delivering educational content is becoming more challenging.

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Gardian of the Month: Kelly Turner

​Kelly Turner, president and CEO of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, is Gardian of the Month.

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Bright Idea: Straight from the patients’ mouths

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry created a public awareness campaign to educate people about the industry. The campaign includes testimonials, a video and a website, all of which highlight the organization’s members.

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