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Letting Go for 2018

I recently had the opportunity to contribute to Beth Brodovsky’s Driving Participation podcast year-end special. Beth posed the following question to her contributors: In 2018 what marketing tactics, social media, or tech tools are you letting go of and why?   My … Continue reading

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Being a First-Time Attendee

Note: my good friend Joan Eisenstodt had asked for people to share our experiences as first-time attendees for her Fridays With Joan column for Meetings Today. I realized that some of my blog readers might not regularly read that column … Continue reading

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Happy Fabulous Five, Spark!

Today marks five years since I launched Spark Consulting. As I look back on the past five years, I have much to be grateful for. Leading that list is all the people who’ve contributed to the success of this Big … Continue reading

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Further Election 2016 Association Industry Responses

ASAE has posted further clarification of their position on the incoming administration. While I am heartened to see ASAE specifically mention “…work[ing] with the new administration in a manner consistent with our commitment to diversity and inclusion…,” I believe it … Continue reading

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Association Industry Response to the Election

As you may have seen in Associations Now Online, ASAE recently signed onto a National Association of Manufacturers-organized letter of support to President-Elect Trump. While this has been common practice in previous presidential elections and while this letter was arranged … Continue reading

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Letter to John Graham and Scott Wiley

Monday, November 21, 2016 John Graham, President & CEO, ASAE Scott Wiley, Chairman, ASAE Dear John and Scott: This letter is a call for meaningful community-wide dialogue and action on behalf of a nation at risk. One week ago, Associations Now … Continue reading

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Giving Tuesday Thoughts

#GivingTuesday is not a huge thing in associations – although the ASAE Foundation has done some nice work on social media drawing attention to their donors today (more than directly asking for donations). But it’s ENORMOUS for fundraising/cause-oriented organizations. It … Continue reading

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What Do YOU See?

About a year ago, the Harvard Business Review did an interview with Maya Angelou. I definitely recommend checking out the entire thing, but there was one thing in particular she said that stuck with me: One of the great dangers … Continue reading

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Friday Top 5

I had lunch with a dear friend I don’t see often enough earlier this week. She is also a sole practitioner running her own business, although she’s been part time while raising preschool aged kids. “Thing Two” starts kindergarten this … Continue reading

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Resolution Time!

It’s that time of year – the time when we look back and look forward and decide what we want to change. Most of the time, people think about bad habits they want to stop (like smoking) or good habits … Continue reading

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