Associations 101 Webinar Series

In 2013 and 2014, Spark, in partnership with Peach New Media and Scott Oser Associates, sponsored the free Associations 101 monthly webinar series. The webinars were  designed for people new to the profession of association management, new to particular topic in association management, or who just needed a brush up on some concepts. Associations 101 featured experienced association executives sharing 10 tips in 20 minutes on a variety of topics in association management.

Although the series concluded in December of 2014, Peach New Media has graciously agreed to continue hosting the archives of the entire series, which remains available for free.

Good Stuff from Smart People

aka, What I Read When I Need to Be Inspired

Association Subculture – Shelly Alcorn takes on various topics in association management, all with a pop culture twist and song lyrics

Demand Perspective – An association perspective on customer engagement.

Eric – Eric Lanke is an association CEO who’s also very active in his state society and writes about issues that come up related to both of those things, particularly lots of good information on governance.

Harvard Business Review blog network – Well, of course.

Innovation Excellence – Just like it sounds, great source of new ideas.

Jamie – Jamie Notter covers topics in leadership, generational issues, and culture change.

Joe – Joe Gerstandt is a fearless warrior for diversity and inclusion.

John – John Haydon knows EVERYTHING about how to use Facebook to accomplish organizational goals, and he’s happy to share.

Mariner Management – Peggy Hoffman and Peter Houstle address issues in volunteer and chapter management.

Mashable – For all your tech trend needs.

Memberclicks – Small staff association blog with a focus on technology.

Midcourse Corrections – Velvet Chainsaw Consulting blog, all about innovation in meetings, events, and adult learning

Mission to Learn – Jeff Cobb wants to help you join the learning revolution and be a better life-long learner.

Small Staff – Big Impact – Focused on the needs of small staff associations (disclosure: I write the “Dear Betty” column for this blog).

Social Fish – Maddie Grant, Lindy Dreyer, and a team of talented bloggers write about social and new media and online community.

Books You Shouldn’t Miss

Confession time: I think most business books are loads of crap written at a fourth-grade reading level just so the author can make a quick buck off of stating either the obvious, or in some cases, the UNBELIEVABLY obvious, attached to some cutesy and/or soon-to-be-disproved case studies.

That said, here are the some that I think are worth your time:

  • The Association Law Handbook, Jerald A. Jacobs. You will still need an attorney. This will help you figure out when to call her.
  • The Back of the Napkin, Dan Roam. The power of visual thinking.
  • The Cluetrain Manifesto, David Weinberger. True in 1999, true today.
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss. Because everyone deserves good grammar.
  • Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky. An insightful look at the trends that may be the downfall of associations.
  • Humanize, Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant. Brilliant and potentially paradigm-shifting.
  • Open Community, Lindy Dreyer and Maddie Grant. Small book, big ideas.
  • Professional Practices in Association Management, edited by John B. Cox, CAE. There’s a reason this is THE foundational text of the CAE program.
  • We Have Always Done It That Way: 101 Things about Associations We Must Change, Five Independent Thinkers. Collected blog posts designed to help associations break our chains.
  • Word of Mouth Marketing, Andy Sernovitz. Fun and useful introduction to one of the key marketing tactics of the 21st century.
  • X Saves the World, Jeff Gordinier. Because, duh.

Know someone I should be following or a book I should read? Drop me a line.


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