Association Management Blog

Dr. Oz Prescribes Vacation

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/23/14 2:20 PM

I’m heading out on vacation for a few weeks tomorrow. Thanks to the iPhone and ubiquitous Wi-Fi, vacations aren’t the time of “real disconnection” they once were. Fortunately, that same technology that can make us feel tied to the office can also enable a bit more fun. For the past few years, I’ve done videos for my out of office message. Here’s this year’s edition: http://youtu.be/DYIS0CaYsNc  

Enjoy, and I’ll see you on the 7th!

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If a picture is worth a thousand words...

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/10/14 7:21 AM

Anyone who came of age in the 1980’s remembers the early days of MTV (back when they still played music videos.)  MTV premiered in 1981 with the Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Never has so significant a change been heralded by a more mediocre song. 

Because video did more than kill the radio star. It’s fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Television has eclipsed print as a news source. Sites like YouTube have become the most popular sites on the internet.  And some TED talks have been viewed by over 20 million people.  

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Topics: communications, Association, association membership

Mistakes Happen

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/8/14 7:13 AM

Everybody makes mistakes. That phrase is a cliché because it’s so true.   

And we make mistakes here at Virtual as well. They key is in how you recover from them. 

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Topics: association management, Leadership, Associations

Happy Birthday to Us

Posted by Bruce Rogers on 7/2/14 7:07 AM

It has been nearly 230 years since Thomas Jefferson penned the original draft of The Declaration of Independence, aggregating the original 13 American colonies into a new nation separate from Great Britain.

As we mark America’s birthday, there are a few other birthdays that the team at Virtual, Inc. will celebrate this year.

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Topics: Technology, success of professional associations, Association Management Company

Winning Lessons from the World of Sports

Posted by Andy Freed on 5/14/14 4:00 AM

In Boston sports, these are “the good old days.” With the Sox winning championships, the Bruins contending for the Cup and Tom Brady slinging passes, it’s pretty fun to be a sports fan here. In honor of Boston sports, here’s what our four teams can teach associations:

From the Red Sox: “Know your role.” When a ball is hit up the middle in baseball, you never see the shortstop and second basemen collide as they both go for it. That’s because they know exactly where the other one will be.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Governance, association management, Membership, Leadership, Experience, Standards

The Three “I”s of Successful Tech Associations

Posted by Greg Kohn on 5/1/14 2:43 AM

As someone who's worked around technology associations for a long time, I often get asked: "So what are the secret traits of the groups that are the most successful?" Quite honestly, these secrets traits aren't really so secret. In fact, I like to call them the three "I"s. All of the better-performing organizations I have worked with have had at least one of these traits; some of the great ones have had all three.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Technology, Management, Membership, Leadership, Standards, Association Management Company

Your Choice: Change or Irrelevance

Posted by Andy Freed on 4/15/14 2:20 AM

One of my favorite quotes was when Eric Shinseki, then the Army Chief of Staff, now Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, said “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

I love that.

But boy, is it tough for a lot of associations to heed this advice. Many organizations are well on their way to irrelevance.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, association management, Technology, Launching an Association, Membership, Leadership

Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. So goes the adage.

Posted by Andy Freed on 4/2/14 2:00 AM

Well, for many Board members, “fading away” means unceremoniously dropping them off the Board. That’s why former Board members are often a trouble spot for organizations—someone goes from being “in the know” to “out in the cold.” The result: a one time key member—and often still influential one—becomes disenfranchised.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, Organizational Development, Management, Board of Directors, Membership, Leadership, Association, BOD

Missed Connections

Posted by Andy Freed on 3/20/14 3:12 AM

I’m still pretty young (by my own standards). But I can remember the days of pink “while you were out” slips, calling in for messages from pay phones and (gasp) not having email at work.

And every innovation carries with it the same promise—it will keep us more connected. In many ways, this is true. When I sit in a far away hotel room talking to my kids over Facetime (when they actually answer), it’s a remarkable display of the promise of the connected society.

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Topics: Starting an Association, association management, Technology, Membership, Leadership, Standards

At the Ready

Posted by Andy Freed on 3/10/14 4:37 AM

Yesterday I went underwear shopping.

This isn’t usually blog-worthy, but it actually tells you a bit of what we try to do here at Virtual.

One of our clients was due to testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Due to a massive 4-inch snowstorm that Washington isn’t terribly adept at clearing, his testimony was delayed until Thursday.

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Topics: Operations, Starting an Association, association management companies, Membership, Standards, Association Management Company

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ANDY FREED

President
Virtual, Inc.

GREG KOHN

Vice President of Client Services
Virtual, Inc.

BRUCE ROGERS

CEO
Virtual, Inc.

TERRY LOWNEY

COO, Senior Vice President
Virtual, Inc.
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