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The Four Secrets to Making a Big Impression at Your Member Event

Posted by Andy Freed on 11/3/16 9:50 AM

Our team just wrapped up another PCI Security Standards Council Community Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.  With hundreds of attendees, scores of speakers and dozens of exhibitors, the meeting—and its counterparts in the US and Asia—have a ton of moving parts.

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Topics: Meetings, Conference Planning, Event Planning

Seven Words Towards Better Presentations

Posted by Andy Freed on 5/10/16 9:26 AM

Most of the movies I go to are pretty good.

Same thing for most of the plays I attend.

But here’s the cold, hard truth. Most of the business presentations I go to are pretty awful.

On one hand, it’s not a surprise. Jerry Seinfeld once joked that with public speaking ranked as the number one fear of most adults—with death number two—at a funeral most people would rather be the one in the coffin rather than the one giving the eulogy.   

But the reality is that with a little thought and preparation, anyone—and I do mean anyone—can do a lot better.

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Topics: Meetings, Communications, Associations

Why These Four “P’s” Add Up to Successful Event Marketing

Posted by Andy Freed on 12/2/15 7:00 AM

Disastrous events. We’ve all had them. I remember standing with my boss behind a pillar at an event in 1999, as he was unable to look at the room we had set for 700 with the 50 attendees. My attempts to promote the event as having a better-than-expected speaker-to-attendee ratio fell a little flat.

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Topics: Meetings, Association Management, Association Membership

Remote Board Meetings: Are Your Members Playing BINGO?

Posted by Andy Freed on 7/29/15 4:28 PM

If you manage an association or standard-setting organization, there’s a good chance your governing board is dispersed across the country—or even across the globe. After all, most association board members are simultaneously leading separate businesses, and answering to the stakeholders in their respective offices/cities. Even the most dedicated among them would have a hard time attending all your board meetings, if participation always meant getting on a plane, losing a day’s work to travel, etc. 

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Topics: Meetings, Board

Keep your Board members off email (at least during your meetings)

Posted by Greg Kohn on 1/21/15 12:50 PM

Are your in-person board meetings the ideal environment for your directors to do their email? (Or, worse, play the latest Angry Birds release?) Does your Board struggle to be conversational around critical or strategic topics? While every board is certainly different, below are some methods that have moved the needle within some of the most engagement-resistant groups: 

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Topics: Meetings, Association Management, Board, Association Boards

Conference Services: How They Can Improve Your Association Events

Posted by Andy Freed on 10/9/13 5:00 AM

Today’s remote conferencing tools and virtual events are great for going green and reducing travel spend—particularly if your working groups, association executives, or Board members are geographically dispersed. But there’s no real substitute for in-person gatherings. When you need to unite key people in your association—for training, strategizing, or promoting new initiatives—professional conference services can help.

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Topics: Operations, Meetings, Launching an Association, Increase Membership, Membership, Experience, Association Management Company

Technology Standards and Flight Delays

Posted by Andy Freed on 5/22/13 10:24 AM

I've spent a great deal of time over the past few weeks on the road. Heck, I've spent a great deal of time over the last few decades on the road. But as I was circling Logan again today due to thunderstorms (nothing like a 2.5 hour flight from DC-Boston to give you time to think), I started thinking about a few ways technology has made my travel experience so much different over the past few years.

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Topics: Meetings, Technology, Technology Standards, Standards

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