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Tips to Avoid Bracket Busting

As March Madness ends this coming Monday, I find myself disappointed with the total failure of my NCAA basketball brackets this year.  For those of us who do these each year know, there were the typical upsets that hurt most of us but made a few of us heroes. Most of my bad picks this…

NAR Core Standards Resources and Links

Want to know the latest NAR’s Core Standards and ideas about meeting them? I have included a few links to important information and tools for your easy reference. Core Standard: Unification – What the Devil Does That Mean? NAR’s Frequently Asked Questions NAR Core Standards NAR Compliance Criteria (pdf) NAR Core Standards Home page for…

What’s Up with These Standards We Keeping Hearing About?

By now, you’ve likely heard about the core standards that are being proposed through the NAR process. Some hints of the early details, like: mandatory RPAC dues billing; strategic plans for every association; a more expedited ethics enforcement process; Limited Referral Office (LFRO) connections (and related dues), real dues formula enforcement; and more. Kevin McQueen and…

Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Rock!

Questions for you: Do you use PowerPoint presentations?  Yes, you use them, but do they suck? Or are they fun to look at and invite great conversation? Or, you are not bad at developing good presentations, but you simply don’t have the time to devote to making them good? I have solutions to each of those questions. 1….

Shared Value REALTOR AE Summer 2013

Double your value without increasing your budget? Sound good? Take a moment to read about ideas for sharing programs or services with other associations or organizations and get a peek at the newly-revised NAR Shared Services Resources in this REALTOR AE Summer 2013 magazine (reprinted with permission).

Looking for Fresh Ideas for Leadership Training? They’re right here!

Summer is sadly reaching its end. The weather will be changing… leaves will be falling (or maybe the snow?), temps will be dropping (yes! say those in hot climates), and thoughts will turn to the upcoming leadership year at your associations. It’s time to plan for your leadership conferences, board retreats/orientations, volunteer recruitment drives, or…

Mandatory Association Beach Reading: My Top Six

Going on vacation soon? Got some juicy pulp fiction to take to the beach? That’s fun, but intersperse that light reading with some great books that will help you help your association in a lot of ways. There are so many books out there that give you advice on leadership, management, micromanagement, planning, team-building, blah,…

Do You Have Groundhog Day Meetings?

One of the most frequent complaints heard from leaders about meetings: “we keep covering the same things over and over and over again….” Meeting participants frequently bring back issues already (supposedly) decided upon. And on the way to the parking lot, they will often disagree about what they even agreed upon! Don’t you see Bill…

Is It Time To Strengthen Your Association’s Core?

If you practice yoga or Pilates or know something about them, you know all about strengthening your core.  Your core is the most central and foundational part of your body and making it stronger makes you stronger overall. The same applies to the core of your association.  Your association’s success hinges on the strength of…

Thoughts about Association Kindergarten

 Thoughts about Association Kindergarten  Alice Martin, RCE, CAE, Martin Consulting Solutions We’ve all read or at least heard about Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The message Fulghum imparts transcends across all walks of life and all professions, including associations and their oh so important volunteer/staff partnerships. Years ago I…