Category Archives: Networking

The Benefits of Face to Face Meetings

By Kent Hamaker, Director of Education, Communications, and Benchmarking, Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF)

Association staffers do most of their work with clients via long distance methods: conference calls, emails, texts, and websites like Basecamp. These technological wonders are necessities, of course, and make possible the work we are hired to do. But amidst the overwhelming chaos of the information we have to manage we too easily forget the benefits and importance of meeting our clients face to face.  » Read More

XDP: A Highly Collaborative Learning Experience

By Hunter Clemens, CAE, CMP, Vice President Meetings Management Group (MMG)

Imagine being greeted at every turn along the way as you enter the venue hosting an event you are attending and being met with your badge, and then escorted to the coat check, and then to the room in which your meeting is being held. That is exactly what happened when I had the privilege to attend the American Society of Association Executive’s (ASAE) pilot of the Xperience Design Project, or XDP, this past December.  » Read More

Top Reasons to Attend Networking Events

Understanding your member’s motivations.

By Chad Quinn, Social Media and Communications Director, Association Management Group (AMG)

Chad Quinn

Why do people join associations related to their industry and interests? To network with other like-minded individuals. Whether at a large annual conference attended by hundreds, or a local meet-up for thirty, these gatherings offer attendees the chance to connect and interact with their peers. As they say, it is all in who you know… whether seeking partnerships, collaboration or future employment, networking is the key and you should focus on making your association the go-to resource for valuable networking opportunities and build your membership.  » Read More