Peggy challenges us all in her post Meme Time! How are you going to change the world in 2012? to post our goals for the coming year. For me it means continuing our project Association Volunteers! where we shine the spotlight on those people who give their time and talent to their professional associations. The project was launched in 2010 with the Association Volunteers! Facebook fan page where fans can share stories, find inspiration, and give thanks to those that have made a difference.
Just love a challenge which is why I couldn’t resist Maddie Grant’s meme (see my reply) or rthe latest from KiKi L’Italien / Shelly Alcorn’s. There is certainly a part of me that abhors all the resolutions and cute exercises to set a tone for the new year. Let’s face it how many really stick or are even remembered?
In the December 14th posting on the Personal Branding Blog, Roger Parker discusses his strategies on a successful content marketing in 7 Content Marketing Tip for Small Business Success. The one point that really struck me was to think of your readers as students and you as the teacher.
- Breath deeply every day. I'm trying this and have to admit that I do feel better - instantly - when I breath in deeply and exhale slowly.
- Find a fun volunteer opportunity. Not one that you are *required* or *expected* to do. One that you just find enjoyable. I dance at church, at senior citizen homes ...
- Subscribe to National Geographic and Popular Science. Then allow yourself to read the editions you want to and ignore the others.
- Most chapters will do about 25% of what you (lead organization) want.
- Best kitchen investment: Pampered Chef Citrus peeler. Removes the hesitation to eat fresh oranges and grapefruit.
- Have a "contact us" page. This year we have received a dozen awesome and unexpected contacts through this page including one yesterday from a long, lost best friend!
- Find a trainer with a sense of humor and great sense of self. (Yes, I can recommend one.)
- Shop insurance agents regularly. (Note: they don't have a commitment loyalty.)
- Thank often but don't expect - or need - thanks in return.
- Remember birthdays.
- Best quote of 2011: "But if we smartened up sooner, we'd end up dumber" - read the research behind it- it'll open your mind!
- There is a difference between governance and politics.
- Acknowledge others - thank you Seth for the blog inspiration!
- Mariner survived 10 years just by having a vision, working hard and believing.
Our next volunteer is a little different because he is the unique position of being on both sides of the association world: as a professional for a large national association and as a volunteer for his state association. As he puts it...
When you are on both sides of the fence, as an association volunteer and as an association professional, you see the complexity of it even more. When you work for an association you approach things one way; yet when you're a volunteer, you see it from a different perspective. I appreciate the richness of that experience.
There's a fascinating piece in the November issue of Popular Science re the Santa Cruz Ca police department's use of datasets to predict tomorrow's crimes today. Not quite the "Minority Report", but definitely aligned with Reggie Henry's (ASAE's CIO) mantra "we need to be present at the moment of need".
Here's another in our series on awesome Association Volunteers. This volunteer believes it's never too late to take that leap…
There is something in it for everyone at whatever stage of your career as long as you still have an interest in growth and increasing your knowledge.
Now that I have officially graduated from college, it's time to get down to the nitty gritty and start focusing on what's happening in the "real world"—internet-wise, that is. Yes, I mean Social Media.
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