Quick Clicks: The Straight Dope edition
Welcome to this week's edition of Quick Clicks. Nothing clever, nothing pithy, just straight to the links:
So often, I read things that are so simple, so practical, it's a crime that they even have to be written. Call the police, then, because I'd wager a lot of associations need to heed the common sense of Jeffrey Cufaude's note on association renewal efforts. (And thanks, Jeffrey, for putting THAT song in my head!).
I love it when a blogger does something bold, so here's to you Elizabeth Weaver Engel, who brings out a personal experience to talk about just how hard transparency is when confronted by the politics of associations.
Jeff Hurt challenges us to flip our conference education models.
She's talking about a real estate organization-specific topic, but I still can't help but think that Judith Lindenau's talk about boards and new technology has much broader applications.
I have to link to Deidre Reid's recommendation of Scott Stratten, touring now in promotion of his new Unmarketing book. Stratten has become a hero ever since I saw him speak.
And one last association related post: Vinay... are you really climbing Mt. Everest? Cool. And good luck.
Just to do a quick look into a couple nonsector blogs, I seem to be on a social media kick this seek, as I really liked Brian Solis's look at influence in his post "The Social Network: Ecosystems vs. Egosystems."
Another one that shouldn't be missed: Amber Naslund talks about "4 Reasons The Social Media Industry Has a Credibility Problem." Introspective stuff.
And it's not a Scott Briscoe Quick Clicks without my favorite Seth Godin post from the last few days. I must be on a basics kick this week, too, because like Cufaude's post, making a strong "About Us" page on your website should be a no-brainer. Take Seth's five points though and measure how well a few randomly selected association pages do (it will likely be unpretty).
And last and least -- now, if you thought the title was a reference to the first line of this post where I said we'd get straight to the links, you're wrong. I think that could be translated as me calling my readers dopes, which would be unwise for a blogger who wants to be read (much less one who's intelligence compares so unfavorably to his readers). No, I was referring to one of my favorite newspaper columnists, the self-proclaimed smartest human, Cecil Adams. His website, The Straight Dope, recently posted one of his classic Q&As on how they got Mr. Ed to talk... and stop talking.