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Quick Clicks: Summertime tips and thoughts

Acronym's had a bit of a slow week - sorry about that, we'll do better next week, must be the heat or something. But association sector blogging has been anything but slow, buzzing with tips and thoughts worth reading. Here are a few the things I've read in the last week that caught my eye.

Jeffrey Cufaude--who usually makes Quick Clicks with his thought-provoking posts--comes forward with such a simple, no-tech organizing tip I had to share it.

Sticking with the practical, or at least toolsy, part of this recap, early this week Maddie Grant gave us a look at some tools to help us tell our stories. Her post reminds me of how much we think of stories as words, but how something is presented can be just as important as what is presented.

Sticking with the story idea, Jeff Cobb talks about simple stories grabbing attention. What simple story are you neglecting to tell about your association's products and services.

And now a few things to make you think, starting with Sue Pelletier in a little post about an article she had read. Follow her link and read the original post on how wrong it is to approach design as a way to make people act or do certain things. We do this all the time as associations, and we need to rethink it. Sue talks about it in the context of meetings (of course), and I think that's a great place to start.

Peggy Hoffman describes three lessons she has recently learned about volunteer opportunities, and she gives association execs three helpful insights in how to manage our volunteer opportunities.

We all know who the important people are in our associations, right? Maggie McGary talks about how you might not be as up-to-date in this area as you think you are.

Jeff Hurt points out a must-read study. I like Jeff's take, too (though, as always, I bristle a bit when age is described as a causal factor as the study and Jeff does). It's another one of those "the nature is changing" things, but guess what? The nature of things is changing.

And I'll leave you with two more posts I want to share. As always, my Quick Clicks is not complete with Seth Godin, but this one is tricky for me. Here's his concluding statement: "Dreaming of winning the lottery is fine, apparently, while experiencing pangs of regret over a decision is not." I've always thought it a good idea/tactic to give a taste of, for example, a major conference to those who didn't attend to entice them to decide differently next time. I think Godin is saying this is a bad idea. Is he? And is it?

And one more, because I think it's fascinating, though I don't know how to draw a straight line to association work: Tom Barnett notes an article that countries with higher per capita income are more likely to demand well functioning government.


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