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Collect and Organize Abstract Submissions for Your Next Annual Meeting

Collect and Organize Abstract Submissions for Your Next Annual Meeting

There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in the abstract management pipeline of an annual meeting.  I like this metaphor because, to the casual onlooker, everything appears to happen automatically—as if by magic.  They never give the labor that goes into...
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Tips for Managing Your Annual Meeting Session Chairs

Session chairs tend to come into the game late.   If your annual meeting were a tabletop game, you’d have already laid out the board, sorted and shuffled the cards, and arranged them into their designated areas (i.e., high-level planning, abstract...
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Use This Tool to Create a Stress-Free Annual General Meeting Agenda

Use This Tool to Create a Stress-Free Annual General Meeting Agenda

There might be nothing more hair-raising in annual meeting planning than the moment you spot an agenda conflict—on a stack of already-printed agendas.  If only you’d seen the error earlier, there would be no need to reprint everything for one last-minute...
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How to Measure (and Improve) Event Engagement at Your Annual Meeting

How to Measure (and Improve) Event Engagement at Your Annual Meeting

Whenever I think about measuring event engagement, John Lennon’s voice runs through my head: He say one and one and one is three Got to be good looking ‘Cause he’s so hard to see Come together right now Over me Annual meetings are a chance...
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Here’s How to Tell When Your AMS Software Needs an Upgrade

Here’s How to Tell When Your AMS Software Needs an Upgrade

Let’s visualize the perfect association management system (we’d close our eyes, but that would make reading this challenging).   Paint a picture of a day in the life of a member, a system admin, or your current role. Soak in the user-friendly interface,...
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Simplify Your Annual Meeting Planning Process with OpenWater

Simplify Your Annual Meeting Planning Process with OpenWater

It’s high time you asked yourself one question about your annual meeting planning process: “Does it spark joy?” At first blush, that’s an unusual question to ask about hard work like annual meeting planning.  But make no mistake—it’s also...
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Planning an Annual Meeting? Here are 5 Benefits of an AMS Integration

Planning an Annual Meeting? Here are 5 Benefits of an AMS Integration

An Association Management System (AMS) is the cornerstone of many successful organizations, associations, and nonprofits that need to keep track of a member list or user database. You could say it’s like the keep resting at the center of your castle....
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Plan Your Next Annual Meeting with These 4 Event Technology Solutions

Plan Your Next Annual Meeting with These 4 Event Technology Solutions

The recipe for planning an annual meeting calls for 1 part tradition, 1 part ingenuity, and many, many parts organization.  You build your yearly event on the foundation of what’s worked previously and make changes in response to feedback (internal...
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