Get Ready for a Conference: Make a Plan

BlogHer16 feels big... mostly because it is big. At any given moment, there are multiple tracks of programming, sponsors to visit in the Expo Hall, snacks to grab, keynotes to hear, bloggers to meet up with... There is A LOT. Every time I go to the conference, I start to panic when I see the schedule because I cannot wrap my brain around the idea of how I'm going to figure out where I need to go and what I need to do. I'm positive that something is going to fall through the cracks. ...more

Erin Condren Veritcal Planner

So back in June I told you all about my new Rose Gold Erin Condren Horizontal Planner. I loved my Horizontal planner, I love having lines and more room to move around and all of that.  But I'm not using it anymore for day-to-day planning. What?Yeah......I loved it, don't get me wrong, it was beautiful, but there was something bugging me about it.  ...more

10 Tips for Better Board Meetings

I recently had the rarest of all association management experiences -- a productive, downright inspirational, board meeting. Having sat through hundreds of board and committee meetings at this point, it made me think about what contributes to a positive board meeting experience for board members and staff alike. Here is my list, but please contribute yours: ...more
For new Board chairs, it's helpful to attend training in parliamentary procedure (even if you ...more

I Made a Personalized Agenda for BlogHer '10 and So Can You!

     Today I set out to make out my schedule for the BlogHer '10 Conference.  With so much going on at the conference and with my being a conference newb, it was a must that I have a schedule laid out for me.  Yes, you will see me carrying this schedule at the conference.  Yes, you will see me with a highlighter marking off the session I just left.  I'm just like that. ...more

Really great sessions (the body image one last year rocked my world) and learned awesome things ...more

Conducting Time-Worthy Meetings

I dread meetings. How many times have you sat in a meeting, frustrated because one participant held the group hostage with incessant blathering? Or there was no clear agenda and the meeting wandered all over the place? What a waste of time! Don’t subject those in your meeting to such misery! Rather, conduct a clear, crisp meeting that is efficient and productive. Here are a few non-negotiables: ...more

It would be really nice if more managers followed this advice and had a private word with those ...more

Increasing Efficiency

Ever feel like that hamster in a cage, moving but not going anywhere? Here are a few ways to increase your efficiency and productivity. - First and foremost, know your priorities, passions, and gifts. Use these as filters for incoming opportunities and requests. If you're not sure what is important to you, you may be controlled, by default, by others' agendas. - Create a master weekly schedule that includes your priorities, passions, and gifts. Use this as you plan your schedule each week. If your schedule is erratic, create a master list. ...more

A Dozen Tips for Efficient Appointments

Have you ever arrived at an appointment to find that you have been stood up? Or the person with whom you were meeting didn't do what was necessary to make the appointment worthwhile? When appointments are thwarted, it is harder for you to reach your goals in a timely manner. Here are a few tips to help make your appointments most efficient: 1. Know the objective of the appointment before you agree to it. 2. Ask whether the appointment might be accomplished over the phone or via email, rather than meeting face-to-face, saving time. ...more

Day Two: Filtering Through the Junk

Alrighty... Time to start day two. I've decided that I am going to attempt to blog once a day, at least until I get this down. And seeing as I don't really have an audience yet, I might as well take this time to sort through some of the BS that needs to be established, but at the same time I don't intend on discussing frequently. I'm going to try to tackle some of the larger, more contreversial issues now so that I don't have to later - and if I do, I can merely site what I've written here and move forward from that. ...more