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TAS Thought Leadership Series- Membership Renewals

As we near the end of the financial year 2019/2020, many associations are preparing to launch their annual membership renewal campaign. Typically, this has been a roll-out of much of the same messaging and strategies of previous years, but the unwelcome appearance of COVID-19 means this must change for 2020/2021. In particular, our advice for…

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TAS Thought Leadership Series- Technology Paper.

The impact of COVID-19 has changed the meeting and event sector across organisations, associations, communities and workplaces. Gatherings for the most part have been cancelled or postponed and we are all looking for alternative solutions for our day to day business practices, connecting with our members, engaging with our board and replacing larger scale meetings.…

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Board recruitment processes – is it time to change?

f ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.’ -Albert Einstein Due to the ever-changing nature of governance, it is essential that the board of your association remains fit-for-purpose as times change. Having a board of appropriately qualified individuals with a keen focus on setting and achieving…

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Strategic Board Series 2019 – That’s a Wrap

Over 2019 the Strategic Board Series has grown to include events in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane with over 200 people from various associations in attendance.   SBS started with the goal of increasing awareness and providing a platform for knowledge sharing and networking among peers – the series has since become a must-attend event…

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Post-event Surveys – Do’s and Don’ts

Nearly every Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) will send a survey to confirmed attendees, sponsors and exhibitors post-conference. It is important to gain insights into how the event was received, but often we struggle to collect meaningful information and data. A key issue is asking closed questions relating to specific aspects of the conference. These could…

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Minute Taking – Best Practice

Minute taking and its significance in corporate and non-for-profit entities has been highlighted through the recent Hayne Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. As a basic yet crucial aspect of administration for businesses of all kinds, there has typically been a lack of attention paid to how it should…

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The Association Specialists Expand into Vibrant Melbourne

Media Release: 6 May 2019 Acquiring two expert Association Management businesses in Melbourne, The Association Specialists add expertise and infrastructure to service the local market The Association Specialists (TAS) are fast becoming Australia’s leading provider of association management services, having secured two Melbourne based businesses, expanding their footprint and strengthening their expert team locally. Earlier…

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Associations Leading Ladies – Christine Pope

For this second part in our ‘Associations Leading Ladies’ series, I had the opportunity to ask Christine Pope a few questions and pick her brain on the topics of leadership, association management and her early inspirations. Christine Pope Non-Executive Director and Treasurer, Australian Traditional Medicine Society Christine is an experienced natural medicine professional who is…

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Your Guide to Not-for-Profit Governance

Express 2-Hour Governance Board Education Course Due to the ever-changing complexity of the legal framework in the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector, it is necessary for officers, directors and those who interact with Boards to stay relevant and up-to-date with current regulations. To help facilitate this, The Association Specialists collaborated with the Governance Institute of Australia to…

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Why your Association needs a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

“A well-developed business continuity plan can provide the association with a roadmap for maintaining revenue streams, continued operations and customer service during times of crisis” – Associations Forum It is essential for associations to have a Business Continuity Plan in place in case of any potential disruptions. If your organisation doesn’t have a system in…

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Associations Leading Ladies – Elizabeth Skirving

This year for International Women’s Day we approached some of the amazing female leaders within the association industry to ask for their thoughts on what it means to be a leader and wear the responsibility of managing an association in this day and age. This will be the first article of a continuing series featuring…

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Are you protecting the integrity of your event?

We recently discussed the Royal Commission and a recent example of an Events company benefiting from undisclosed commissions, rebates and mark-ups. In case you missed it, you can read it here. This article will highlight a few points to consider when assessing the fees charged by potential event managers and protect yourself as a consumer…

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Are you paying a fair fee?

“No matter how you spin it, there’s something seriously smelly about an industry that survives on kickbacks and commissions. Claiming you act for your client but getting paid by people who want you to flog products to that client, is the sort of behavior that is rightly seen as corrupt.” Annette Sampson, Sydney Morning Herald…

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Membership: Back to the Drawing Board

We hear too regularly the difficulties of keeping members happy, engaged and coming back without asking the same question each year: ‘Why should I be a member of your Association?’ Now before we continue, it’s important to note that many associations are thriving off their current membership structures, and if so, don’t think we are…

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