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TAS Thought Leadership- Finance Paper

As associations wrap-up their financial year to 30th June 2020 and the ongoing uncertainty from theCOVID-19 pandemic continues to leave many associations unsure of their immediate outcomes, thefocus of the Board on financial management is of even greater importance than normal. This paperaims to provide some guidelines for where Boards should focus their thinking and…

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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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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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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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Are you likely to lose your website?

How to ensure that your website is safely under your control Getting a website up and running is a big job and involves a lot of individuals with their fingers in the proverbial pie, from web developers to domain name registrars, board members to website hosting companies. As with any process this large, the chance…

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Using social media to generate a buzz for your event

By Mel Kettle, Social Media Expert for Associations Quite a few event organisers I’ve been speaking with have shared how much more difficult it is to get people to register these days. There are so many options these days, so you really want your event to stand out. Social media can be a great help…

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Why events are a powerful marketing and business development tool for sponsors

By Richard Woodward Events are a powerful marketing and business development tool for engaging audiences, building brand awareness, communicating brand messages, engaging employees, building relationships, differentiating from your competition and driving sales. However you must ensure that your prospect fully understands the power of events as a medium —compared to other opportunities such as television,…

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Association Management Systems Paper – April 2018

Introduction: Over the past 10 years The Association Specialists has been involved with some 100+ associations.  During this time, we have witnessed many different methodologies and approaches undertaken by these associations in regard to Association Management Systems.  We thought it might be both of interest and useful to highlight our major considerations and the potential…

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