5 Hot Links – Handling a Devil’s Advocate, Winning by Failing and more

Lori Halley 20 July 2012 0 comments

It's heating up outside and we've found some hot links online as well. Here are some of the top posts that we've captured on Apricot Jam this week. 

Focus on Events 

As a nod to our recently launched mini Events Reminder Survey that we've embedded on our Wild Apricot Facebook page, here are a couple of interesting posts we've bookmarked in our Events Section: 

Adding Real Value Networking to Your Conference 

William Thomson, guest blogger for the Event Manager Blog, suggests:

It’s something you see on almost every advert for a conference. “This event offers excellent networking opportunities." But do they?

Thomsons offers "10 Things You Can Do to Improve Networking at Your Conference."

Exceeding Conference Attendee Expectations 

Jeff Hurt, Velvet Chainsaw's Midcourse Corrections, asks:

What would it take for your conference attendees to call your annual meeting the greatest event on Earth?  
Animal acts? High wire tightrope acrobatics? Clowns? Three rings of ongoing entertainment? A live band?
It’s challenging to keep annual meetings fresh and exciting while maintaining integrity.

Hurt outlines three things that he suggests are "the heart of any conference."

Read these and other posts in the Events section of Apricot Jam. 

11 Ways to Handle Your Devil's Advocate Without Getting Burned 

Nancy Schwartz, Getting Attention Blog, notes:

...“Design great Tom Kelley once called the devil’s advocate the single greatest threat to innovation,” ... “because a devil’s advocate encourages idea wreckers to assume the most negative possible perspective. Once those floodgates open, they can drown a new initiative in negativity.” It’s true. Your devil’s advocate will introduce a bump or two into the smooth path of your fundraising and marketing groupthink.

... You face the occasional devil's advocate as you move fundraising and marketing agendas forward, just as I do. Here's the approach that works best when a devil's advocate surfaces in one of our client organization teams..." 

Read this and other posts in the Membership section of Apricot Jam.

Winning by Failing Big 

Shelly Alcorn, Association Subculture Blog tells us:

...This clip might be old news for everyone, but it shows a new vantage point on the epic failness from the San Diego fireworks show of 2012. In it, you can see all three barges shooting all of their fireworks off at once. A technological disaster. A King Kong sized mistake. Disappointing? Yes. But there is an epic flipside - people might remember a nice fireworks show, but they will NEVER forget this one.

Our associations have to get more comfortable with the idea of failure.  Making changes and proceeding in the face of fear is scary.  But we have to remember - there is an alternative that is worse than failure.

Read this and other posts in the Leadership section of Apricot Jam. 

Social Media Guide for Nonprofits 

Allyson Kapin,  Frogloop Blog, offers a "One-Page Social Media Posting Guide by Topnonprofits.com, which offers tips on content strategy, the best times to post social media updates, and understanding your audiences."

Read this and other posts in the Social Media section of Apricot Jam. 

Want more? 

You'll find links to these 5 hot posts - along with many other articles and posts offering current information for non-profits and membership organizations - bookmarked on Apricot Jam.  

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Have you read any great non-profit posts lately? Let us know in the comments below.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 20 July 2012 at 8:30 AM

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