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Board Meeting Breakouts, Member Feedback and More

Lori Halley 05 December 2014 0 comments

This week’s link round-up includes a little something for everyone. From ideas for breakout sessions to “increase board member engagement”; to tools for capturing and acting on member feedback; and questions to ask to determine if it’s time to reinvent your events.

And while Thanksgiving is over, we’ve included the Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up for November, since it offers inspiration for developing an “‘attitude of gratitude, now and throughout the year.”

Here are summaries of five of the top posts we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week:

10 Tips For Board Meeting Breakouts

Robert Nelson (NSC Strategies) suggests:

Breakout sessions can be highly beneficial at board meetings as a technique to increase board member engagement and reduce the likelihood of groupthink. They also introduce a different dynamic into the typical board meeting, which can increase the value perception held by board members, enhance relationship building and develop a team spirit. Depending on the issue at hand, all groups can be asked to work on the identical problem or each group can be asked to focus on a different aspect of the issue.

As you consider the use of breakouts, keep in mind that you want to vary meeting formats from time to time. If you use breakouts at every meeting, your board my experience “breakout fatigue.”

Nelson offers 10 considerations to keep in mind in order to enhance breakout effectiveness.

What To Do With Member Feedback

Carolyn Valliere (Affinity Insights) reminds us:

Asking and gathering member feedback is critical to your association’s growth. Only your members can decide what is valuable to them about your association. There are many ways your marketing, web, and membership teams can gather information about your members.

Valliere outlines three tools for gathering member feedback and offers some “next steps” to put in place to analyze “the information you receive, ...and implement next steps.”

Are You Killing Your Fundraiser With These 5 Auction Mistakes?

Ian Lauth (Winspire News) suggests:

Charity auction items are the bedrock of a successful fundraising event. They offer a fun and engaging way for guests to interact, spend money for a good cause and even take something special home at the end of the night. All too often, however, auction items at Nonprofit fundraising events garner too few bids, don't raise much money and generally aren't worth the amount of time it took to procure them. So what gives?

Usually it comes down to a few easy-to-rectify mistakes that can kill the earning potential of the auctions items you spent months procuring. Generate record fundraising numbers at your next charity auction by avoiding these five mistakes…

Too Many Conferences Provide Plop, Placate and Pay

Jeff Hurt (Velvet Chainsaw’s Midcourse Corrections) asks:

Have conferences become too enthralled with experts and attendees swapping solutions?

Have conference organizers resigned themselves to the inertia of the way we’ve always done it? Is the traditional conference experience in danger of being institutionalized which devalues individual expression?

Are we addicted to providing passive plop, placate and pay* experiences? Are conference organizers sitting on a ticking time bomb doomed to repeat their past experiences because they don’t know of any other ways to “conference?”

...Too often standardized process and procedures lead to rigid and inflexible structures which do not have available resources to devote to changing conference demands. We can’t keep reinventing the wheel. We need to reinvent the entire conference experience.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival | An Attitude of Gratitude

Pamela Grow (PamelaGrow.com) hosted November’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival on the topic of gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving. In introducing the amazing round-up of blog posts, Pamela notes:

Here in the US, November marks the month of Thanksgiving and showing gratitude for our blessings. In keeping with the theme, for the past few years, our November Nonprofit Blog Carnival has celebrated with inspiring ways nonprofit organizations throughout the world are celebrating the donors who make their work possible.

Check out the round-up of 25+ blog posts offering “a wealth of ideas to inspire you in creating your organization’s ‘attitude of gratitude, now and throughout the year.”

That’s it for this week’s link round-up - want more non-profit and membership links?

That was just a taste of some of the membership and non-profit posts and articles we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam lately. For more, you can check out the latest posts on topics such as: Membership, Volunteers, Communications, Events, Social Media, Leadership and Fundraising.

You can also find additional articles and guides on non-profit and membership topics in our Membership Knowledge Hub.

Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 05 December 2014 at 8:30 AM
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