Connections - Summer 2016 - (Page 7)
message from the chair
On the Cutting Edge
BY DAVID ELLIS, CAE
KEEPING UP WITH the latest information, especially about
technological leaps and bounds, can be challenging
for organizations. In this issue of connections
magazine, you'll learn how the Georgia Association
of Water Professionals streamlined their processes
to increase efficiency and productivity, no matter
where the association staff may be working.
GSAE remains committed to being a model of
innovation, and sometimes this means we try things
out on you all that aren't fully formed yet-such as
the photo app game during our annual meeting in
Athens this year. Kim Harwood, Results at Hand,
outlines how app technology is helping associations
create engaging games on page 18. As you will learn,
gamification is still a work in progress for many of
us. GSAE will launch more gaming opportunities this
program year, including an activity points system
similar to what our colleagues at the Synthetic
Turf Council are using. We will also introduce a
revamped Tradeshow program that will allow for the
co-creation of solutions for association executives
and provide deeper professional connections between
our supplier members and association executives
through activity-based networking activities.
On the programming front, GSAE continues
to identify ways to curate relevant and timely
information for our members and attendees.
* Annual Meeting attendees explored online
community management, new social media tools,
cloud applications, and using technology to improve
member engagement as well as a host of other things
our professional development committee and our
crowd-sourced surveys deemed important to you all.
Marshall Chiles, a highly rated 2016 Annual Meeting
speaker, outlines his presentation tips on page 21.
* Our May live webinar series featured the latest tech
tips and tricks from one of our favorite speakers,
Beth Z., Your Nerdy Best Friend. She is scheduled
to present at the 2017 GSAE Annual Meeting in
Macon, and she suggests new ways to collaborate
and share virtually on page 16. Our online catalog
of recorded webinars can be searched by topic or
by presenter. There are quizzes available to qualify
for Certified Association Executive (CAE) credits.
* Several of our corporate supplier members
offer free webinars around a variety of topics.
Check out each issue of GSAE's enewsletter,
GSAE Update, for upcoming programs.
* GSAEtv provides concise, engaging video
content every 4-6 weeks. Our video library of
episodes provides short bursts of information
to give you great ideas at your convenience.
If you are interested in helping GSAE identify
more relevant and timely topics for our members,
please attend the Professional Development
Committee's brainstorming session on October 4,
11:30-1:30 p.m., at BOMA Georgia. If you aren't
available to join us in person, reach out to staff for
virtual participation. We'd love to hear your ideas.
As always, I encourage you to turn to GSAE, your
peers, and our corporate supplier members for
relevant content to help you be better at your job.
Together, we can forge meaningful connections
while maximizing your professional potential.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Summer 2016
Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
Keeping Up with Technology
Achieve More by Connecting the Dots for Your Association
5 Ways to Meet Virtually
How to Enhance Your Events with Mobile Games
Overtime Rule Released: How Associations Can Prepare
The Humor Rules for Business Presenters: How to Be Funny, Not Offensive
ATHvengers Assembled at the GSAE Annual Meeting
GSAE’s July Luncheon: Photos
Meetings Thought Leadership
Destination: The Emerald Coast
Choices: Beyond Mentoring
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Summer 2016