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> message from the chair On the Cutting Edge of Technology 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. connections > 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Summer 2016

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
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