How do you write a good acceptance speech? Start early, be yourself, honor those who’ve helped you, state your connection to the organization giving you the award, and rehearse…again…again and again. Every year the American Payroll Association honors their Man and Woman of the Year. The next year at the annual conference call Congress they deliver […]

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Lisa Poole VP, Application Configuration and Operations Consultant at SunTrust Bank is one of the speakers at the American Payroll Association. Each year there are hundreds of breakout sessions; most are highly technical. Engaging an audience and immediately and proving to them that, “This will not be dull” can be a challenge. This is how […]

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It’s a thrill to be honored as one of the National Speakers Association’s 10 Leading Ladies! All of us have served as president of the Association over the last forty-three years. The NSA was only 10 years old, when I became its first woman president. As young association, one of our greatest “growing up” challenges […]

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Maximize Your Investment When Booking Speakers By Patricia Fripp If you had an unlimited budget to hire the most in-demand keynote speakers and breakout speakers for your next meeting or convention life would be much easier. Since it’s not, here are some tips on getting the most for your meeting dollar. Let me tell you […]

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It is no secret Associations have to add value for their membership and increase their own revenue. At the same time, attendance at conventions and meetings is down. Many, like the American Payroll Association, are adding Webinars to their educational offerings…with great success. When it comes to embracing and utilizing the latest technology, Dan Maddux, APA’s Executive Director, and his ambitious Education Department have always been ahead of the crowd.

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Gail was the Association Executive when I was president of the National Speakers Association. We planned the board meetings ahead of time at a health spa in Palm Springs. We would exercise in the morning, plan in the afternoon. The tough job for an Association Exec is that they have a new president every year, […]

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Patricia Fripp Interviews Jeff Davidson for Western Association on Living at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society Information overload… as an association executive, your in-bin may be choking you. Are you chasing the clock too frequently? Could you use more breathing space in your life? We spoke with Jeff Davidson of Chapel Hill, North […]

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Associations can use various technologies to serve their members better. According to Bob Treadway, Denver based national speaker, the three most easily implemented and essential are: Voice Mail Systems, Fax On Demand Systems, and On Line Services, including electronic bulletin boards and various ways of creating channels of communication with members. Let’s take the first […]

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