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That’s What We’re Talking About

Posted by Ellen on October 12, 2008

If you haven’t flipped open the October issue of Associations Now, don’t wait. Jeff Waddle’s cover article, “Meetings Remix” hands you several alternatives to standard, passive, PowerPoint-heavy sessions. Except for his insistence that these are for MEETINGS rather than EDUCATIONAL EVENTS (see my post “I am NOT a Meeting Planner”) his article is a great summary of why and how we can make our sessions much more engaging.

Rohit Talwar, in an interview with Lisa Junker (“The Future, Here and Now”) about the Association of the Future initiative, said, “Delivering more online must be part of the solution, because more and more people want online delivery.” At the time of the initiative’s research, it was a “want.” I’d bet that with the economic climate much harsher than it was then that people are now going to demand it. Responsible and forward-thinking education leaders must consider how they’ll move their associations into online learning if they aren’t already there.

All that, and I’m not done reading the full issue yet…

2 Responses to “That’s What We’re Talking About”

  1. Ellen, it’s so great to hear that you’re enjoying the October issue of Associations Now! We really appreciate the positive feedback (not that constructive criticism isn’t appreciated, too, of course). It’s always wonderful to hear that we’ve put together an issue that really resonates with a particular reader.

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I hope you enjoy the rest of the issue!

  2. Ellen said

    Lisa — Thanks for your post! Any hope that ASAE will help distinguish “meetings” from “educational events” in the language of associations? Or is education/training/professional development doomed to remain the ignored stepchild?

    See also my entry to come, “And the Winners Are…” which ASAE and The Center might find of interest.

    Always something of interest in Associations Now — keep up the great work!

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