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Unfortunately, most education panels I’ve seen rarely meet, let alone exceed expectations. At conferences, I have begun avoiding panels because they are not well run and I find I don’t get much useful information. So why do these panel presentations receive poor reviews and fail? A lot of it has to do with the moderator.
I recently received a personal email from a nonprofit for which I volunteer. It was a rambling letter and after I read it, I could not figure out what they were asking me to do – either serve on a committee or attend an afternoon “get to know us” event. In our roles at associations, we need to constantly review how we are recruiting volunteers.
Last year I started noticing a new speaking trait by some radio and TV reporters. It was irritating to me and I mentioned it to several people but no one had noticed anything unusual. Then last fall, Faith Salie from CBS Sunday Morning had a special segment on exactly the phenomena. And it had a name: Vocal Fry.
Last week I attended a meeting of my peers who are outside of Texas. The other Executive Directors of state Society of Association Executives (the Alliance) get together twice a year to plan our collaborative work and share ideas. There was one common theme this year: membership dues and categories.
The month of December is usually performance evaluation time here at TSAE. I conduct the annual evaluations for our staff while the board evaluates my performance. I’ve had a lot of conversations about performance reviews with other association executives, and I am surprised when CEOs tell me that they don’t get evaluations from their board.