Welcome to the Weekly Wrap-Up! Every Friday, I take the time to compile a list of events, articles, and fun tips and tricks for associations that I have found in my journeys around the web. It’s also a recapping of my key takeaways from the weekly Twitter chat, #assnchat. This post is a resource for association professionals, just in case they missed something that would and could be beneficial now or down the road.
The fun title of today’s post comes from the fact that earlier this week I was surprised with tickets to see the amazing musical Wicked. Let me just say, it was WONDERFUL. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite books and movies (Judy Garland!) growing up, and I adore the Gregory Maguire book that the musical is based on. The show was just as great as I had hoped it would be. It also got me thinking about what associations could learn from it and how different the Witch’s story would be if she had had an association lobbying for her cause… But that’s another blog post.
On with the Wrap-up!
Content Strategies for Websites by Amy Eddins.
- Before creating your global navigation, list your goals for your site then prioritize your goals. Once those priorities are clear, create your navigation using simple, easy to scan headings. The shorter, the better. Have people test your navigation to make sure it is intuitive, for more than one type of viewer.
Inclusion is also Aspirational by Joe Gerstandt.
- A lot of organizations make D&I efforts for the wrong reasons. They start doing stuff because somebody wants them to, or because they think someone wants to, or because they think they have to, or because it seems like the right thing to do.
- Association leaders are faced with a continually changing environment and rapid changes in the workplace. As the next decade unfolds, there are a number of critical skills that need conscious attention and development. This is the last in a series of posts on leadership skills every staff member and volunteer should begin to develop.
12 Simple Ways to Unleash More Creative Thinking by Jeffrey Cufaude.
- Regularly consume media outside your normal reading routine: magazines, TV shows, websites, blogs, music, etc. This will let you temporarily immerse yourself into someone else’s world. For a quick field trip, just visit the periodicals section fo your local library or spend time looking at the covers of the magazines in an airport shop.
Unfortunately on Tuesday I wasn’t able to take part in the weekly #assnchat because of work that needed to be done but from what I saw, Kiki L’Italien and all my other association chat friends had a great discussion. You can check out the compilation of tweets about the Social Media Update for Associations chat and previous chats over on KiKi’s blog. Enjoy!
Don’t forget – the chat is every Tuesday at 1pm CST and any and everyone is welcome. You can check out past #assnchat conversation by searching for #assnchat on Twitter. Joining the conversation is as easy as adding #assnchat to the tweet you’d like to share. Come take part in the conversation! I’ll be there. Will you?