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Sponsorship Psychology

Sponsorship Psychology

(This blog originally appeared on the IOM website as a guest blog. Jason E. Ebey, IOM, serves on the Institute Faculty.) How you think about your businesses and their life cycles can make a difference in their responses to you when you speak with them about...

Plant Seeds of Growth in Your Community

Plant Seeds of Growth in Your Community

You must plant the seeds long before you enjoy the harvest. The “chamber field” is ready for a lot of planting right now. Businesses are exhausted, fatigued, confused, wondering, questioning, unsure…and the list goes on. They’re looking to us, as Chamber...

Volunteers = A Chamber Secret Weapon

Volunteers = A Chamber Secret Weapon

One of the fundamental differences between a Total Resource Campaign (TRC) and a staff-driven sponsorship drive is the use of volunteers in a TRC. Through the years, we have experienced an assortment of reactions when chamber professionals are told how many volunteers...

Guest Blog: How are you ‘Resetting’ Your Chamber?

Guest Blog: How are you ‘Resetting’ Your Chamber?

Have you found yourself wanting "things" to be the way it was pre-pandemic or perhaps you are tired of the mixed emotions you are still experiencing? Well, you are not alone!   Recently, I was listening to a message about being intentional post-Covid...

Annual Session Provides R&D Opportunities

Annual Session Provides R&D Opportunities

Chamber professionals are known for adhering to a strict “R&D” operating procedure. If you don’t know R&D, you are either outside of the chamber world or brand new. “Rip Off & Duplicate” is one of the best ways to gather new ideas for your chamber. Another...

Strategic Reviews of 2020

Strategic Reviews of 2020

It’s been a year since we all began to experience the Covid-19 pandemic in personal ways. We talked about ‘expecting the unexpected’ and about how to ‘pivot’ (one of our favorite words for 2020) and how to continue to serve your members and communities in the midst of...

Strategic Thinking: Networking

Strategic Thinking: Networking

In these early months in 2021, we are focusing on strategic thinking. That’s right – strategic thinking, not just strategic planning – though they go hand in hand. You have to be thinking strategically in order to do the important work of the planning for your chamber or organization. All strategic thinking involves questions. We […]

Strategic Planning Starts with Strategic Thinking

Strategic Planning Starts with Strategic Thinking

It doesn’t take long in the chamber world to realize that strategic planning, board retreats, and annual programs of work are mainstays of chamber life. For some, this is an organizational thrill ride equal to the best roller coaster, but with charts and highlighters. For others, the mere thought of this induces a queasy feeling […]

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