About Larissa Fair

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Larissa Fair has created 45 blog entries.

Stepping Up Your Event Game: The Keys To More Dynamic Conferences


Conference planning is one of the most challenging aspects of running a successful association. As anyone who has ever planned an event can testify, whether it’s a child’s birthday party or a multi-day conference with 5,000 attendees, getting all the details right can be challenging enough. Taking it to the next level? Even tougher. But …

Tech Bits: Best Practices for Association Technology


While we dedicate a lot of blog time to online communications and social media in this space, it is also important to shine a light on the new technologies that are frequently contributing to an organization’s goals. Particularly for associations with a large membership base to manage, the technology you use every day to execute …

MIP Is Back


Are you a fund accounting professional? Then we have some great news for you! MIP is back! Now that we’re part of the Abila family, we are excited to share in their news. Yesterday, Abila announced that its signature fund accounting software is back to its original name MIP – 30 years in the making!

The …

Making Your Association A Great Place To Work: Nurturing & Mentoring


Following up on our recent post on the pros and cons of open floor plan workspaces and how they impact employee morale, we wanted to focus some attention on the association as a workplace. Most associations dedicate a lot of time and energy into making sure that members are happy and fulfilled by their membership, …

AUDC 2014: Register Now!


It’s that time of year again, time for AUDC! Registration launched a couple of weeks ago, and we hope that you will join us for the best association and nonprofit event of the year (we think so anyway). Hurry and register, because you can still take advantage of our Buy 2, Get 1 Free deal …

The Government Shutdown: Associations, Current Events, and Politics


As the nation continues to focus on the latest political meltdown in Washington this week, where the Federal government shutdown continues with no clear end in sight (at the time of writing), it’s got us thinking: when it comes to politics, what’s the best communications strategy for associations? Certainly, there are many associations that are …

Open Workspaces – Yea or Nay?


A new study on the merits (or lack thereof) of the “open” office plan has been making the rounds on blogs and social networks this month, eliciting many strong reactions. The study showed that a strong majority of workers in open plan offices were unhappy with the arrangement, complaining of distractions and longing for more …

No Spam Here! Email Best Practices for Associations


We spent a lot of time this summer publishing posts with great tips, ideas, and best practices for communicating with members and the broader association audience online. We offered posts about using every social platform available from Facebook to Google+, and even some, like Pinterest and Instagram, that are a bit off the beaten path. …

Blog Best Of: Using Social Media for Education


One of the top purposes of any professional association should be the education and enrichment of its members. Professional development, training, and knowledge are some of the biggest reasons members join an association—whether it’s in person at a conference, via an online webinar, or even simply reading up on the latest enrichment materials available. Your …

Making the Most of Social Media: Using Google+ for Associations


In this ongoing series on using social media as an association, we’ve covered best practices for your association Facebook page, managing an association’s Twitter account, and best practices for LinkedIn. Today, we are moving on to less “mainstream” networks, but those that are still valuable as you approach your association’s overall online communications strategy. First …