You’ve joined a committee. Now what?

If you’ve just volunteered to sit on an association committee or task force, congratulations! It’s likely you’re excited for this new opportunity to give back. You might also be a bit nervous about being a part of a committee for the first time. We have a fabulous way for you to kick start your learning and quickly become … Continued

What is governance anyway?

Lyn McDonell has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years, as a volunteer and as a consultant. One topic that she finds many people need to understand better is governance. If you are one of those people and want to better understand what governance is, here is an article by Lyn on What is What … Continued

Accomplish more by replacing these 10 killer phrases

We tried that before…it won’t work…we’ve always done it that way…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Statements like those will kill a good idea on the spot. If you want to encourage ideas and find new ways to serve your association members, you need to replace 10 of the most common killer phrases. Learn … Continued

New to volunteering? There’s lots to learn.

The first quarter of every year finds many new people volunteering within organized real estate. If you’ve started attending committee or board meetings where motions are discussed and voted on, then you’ll probably enjoy watching our Just-in-time Learning Series, Presiding like a Pro. Through this series of demos, you’ll learn how to make, amend and … Continued

Are you in the dark on governance

When I started working with OREA 7 years ago, I knew very little about the world of associations. When I heard people talk about governance I was more than a little embarrassed that I hadn’t a clue what they were talking about. I faked it for some time before I admitted I needed to learn … Continued

Video Blog for Trainers: Slides are not Handouts

Go to any seminar or conference and you are likely to receive copies of the slides as your handouts. Seems sufficient enough. But is that the best approach? Watch a short video about rethinking the use of slides as handouts Consider that slides and handouts have two very different purposes. When we attempt to use … Continued

Hold that Conflict

I’m one of those people who prefers to avoid conflict. I know that’s not such a good approach, so I work to resist the urge to run the other way. One thing that has helped me resist that urge is the conflict resolution training delivered by Warren Wilson. Warren’s session is part of the communication … Continued

Video Blog for Trainers: Don’t Answer that Question!

If you facilitate training sessions, you probably get lots of questions from your students. As a subject matter expert you may have a tendency to simply answer those questions. That’s the most natural response. It feels like you’re being helpful, sharing your knowledge with others. Have you ever considered not answering those questions? There may … Continued

The softer side of tough talking

When I sat down recently with Mary Byers to discuss initiating and managing difficult conversations, we started our conversation by talking about the importance of asking questions. View a short interview with Mary Byers on Tough Talking: Initiating and Managing Difficult conversations. Asking questions and listening may not be the first two skills that come … Continued

Strategic Planning Checkup

Summer is a great time for association leaders to review processes, plans and procedures with an eye to improving them. One of the most important things an association leader can review is how well the board of directors advances the strategic goals of the association. These are the goals that help your association achieve its … Continued