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Hip Hip Hooray for National Bow Tie Day!
If we’re being honest, at TMG we celebrate our love for bow ties every day of the year. Lucky for us, August 28th is National Bow Tie Day, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have an opportunity to share how the bow tie has shaped our brand. If you’ve ever met our founder Ben…
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Being Prepared
Proper preparation gives you time to think outside of the box, alleviates unnecessary stress and allows you to be more present in the moment. In this month’s Ben’s Tips, Ben reflects on the importance of being prepared, especially when planning large events. To limit stress, Ben reminds us to anticipate what’s ahead by having a…
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Stepping Away From Work
During the summer months, it’s important to take time to relax while also planning for what’s ahead. That’s why Ben encourages employees to be fully dedicated to their jobs when they’re on the clock and fully dedicated to themselves and their loved ones during their time off. In this month’s Ben’s Tips, Ben reminds us that people perform their…
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Keeping Pandemic Lessons Top of Mind
After over a year of quarantine, we’re all excited to put the past behind us. However, whether we like it or not, the impact of the pandemic has permanently changed how we work, how we learn, and how we communicate. In this month’s Ben’s Tips, Ben reiterates how important it is for associations to incorporate…
Our New Online Digs!
We are thrilled to introduce our new website! The site has truly been a labor of love, from the broad strokes to the tiniest details. We meticulously honed the design, accessibility, and layout of content – all to ensure it reflects who we are as people and as an organization. Here are some of the…
Client Success Stories: Hartford Medical Society Wins 2021 Merit Award for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE
We’re proud to announce that our client, Hartford Medical Society (HMS), has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with a 2021 Merit Award! The Award showcases the work we did in collaboration with HMS to rebrand their website and revitalize their organization. The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association…
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: When No One Cares About Credit
In sports and in business, the biggest wins come from teams that selflessly work together. Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: No is the Second Best Answer
We all want to say yes, but don’t underestimate the power of what Ben calls the second-best answer: no! In this tip, Ben explains why he’d rather get a “no” over no answer any day: Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Onboarding During the Pandemic
How do you #onboard a new team member when most of your company is working from home? You bring the office to them! See how we make new employees feel like part of the team even when we’re apart. Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: No and Hell No
If you asked Ben 6 months ago if he would allow remote work, he had two answers: “no” and “hell no!” Now, if you ask is Team Markens successful working from home, he has two answers, “yes” and “hell yes!” Why the change? Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook…
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: It’s Fun to Do the Impossible
What’s the most fun you have at work? For Ben, it’s doing the impossible! We’ve found that with the right combination of technology, #strategy, and optimism, you can surprise even yourself. Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Practice Patience — Immediately!
Is your “hair-on-fire” mentality driving you or your team nuts? In his most recent tip, Ben discusses the importance of practicing patience—immediately! Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Mathmachicken
Ben shares the legendary Mathmachicken in this week’s tip on the power of humor in virtual team-building! Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on Facebook and LinkedIn.
How I Invented the Association Management Company (AMC) Model
By Ben Markens, President and CEO It was my 50th birthday. I was at the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia, and my friend, Steve, asked me to meet him for a drink. I was attending an association meeting for the industry that I had worked and consulted in for almost 30 years. The association was…
Time to Embrace the Unconventional
By Kate Smith, Vice President of Operations Throughout my professional career, I’ve always enjoyed the unconventional. From theme parks and roller coasters to sharks and the Caribbean, my background has positively shaped my approach to association management. You may wonder, how does lifeguarding or running a theme park apply to membership development? How does tagging…
Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Bourbon and BS
How do you stay in touch while socially distant? Ben used to meet with his friends for “Bourbon and BS,” but now they’ve moved the fun to Zoom! Just goes to show how we can stay close even when we have to be apart. Watch now: Like, comment, or share this week’s tip on…
A Note to the Community
Eight minutes, 46 seconds. According to prosecutors, that’s the amount of time that George Floyd was pinned by the neck under a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee. When I saw the video footage, like so many others across the United States, I was enraged, saddened, and deeply disturbed. Since then, the memory of George Floyd…