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10. COLLAB TOOLS 550X550

Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Collaboration Tools

How does your team collaborate to get work done? We recently found the right mix of tools and technology to help us communicate and boost productivity. Learn more:  Video transcript available below: So our team has been working really hard to try to find collaboration tools and we’ve looked at a whole host of…

11. SUB-STRATEGIES 650X850

Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Sub-Strategies Don’t Work

You can’t develop successful small-scale initiatives like marketing campaigns without first knowing your overarching goals. You know what your association needs; we’ll help you get there.  Video transcript available below: So you know, self-diagnosis is really hard. We recently had a meeting with a local not-for-profit and they wanted to engage us to do…

7. TMG ARTICLE FT PHOTO 550X550

Planning and Tracking Your Association’s Success

“If your association is as successful as you’d like it to be…then don’t change anything.” – Ben Markens Odds are, your association doesn’t fall into this category. Even the most successful companies and organizations across the globe consistently strive to improve. After all, what’s the worst enemy of progress? Complacency! Whether you want to grow…

12. AN AUDITORS JOB 550X750

Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: An Auditor’s Job

An auditor’s job is your job — a financial audit isn’t designed to fix your mistakes, just to ensure you haven’t made any. Watch now:  Video transcript available below: Good morning.  I’m thinking about audits today, financial audits, because I just had a meeting with our largest client’s independent accountant for their audit for…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Creating Connection

Giveaways are a great way to provide value for your members while deepening connections and highlighting your creativity. Watch Ben’s tip to see how one association has leveraged giveaways to create a longlasting impression.  Video transcript available below: Good morning. We’re always trying to think of interesting ways that members can connect with other…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: 2020 Is Coming

Ben reminds us why strategy shouldn’t be a secret and reflects on his yearly goal-setting process.  Video transcript available below: 2019 is almost over, and we had a great 2019 here at The Markens Group; we hit most of the goals that we set. 2020 is coming. My goals have already been established and…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: 2020 Is Coming

Ben reminds us why strategy shouldn’t be a secret and reflects on his yearly goal-setting process.  Video transcript available below: 2019 is almost over, and we had a great 2019 here at The Markens Group; we hit most of the goals that we set. 2020 is coming. My goals have already been established and…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Football & Association

Ben shares how social events can work to build camaraderie and promote trust at your next association meeting or event.  Video transcript available below: So you know, there’s great power in association. We work with organizations that come together to solve common problems or to advocate together or to promote and grow an industry.…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Football & Association

Ben shares how social events can work to build camaraderie and promote trust at your next association meeting or event.  Video transcript available below: So you know, there’s great power in association. We work with organizations that come together to solve common problems or to advocate together or to promote and grow an industry.…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Thank(less)

Ben shares a simple way to give immediate feedback, and reminds us why it’s important to stop and say, “Hey, you know, this place looks great.”  Video transcript available below: So you know there’s a lot of jobs out there that people work hard at, but they don’t receive a lot of recognition. I…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Thank(less)

Ben shares a simple way to give immediate feedback, and reminds us why it’s important to stop and say, “Hey, you know, this place looks great.”  Video transcript available below: So you know there’s a lot of jobs out there that people work hard at, but they don’t receive a lot of recognition. I…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Ben reflects on the importance of community.  Video transcript available below: It’s almost Thanksgiving and the first thing I want to say is thank you to my family, friends, and to the folks I get to work with every day, it’s been a real pleasure. I’m also thankful to…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Own Your Space

Ben shares his favorite way to “own” a space during an association, professional society, or non-profit event.  Video transcript available below: One of the things we think works best when you’re having an event is to own the space. We do that in a lot of different ways. One of our favorite ways is…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Real-Time Takeaways

Ben recently traveled to Malta for an association meeting where he learned an easy way to give attendees real-time takeaways.  Video transcript available below: I’m here at an ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) meeting in Malta, and I saw something that I haven’t seen before. While each speaker was speaking, someone took down all…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Red Gate

Before winter swoops in, Ben takes us back to one of his favorite memories this Summer. Learn how our team works to inspire the next generation and build community in this week’s tip.  Video transcript available below: I’m here at the Red Gate Farm in Buckland, Massachusetts. It’s a place where young people come,…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Staff NSYNC?

Don’t go tearin’ up any hearts. Ben shares 3 quick questions he asks at the start of strategic planning sessions to see if staff are in sync. Learn more about establishing goal congruence in this week’s tip:  Video transcript available below: I’m honored to be able to facilitate strategic planning with organizations of all…

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Does Your Association Need a New Management Model?

If your association is struggling, you might be thinking about changing the program offering or dues structure. But what if the issue goes deeper, to the very way you run and operate the organization? There are four main models of association management, from volunteer-run all the way to full-service management from an association management company…

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Ben’s Video Tip of the Week: Lessons From My Dog

Ben shares 3 things he’s learned from having a dog. Stay tuned for Ben’s bonus tip at the end!  Video transcript available below: Mac, our border collie, is one-year-old today, and I thought I’d do a tip about what I’ve learned from having a dog in our family. First of all, I didn’t have…