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Welcome to Association Transformation, a transatlantic conversation advancing the impact and evolution of non-profit organizations. We're always seeking diversity of thought and new examples of innovation in action. That and a commitment to mission driven organizations spurred this collaboration between the teams at Brewer Pratt Solutions and Elevated. Together with our special guests, each episode we take a deep dive into the issues, topics, challenges and opportunities facing the association community. Between us we’ve been there, done it, got the t-shirt: membership, mergers, boards and leadership, advocacy, and education - nothing is off limits. Any subject that effects non-profits, their survival or their success is up for discussion.

Association Transformation Brewer Pratt Solutions & Elevated LLC

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Welcome to Association Transformation, a transatlantic conversation advancing the impact and evolution of non-profit organizations. We're always seeking diversity of thought and new examples of innovation in action. That and a commitment to mission driven organizations spurred this collaboration between the teams at Brewer Pratt Solutions and Elevated. Together with our special guests, each episode we take a deep dive into the issues, topics, challenges and opportunities facing the association community. Between us we’ve been there, done it, got the t-shirt: membership, mergers, boards and leadership, advocacy, and education - nothing is off limits. Any subject that effects non-profits, their survival or their success is up for discussion.

    The Role of AI in Strategic Planning - The Discussion

    The Role of AI in Strategic Planning - The Discussion

    Dive into the future of strategic planning and explore the fascinating intersection of human expertise and AI capabilities. Join Elisa and Andrew as delve into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence. They unpack the release of their groundbreaking Association Transformation white paper on AI in Strategic Planning. Discover how AI can revolutionize data gathering, analysis, and progress tracking. Learn why data quality is paramount and how AI can supercharge analysis and execution, enabling you to make more informed decisions and streamline your workflows. But beware of the dangers of relying solely on AI for decision-making. AI should complement, not replace, the critical human elements of strategic thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving. Tune in to learn how to harness AI's capabilities while maintaining the essential human touch in ever-necessary strategic planning endeavors.

    Check out the white paper here: https://associationtransformation.org/white-paper

    P.S. Plus, in the episode you’ll get some early intel on our upcoming 100th episode celebration (Thursday, May 2) and our next big white paper announcement
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    April Fools Edition! The lies association leaders tell themselves.

    April Fools Edition! The lies association leaders tell themselves.

    Embrace the spirit of April Fool's Day in this 96th episode of Association Transformation. Hosts Elisa Pratt and Andrew Chamberlain playfully explore the little white lies and falsehoods we tell ourselves as association professionals. From blaming governance structures to touting inflated retention rates, they dissect common self-deceptions that hinder progress. With humor and insight, they delve into the dangers of optimism bias, the illusion of member engagement, and the denial of staff burnout. Get ready for an honest, thought-provoking discussion that challenges you to confront the fibs holding your nonprofit organization back. Tune in for a dose of truth amid the pranks!
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    The Digital Engagement Dance

    The Digital Engagement Dance

    Join Elisa as she welcomes Olena Lima, Founder of MemberBoat to the Association Transformation family to discuss the ever-evolving digital engagement dance. We debunked the myth of email's demise, explore innovative ideas for global #memberengagement, highlight methods to tailor content for multigenerational audiences, and emphasize the importance of aligning marketing and membership teams to ensure a seamless member experience. Check out episode 95 for actionable insights to elevate your association's digital engagement strategies.
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    BONUS: 6 Degrees of Associations with Andrew Chamberlain

    BONUS: 6 Degrees of Associations with Andrew Chamberlain

    How to help volunteers and leadership from damaging your association
    Andrew Chamberlain is truly one of a kind. With a robust background as a former association CEO, he boasts an impressive 15-year tenure in executive roles within professional membership bodies across the UK. Since 2016, he has expanded his expertise globally as a renowned consultant in non-profit business development, leadership, strategic planning, and effective governance. Andrew brings a unique passion and fire to the association world, on a mission to address the challenges faced by boards of directors and volunteers who are set up to fail in their associations. While volunteers are the lifeblood of associations, there are many ways they can inadvertently damage their association when set up for failure. As the Chief Development Officer & Co-Founder of Elevated, an international consulting firm dedicated to supporting non-profit and association business growth, Andrew is at the forefront of driving positive change. Other themes explored in today’s episode include how groupthink can crush institutions, education being at the heart of successful associations and board governance, and the unique (and untapped) position associations are in to literally change the world, one community at a time.

    Welcome to the 6 Degrees of Associations Podcast: Presented by Core Adventures. Core Adventures (formerly Core Affinity) works tirelessly to advance the value of affinity by working with association leaders to strengthen the connection with their members and increase the overall benefits of membership. When you win, we win. On this channel you can be sure to get connected to relevant news, best practices, and other important information for the association management industry and the larger business of marketing and revenue generation. Check back every week for a new episode featuring the best in the business as we feature guests from across the sector to include association leadership, world class marketers, affinity partner organization leadership, and much more! Learn More: ⁠https://coreadventures.com/⁠ 
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    The Potential & Pitfalls of the Volunteer-Staff Partnership

    The Potential & Pitfalls of the Volunteer-Staff Partnership

    You know we love alliterations, but not as much as we love the intricacies of the volunteer-staff partnership within associations. Elisa and Andrew dive in with Amy Biedenharn, Director of Client Experience with Innovatis Group, to discuss the dynamics, challenges, and strategies involved in fostering a positive and productive collaboration. This sometimes complex relationship between member-leaders and paid staff can have a great impact and can also present poisonous pitfalls (sorry, we’ll stop). Drawing from diverse experiences, we explore the significance of setting clear expectations, establishing boundaries, and providing training for both volunteers and staff, and we emphasize the ongoing commitment required to navigate and nurture this essential aspect of association management.
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    BONUS: 6 Degrees of Associations with Elisa Pratt

    BONUS: 6 Degrees of Associations with Elisa Pratt

    Why so many fail at strategic planning (and how to fix that)
    Join us in the latest episode of the 6 Degrees of Associations podcast for insightful conversation with Elisa Brewer Pratt, MA, CAE, the CEO and founder of Brewer Pratt Solutions LLC. With a background as a senior staff member in various trade and individual membership associations, Elisa shares her journey from the staff side to becoming a consultant. She delves into her passion for strategic planning, the challenges associations face, and the importance of authentic leadership. In this candid discussion, Elisa opens up about her mission to be the consultant she wished she had, highlighting the significance of being a guiding force for her clients. While exploring the nuances of strategic planning, uncovering why it's often met with skepticism and how Elisa is reshaping it to be relevant, engaging, and actionable.

    Welcome to the 6 Degrees of Associations Podcast: Presented by Core Adventures. Core Adventures (formerly Core Affinity) works tirelessly to advance the value of affinity by working with association leaders to strengthen the connection with their members and increase the overall benefits of membership. When you win, we win. On this channel you can be sure to get connected to relevant news, best practices, and other important information for the association management industry and the larger business of marketing and revenue generation. Check back every week for a new episode featuring the best in the business as we feature guests from across the sector to include association leadership, world class marketers, affinity partner organization leadership, and much more! Learn More: ⁠https://coreadventures.com/⁠
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