Category: Inspiration

AI Image Generation: A Guide for Associations

A picture is worth 1,000 words. And today, it takes far fewer than 1,000 words to generate amazing graphics for your association. Traditionally, associations have relied on creatives and illustrators to generate content for things like social media graphics and ad materials. Now, through AI image generation software, organizations can take more control over these […]

Inspiring Associations to Embrace the Possibilities of Generative AI

Despite the significant benefits of generative AI, many association leaders are telling me that they are hesitant to embrace this cutting-edge technology due to various factors – including a history of having challenges using new tech. When airplanes first took flight, some looked up in awe and were inspired to think big. Others looked away […]

6 Event Planning Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Over my career, I’ve had the opportunity to plan a wide variety of events, from conferences to weddings and fancy galas to golf tournaments. While the specific details that go into each of those events vary widely, the lessons I’ve learned in the last decade-plus are always applicable.  Learning to plan events is very much […]

The 10 Best Sidecar Blogs of 2022

And just like that, another year is in the books. While 2022 brought about a brighter outlook and plenty of innovation, particularly in the world of Web3 and AI, many associations are still looking to strengthen as an organization and look for ways to empower and connect with members as they look ahead to slightly […]

The Business Case for AI in Associations

From organizing our social media feeds to recommending the best shows and restaurants, artificial intelligence has become a routine part of our day to day. While these use cases are familiar, they’re only an intro to the possibilities for AI in the business sector. As associations look to get buy-in on AI's uses, looking at […]

8 Must-try AI and Web3 Apps for Association Professionals

From community building of the future to marketing automation, the world of AI and Web3 offers plenty of opportunities for associations. However, it can be daunting to dabble with tools and platforms you’re not familiar with. The good news is you don’t need a highly technical background to get started – just some healthy curiosity and […]

3 Takeaways from ASAE 22

And just like that, my very first ASAE Annual Meeting is in the books, and all I can say is, what an experience.  It was a pleasure to meet Sidecar members, readers and many of the association professionals I’ve been working hard to write for, for the past year. Not only did so many of […]

5 Key Lessons for Associations in 2022

The themes for digitalNow 2021 were rebuilding, reframing and restarting. With sessions ranging from big data and organizational culture to cyber security and innovation, our attendees got insights on how to rebuild their associations in a post-pandemic world, why their thinking should be reframed to add value for their members and whether or not the […]

The 10 Best Sidecar Blogs of 2021

As we close the door on 2021, a year still filled with plenty of uncertainty but a glimmer of hope for the year to come, it’s time to look back on some of the biggest stories and trends in the association space and beyond.  Picking top posts can always be a challenge, especially when you […]

Everything You Need to Know About Goal Setting

As we close the door on some of the most challenging years in recent history, finding motivation for personal growth and development can be tough. As folks reflect on things and begin planning how exactly the new year will bring about that “new year, new me,” goal setting may be the answer.  Whether you want […]

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