Mentoring has been around since the dawn of time, and it certainly has been a central tenet within associations. Many of us can think of the one or two individuals we met through our professional association who provided important guidance as we navigated the early stages of our careers. Many associations have formal mentoring programs, where younger members are paired with more experienced members in the association in an official mentoring relationship (We're also now pretty familiar with the idea of 'reverse mentoring', where younger volunteers or staff can provide training to older cohorts on technology and social media in particular.)
Our guest blogger Judi Huck is the communications specialist at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), which has a community on the Higher Logic platform. She is based in New York and currently working her way through every park and museum in the five boroughs. Connect with her on Twitter @7Huck or on LinkedIn.
For those of you who don't know, I'm currently in my third, decade-long career. I left school at 15 years old with absolutely no idea what to do.
For decades it has been understood that information should only be shared with the people who truly "need to know" it. Part of this was driven by efficiency. It would take a significant amount of time and effort to communicate everything to everybody, particularly before the Internet, so we made careful choices about what information we shared with whom.
In a few years, the Millennial generation (born between 1982 and 2004) will be the single largest segment of the workforce - a spot they will hold for decades to come. That means they are likely to become the most important part of your online community, and like every generation before them, they are entering the scene with some different perspectives on how the world works and their roles in it. Understanding this generation a little better will not only help you attract them, but retain them.
Online communities pride themselves on bringing innovation to the member experience. To be an innovator in the community space means tackling new ways to communicate and offering useful content to members on a regular basis. Some of the best content creation ideas come from our own clients. Check out Higher Logic's top five for content creation that you can implement right away.
Clients of Higher Logic and Personify came together last week to discuss the best ways to take advantage of both platforms, and to increase community activity and communication. Currently, over 47 mutual association clients have utilized the Personify Gold Star Integration and Activity Sync back to their databases to offer single-sign-on, secure data exchange and find new engagement opportunities for their online communities.
The Higher Logic team is excited to head south to Nashville for this year's ASAE Annual Meeting and Expo. There's plenty to see and do in the Music City, so don't settle for work or play - take advantage of both! On your way to and from ASAE, make sure to check out these Higher Logic-approved activities. And don't forget to tweet your favorites to us at #ASAE14.