Shop Talks deliver practical learning that fits into 30 minutes for busy association professionals. Experts, thought leaders, and practitioners from inside and outside the association world share what works. If you want to spend a short amount of time learning, connecting with peers, and learning more about what WSAE does, join us for the next WSAE Shop Talk.

Who Should Participate: Shop Talks are designed for a broad audience. While anyone can come, Shop Talks are a great way for association staff, new members, and non-members to hone their knowledge and skills. 

About Shop Talks

Dates: Wednesdays monthly
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration is complimentary and open to everyone
Each program has a unique zoom link. Register separately for each. Automated email confirmation can be added to your calendar.
Professional development hours are .5 per live program and qualifying recorded programs identified with an asterisk (*).

What people are saying about Shop Talk

"What an engaging meeting today! WSAE Zoom meetings are some of the best thought-out and well-managed Zoom events I attend. I appreciate all the effort that goes into making it look effortless."

- K'ai Roberts Fu, Magnus Media Group Video Production


Upcoming Talks

Bots & SMS: Turbocharging Member Engagement

Wednesday, August 14, 2024
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Guest Commentator - Johnna Kerr, 42Chat

Insight Infusion: Association Pros Unplugged

Wednesday, September 25, 2024
HYBRID Event located at Seattle King County Realtors
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Virtual & In-Person
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - In-Person only

Guest Commentator - Kyle Tibbs, WSCAI

2024 Shop Talks Archive

July 10: Enriching the Member Experience Through Innovative Revenue Strategies, Guest Commentator, Lance Clark, CAE
May 8: 
Speaking On Camera and On Stage: Proven Pointers to Improve Your Skills and Confidence Level - Guest Commentator - 
K'ai Roberts Fu and Grant Fu
April 10: Maximize Education Events Through a Generative Learning Lens, Guest Commentator - Jeffrey R. Wilcox, CFRE
March 13: 
Key Strategies for Safeguarding Your Association’s Events, Guest Commentator, Angela Strecker, Blue Wings Events
February 14: 
Steps to Mitigate Legal Risks of Association ESG/DEIA Programs, Guest Commentator - Jeffrey Tenenbaum (recording with CAE credit coming soon)
January 10: Building Financial Resilience: Investment Strategies and Policies for Associations, Guest Commentator, Bob Heck, Kiley-Juergens Wealth Management (recording with CAE credit coming soon)

2023 Shop Talks Archive

November 15: The Art, Science, and Strategy of Taking Association Meeting Minutes, Andrew Estep, CAE
October 11: Key Legal Issues for Nonprofits Regarding AI, Guest Commentator - Jeffrey Tenenbaum
September 27: Building Stronger Connections Through an Association Online Community, Guest Commentator - Monette Anderson, CAE
August 23: Building Stronger Connections Through an Association Online Community, Guest Commentator - Hannah Ashcroft
*July 19: How to be Successful at Sponsorship Sales, Guest Commentator, Sylvia Allen
June 28: How to Switch to Google Analytics 4, Guest Commentator, Chivan Lim
May 10: Reboot Your Network, Guest Commentator, Monette Anderson, CAE

*April 12: Pro Tips for Recruiting Top Talent, Guest Commentator, Amy DuBeau
March 8: Keeping Boardrooms Productive & Collegial in a Polarized World, Guest Commentator, Steve Francks, CAE
*February 8: Membership Makeover Hits and Misses, Guest Commentator, Monette Anderson, CAE
*January 11: Three Elements of any Productive Meeting, Guest Commentator, Nancy Bacon

2022 Shop Talks Archive

November 23: Friendsgiving - Book Review and Sharing of Holiday Recipes/Traditions, Jackie Barry, CAE, APTA Washington
November 9: Foster Productive Political Conversations, Peter Schrappen, CAE, American Waterways Association
October 26: Infusing Profit Margin Culture with Your Board, Patty Anderson, CAE, WSAE
*October 12: Technology Tips & Tricks, Guest Commentator: Brit Kramer, CAE, WSAE
September 28: What to Consider when Looking for a new Association Mangement System, Guest Commentator: Vanessa Dennison, Dennison & Associates
September 14: Saving Your Association's Bottom Line: Strategies for Combatting Rising Costs & Inflation, Guest Commentator: Tom Hurdelbrink, CAE, NWMLS
August 24: Creative Meeting Spaces & Places, Linda Herald, Guest Commentator: Wenatchee Convention Center
*August 10: Trends Shaking Up Association Meetings, Guest Commentator: Angela Strecker, Blue Wings Events
July 27: Marketing & Communications, Patty Anderson, CAE, WSAE
*July 13: Membership Matters, Brit Kramer, CAE, WSAE
June 22: Proposed New Name & Aha Moments from Convention, Guest Commentator: DeAnn Hartman, HartManagement, Inc
*May 25: Content and Messaging through a DEI Lens, Dr. Jen O'Ryan, DoubleTall Consulting LLC
*May 11: Moving the Unmovable, Guest presenter: josh martinez, Future Emergent
*April 27: DEI Strategy Sharing, Guest Commentator: K'ai Roberts Fu, Magnus Media Video Production
*April 13: Specific Federal Legislation Impacting Washington State Associations, Guest Commentator, Brenda Orffer, CAE, Washington Health Care Association
*March 23: Website Accessibility, Guest Commentator, Peter Schrappen, CAE, American Waterways Association
*March 9: Optimizing the Eight Stages of Association Marketing, Guest Commentator, Kirk Richardson, Materials Technology Institute
February 23: Essential & Emerging Dues Strategies, Guest Commentator, Lola Franklin, TriCity Association of Realtors and Pacific Regional MLS
*February 9: Learning Management Platforms, Guest Commentator, Vanessa Dennison, Dennison & Associates
Bonus session: D2L DEMO
January 26: Top Association Trends for 2022, Guest Commentator, Louise Miller, CAE, SBI Association Management
*January 12: The Washington Nonprofit Corporation Act: Big Changes to Affect Nonprofits in 2022, Hosted by Tammie Hetrick, Washington Food Industry Association

2021 Shop Talks Archive

*December 8: How Hotels are Doing in 2021 and Beyond, Hosted by Jeff Bowe
November 10: In-Person Meeting Updates, Hosted by Emily Hoyt (Slide Deck | King County Vaccine Verification Toolkit | WSCC Covid-19 Health Order FAQs)
November 24: Friendsgiving, Hosted by Marcia Holland, CAE, and Donna Cameron, CAE
*October 27: Art of Leadership: Ethics, Hosted by Jeffrey Wilcox
*October 13: Budgeting During a Pandemic, Hosted by Joel Diehl
September 22: The Hybrid Office, Hosted by Bracken Killpack
July 28: Open Discussion/Committees & Task Forces
*July 14: Using Video for Drastic Results, Toni Harris Taylor
June 30: Generative Learning, Jeffrey Wilcox
June 16: Aha! Moments from Convention
May 19: Open Discussion: Meeting In-Person Scenarios, Protocols and Procedures
May 5: Open Discussion/Working From Home - What's Working
April 21: Open Discussion/Opening up strategies post COVID
April 7: Open Discussion/Producing Hybrid Events
*March 17: TikTok for Associations, Joey Viola
Feb 24: Post Covid Marketing Strategy, Melanie Asher
Jan 6: Connect the Dots: Innovative Thinking for Association Leaders, Bill Stainton

2020 Shop Talks Archive

*Dec 9: Convention 3.0, Dr. Dan Diamond
*Nov 18: Inclusion, Jen O'Ryan, Double Tall Consulting
Nov 11: Ethics, Jeffrey Wilcox, Third Sector Co. (This session was 1 full hour)
Sept 2: How Associations Can Benefit From Online Learning Platforms, Brandon Mullen, D2L
*August 19: Networking in the New Normal with Joe Diehl, Diehl & Co LLC (download handout)
August 5: Microsoft Productivity Hacks with Laura Leist, Eliminate Chaos
July 15: Open Discussion
July 1: Blended Meetings Continued
June 24: Virtual & Blended Meetings and Events
June 17: Protecting Your Association from COVID-19 Scams with Mitch Hansen, Clark Nuber
June 10: Convention Orientation with Dr. Dan Diamond, MD
June 3: Open Discussion 
May 27: Virtual Fundraising
May 20: Public Relations with Jocelyn McCabe Public Relations
May 13: Governance Challenges (ASA webinar)
May 6: Zoom 
April 29: Sponsorship, with Sylvia Allen Consulting
April 22: Communication 
April 15: Governance
April 8: Membership
April 6: Adding Member Value in the Time of COVID-19 (ASA webinar)
April 1: Shop Talk Launch with Dr. Dan Diamond