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01 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Complete Guide To Managing Bids In Your Fraternity

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If you’re going to take on the responsibility of managing a frat, membership is among the most important factors to consider. New members are the lifeblood of your organization; they are the ones who will keep the frat alive once you’ve graduated and moved on. You need to make sure they’re the kind of people you want in charge when you’re gone, and that’s something that begins right in the recruitment phase.

Today, we’re going to take you through what’s involved in managing bids, bringing in new members, handling rush week, and hosting a bid ceremony. Let’s dive right in. […]

24 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

How to Set Up a Charity: The 10,000 ft View

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Looking to change the world? Your own charity is a great place to start – if you know what you’re doing. Running a charitable organization isn’t as easy as some people make it look. There are legalities to consider, to say nothing of the logistics involved.

We’ll run you through everything you need to know. By the end of this piece, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to start working towards the greater good. Let’s dive right in. […]

17 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

How Can We ACTUALLY Secure A Future For Education?

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By now, it’s no secret that the United States educational system is in dire straits. Schools across the country are understaffed and underfunded. From educational cuts in Louisiana that make post secondary even more unattainable to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s efforts in Albany to obtain a grant for education investment, the news is swimming with stories about how education is underfunded, understaffed, and underutilized.

The worst part is, lack of funding is actually the smallest of our concerns here – the solution for that, at least, is fairly simple, more money. Far more pressing is the fact that the majority of children seem disinterested in learning. Somewhere along the line, there’s a disconnect, and educators bogged down by archaic testing methods and ineffective teaching strategies pretty much have their hands tied.

And yet, no one seems to know how to solve the problem – everyone just keeps talking about it. […]

10 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Conference Swag: Assembling Bags People Will Actually Keep

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I want you to take a moment and think about the last conference you attended. You got a conference bag, right? What’d it contain?

Can you even remember?

Don’t be too upset if you can’t. The truth is that many conference organizers don’t pay attention to what their conference bags contain – some don’t even know how to design them. The result is that anyone who attends their conferences ends up saddled with yet another forgettable, boring bag of burdens that’ll just collect dust in their closet when everything’s said and done.

You don’t want to be one of those organizers.

“Swag bags are a great way to show people you appreciated their presence at your event,” reads a post on the attendify blog, “but they have this effect only if they are done correctly,”

A conference bag is the first thing you’ll give most of your guests. It’s the closest thing to a first impression that you as an event manager can make. In order for it to be valuable, you need to ensure the bag is both well made and filled with quality items; stuff your guests will actually enjoy.

In short, you want to hand out swag, not trash. That’s where we come in. We’re going to go over everything that goes into a good swag bag – and how you can put together one that’ll leave guests smiling.

Let’s get started. […]

03 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

What Makes A Good Team?

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If you’re like most people, then you’ve probably encountered the two extremes of teamwork. You’ve seen organized collectives that simply ‘click’ with one another; men and women who work so well in tandem they seem to be of a single mind. You’ve also seen bands of misfits who look like they could devolve into chaos at any given moment; slapdash groups that seem incapable of getting anything done.

It isn’t random chance that differentiates one from the other. As noted by Alex “Sandy” Pentland of Harvard Business Review, there’s a science behind teamwork. It’s something that team leaders and team members alike would do well to understand.

“We think of building teams that operate well as an art, or even magic,” writes Pentland. “It’s not something you can plan; it’s lightning-in-a-bottle stuff that you just embrace when you’re lucky enough to come across it.”

This is, explains Pentland, an erroneous way of looking at things. Back in 2012, he set up an experiment with MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory in an effort to figure out the hard science behind teamwork. The experiment was a success, and its results supported what many have been saying about teamwork for years.

“At  MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory, we have identified the elusive group dynamics that characterize high-performing teams,” explains Pentland. “These dynamics are observable, quantifiable, and measurable. And, perhaps most important, teams can be taught how to strengthen them.” […]

27 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

20 Surefire Ways To Come Up With Greek Line Names

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A line name is a unique badge that signifies a member’s identity in a fraternity or sorority. Naturally, this means each line name should be unique. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

Here are a few quick hacks you can use to come up with better line names, faster: […]