I sat in the room thinking about the money that associations invest in Professional Development for their staff. The investment instructors make (on their own dime and away from their work) to learn and make connections. More recently, at the Professional Development Director’s Summit in Wichita Kansas, RAPDD was one of the most well-run meetings I have ever attended.
There was healthy balance of staff and educators – Director and teacher and practitioner (including REALTOR®-teachers who came to learn and get better at their positions.)
For me, one of the best parts of the meeting was dedicated people on both sides of education with one mission: delivering more relevant education.
There were many gems to take away from the conference, among them:
- Since this meeting was only about education, people were really focused on making connections and delivering quality education.
- I felt new energy and insight that helped people look at their jobs differently.
- Inspiration to be different, “do” different, and find the more passion for their work.
I was surprised by a few comments:
Education is not important to my association … Education is on the back seat on the priority list … I can’t communicate the way I want to about educational offerings … I’m at the mercy of my communications director to do “that”.
To these objections, I wonder if education is core to their association’s value proposition. I suspect YES. In my perfect world, education directors work with communications staff to determine the best way to wrap education into the communications plan. Making education a bigger part of the value proposition. Maybe it’s a new strategy, and new tactics to get members’ attention to come to class. It involves selling the ideas to the communications director or the Association Exec. Prioritizing education may seem like a difficult or even hopeless activity, and it may take a long time to convince other staff or leaders of your proposition. Yes, association staff, at the end of the day, we are all in sales.
Happy 5th birthday RAPDD.