Learning from Other iMIS Users
Sometimes you feel like Eleanor Rigby. You know, the lady who waits at the window, wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. Still don't get what I mean? Hopefully you've heard of the Beatles:
"All the lonely people, where do they all come from?"
Well, you don't have to be lonely with iMIS. There is a vibrant network of users out there in iMIS-land. We're not the leading AMS (Association Management System) for nothing.
Candi at Home Builders Association of Alabama
"Yesterday’s class was really great!" says Candi Stroh. She's talking about the local iMIS User Group meeting we just put on in Atlanta November 10 at AGC Georgia. Candi drove in from Montgomery, about three hours, to have this experience.
"I learned a lot," she explains, "and it was great to be able to talk to other associations and learn their processes and learn what we could do differently and be more productive."
It seems the key was not only the information 501CiO presented, but to have that experience with other iMIS users and to be able to interact and learn from each other.
Loneliness and Association Management
It can be lonely out there. You think to yourself, "I've been running this report this way since we upgraded. It's a pain. I wonder if other people do it the same way or have something better."
Sitting alone. In the dark. Well, under the headache-inducing fluorescent lights actually. In isolation, you wonder about your loneliness. People in other departments, like the C-suite people for example, they have out of town meetings and fun. But you're here doing the central operations for the association. Are there people like you out there in iMIS-land?
At Least Three Ways to Connect
If you live in the Southeast, you're in luck, because 501CiO Consulting holds five or six user meetings a year down here. We just had one in Atlanta, November 10, and in Raleigh on December 8. Tallahassee will be sometime in early 2017.
So, the first of three ways is to find a local iMIS user group, or one not too far from you. Trust me, it's worth driving three or four hours for one. Our events are half-day, running from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Other groups, I am sure, do it differently. We just shared "60 Tips in iMIS20" and found that everyone got a lot out of the session.
The second way is to participate in the National iMIS User Group (NiUG.org) and attend one of their conferences. In the U.S., they have two a year. May 22-24, 2017, NiUG will be in New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency. October 2-4, 2017, they'll be in Arlington, VA, for Discovery Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. We will be at both meetings and would love to see you there.
NiUG also meets internationally, in Canada and Australia, and has other regional events such this week's "Train in a Day" in Austin, TX, December 2.
The third way to connect is via online community. NiUG has a listserv for members and, in our experience, a lot of valuable exchanges of information happen there. And there is iMIScommunity.com out there as well.
Where Do the Lonely People Belong?
In the Beatles song, Eleanor Rigby is picking up rice at a church where a wedding has been. The only other guy in the song is Father McKenzie, who is writing sermons no one will hear. Compared to them you're probably pretty popular.
But like you, they almost certainly started out engaged and passionate about their calling working for a church. That lasted for a while maybe, but slowly, inexorably, they descended into the dark basement of alone-ness. I'm sure your story will turn out better.
I mean, iMIS is the leading software brand in association management. Big has advantages. So here's a parting proverb to pretty up the picture of your popularity:
Leveraging the largeness of iMIS leaves one less lonely through learning and linking with others. Luckily.
Until next time, this is Derek Leman, a not-lonely person.
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