and cultivate your own development.
From the beginning with DelCor, I was excited that I might be able to do all those things and more! I was excited I would be able to apply what I did (make memberships stronger - make belonging to a group more fun) to so many other organizations...and train people how to build on the systems they already had in place. My desire was strong to check out the way other associations were set up, see the differences and similarities to my own experiences, and then come in with answers they could use. My immersion, research, and passion for making groups stronger using communication (especially newer forms of communication, like social media) would be in a new home...supported by my teammates at DelCor. w00t! At the same time, I'd be learning about a whole new world, CONSULTING, which I was half happy about and half scared of when I arrived at DelCor on my first day. I didn't want to be the slick salesman...I was all about being real. I was relieved to find out DelCor was happy with being real, too.
DelCor has a good reputation. That is a big part of the reason I felt safe to jump from working for an association to what many jokingly (or not so jokingly) refer to as, "the dark side." Another big part of my decision had to do with the other people I'd met who worked there. Namely, Gretchen Steenstra and Tobin Conley, both hilarious, extremely intelligent, and TALL people (if I worked for DelCor, I'd be among other tall people...good for someone who lives and sleep in her heels... I'm only half kidding). I'd be able to hang around smarties who live and breathe the association-world like I do.
Of course, nothing is perfect. There have been hiccups.
- I am frequently late with my timesheets (sorry Dick).
- I broke the frother machine in the kitchen (sorry Tobin).
- I ate hummus that wasn't mine (sorry Brian).
There have also been really cool things that I've been able to be a part of:
- Creating the weekly DelCor Social Media Sweet Spot web show
- Developing the entire product line of social media work DelCor offers clients
- Celebrating "Love a Lurker Day"
- Working with Jeff De Cagna (Principled Innovation) on "No More Talk" (aka "Hackaction")
- Being a part of the DelCor booth and party at ASAE Annual
- Meeting amazing clients and organizations I might not have ever met otherwise
The other day I met with Bill Walker, our marketing guru, and Dave Coriale, the infamous "Cor" in DelCor, to discuss the next year for DelCor's social media offerings. We have a lot of great ideas, but one thing I can say for sure is that this has been one hell of a great year and I am thankful to all of DelCor's employees, clients, friends, and family who have supported me and the addition of a social media product line to DelCor's offerings.
Here's to another great year!