CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 11 - 17)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on March 11, 2018


CAMfire was last week, and we had an amazing time with the many TOPS clients and CAM industry professionals who came out to join us. Thank you to all who made this year's event so incredible!

In this week's CAM Mashup, we address fear - there are many things CAM professionals fear: speaking to a crowd, fraud and embezzlement, or volunteers who have unreasonable expectations or refuse to step down. We have helpful articles from around the industry for all of these - read on for what we learned this week in community association management!

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

Butterflies in Your Stomach?

One of the most common phobias is a fear of public speaking, and yet, as CAM professionals, we are regularly called upon to speak to a crowd. For some, standing in front of the board is NBD, but annual meetings give endless anxiety.

"You don’t have to overcome your fear in order to be a good public speaker. It never goes away entirely. Instead, it’s about having less fear — think of it as being fear-less."Here are 5 ways to help you become fearless about public speaking.

Embezzlement Prevention

Embezzlement and fraud - it can happen to any association. We all want to prevent it from happening, but nobody wants to think about it. The sad truth is, if you don't work regularly to work against fraud, it can happen to your community.

Check out these 9 tips that your association can implement to prevent embezzlement.

Preventive Maintenance

Your reserve study helps you plan for the future, but it takes regular upkeep to extend the life of your facilities and systems. Here are some helpful tips for your preventive maintenance plan to help extend the life of your community systems. The second one is something most CAM professionals fail to take into consideration, but ot's absolutely vital!

El Presidente or El Jefe?

Having problems with expectations of the board president? Here's one to share:

"The office of HOA president is often misunderstood. And very serious dysfunction for associations and their boards, as well as heartburn for the president, can be the outcome.

At the outset, it is critical to understand that the role of the homeowners association president is dramatically different than the for-profit corporate president."

The Power of The Old Guard

We love our volunteers, but sometimes, a volunteer overstays in a position, and it begins to feel like they have a stranglehold in the community. Many might ask the question, how can we convince the old guard to step down?

"The more powerful question is not one focused on letting go, but one that explores leveraging and redirecting: How can we now leverage and redirect the talent, knowledge, caring, and commitment of individuals no longer holding significant leadership positions in our organization?

Instead of talking about how to rid themselves of these people, organizations should focus on how to retain the best of what they can bring to their community. It yields a much richer and more respectful conversation."

Do You Have Big News This Week?

If you've got big news that would be relevant to other CAM professionals, please share it with us in the comments below!

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