CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 14 - Sep 20, 2015)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on September 20, 2015

How to be a better communicator. No, really. That's one of the big things we learned this week. We also got some great tips on where to start your job search, along with tips on orientations, going green and social media. Read all about it in the CAM Mashup: 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!

Smarty Pants

If you've been in the CAM industry for more than a few years, you've heard from positively everywhere how important good communication skills are to your success. Perhaps you've heard it so many times you've begun to tune it out. It's kind of like your doctor telling you to lose weight. So when Julie Adamen talks about how your emotional intelligence can help you improve your communication skills, I understand why you might be tempted to tune her out. Don't. This is the real thing, people: actionable advice on how to be a better listener and communicator.

Job Search Help

Whenever someone subscribes to the TOPS CAM Blog I send them a welcome email, and one of the things I do in the email is ask them to tell me the one burning question they are looking to have answered. A surprising number of responses I get come from CAM professionals trying to find a job, or management companies looking to hire a qualified CAM Professional. The question? Where is the best place to go to find a job in Community Association Management?

Risk, Schmisk

A lot of community associations shy away from social media for fear of the risks associated with it. From fears of angry homeowners trashing the community to drama avoidance, many boards choose not to embrace social media, or to do so very selectively. But social media done right can be very rewarding. Here's some concrete techniques your community can embrace to reduce risk and reap the rewards of embracing social media.

Movin' on Up

You've already got a welcome letter, but have you considered a move-in orientation? There are a number of unusual questions such as "where the water is shut off for the property, where the fuse panel is located, where the emergency exits are, and what the fire plans are" which are more helpful to answer in person.

People, Pets & Parking

Parking is such a common issue for community association management that it's earned a place in a famous CAM moniker - the Three P's. If parking gives you headaches, check out this 3 part article series on parking, answering all your questions on towing. Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

Turnover Problems

Developer turnover can be a stressful time. The homeowners have to take on the management of the association, and they may have a good deal of baggage that comes along with their shiny new association. And by baggage, I mean unwanted vendor contracts. So how to get out of them? This article on canceling developer contracts is specific to Arizona law, but the advice is good for every association.

It's Not Easy Being Green

Everyone likes the idea of going green, but the simple truth is that green initiatives cost more, and it can be difficult to justify the long term cost savings that will be realized. Learn how to help your boards 'Green their communities' in this comprehensive article.

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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