The holidays are a time of reflection for most people, looking back on the past year and also looking forward to what’s ahead in the New Year.
One of the things that you may have reflected on is your CMA membership, such as what value are getting from your membership or how you can get more involved in 2017? I highly recommend setting a New Year’s Resolution to jump start your CMA membership so you get the most value from it. Additionally, I have some great and easy tips to make sure 2017 is your most productive year yet with CMA.
Tips for CMA Success
Okay, I paid my dues—now what?
The value of your CMA membership is truly in your hands. As I’ve said before, you get out of it what you put into it. Admittedly, that may not be the most helpful statement if you don’t know everything the CMA offers and how you can participate. Refer to your membership packet and feel free to reach out to me personally if anything appeals to you.
The best piece of advice I can give is this: Ask questions. Ask more questions. Repeat.
Our discussion forums are a central hub of information and opportunities to connect and learn from other members. I encourage members to check the discussion forums every day. Many users check it daily or throughout the day like an email account. Plus, we archive our forums so you can go back and explore what others have previously done.
The small investment of time you put into this communication channel will quickly pay off.
We’re All Friends Here
Don’t be shy, I know that’s easier said than done at times, but we all started somewhere and learn new things in our industry. It’s how we grow so if you come across something you’re not familiar with, just ask more about it. Learning is how we grow professionally and personally. You’d be surprised on how often simple questions on easier subjects can lead to profound changes in companies, along with some large gains in profit.
At many CMA companies, if they encounter a question and don’t know the answer, they’ll post on the forum or ask the CMA directly for answers and feedback.
Conversation and feedback from other shop owners opens doors and helps other members advance. Here’s some quick conversation points to engage directly with members:
The Bottom Line
CMA members love to offer advice, but you need to ask. The answers you'll get may not always be exactly what you’d expect or hoped for (and often they can lead to some rabbit trails), but I can assure you it's the best way to gain thousands of years of collective insights of woodworkers all over North America.
And knowledge is power.
The CMA has a ton of resources to make your business more professional and profitable, but it all has to start with YOU. Other CMA members agree that only a few minutes a day will more than pay for your membership.
If you haven’t logged in for a while and can’t remember your password, let me know and I can reset it so you can get started today. We can’t wait to see more of you!
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