10 Ways To Get the Most From Your ASQ Membership

Dan Zrymiak

Daniel Zrymiak is an Influential Voices blogger and longtime ASQ member. He has worked in quality for two decades, and is active in ASQ as a Quality Press author and reviewer, member leader, Technical Committee chair, and Fellow, the highest level of membership. He lives in Canada and blogs at A QualitEvolution.

In this guest post, I hope to advise ASQ members and the wider quality community on how to optimize an ASQ membership.  By actively participating in ASQ programs and benefits and by keeping current personal records, ASQ can be experienced as a professional loyalty program.

Just as an airline or hotel loyalty program would require you to be a passenger or hotel guest, any association or society places certain expectations. With progressive levels of achievement and advancement, more privileges and opportunities are available within ASQ (and within most associations that you may wish to join).

For a professional association like ASQ, some effective ways to build loyalty are summarized below:

1. Attend and present at ASQ meetings. From the most humble local section

Connecting at ASQ's World Conference on Quality and Improvement

gathering to the grandest palatial ballroom of the ASQ World Conference, the opportunity to interact and be a visible presence reinforces that ASQ extends beyond your local location, region, or industry specialization. The breadth and scope of ASQ can be most appreciated through direct interactions with other quality professionals.

2. Pursue certification and professional experience.  Certification allows the time spent within ASQ to be effectively leveraged to the benefit of your career. As a personal example, I applied an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer certification and professional experience to teach software QA at local universities and colleges.

3. Volunteer to serve as a member leader. Whether in an elected office or appointed position with a section or division, joining the growing community of member leaders within ASQ extends the involvement and creates the satisfaction that comes from addressing and fulfilling challenges.

4. Contribute your knowledge. Those ASQ members who devote their time as reviewers, authors, presenters, moderators, curriculum developers, or intellectual property contributors may be eligible for additional rewards which can include gifts, discounts on ASQ merchandise, honoraria, subsidized or complimentary conference registration, and recognition events.

5. Track your achievements and remain in good standing. By paying and renewing membership fees in a timely manner, interruptions are avoided.  A disrupted or intermittent record may create restrictions or lost opportunities for certain benefits. Also be sure to keep your personal records with accuracy and thoroughness.  Delaying the tracking may result in having your work not properly credited toward future member benefits.

6 .Complete your recertification. The steps to recertification permit you to retain your professional standing by submitting your validated records of professional involvement, in a most convenient and accessible manner.

7. Access an unlimited knowledge base. This benefit includes intellectual property retained through collections of publications, as well as the exposure to global expertise from experienced and successful practitioners, academics, and authors.  In addition, you can take advantage of multiple opportunities to conveniently acquire mentors and to mentor others within the profession, providing a cost-effective advantage over the expensive alternative of career consultants or executive coaches.

8. Upgrade to senior membership. This member level is available after ASQ members have attained or achieved levels of experience and fulfillment in particular areas (i.e. certification, career level, duration of membership).  The immediate financial benefit can be realized from the free journal, the benefit of which exceeds the incremental membership cost.  ASQ Senior Members also may take on additional levels of responsibility and influence within ASQ.

9. Pursue senior leadership and governance. ASQ provides members with opportunities for election into roles of authority and influence, such as section, division, or board leadership. This enables exceptional opportunities to demonstrate leadership and interact with corporate and government leaders.

10. Position for higher honors. Outstanding ASQ members and quality practitioners can be recognized by ASQ (i.e. Fellow memberships, ASQ awards).  For the competitive awards process, a personal portfolio of professional and personal accomplishments must be submitted for evaluation and selection.  However, falling short does not mean rejection or failure, only the added inspiration to improve and attain greater achievements.

To get the most from the loyalty capital you have cultivated over time, it is imperative that you strive for the promise of your full potential, all that awaits you within ASQ, and wherever your passionate pursuits may lead.

To learn more about ASQ membership, please see the ASQ membership page, call the ASQ Customer Care group, or email help@asq.org. If you’re an ASQ member seeking more information on leadership and volunteering opportunities or awards, please contact communitydevelopment@asq.org or your ASQ Community Development administrator.

Last Day of ASQ's World Conference: End With Energy

[This is a guest post by Julia McIntosh of ASQ’s communications department.]

It may be the last day of ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement, but there was no shortage of energy this morning.

The closing session of the conference began with a parade of International Team Excellence Award finalists. Think cheers, country flags, whistles, and pride in teamwork!

Parade of teams

Before the award winners were announced, conference-goers took in a final keynote by Sally Hogshead, who spoke about how to make oneself fascinating.

Key takeaway: We’re used to analyzing how we see the world. But in today’s rapid and evolving environment, what matters is how people see us. When we fascinate others, we start opening doors.

Other takeaways:

  • To fascinate, you don’t have to change. You have to become more of who you already are.
  • The human attention span is now nine seconds. That’s your gateway to fascinate.
  • There are seven primary personality triggers and 49 personality archetypes.
  • Conference-goers had a chance to take the personality assessment, and results were shown at the keynote. The number-one personality archetype in the ASQ crowd was the Maestro (ambitious, admired, and focused). Next most common personality was the Victor (respected, competitive, results-oriented), and then the Vault (analytical, discreet, understated).
  • In order to be successful, you don’t have to be successful in the traditional way. You have to be distinct.

And now….the 2013 International Team Excellence Award winners!

  • Quality impact storyboard awards winners: Third place: Reliance Industries Limited, Hazira team. Second place: Baxter Healthcare Corporation team. First place: Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd. team.
  • Bronze Level Winners: Continental Guadalajara team. Oshkosh Defense team. Pruksa Real Estate Public Company Limited Valuable Engineer Team.
  • Silver Level Winners: Telefonica de Argentina team. Pruksa Real Estate Public Company Limited QCI Team.

Congratulations to all!

And we hope you had a fantastic time at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement 2013! What did you like? What’s your feedback? Tell us in the comments. And we hope to see you next year in Dallas, Texas, May 5-7, 2014.

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Conference Survival Guide: Part 2

[This is a guest blog post by Julia McIntosh of ASQ’s communication department.]

A few weeks ago, ASQ CEO Paul Borawski asked for your best advice for “surviving” a conference or networking event. As we gear up for ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement May 6-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana, we’re sharing advice we’ve received from ASQ Influential Voices bloggers and ASQ volunteers (also known as member leaders).

And now to the advice!

Update: Influential Voices blogger Bob Mitchell shared his advice: Bring a smart phone and business cards.

Blogger Scott Rutherford has a wealth of tips, including to bring an extra bag for all the things you will acquire during the event!

Aimee Siegler, also an ASQ blogger, strongly encourages conference-goers to sit with someone they don’t know. Aimee advises attendees to attend sessions that cover different industries and unfamiliar topics to learn something new.

In addition to the above advice, ASQ blogger Jennifer Stepniowski says, “Plan your day!” Figure out what you’ll be doing, when, and where. Also, leave some time to summarize your day and reflect on what you’ve learned.

Advice from ASQ member leader Elías Monréal for getting the most out of ASQ’s World Conference specifically:

“Here are a few of my tips: 1) Find the hospitality suites from the various ASQ Divisions: FD&C, ASD, Inspection, Audit, etc. Not only good source of food/drink but GREAT networking opportunity. 2) Budget for time to schmooze around the Exhibition Hall. Who knows, just might make new friend, find that new product, add a division/interest group, buy that ASQ book at conference reduced rate, or catch your breath from long day. 3) Bring a cardboard box to ship home those trinkets/giveaways/shirts/books/magazines to avoid the excess baggage fee or second bag fee. 4) Pack aspirin…trust me on this one. 4) You may take 10,000 photos to remember event but try to tell yourself, you will return to WCQI next year.”

And, finally, advice from too many people to list: Wear comfortable shoes!

If you have more tips, please share them in the comments! And be sure to watch View From the Q for live updates from ASQ’s World Conference  next week. You can also follow conference keynotes and other events on Twitter. The hashtag is #WCQI13.