Living Better Blog

Partner Post: 10 Great Trees for a Small Yard

Posted by The Davey Tree Company on Apr 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Small trees can pack a big punch in your landscape. And with so many varieties available, it may seem impossible to choose just one or two; but with this list, you’ll certainly have fun trying.

The Davey Tree Expert Company recommends these 10 trees for small landscapes. They are slow growers, and reach a maximum of 30 feet in height and width.


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Topics: House & Home

Making the Most of Face Time: Verbal Communication Tips

Posted by Kirk Bliss on Apr 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Community association board members spend a lot of time communicating — whether it’s with one another, community members, vendors or your management company. If communication is ineffective, the whole community could end up paying the price. With so much of an association’s success tied to communication, I want to share a few best practices in a four-part series. In the final installment, we’ll review when it’s most appropriate to communicate verbally. You can read parts one, two and three here.


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Topics: Community Living

Four Quick Tips to Improve Your Board’s Letters and Reports

Posted by Kirk Bliss on Apr 21, 2016 5:25:45 PM

Community association board members spend a lot of time communicating — whether it’s with one another, community members, vendors or your management company. If communication is ineffective, the whole community could end up paying the price. With so much of an association’s success tied to communication, I want to share a few best practices in a four-part series. In this installment, we’ll look at how letter-writing can keep your board informed and how to make sure your detailed communications are meeting the mark. Click here to read parts one and two.


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Topics: Community Living

Board Member Best Practices: 7 Tips to Engineer Your Emails So that Recipients Take Action

Posted by Kirk Bliss on Apr 19, 2016 1:14:58 PM

Community association board members spend a lot of time communicating — whether it’s with one another, community members, vendors or your management company. If communication is ineffective, the whole community could end up paying the price. With so much of an association’s success tied to communication, I want to share a few best practices in a four-part series. In this installment, I’ll give you some tips to engineer your emails so that your recipients take action.


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Topics: Community Living

No Text Zone: Here’s How You Should Communicate with Fellow Board Members

Posted by Kirk Bliss on Apr 14, 2016 2:27:55 PM

Community association board members spend a lot of time communicating — whether it’s with one another, community members, vendors or your management company. If communication is ineffective, the whole community could end up paying the price. With so much of an association’s success tied to communication, I want to share a few best practices in a four-part series. In the first, I’ll tackle text messages and explain why, if your association is using text as a primary means for communication, it may be time to try some alternatives.


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Topics: Community Living