Association Chat Podcast chat


Association Chat (est. 2009) is an online community and weekly chat that takes place LIVE on Tuesdays at 2pm ET on You can connect with the association community throughout the week on Twitter using the hashtag #assnchat, on the Association Chat website, or through the private Facebook Group.

Find out more about Association Chat at (*"Cheekily" hashtagged from the beginning! #assnchat – yes, we know what it looks like and no, we aren't changing it.*)

KiKi L'Italien serves as host for the chat with regular guests and quarterly live events along with creative collaborations with industry thought leaders. KiKi L’Italien is the CEO and founder of Amplified Growth, a digital marketing consultancy specializing in SEO/SEM, social media, and content strategy. She also hosts the hugely popular Association Chat live-streamed vodcast, a weekly association-centric news and education outlet which has run since 2009.


CREATE THE CAREER YOU WANT AND WIN A MUG! | Association Chat Flash Briefing 1/15/19 with KiKi L'Italien (Jan 15th, 2019)

On today’s Association Chat show at 2 pm ET, I’m interviewing the bestselling author of Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out, Dorie Clark and asking “what does it take to create the career you want?”

You can call into our studio and ask Dorie your questions PLUS we’ll have a second surprise guest making an appearance today, sp you won’t want to miss it.

The first FIVE people to tweet me today with your feedback about this flash briefing or my daily blog over on Amplified Growth using #associatio...


#83 WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU | David Burkus Guests | Association Chat with KiKi L'Italien (Jan 9th, 2019)

Blake and KiKi laugh about not going to their high school reunions while David Burkus shares why it's those dormant ties that could amount to selling the UFC. 

David is a best-selling author, sought after speaker and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University.

His newest book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s ...


Leveraging Weak Ties in Your Network (Jan 8th, 2019)

If one of your 2019 goals is to leverage the relationships you’ve got, have I got a show for you.

How did you get your last job? A quick look at the plethora of meetup networking events out there tells us that we already know it might have more to do with who we know than what we know.


[Association Chat Flash Briefing: January 7, 2019] Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Jan 7th, 2019)

What's changing with the Association Chat Flash Briefing in 2019? A LOT! Find out what the plan is and if you haven't enabled the Association Chat Flash Briefing on your Amazon Alexa yet, you need to do it!

Link here:


Setting Boundaries Isn’t Easy (Jan 7th, 2019)

When I reflected on 2018 and my biggest regrets over the year, thinking about the times I had my most negative experiences, it almost always had to do with not setting appropriate boundaries. These examples could usually be summed up with the saying, “no good deed goes unpunished.”

How do you know when to say, “sorry, I can’t”?


Rapid Prototyping and Event Design (Dec 30th, 2018)

Sometimes I do interviews that don’t have a live audience and I try to figure out when and where to add them to what I’m already doing with the Association Chat podcast.

When I had a chance to catch up with my good friend, event designer Tahira Endean, it was as she was wrapping up a world tour of experiences, including attending The College of Extraordinary Experiences in Poland.

We talked about all kinds of things, but the theme of our conversation, the through line, was designing experienc...



The famous seer, sage, soothsayer, and former association marketing executive...KIKINI – SEER OF HIDDEN TRUTHS!!!


#81 THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT SUCCESS | Garrison Wynn Guests | Association Chat with KiKi L'Italien (Dec 12th, 2018)

Successes don’t often become successful completely by accident. But the world is full of advice about how to become a success and we can’t always know which of these rules to follow.

This episode is all about The Real Truth About Success: What The Most Influential Do Differently And Why They Won't Tell You

And our guest for this show is Garrison Wynn.

He is a keynote speaker and author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle.

What ...


#80 SETH GODIN'S MARKETING ADVICE FOR ASSOCIATIONS IN 2019| Seth Godin Guests | Association Chat with KiKi L'Italien (Dec 5th, 2018)

Creativity by itself doesn't owe you anything. But how can creativity help you be the best leader for your tribe? And what are you even marketing to your tribe in the first place?

Seth Godin knows.

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker.

In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It's Your Turn (And It's Always Your Turn).

TED speaker, f...


Association Chat news – I'm interviewing Seth Godin this week! (Dec 2nd, 2018)

Creativity by itself doesn't owe you anything. But how can creativity help you be the best leader for your tribe?

Seth Godin is the author of 18 international bestsellers focusing on the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership, and making an impact. 

Join Seth Godin and me as we discuss creativity in this episode of Association Chat.


Are Associations Too Risk Averse for Real Innovation? (Nov 26th, 2018)

Are associations really risk-averse? If so, should we continue to insist on innovation?
Please listen or watch this week's Association Chat Flash briefing and weigh-in with your opinion.


Why is Foresight the Future of Governing? (Nov 23rd, 2018)

Why is Foresight the Future of Governing?

For associations, the future of governing must be different than its past, and now is the moment to begin creating it. Association boards, chief staff executives and other governing contributors have a unique opportunity to work together and design a more generative integration of stewardship, governing and foresight that can strengthen board performance as well as prepare their associations, stakeholders and broader industry and professional systems ...


How the Association Industry *Must* Fight Human Trafficking (Nov 21st, 2018)


Association professionals often travel for business, attending conferences and meetings, visiting hotels, and likely passing by human trafficking taking place right under our noses.  

Find out what sex trafficking looks like, what to do if you suspect it is happening, and what some industry insiders are doing to proactively fight it.

Our guests will help us understand the issue a little better and how it impacts associations and association professionals. Guests on this episode includ...


Do You Have an Attitude of Gratitude? (Nov 21st, 2018)

So Thanksgiving is happening Thursday, November 22nd and what does that mean? Pumpkin pie, family gatherings, and a reminder for all of us to be thankful.

There are all kinds of magazines that I’ve seen pushing gratitude and telling us why we’ll be healthier, happier, and more successful if we practice gratitude.

But will we really? And how do we do a better job of practicing gratitude, anyway?

Our guest to help us understand this better is Lauren LeMunyan, The Spitfire Coach and author of th...


What Every Leader Needs to Know about Succession Planning (Nov 17th, 2018)

CEO succession planning is one of the most important duties of every association board of directors - and of every incumbent CEO. But few associations - even large, sophisticated ones - have developed comprehensive succession plans.

In this episode of Association Chat we explore why that is, and how to develop a succession plan with the author of a recent book on the subject and a veteran search executive who is a leader in the association community.

Join KiKi L'Italien (Host of Association...


Design Thinking with Layla Masri (Nov 14th, 2018)

What does design thinking entail and how are associations using it?

For this episode of Association Chat, I interview Layla Masri, president of Bean Creative about design thinking and how she's used it with clients. 


This Week in Associations (Week of 11/12/18) (Nov 12th, 2018)

This is KiKi L’Italien coming to you with your Association Chat News Flash Briefing for the week of November 12, 2018!

This week I’m testing the new production flow for the weekly podcast interview series with Blake Althen from Human Factor. We’ll be discussing design thinking for associations on Tuesday the 12th at 2 pm ET and I would love for some of you to join us so we can test the processes and the tech before doing an official show.

You can watch it streaming live on the Association Cha...


This Week in Associations (Week of 11/5/18) (Nov 5th, 2018)

How to listen to Association Chat Flash Briefings on Amazon Echo devices

There's now a new way get Association Chat News updates throughout the week!

Association Chat is now delivering the latest association industry news updates weekly through Amazon Echo devices.

You'll need to add Association Chat as a skill to your Amazon Alexa app:

  1. Go to the menu in your Alexa app and click on "skills"
  2. Search for "Association Chat"
  3. Click on the Association Chat Flash Briefing logo and then click "enable...


This Week in Associations (Week of 10/22/18) (Oct 22nd, 2018)

Association Chat News Flash

Happy Monday, you crazy Association Chat-land people.

This is your Association Chat News Flash for October 22, 2018, your favorite flash briefing on associations and upcoming events in Association Chat-land & I’m the host of Association Chat, KiKi L’Italien.

This week you need to do two things for sure.

The first is RSVP if you are going to attend The Association Chat Happy Hour & VR Adventure is taking place in Alexandria, Virginia, at Brightline Interac...


This Week in Associations (Week of 10/9/18) (Oct 9th, 2018)

Association Chat News Flash

How do you stay innovative and keep your knowledge fresh?

This is your Association Chat News Flash for October 9, 2018, your favorite flash briefing on associations and upcoming events in Association Chat-land & I’m the host of Association Chat, KiKi L’Italien.

— Curiosity is a key trait and skill important to develop in order to understand new opportunities for reaching your audience and inspiring members.

It’s something I work on every day and I actively look...