Groundhog Day: Abstract Management, Repetition, & Abstract Management
For many people, Groundhog Day conjures up memories of the popular Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell movie. A recap for those who have forgotten the plot: Phil is a weatherman reporting from Puxatawney, Pennsylvania. Because of a freak blizzard that he (ironically enough) didn’t forecast, Phil gets stuck in a time warp, living the same day over and over again. After Phil works past the crushing agony of repetition, he begins to use it as an opportunity to improve himself and—at long last—move forward into a better future.
Do you find yourself reliving the same process again and again? Some meeting planners feel that way about abstract management. Every year, they open a call for papers, go through the same motions (many of them manual and tedious), and hope for different results.
The truth is, the best way to escape from the endless repetition is to change the way you approach the task, like Murray’s weatherman Phil did. Once he changed the way he faced each day, positive changes and forward momentum broke the pattern.
Whether your abstract management process is manual or just a system that hasn’t kept up with your association’s needs, you can find an alternative to help you break free of a vicious cycle. Perhaps it’s time to take a close look at your abstract management system and whether it’s helping or hindering your collection process.
We’ve compiled an easy five-step test that every abstract management system should pass. For example: Can the system be configured to match your submission process? And do you need it to? This step helps you determine which type of system will work best for your association: out-of-the-box, custom-built, or configurable.
Does your abstract management system make the grade? Download our new white paper to find out!
Wishing you a happy February and an early spring!