THE AWARD-WINNING GAMA INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL (GIJ)
now reaches 10,000 field leaders around the world, offering news they can use, financial services industry best practices in a variety of areas, reviews of the latest books about leadership, and other business-building information. Unlike with most other business association magazines, the majority of the features and columns are generated by the GAMA members themselves on a volunteer basis. But the member doesn’t have to be a professional writer or even have a B.A. in English, because GAMA staff will lend a hand.
Below are some common questions potential volunteer authors have:
WHO GENERALLY WRITES THE STORIES FOR GIJ?
- There are three categories of authors:
- Practitioners like you
- GAMA Resource Partners (consultants, trainers, software providers, and others)
- Third parties, such as LAMP main-platform speakers
WHERE DO MOST PRACTITIONER ARTICLES ORIGINATE?
It all starts with you recognizing something that you or your agency/firm does extremely well and that you are very passionate about. It could be a system, process, recent training experience, or some other proven business tool or method that you have used effectively, believe in, and realize might work for fellow members, too. Here’s your chance to tell them about it.
WHAT COULD THE ARTICLE BE ABOUT?
Pretty much anything that includes best practices to help field leaders manage and build their businesses.
Possible subject areas include: • Recruiting • Selection • Retention • Producer development • Leadership development • Practice management • Performance coaching and mentoring • Culture building • Compliance • Training • Sales and marketing • Supervision and accountability • Business strategy and growth • Succession planning • Use of social media
HOW LONG WOULD THE ARTICLE NEED TO BE?
It depends on how much information you may have to share. Features are 1,200 to 2,500 words (roughly five to eight double-spaced pages), and columns are 500 words (about two double-spaced pages).