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Association Day 2012 — Are you ready?
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Association Day will be held April 2, 2012, at the Irving Convention Center. This full day event is a great way to network with experienced colleagues and mentor new colleagues in your field to Learn, Lead and Share. You will have the opportunity to attend education sessions, enjoy a networking lunch and participate in a round table discussion of the latest topics to prepare you to excel, no matter what your role in association management. In the afternoon attend the trade show to meet the suppliers and learn how they can assist you in your field. Mark your calendars now for this fun and informative event! More

January luncheon: Putting the 'I' back into individual
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When you want to reach members are you still sending out blast emails which are not even opened by more than half of your list? Or have you mastered the basics of individually addressable communications? Is your message for the individual? Are you listening to the individual? Are you capturing everything they tell you and making sure your association picks up the conversation where the last staff member, the last committee chairman, the last person from your association left off? Or are you irritating them by making them repeat and re-educate you as to their needs and next moves?

That's what the "I" means in iPhone, iPad, iPod — individual — and business communications textbooks are rapidly changing to explain how all successful communications today are about a relationship between the "I" — the individual — and the organization that can rapidly customize every message, every exchange to talk to and with the individual. And do it in an affordable and successful way that we can measure.

The January luncheon is a conversation about this topic. It's about every individual who comes and participates in the conversation.

February 2: Groundhog Day Networking Reception
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Has every day of the new year felt like Groundhog Day? Same thing, different day? If you're still mistakenly using 2011 for the date, all of your resolutions have been broken, and the energy felt during the holidays is all used up, turn to your colleagues and peers for some association-based discussion and ideas to create a new day. Someone may have some insight to share that will help you manage the issues facing you and your company in the new year. You'll find us on the Porch at the Ranch located on the north east side of the MacArthur and 114 intersection.

Register now!

The Ranch at Las Colinas
857 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas 75039
(972) 506-7262

Members $10

Nonmembers $20

Students $10


10 resolutions that will improve your presentations in 2012
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A senior executive, after sitting through hours of presentations, has formulated 10 simple rules to serve as a resolution for presenters wanting to improve their craft in 2012. The presenter is better; the audience appreciates the presentation more — everybody wins. More

Leading views: James Stockdale on leadership
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Leadership must be based on goodwill. Goodwill does not mean posturing and, least of all, pandering to the mob. It means obvious and wholehearted commitment to helping followers. More

Creating a conference culture of learning: Reflections from Marcia Conner
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VideoBrief Check out this abbreviated video from author and learning maven Marcia Conner on conference learning from PCMA's Learning Lounge, Really Live Chat Rooms at Convening Leaders, January 9-11, 2012 in San Diego. More

Freedom to fail
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"The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas" — Linus Pauliung.
Linus Pauling is the only person to have one two unshared Nobel Prizes, so I'd imagine he knows a bit about good ideas. His idea is simple to generate lots of ideas and let most of them fail. The few that don't might just be great ideas.

3 key principles of believe-in-you leadership
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Never has there been a more important time for leaders of organizations, communities, and governments to believe in their people — for each of us to believe in each other. "That's the world I want to live in, and the organization I want to do business with," writes David Peck. Yet, it's in major short supply. More

2012: The year of integration — or, solving problems by making them bigger
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If 2012 goes as well as it might for meetings and events, the year will be remembered as the moment when integration became the industry's new watchword. If the year goes very well, we'll have the time and flexibility to drive the trend ourselves, and the insight to seize the opportunity. But even if a major change in focus is forced on us by events beyond our control, our day-to-day work and broader business prospects will be better for it. More

Secrets to saving your nonprofit in 2012
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While it's easy to dismiss revocation as the action of an out-of-control bureaucracy where complexity rules and common sense seems an oxymoron that reaction truly misses the point. Every leader has a foundational set of responsibilities that simply may not be ignored. More

What children can teach us about life and leadership
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Some have suggested that children and travelers are best prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing environment because both theoretically possess strong capacities for adapting to their environment, learning new things and going with the flow. Children can teach adults a great deal that can help us in the grown-up playground we call work. The following are a few lessons that could be particularly beneficial. More

TED founder talks meetings at PCMA
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Many people consider TED, the conference Richard Saul Wurman founded, to be innovative and groundbreaking. But Wurman himself, in a wide-ranging speech at the Professional Convention Management Association's 2012 Convening Leaders conference, offered a different assessment. "I invented the TED Conference by subtraction," he said. He just got rid of the things he didn't like about meetings. More

Discover and develop your unique strengths
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All leaders have their own unique talents, which they will use in different ways to bring out the best in themselves and others. The following are five ways to discover your own strongest qualities and put them to work in business and in life. More
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