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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.

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Irving, Texas 75039

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February luncheon and workshop: How to Map Change to Achieve Career and Business Goals
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Join us Feb. 15, at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Fort Worth, as speaker Arlene Johnson talks about how to build a company designed for growth, align group energy on what's most important, recognize what derails/supports change success and much more! More

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


To-do lists don't work
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Stop making to-do lists. They're simply setting you up for failure and frustration. Consider the to-do lists you're currently managing: How often do you scan your list just so that you can pick off the ones you can finish in two minutes? How many items aren't really to-dos at all, but rather serious projects that require significant planning? There are five fundamental problems with to-do lists that render them ineffective. More

Creating compelling irresistible social conference experiences
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Today it seems that everything is social. From social media to social networking to social technology to social business, the trend is all things social. It's the new black. So what is the social conference? People are not coming to your conference for the content — they can get that online. They are coming for the conference experience. So make it social and less independent. More

Get the most benefit from an executive development program
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It has happened over and over again — same program, different participants and wildly different results. So what's the secret? Why does participant A get a 200 percent ROI, yet participant B only gets 20 percent? More

CWT survey: 2012 meetings will be 'conservative and innovative'
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Though these two words don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, they were the ones chosen by Carlson Wagonlit Travel to describe meetings in 2012 in its just released 2012 Travel Management Priorities report. More

The least important question in leadership
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Are leaders born or made? This is by far the least important question in leadership. It's not even the real question. The real question — the question underneath — is: Can leadership be developed and cultivated in someone, or should we just try and find the natural leaders and push them to the front of the line? More

Social media and customer service
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Has your small staff association begun using social media to support its customer service efforts? Even if you haven't, check out the following infographic from ZenDesk about how social media has affected customer service. More

Managing with a conscience
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We handicap our potential when we think we have to exploit others to get ahead. The only sustainable way to succeed is the right way — not cutting corners — emphasizing the intangibles like trust, creativity, focus, speed, flexibility, relationships, loyalty and employee commitment. While not readily measureable, they can make or break leaders and organizations. More

Global Reporting Initiative publishes new guidelines for green events
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The events sector is diverse: Its activities range from business meetings, conferences and exhibitions to sports and cultural festivals — all of which have impacts on the economy, environment and society. These impacts need to be considered, measured and shared in order to improve the sustainability performance of the events industry. More

Self-test: Doing and being at your best at work
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Are you doing your best work and happy at work, most days? The following is a tool to self-assess what may be standing in the way of being your best and happiest at work, and what to do about it. Take a look at the graphic, place yourself in the square that reflects the level of work you are doing, and how happy you are most days at work. Find your "number" and read the corresponding self-coaching suggestions. More
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