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DFWAE: Advancing Your Career in Association Management

DFWAE serves the association community by promoting professionalism, encouraging leadership development and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information through quality programs and services.

Join us for Association Day 2011
April 18, 2011
Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas

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 opportunities to attend education sessions, enjoy a networking lunch and participate in a roundtable discussion on industry issues. You won't want to miss our trade show immediately after lunch. For additional information and to sign up online, please go to

Make your conference irresistible!
Midcourse Corrections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Liz Strauss recently spoke at the Event Camp Chicago 2011 discussing how to spread a story that builds a fiercely loyal community. The following are four key points from her presentation that can be applied to value-based conferences. More

4 key skills leaders must develop to succeed in today's workplace
Management Excellence    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the clear disclaimer that there are no magic formulas, silver bullets or guaranteed fast-track approaches to success in the workplace, a number of critical steps can be taken to accelerate progress and improve your odds. More

Running an event on a budget
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Q: I have had an entertainment company in L.A. for more than 15 years. Like many others here, I had long wondered why all the good networking conferences were back East. A colleague and I finally decided to do something about it. In 2009, we held our first West Coast networking conference, with 93 speakers and 300 attendees. They loved it, but we lost about $8,000. Last year, we did it again, with 135 speakers and 400 attendees — and lost about $20,000. What killed us each time was the cost of the venue, especially the charges for food, beverage and parking. What should we do? More

A case for reconsidering the way we've always done it
Leadership Now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When "that's the way we've always done it" or "that's how I learned to do it" gets in the way of relevance or growth, it's time to take a step back and reconsider our stand. What has been done may have served well in a particular place and time, but may only be an irritation here and now. More

Higher hotel rates ahead
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After a bleak 2009, meetings started to come back in 2010 and occupancy rates came back too, jumping about 5 percent in 2010. Average daily rate, however, was slightly down as hotels still were working off short-term deals they cut in 2009 and early 2010 to fill rooms. With occupancy projected to rise another 2 percent in 2011, demand is expected to increase. Meanwhile, new supply is slowing as the number of new hotel projects in the pipeline decreases. More

Words make worlds: Association management, human ecology and iPod
Association Subculture    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Associations have known for some time that they need to change their way of thinking. For too long, they have aspired to be watered-down cousins to the for-profit corporate entity. They have adopted policies, procedures and practices better suited for "customer" as opposed to "member." They waste precious time on comprehending various management fads or how to apply corporate tools to their environment. Associations are literally societies within society. Sociologists have developed a canon of information on how societies form and evolve. If we accept their theories are applicable to nation-states, we can extend those principles to the non-profit trade and professional association, for indeed they run with the same basic engine. More

Winning hearts through enchantment
Wired4Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As leaders we are constantly under pressure to move things along. In his book "Enchantment," Guy Kawasaki argues that in business and personal interactions, your goal is not merely to get what you want but to bring about a voluntary, enduring, and delightful change in other people. By enlisting their own goals and desires, by being likable and trustworthy, and by framing a cause that others can embrace, you can change hearts, minds and actions. More

Pre-conference strategies to engage your participants
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A lot of energy, time and passion are put into planning a conference. Many focus on all the on-site logistics running smoothly. Conference participants focus on their experience. Their emotions range from the pre-conference anticipation and hype to the post-conference exhaustion. Often the conference ends abruptly. Some savvy conference organizers now see the face-to-face conference as one touchpoint in a series of customer touchpoints. They recognize that there is an ecosystem of customer experiences that start before the conference, happen during the conference and continue after the conference. More
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