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DFWAE Association Day 2014 (Monday, April 7)

  • Do you have new employees who could benefit from an introductory course on how associations work and how they differ from Corporate America?
  • Are you looking for better ways to engage members at your events...engagement that keeps them coming back year after year?
  • Struggling with the continually rising costs of technology and how to keep pace?
  • Are you challenged with keeping board members focused on strategic issues and out of the day-to-day business of running the association?
  • Do you struggle to get your members attention in this new 24/7 media world?
  • Have you been involved in association work for awhile now, and need a super-hero type to inspire you as to what your purpose really is?

    There are classes to address each of these topics and so many more! There’s something for everyone at “A” Day, so plan on closing the office and bringing the entire staff.
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Location: Embassy Suites DFW Airport North / Outdoor World (Grapevine)
    Registration and More Information
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    Save the dates!
    Monday, April 21 Deadline: $500 IOM Partial Tuition Scholarship Deadline
    For DFWAE Members Only, offered by the Institute for Organization Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
    Your Institute education can be the foundation for attaining a professional designation! Participants that complete Institute's four-part curriculum can earn up to 96 credit hours (24 per session) toward the CAE certification or 20 points (5 per session) toward their CCE certification, as curriculum aligns with the knowledge requirements for both nonprofit industry certifications.
    If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, contact DFWAE President-Elect Charles Carrington, IOM, at before April 21.

    DFWAE Toastmasters (Please note NEW Meeting Address)
    Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 1620 Valwood Parkway, Suite 115, Carrollton 75006. Learn More

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    What smart associations do differently
    Association Adviser
    The world’s geography and climate has been changing before our eyes. The economy, financial markets and labor market are greatly improved. So if rising tides lift all boats, why are most associations reporting flat or low single-digit growth?
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    Where will your next big idea and new revenue stream come from?
    The Demand Networks
    It strikes me that in the frenzied hunt for the next innovation or great idea that will bring in new sources of revenue and reverse decline, most organizations across sectors often turn to the outside, for the proverbial magic bullet. What they leave on the table is the rough diamonds in their own resources that are hidden or disguised before their eyes. And yet it is by discerning and unlocking unconventional, “unofficial,” sources of value, rather than more and newer programs within the same categories, that organizations today leap to new levels of growth and relevance.
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    Ways to improve your association's email communication
    Email communication is not only the norm, it’s outright expected. But when your members open their email inboxes they’re buried under work notes of varying importance, blog subscriptions, social media notifications, message board updates, dozens of newsletters, ads, spam, and then maybe some personal correspondence, too. How is your association communication supposed to get through all that mess?
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    5 steps to take your education programming from blah to wickedly smart
    Midcourse Correction
    Curation: It’s more important than you think. And it’s extremely critical to the success of your education programming. When it comes to choosing education programming, curation involves deep excavation of the right content for the right audience at the right time for the right issue.
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    Bode’s law is used to: a. classify orbital speed, b. classify planetary distance from the sun, c. classify planets by weight, d. classify star magnitudes

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    Time to end term limits?
    Associations Now
    According to Beth Gazley’s 2013 ASAE Foundation book, “What Makes High-Performing Boards?,” 89 percent of associations have a policy on term lengths. There’s a little flexibility within that: 27 percent of organizations have a stated policy of no term limits or require a break between terms. But by and large, boards are structured to bring in fresh blood and, hopefully, fresh ideas. There’s a downside to that structure, though: The potential disappearance of institutional memory, inconsistent engagement, or just the loss of a very smart and dynamic board member.
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    How to stand out in your next meeting
    By Deborah Wipf
    Communication isn't just what we say. It’s how we say something — our tone of voice and our nonverbal cues, including facial expressions and body language. Sometimes our nonverbal cues can betray our intended message. One example that sticks out to me involves our beloved cellphones. Let's face it; we're addicted to those things. Don't believe me? If you've ever experienced that moment of panic when you couldn't locate your phone, you're addicted. Cellphones are great, and they're intended to facilitate better and faster communication, but sometimes we misuse the tool.
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    Why it's so hard to turn fickle millennials into leaders
    Among the starkest data points in Deloitte's 2014 Global Human Capital Trends report is this one: About two-thirds of companies around the world consider themselves weak in developing millennial leadership. Meanwhile, only 5 percent of companies rated themselves as "excellent" in that field. The data comes on the heels of other reports showing trouble in leadership development programs. Among those findings: Companies are hurting themselves by failing to differentiate between high-performance and high-potential employees, and though they recognize the importance of talent development they're not putting their money where their mouth is by investing in development programs.
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    How to have friends at work when you're the boss
    Harvard Business Review Blog Network
    There’s plenty of research supporting the idea that having friends at work makes you happier and more engaged. But here’s what the research doesn’t address: friendships at work are tricky, especially when you’re the boss. So tricky, in fact, that many senior leaders avoid them.
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