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Mark your calendars now for these great upcoming events!

Wednesday, May 16: Luncheon Meeting
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Topic: "How Associations Can Attract and Grow Event Participation (Attendees and Exhibitors) While Delighting Their Existing Base"
Location: Hilton DFW Lakes, 1800 Highway 26 East, Grapevine, Texas 76051

Friday, June 8: Dine Around 2012 (evening networking event)
Location: Dallas' Uptown Neighborhood
6 p.m. — Drinks/appetizers at Sambuca
7:30 p.m. — Dinner at The Old Warsaw
9 p.m. — Dessert/coffee at Truluck's
Seating is limited — register online now!


Productivity trick: Pick your best 2 hours
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many of the most effective executives, leaders and business owners are very careful with their time. This includes the appointments they set or take, the meetings they have, organizations to which they belong and the activities they fill their day with. Look at your appointment calendar from last week. In every day there were probably only two hours of high productivity. Use the following steps to make the most of them. More

Creating a stronger conference story
Midcourse Corrections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief Emmy-winning former Wall Street Journal and NBC journalist, author, inventor and business consultant Kare Anderson shares her thoughts on creating a stronger conference story. She discusses the importance of creating conversation threads and a participatory purposeful narrative that invites others to join in discussions. More

Rethinking the team dinner
CBS MoneyWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's the old fashioned way to motivate employees: take your team out for a lavish dinner at the fanciest place in town. Such celebrating certainly has its place, but lately there have been a few complaints about this business ritual. It's time to think a little differently about that boozy, four-course dinner. The goal is to motivate, and to mentor via relaxed conversations. So how else can you do that? More

The top 5 mistakes leaders make
Great Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Beth Armknecht Miller writes, "Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of leaders many who have displayed specific leadership shortfalls, that when improved, have had a positive impact on the effectiveness and profitability of the organization. Both new and experienced manager/leaders can make these top five mistakes; which one is your Achilles heel? And what is your plan to improve?" More

Stuck? Flip the script
Leadership Now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Flip the Script is about approaching everything in your life with a new mindset: You can't control circumstances but you can manage them. Author Bill Wackermann says that the first step is to "embrace the notion that turning a situation around and creating new opportunities takes the desire to face yourself as you really are and a willingness to see the potential that could be hiding right in front of you." More

The social media black hole is killing your event
PlannerWire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The social media universe is filled with wonder and is more important to meetings and events than any other marketing platform. Social media allows you to interact with attendees, find new prospects, engage your sponsors and promote your speakers. Social media can bring you new revenue streams, allow you to distribute content and can make you the rock star of whatever industry you happen to be in. Social media can open up horizons that you never knew existed. More

3 powerful practices for aloof or distant leaders
The Recovering Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you tend to be introverted, shy, too busy to be responsive, or intentionally aloof/distant, then approachability's pragmatic leadership value is likely eluding you. That wall you've built around you, whether intentionally or not, alienates you from critical ideas, feedback, input and your people's higher-level motivation/engagement — needed for them to do their best work. More

The mistake of not admitting mistakes
Associations Now    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Leaders must be models of trust and humility, and a leader who can admit his or her own mistakes will set an example for colleagues to follow. More
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