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2011 Dine Around
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DFWAE's 2011 Dine Around is a fantastic event that allows members and guests to relax and enjoy a fun night out away from the worries of the association world. This year's event will be held June 10 at the Shops at Legacy Center in Plano. The evening begins with appetizers at Sambuca 360 Grill — let's start with the energy and style of a Rockin' Grill in Texas. Next on the stop is an entree at Gordon Biersch — we'll move along the Trails at Legacy bronzed depicting the 1840's Shawnee Trail cattle drive to sample this microbrewery and restaurant for dinner. Be sure to save room for dessert at Seasons 52 — enjoy mini-indulgences at the only Seasons 52 in Texas, a restaurant that celebrates living well. Afterward, nightlife abounds in the Shops at Legacy with choices such as The Ginger Man, Ringo's Pub, Cru Wine Bar or live music and dancing at Sambuca360. What an incredible deal — all of this for only $65 a person. Register online at

Keeping the Passion, Focusing on Mission
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Keeping the Passion, Focusing on Mission is an invigorating journey that revisits the reasons we are drawn to the world of nonprofits: passion and mission. This will be the topic for the June 15 DFWAE luncheon that will be held at the new Irving Convention Center. These two motivations often become obscured by daily minutiae, and can even create competing priorities. Guest speaker Jonathan Schick urges members to be prepared for a stimulating time as select film clips and stories are employed that present a refreshing and game-changing look at our calling. Register online at

How to simplify decision making
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Decision making seems so complex, especially in the business setting. There are two key inputs to any important decision: the "what is" and the "what should be." The "what is" are the facts, the basic foundation of what you need to make an informed decision. With the facts and truth in hand, we need to come to grips with the driving force behind the "what should be," which is quite simply purpose. Purpose sits at the intersection of strategy and core values. More

4 tips your conference can learn from Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Winfrey said goodbye to her raving fans recently after 4,560 shows. Amazingly, Oprah stopped while she was ahead. What can we learn from her profound accomplishments? The following are four lessons that can be applied to your conferences. More

Has success eluded you because you eluded failure?
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Failure. Defeat. Collapse. Downfall. Rout. Wreck. Washout. And those are just the polite words. Why are we so hard on ourselves when we fail? Sure it sounds cliché to say that we must learn from our failures. Worse than that, it sounds like a consolation prize. That's too bad, though, because the lessons we learn from failure are not consolation prizes — they are gold. More

10 common mistakes event planners make
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Technology and social media are changing the way we produce, plan and promote events. The following is a quick summary of common errors made when planning an event. More

5 leadership lessons: Redesigning Leadership
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John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, and co-author of Redesigning Leadership writes, "Leadership is never easy and it is made more difficult by what I perceive is a growing sense of entitlement we all feel in our culture. It's not all good or bad, but it is something to deal with." More

10 steps to finding, maximizing the perfect professional speaker
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Speakers have been credited with increasing meeting attendance, improving meeting content and turning so-so events into memorable experiences. With thousands of professional speakers on the marketplace, finding the perfect speaker — one who fits your budget, is available and is approved by your internal clients — can be an enormous challenge. More

Imagination and leadership
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Couple an active imagination with a healthy amount of pragmatism, and you will move mountains. What we imagine solves problems, sparks us to do our best, and helps us make a more important and meaningful contribution. It can take you from worker or manager to leader. More

Back to basics: Creating the ideal room setup
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Meeting room setups are a crucial yet often overlooked part of the planning process. Ideally, meeting space and setup design should support the meeting's purpose, take into account attendees' comfort, promote learning and minimize distractions. More
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