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Mark your calendars now for these great upcoming events!

$250 discount for ASAE conference registration — exclusive offer for DFWAE members only!
2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition
August 11–14, Dallas Convention Center
Details coming soon!

Wednesday, July 18: DFWAE July Luncheon
Location: Hurst Conference Center
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Luncheon Speaker: Rush Olson, "Making Your Brand More Fun Using Advertising"


US leads upsurge in association events
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Reflecting the largest increase in the number of global consortia events held by a single nation, the U.S. welcomed an additional 136 international meetings during 2011 as it once again topped the International Congress and Convention Association's list of the world's most prolific association events nations. More

Leadership is a conversation
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The command-and-control approach to management has in recent years become less and less viable. Globalization, new technologies, and changes in how companies create value and interact with customers have sharply reduced the efficacy of a purely directive, top-down model of leadership. What will take the place of that model? Part of the answer lies in how leaders manage communication within their organizations — that is, how they handle the flow of information to, from and among their employees. More

Rethinking the event experience
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Our conferences and events need to create a more powerful attendee-centric experience. The passive conference attendee experience of the past 20 years is not enough. Attendees no longer want to sit for hours and just listen to experts speak. They want to be involved. Attendees are demanding and expecting something different today, or they will stop registering and attending. More

Getting superior performance from ordinary people
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As leaders, we all want a team of superstars. But by definition, there are more ordinary performers in the world than there are extraordinary, and Murphy's Law ensures that they always wind up on your team. The result: You've got a group of average, normal people that must take on formidable challenges. It is possible. The key isn't in getting folks to work harder, although that can help. More

Plan a successful hybrid program
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Hybrid events are changing. They began as an alternative way to connect a remote audience to a live, in-person event. However, organizations soon realized that providing remote attendees "a seat in the back of the room" does not translate to a compelling online experience. Sitting isolated at one's computer is vastly different than attending a session at a nice facility, engaging with other participants. More

Leadership caffeine: Why you should cultivate your inner leadership anthropologist
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While there's no substitute for live-fire action in learning to develop as a leader, well-honed skills of observation can provide useful perspectives on the actions and reactions of people to various leadership styles and approaches. Pull up a good chair, clear your mind and watch and learn as others in leadership roles finesse or fumble their way through their interactions. More

20 reasons to avoid the Internet when searching for professional speakers
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"Your search engine should be a human," says Diane Goodman, CMP, president, Goodman Speakers Bureau. "Having an in-depth discussion about your needs for a professional speaker is an essential first step for anyone planning a meeting or event. However, the initial instinct for most people is to hop online to get the search process started." The following are her top 20 reasons why you should avoid the Internet when searching for a professional speaker. More

Authentic leadership development: your past, present and future
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There's been a lot written about the concept of "authentic leadership," that is, being a leader that comes across as sincere, genuine and real. Authentic leaders lead from the heart and are true to their values and principles. Authenticity builds trust, credibility, and inspires — all essential elements of great leadership. More

Don't ignore the ground
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Everything is media — not just print, radio, television and the net. Everything. Live meetings can pose opportunities for media-free engagement: no Twitter, no Wi-Fi, no PowerPoint. But even when we let go of many of the technologies we use to communicate, we're still absolutely and totally immersed in media environments. These media, as philosopher Marshall McLuhan's aphorism goes, really are the message. More
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