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Mark your calendars now for these great upcoming events!

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"

Wednesday, Sept. 19: DFWAE September Luncheon
Location: MultiView, Las Colinas
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Luncheon Speaker: Ruth McLaughlin, "Cyber Theft and Fraud"

General announcements
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$250 discount for ASAE conference registration — exclusive offer for DFWAE members*
A special offer is available to DFWAE members in the Regular* category who renew their annual memberships by July 16, 2012
2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition
Aug. 11–14, Dallas Convention Center

Call for DFWAE committee volunteers, 2012-2013
DFWAE is seeking volunteers to serve on committees during 2012-2013. To volunteer to be a committee chair or member, please email about the committee you'd like to participate in. A list of committees is available at

ASAE conference volunteers needed
ASAE needs 500 volunteers to help with their conference Aug. 11-14 at the Dallas Convention Center. Visit for the event descriptions for volunteering. Please spread the word to other colleagues and associations.


Making headlines
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Content originators or curators — or somewhere in between? Many of today's associations are taking a hard look at that question, particularly when it comes to their e-newsletters. More

5 steps for tackling your role as a new leader
Thought Leaders LLC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Few of us are natural-born leaders. When most of us are placed in a leadership position, we have to spend some time learning how to effectively lead, mobilize, and inspire people. In order to become better at any job, you have to learn new things and be open to growth and change. This is especially true when you're given some sort of leadership role. More

Exclusive social media survey: LinkedIn is tops for association meeting pros
MeetingsNet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Association Meeting's exclusive survey of 285 readers shows that they are predominantly women (74 percent), that 79 percent of them regularly use LinkedIn and that 12 percent of them have gotten a job interview through your connections. Facebook captures an average of three hours of their time per week (with only 5 percent of that being for professional use), and 33 percent of them use Twitter for professional reasons. Read on to see how ubiquitous social media has become in planners' lives, both professionally and personally. More

Why too much power stifles innovation
LDRLB    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to innovation, we know that open-mindedness, deferring judgment, including diverse inputs from diverse people, and supporting collaboration inside and outside our organizations are all success factors when going for big ideas that make a big difference. But recent research from USC's Marshall School of Business in partnership with the London Business School, University of Illinois and Northwestern University reveals an alarming finding for any leader with an innovation agenda: When we possess a sense of personal power, we overestimate our ability to make good decisions, which can lead to higher risk-taking coupled with poor decision-making. More

New meeting trends that will rock your next event
Midcourse Corrections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mood rings, pet rocks, the Cha Cha Slide, Red Bull, Tickle Me Elmo, the Thighmaster, awareness bracelets, Flash Mobs, reality TV shows, Starbucks, planking, Zumba and more. These are all fads and trends that have occurred during the past. A large segment of the population adopted these trends and followed them with great enthusiasm for some period of time. So what's being adopted within the meetings industry today? The following are five trends the trend spotters have found in today's meetings and events. More

5 timeless leadership lessons
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Forget all the latest leadership concepts and fads. Forget all the platitudes and parables, the laundry lists of attributes and qualities. Forget all the executive coaches, mentors, researchers and inspirational gurus. Forget all the books and blogs. The following are five timeless lessons that can change your entire perspective on management and leadership. More

Use Twitter to improve your next conference
Face2Face via MeetingsNet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twitter is the perfect social channel for conferences. It provides a real-time, public and searchable record of tweets about a conference that organizers, speakers and attendees can follow. If you're a conference organizer or producer, here are a few things you can do to make sure you're getting the most out of Twitter during your next event. More

Embrace conflict and transform discomfort for better business results
Leader Communicator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a paradox that every leader faces: create teams that work well together but embrace conflict. Also, drive consensus but encourage individual points of view. Discomfort is emotional. Feelings can be complex and multi-layered. But stifling expression can inhibit a team's performance and lead to poor decision making. The following are the top six strategies to drive discomfort for better decision-making. More

The beginner's guide to planning a trade show
Viktorix    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You want to plan your first trade show, but where in the world do you start? Start with a brainstorming session to create a marketing plan outline to determine several key items, such as what is the purpose of the trade show, what is your target audience and target exhibitors and where would you like to have your trade show. These several basic things will give you the foundation to begin building your trade show, a successful trade show that is. More

To lead more effectively, learn to ask courageous questions
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a leader, the best thing you can do for your followers is to not allow them to settle. You want your followers to own the facts that they have a choice, that their mindsets drive everything, and that their performance is a reflection of those choices and mindsets. If you can do that, then you really do know what you are doing and you will help move your organization toward a culture of responsibility. More
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