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DFWAE serves the association community by promoting professionalism, encouraging leadership development and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information through quality programs and services.


September luncheon: The Business Case for Civility
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Organizations today have problems, yet there is a simple solution to many of them. It doesn't cost a lot of money AND it doesn't take a lot of time. If fact, you probably think you're already pretty good at it! YET, you are surrounded by a lack of it. What is it? In a word, Civility! Join speaker Ann Ranson at the fabulous Hotel ZaZa in Dallas, and learn how civility will add value, break down barriers and build trust, so that you can improve all three of your bottom lines. More

Have you been to a DFWAE luncheon recently?
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If not, you are missing out on the fun! This is not the same old DFWAE. It has changed! The luncheons are charged with energy, the networking is great, the speakers are good and the giveaway items are fun. If it has been a while since you have been to a luncheon, come back! Visit the DFWAE website at to make your reservations.

Do you want to hone your leadership skills?
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DFWAE is looking for volunteers for the various committees and task forces this year. This is an excellent way to hone your leadership skills. For a listing of volunteer opportunities, go to

October luncheon: Five Pillars of Successful Boards
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Barry Diamond will present a workshop titled "Five Pillars of Successful Boards." This morning workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 19, will use examples and exercises to make the ideas understandable and applicable to your organization. During the monthly, DFWAE luncheon, Diamond will provide an overview of the ideas and concepts presented in the morning seminar. For more information, visit the DFWAE website at More


6 new meeting trends to watch
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There's good news, and there's bad news, on the horizon for meetings and events. Meeting spend was up 22 percent for 2010 as compared to 2009. Yet, 66 percent of respondents say that their number one concern is reducing costs while increasing savings of both face-to-face and digital events. Forty-four percent plan to reduce the number of registrants and 36 percent plan to reduce the length of the event. More

What to ask the person in the mirror
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While we might like to think otherwise, here is a fact about successful leaders: Successful leaders go through significant periods of time in which they feel confused, discouraged and unsure of themselves and their decisions. They feel as if they should be somewhere else, doing something else. And unsuccessful leaders go through the same thing. More

Keys to success in booking entertainment internationally
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When you plan an event in another country, music and entertainment can be great allies in giving your attendees a real flavor of the destination's culture, history and people. If, that is, you take the time to work with your local contacts. Do not settle for tired or sanitized acts, or those that might work great for an educational or optional activity but lack the sizzle and engagement you need for an incentive program. More

Getting leaders to change
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Author John Mattone writes, "As I work with executives and high potentials, my primary focus is in identifying those unique strengths that each leader has that must continue to be nurtured, strengthened and leveraged in order for them to become the best leaders they can be while at the same time helping their organization achieve its' goals. I am also passionately focused on identifying in partnership with each coachee those unique development needs that need to be addressed. The most effective way to change a leader's view of themselves and what they are capable of becoming is by changing their reference reservoir." More

Green events are now easier than ever
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With increased demand and competition, green resources are more plentiful and affordable, making it easier to throw an Earth-friendly shindig. "For a lot of people it's really an overwhelming process," said Los Angeles-based green event planner Deborah Kattler Kupetz of DKK Events, "and they might think it's a financial barrier. That's not necessarily true." More

Tap into employee ideas
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Encouraging your employees' creativity can not only create an engaging work environment, but create new business. The following seven experts share their tips on getting employees to share their ideas. More

Alcohol and liability: Practice safe eventing
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The thought of alcohol event liability can be daunting. How can you reduce your liability while meeting attendees' needs? Accomplish this by practicing "safe eventing." Safe eventing mean creating, investigating and implementing preventative measures. New to safe eventing? Here are four tips to consider when identifying and reducing your event risks. More

Creativity and leadership
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Creativity starts with humility. It starts with saying "I don't know the answer." The resulting journey to find that answer most times results in creative solutions. Creativity stops when we think we know everything and no longer become sojourners on a journey of inquisitiveness. It also stops when our teams become unbalanced because of homogenous recruitment to the team. More
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