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DFWAE: Advancing Your Career in Association Management

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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

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


5 things to do if your speaker cancels
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Meeting professionals share a common nightmare: they spend months organizing the perfect event for their company or association, with an eagle's eye for every detail. They have selected the perfect venue, organized a killer agenda, created amazing menus and scheduled spectacular parties. Then, at the last minute, their keynote speaker backs out. Programs are printed, people are arriving and there is nobody to take the stage. More

A non-exhaustive read on fighting decision fatigue
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Want to plan your day, your meetings, and your commute better? Factor in how your body and brain may make bad decisions after being worn down from making the right moves earlier in the day. More

Embrace remote meetings
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Consider this: Managers spend between 30 to 80 percent of their time in meetings and more than 50 percent of them consider many meetings to be a "waste of time." Ninety percent of managers attribute the failure of most meetings to a "lack of planning and organization," and most managers have never been trained on how to host a productive meeting. When you add in the complexity of leveraging the Internet for hosting distributed meetings online, it is even more difficult to ensure a successful result. More

Lessons for association management from South Park creators
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Shelly Alcorn, CAE writes, "Today I ran across a story about Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park and other most excellent entertainment pieces, where they ambushed a class on opening day at NYU to talk about the process of writing. Here's what hit me. In it they discuss their creative process and how when they are designing a story they try to ensure that each piece can stand on its own and the narrative between the pieces is not "and then," but instead it's "therefore" or "but." Think about that. Boring narratives have "and then, and then, and then," but exciting narratives have "this, therefore this, therefore this but that..." What could we do with this pattern if we put it into our association culture?" More

Facebook for events: 5 tools you haven't heard of
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Facebook loves events; event lovers adore Facebook. It's a mix made in heaven. Pages quickly are becoming substitutes for websites. Facebook page apps and tools are growing exponentially. The following are five tools you may not have considered to boost your event social opportunities. More

The Anywhere Leader
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In an environment of uncertainty and disruption, a successful leader must become what Mike Thompson calls an anywhere leader. The anywhere leader is the kind of leader who can land on their feet no matter what the setting or situation presents. Mike Thompson, author of "The Anywhere Leader," says that "managers who have advanced their careers through tumultuous times are the ones who find a way to fit in, build trust and contribute in any setting in which they are placed." More

Is your conference like a 5 course meal or a smorgasbord buffet?
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Many conferences today have become nothing more than the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord buffet of education offerings. The focus is on offering a wide variety of content choices to a large number of people with minimal effort and staff. Quality is minimal. Little attention is given to the attendee's experience or learning. More

Structuring creativity
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We all want talent in our organizations don't we? Just having inordinate amounts of talent and diversity does not guarantee innovation in any way. Leaders must find ways to harness and funnel the creative dissonance into something productive. More
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