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October seminar and 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

November luncheon: Updates and Audits
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Enacted in 2002, the Sarbanes Oxley Act changed the audit "landscape" — not only for public companies but for private, for-profit companies and even for nonprofit organizations. Join us Nov. 16 at Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth for this informative luncheon on "Updates and Audits," presented by Bill Sims of Salmon Sims Thomas. More
December holiday luncheon will be held on Dec. 14, at the Adolphus in Dallas.
More details to be announced soon.

Mark your calendars now for these fun and informative events!


10 resources for event marketing inspiration
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It happens to all of us. All of a sudden you are blank with no ideas for your event website, invites, concept, Twitter account, Facebook page, etc. Where can you look for event marketing ideas when you are desperate for inspiration? More

Innovation creates uncertainty
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We don't like uncertainty. It's not comfortable. We want innovation. We like creativity. It's engaging. But innovation creates uncertainty. So while we say we want creativity and innovation we often reject it because it is new, different and risky. It takes us to places that we are not familiar with and places where we don't have all the answers. The irony is that while we say we like innovation we develop a deep bias against it. More

How associations can get more sponsorship dollars
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Associations get just 3 percent of the $18 billion corporate sponsorship market. A big reason why the percentage is so low is because associations aren't offering what sponsors are looking for, posits a new study by IEG, a Chicago-based sponsorship consulting and research firm. If association leaders would adopt a new approach to corporate partnerships, they could claim a much larger share of the North American sponsorship market, the study concludes. More

How to involve participants in a leadership training program
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Even the most brilliant, credible and talented instructors with the most dazzling PowerPoint slides won't guarantee participants in a leadership training program are actually going to learn anything. In order for all that good content to actually sink in, people need to have a chance to do something with it. More

Top 7 conference functions easily leveraged by social media
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Your conference's social media presence is worthless unless you do something with it. It isn't enough to have a conference blog, an event Facebook page, a conference YouTube channel, an event Twitter profile, a LinkedIn event or a multiplicity of other outposts in social media. OK, perhaps it's better than not having a presence at all, but having a social media program without having some sort of goal just creates more busy work. When one of your social media activities support your conference's business objectives, then it adds value to your organization. More

Why leaders need to think creatively
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Often thought to be the exclusive domain of artists, actors, scientists and writers, creativity is often deemed an unworthy tool for business. Innovation and creativity rise and fall in popularity as a business tool never quite rising to the level of a fad, but oftentimes equally disregarded in good economic times. After all, in the world of business one dwells in the probable, likely, financially sustainable and most fancifully market-driven economics. If creativity and capitalism co-exist, is it only for the temporal purpose of competitive advantage? More

5 ways to get more from your board meeting
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Every board is different; what works well for one may fail for others. But there are some simple rules that can help improve board meetings and make sure they are more productive than not. More

Leadership limerick: Make it easy to share
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One benefit of being involved in a community or association is the informal learning that can come from peers. Organizations often try to capture this knowledge in the form of case studies, lessons learned, or models and samples. The problem is these collections rarely attract more than a small percentage of the ideas and insights individuals possess. More
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