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December holiday luncheon
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Elizabeth Ellis is a versatile and riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women, though her personal stories are arguably her best. She has captivated over 250,000 children and countless adults at schools, universities and festivals in her 25 year career as a storyteller. Join us at the Adolphus in Dallas on Dec. 14, as Ellis brings her wonderful storytelling to our holiday luncheon. More

Association Day 2012 — Are you ready?
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Association Day will be held April 2, 2012, at the Irving Convention Center. This full day event is a great way to network with experienced colleagues and mentor new colleagues in your field to Learn, Lead and Share.

You will have the opportunity to attend education sessions, enjoy a networking lunch and participate in a round table discussion of the latest topics to prepare you to excel, no matter what your role in association management. In the afternoon attend the trade show to meet the suppliers and learn how they can assist you in your field.

Mark your calendars now for this fun and informative event!


Don't let what you know limit what you imagine
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One of the most perplexing features of these troubled times is that so many capable people in so many fields look so lost and ineffective. Whether it's the stubborn inefficiencies of the health care system, the ever-rising costs of the higher-education system, even the slow-motion collapse of the U.S. postal system, leaders with unrivaled expertise and decades of experience can't seem to develop creative solutions to dire problems. Why are so many smart executives so ineffective? One answer may be that all this experience is itself a problem. More

20 tools to measure event marketing
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In times of crisis you are accountable for every penny spent on your marketing. Scarcity impacts budgets and accountability becomes omnipresent. Knowing what your event marketing channels deliver should be a fitness check nobody should avoid. Nonetheless we witness frantic rushes to spend precious budget on channels we really don't measure. More

Leadership caffeine: The critical importance of cultivating your cultural intelligence
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The benefits of successfully leveraging culturally diverse team members are many, including perhaps the most powerful of all: the potential to gain the unique insights of people who hold distinctly different world views. From ideation to problem-solving, opportunity identification and design, there are remarkable opportunities inherent in effectively tapping into the unique views of people from different cultures. More

Expert presenters make a difference in conference education
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Your conference presenters have tremendous power. They probably have more power than the venue, the logistics, other registrants, the host organization, the schedule or the content on your attendee's experience. So shouldn't conference organizers focus their energies on enhancing the aspects that truly make a difference in an attendees' experience? More

Help your board avoid the post-launch blues
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It's natural for any group to experience a let-down after a key goal or milestone has been achieved. An effective chair will recognize the need for the group to catch its collective breath before diving into the next phase of work. At the same time, though, that same chair needs to make sure a brief time-out doesn't become an elongated work stoppage. Once any group's momentum stalls, it is always difficult to ramp things up again. More

Businesses cruise more to meetings — literally
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Imagine sitting at a conference table and being able to look out at the turquoise sea for inspiration. At lunch, you steal away to sunbathe on deck. At night, after a featured speaker presentation, you'll watch a cabaret. Tomorrow, you'll spend a few hours on Grand Cayman. This is what a corporate retreat should look like, some meeting planners say, and companies large and small are catching on. They're choosing cruises as venues for corporate meetings, events and conferences. More

Ready, set, enable
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The term "doing more with less" is being used increasingly liberally by organizations today. However, there are often gaping holes between what is asked and what is executed. How can leaders create a more enabling environment to increase productivity? More

Exhibitors favor attendance quality above all else
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The quality of attendees is by far the most important factor to exhibitors when deciding whether to exhibit at a trade show or exhibition, according to a new study by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. More

The 'm' word
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The dictionary describes "momentum" as a strength or force that keeps growing. Gamblers in the rush of a hot-streak believe in the force. Sports teams with momentum go on inexplicable winning streaks while opponents can't seem to string two wins together no matter how hard they try or how "talented" their roster. Business isn't all that different. More
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