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Build a diversity-and-inclusion board strategy
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The National Association of Realtors made diversity initiatives a priority more than 10 years ago as demographics among its members and their clients began to shift. With the help of its local and state associations and commitment from its staff and leadership, NAR has started to build a more inclusive organization and board. More

Candor, criticism, teamwork
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We've all been there: Trapped in pointless meetings where participants are afraid to speak honestly. We twiddle our thumbs through diplomatic PowerPoint presentations, waiting for the meeting to end so that the real conversations — which usually happen in private — can begin. The desire to avoid conflict is understandable, but it's one of the most debilitating factors in organizational life. More

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5 ways to discover and develop your unique strengths
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The business press loves to create mythic heroes of industry and we love it, too. To a point. As much as we love a business visionary like, say, Steve Jobs — we are not Steve Jobs. All leaders have their own unique talents, which they use in different ways to bring out the best in themselves and others. Here are five ways to discover your own strongest qualities and put them to work in business and in life. More

If you love [your org's name], prove it!
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One of the proven marketing techniques so many organizations do not take full advantage of is social proof in the form of testimonials from customers and members. This is particularly surprising in the case of membership organizations, where a sense of affiliation and loyalty are absolutely essential for generating sales of educational products and service. There are many ways to go about getting testimonials without a great deal of effort. It just requires a little planning and a few simple — and often free — tools. More

The Meeting Locations, Locations, Locations

Location is key to successful meetings. Our hotels serve you from the Alamo to the Gulf Coast, Panhandle to Hill Country, big cities and small.


Drag is a 4-letter word to avoid in digital presentations
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As a digital presenter, you can't afford to get bogged down for any reason. If you do, you will lose attendees. The pace of your webinar or virtual presentation must be faster than your traditional face-to-face presentation. No, that doesn't mean you talk faster. It just means that the tempo of your presentation should be more upbeat. More

What is 'new' in adopting new membership or business models?
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It seems to be time to begin asking new questions, like what we mean by a "new model." What results do we expect? How do we envision our associations to look and behave like after a model change? Not very different, it turns out, judging from conversations with association executives and articles on the topic. More

Simple tips for a greener trade show experience
PRWeb via the San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trade shows are notorious for the amount of waste they generate, from the countless promotional items and food samples, to the mountains of pamphlets doled out to attendees. For exhibitors, putting your best green foot forward not only reduces your environmental impact, but also conveys a positive image to customers and prospects, and may even save you money. More

7 steps to incredible personal productivity
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Occasionally you need to go the extra mile. Sometimes you need to complete a major project, tackle a task you've put off, or just knock out a ton of work in one day. Here's the best way to turn a normal workday into an incredibly productive workday. More

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