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When Worlds Collide: Clients Working With Clients

It was one of those times when the stars seemed to align. It isn’t always convenient (or a good idea) to have your clients work together. Yet, there are times that it really can’t be avoided because it is just too good of an idea. Recently my long-time client, Claire Billingsley, had a schedule that …

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2017 Heli Expo – Becoming a Kid Again

This is the first in a series of posts from the 2017 HAI-Heli-Expo 2017, held in Dallas, March 6-9.  This report was filed by my long-time colleague and collaborator, Wesley Bates.  Wes is currently the Media & Communications Manager for GKN Aerospace.  Here is Wes’ report from the show. As a kid growing up in …

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Car Shows and Networking

You want to talk to people who have passion for what they do?  Do you want to have engaging conversations in a fun environment? Go to a car show. Seriously. Recently we attended the Good Guys Lonestar Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway. A sunny, warm Sunday with owners and drivers of Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes, pickups …

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Building the Next Generation of Networkers–Part III: Implementing Job Shadowing Day

After months of preparation and processing, the day was finally here.  While many kids were at the State Fair of Texas, 31 GISD students were out in the workplace for a busy Friday. After Matching Day, the students were directed by the employers where to report, when and what the criteria for the day were …

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Building the Next Generation of Networkers–Part II: Matching Student and Workplace

After laying the ground work, now came the difficult part: matching the candidate students and the willing workplaces. Given that this was a pilot program, the team needed to set up a way to make it more clear the matching process of students to workplace.  Several things led to the choice the team made.  First …

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Inventing an Event: The Venue

The Big D BBQ Battle presented a unique set of issues for the North Dallas Chamber.  Typically we produce events (annual meeting, HR Conference, Real Estate Conference, et al) in existing places.  Ballrooms, hotel meeting rooms, convention spaces and the like.  But this was different. We actually had to create the space.  I mean, really …

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