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Gardian of the Month: Steven Stout

Our Gardian of the Month is Steven Stout, Executive Director for the Texas Society of Association Executives.

Learn: What's one subject you'd like to learn more about? 

Hacking For Good – I once booked a “white hat” hacker to speak at an event once and hearing their discussions on “hacking” for good I found totally fascinating. It completely inspired me to want to save the world from the comfort of an office desk chair.

Network: What's your go-to networking trick or tip? 

I really enjoy listening to people. I try my best not to dominate a conversation knowing networking is a two-way street. I have gained some really great insight just by shutting-up and listening. It is amazing what people will share when they feel very comfortable AND that you are actually listening to them.

Transfer: What resources/tools do you find most helpful in helping you retain knowledge? 

I love research I always have so anything I can get my hands on that has to do with trends or innovations in our space. I will take the time to read I probably subscribe to more industry magazines than I should but I enjoy the varying perspectives on things plus I feel more aware of what is going on in our space the more I read

Please share with us a resource and why you can’t live without it. 

There was a fantastic book that came out in 2018 by Sheri Jacobs, FASAE, CAE called Pivot Point. Despite coming out in 2018 and reading it that year I came across the book again in 2020 during lockdown and in rereading it was shocked how applicable it was during that time. I think so many of us are used to being able to identify a solution to a problem or at the very least have an idea of how to approach a problem but last year definitely helped me understand the power of saying “I don’t know but I’ll figure it out” or being open to changing something that I wouldn’t have dreamed of adjusting in the past.

Just for Fun: If you could live someone else's life for a day, who would it be and why? 

Travel Show Host – getting to travel the world on someone else’s dime is incredible! Getting to experience food and cultures almost every day as part of your paid employment sounds like a DREAM! I have always loved to travel ever since I was little and have done a fair share but I watch those travel shows and think “what a life!”.

11 Safe Meeting Observations from the Front Line

Having recently planned and facilitated a number of in-person meetings and events for a variety of clients and industries, Aaron Wolowiec shares 11 stand-out observations for keeping your members and attendees both safe and comfortable.

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Gardian of the Month: Steven Stout

Steven Stout, Executive Director for the Texas Society of Association Executives. is our Gardian of the Month.

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How to Communicate Price Increases

How do you raise the price of a virtual event when you did a free event or a very low cost event last year? Here are three key things that you need to include when communicating a price change, especially within the context of raising the price of a virtual event when you did one for free or low cost in the past year.

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The Delta Variant Isn’t The Only Reason to Rethink Your Return to the Office

A lot of leaders spent the last few months putting in a place a plan to reopen the office (in one form or another) after Labor Day. This pesky Delta variant now has a lot of people second-guessing or changing their strategy, but in the end that might be a bit of a blessing in disguise, because it’s quite possible that your return to the workplace strategy was doomed to failure anyway.

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How to Design an Educational Event That Encourages Actual Learning

Hosting an education-based conference or meeting can be tricky. Attendees come with multiple learning styles, diverse educational goals, and wildly different attention spans. But it’s possible to host an educational event that satisfies everyone’s checklists.

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The Quick Way To Price Your Hybrid Events

After running virtual events for free or very low cost, the first thing that you want to focus on is raising the price of any virtual components that you're going to offer, whether hybrid components or purely virtual events. Here are some thoughts to help guide you.

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