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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!”.

Gardian of the Month: Kris Mayo

Kris Mayo is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, networking advice for wallflowers, her go to resource and what she would title a book about her life!

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Gardian of the Month: Yesenia Murillo

Yesenia Murillo is our Gardian of the Month! Find out what subject she'd like to learn more about, one of her favorite professional networks, the resource she thinks you should check out and which season best represents her!

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Beyond the Coffee Break. Striking the Right Balance Between Learning, Networking, and Fun at Your Event

In today’s busy environment there are many things vying for attendee’s time and money, making it more important than ever to build the “perfect” event to entice them to attend. How do we find just the right mix of structured programming while offering opportunities for organic networking and some fun too?? Here are several ideas to incorporate some “downtime” that keeps attendees engaged – without burning them out.

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Gardian of the Month: Michelle Porter

Michelle Porter is our Gardian of the Month! Find out how she studies for a big exam, her favorite form of networking, the resource she can't live without and her favorite thing about Fall!

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Gardian of the Month: Ahliba Toffa

Ahliba Toffa is our Gardian of the Month! Find out her favorite thing about learning something new, her go-to networking tip, the resource she can't live without and a little-known fact about her!

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Gardian of the Month: Alissa Parady

Alissa Parady is our Gardian of the Month! Find out how she learns best, what type of networker she is, how she likes to apply what she's learned and her favorite thing about Summer.

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