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Tuesday Buzz: Getting Ready for Detroit

Some of the most informative guides you can find ahead of the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, taking place in Detroit this weekend.

You may have heard that the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition is taking over Detroit this weekend. Heck, you may even be going.

Need a starting point or five? Then check out some of these guides to help you with your planning process:

DelCor CEO Loretta DeLuca, FASAE, has the kind of insights that could come only from a seasoned pro who’s been to numerous ASAE annual meetings.

MemberClicks writer Callie Walker recommends some offerings that are specifically helpful for small-staff associations, including a lounge designated for them. (Also worth checking out is Walker’s guide for ASAE rookies.)

And MemberSuite has great advice on getting more out of the expo-hall hours at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Key point: Keep an open mind.

And, of course, don’t forget our own Samantha Whitehorne’s tips on prepping for a conference as large as ASAE’s.

Dressing up for Company

When you’re in The D, be sure to get a gander at the Detroit Free Press building, located at 321 W. Lafayette Blvd. The historic building hasn’t been occupied by the newspaper since 1998. (It recently gained some new tenants, however.) Just just in time for Annual though, the building has gotten a colorful face-lift to highlight the city’s many offerings.

“We were happy to do it, and we do want to show that we are moving forward,” Ken Creighton, a representative of the building’s owner, DongDu International Group, told The Detroit News. The company agreed to put up the posters for, as well as sponsor, the ASAE event.

Other Links of Note

Handwriting doesn’t get the love it used to, but having good penmanship still matters. Lifehacker scribe Andy Orin explains the notable benefits of this lost art.

Mulling over putting on a summer festival? The Event Manager Blog has some tips for what you should do as well as what you should avoid.

When it comes to designing an online community, SocialFish‘s Maddie Grant says the focus should be on the end users—not on what benefits the organization.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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