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October, 2018  |  A review of the latest news and happenings.
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Register Now for EXHIBITORLIVE 2019 in Las Vegas

Registration is now open for EXHIBITORLIVE, to be held February 24-28, 2019. It's going to be another great event to look forward to! This year's conference will feature 174 educational sessions, with more than 70 that are new.

Register Now for EXHIBITORLIVE

There will be plenty of exciting things happening in the Connection Zone in The Square, many great networking opportunities for you, and lots to see in the Exhibit Hall to help you make good purchasing decisions for your program.

See the complete list of session offerings and registration info at: www.ExhibitorLive.com

Registration Tips:
Check your transcript first to verify which sessions you still need to take to meet the CTSM educational requirements.

Also note that there will be some changes to our CTSM curriculum in 2019.
  • We have two new required sessions this year: 21419 and 21519. If they do not show up on your transcript, that means you have already met the requirement for these two. If they are listed without a date by them, you do need to take them.

  • Sessions 10819/10919 and 21419/21519 are two-part sessions. The first part must be taken before the second part to fully understand the second part.

  • Sessions 31119 and 52219 will not be offered at EXHIBITORLIVE. If you are completing your sessions in Las Vegas and need either of these two sessions, we do have some CTSM5 substitution options you may select.

  • If you have 5 or more years of experience in the industry, you may select approved CTSM5 sessions to substitute for some of the more basic CTSM-required sessions. Many new sessions have been added to the CTSM5 listing, so be sure to check the substitution form at www.exhibitoronline.com/ctsm/substitutionrequest.asp

  • Reminder: Required sessions which now end in "18" will end in "19" beginning in January. Example: 10818 becomes 10819.

  • If you have too many sessions left to complete at EXHIBITORLIVE 2019, look into the details below about the final two EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences for 2018 and the sessions being offered online via EXHIBITOR eTrak. Taking sessions at one of these learning events might help you complete requirements in February.

If you have any questions or would like assistance in planning your best possible schedule, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy or me.

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Two EXHIBITORFastTrak Conferences Remaining This Year

You still have two more FastTrak opportunities this year to take additional sessions towards CTSM certification.
  • San Francisco, November 6-9
  • Fort Worth, December 4-7
Register Now for EXHIBITORFastTrak

For more information about these conferences, visit: www.ExhibitorFastTrak.com

Pro Tip: Compare the required sessions you still need to the locations where each is being offered. Try to make it to the location where you can get closest to completion. This page will help: www.CTSM.com/requiredsessionlocations.asp

If you have six or fewer sessions left to take, you may take your comprehensive exam at the location where you are finishing up. It is offered Friday afternoon at each FastTrak conference. Don't forget to register for your exam at least one month prior to exam date at: www.CTSM.com/comprehensiveexamregistration-s.asp

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Five More Months of EXHIBITOR eTrak Sessions Are Scheduled

There are four good elective sessions still coming via EXHIBITOR eTrak this year.

Take note that required session 31118, How to Grow Your Brand: Incorporating Brand Marketing into Your Exhibit Program, is being offered December 11th. It is not being offered at EXHIBITORLIVE, so this would be a great opportunity to take it. The other required session offered online is 72118, Negotiating Skills to Win, on December 13th.

Five sessions are already scheduled for 2019 - three required ones and two electives. Upcoming required sessions include:
  • January 15 - 61719: Graphics Boot Camp: the Basics Every Event Manager Should Know
  • February 12 - 31519: Integrated Marketing Communications
  • March 19 - 30819: Business Marketing Strategies and Trade Shows
For more information about these online session offerings, visit: www.ExhibitorOnline.com/etrak

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Have You Joined the CTSM LinkedIn Group Yet?

Only a small percentage of you have linked up with us on our CTSM and CTSM Graduates LinkedIn groups. I encourage you to connect with your species here.
  • Ask your questions and receive answers from other CTSMers
  • Find job postings here, which we receive in the CTSM office
  • Find out if other CTSMers are attending the same upcoming trade show or event as you and meet up in person at the show
  • Get to know some of our graduates through feature articles
Candidates & Graduates Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5082977

CTSM Graduates Only Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5082983

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Experiencing Anxiety Over the CTSM Comprehensive Exam?

Don't let anxiety get the best of you. You can pass the exam if you take some time to prepare by studying the handouts of your 23 CTSM-required sessions. The average pass rate is between 80-90%. The 18 examinees at the Chicago FastTrak all passed!

Some test aids are available for you:
  • Study buddies: About one month prior to exam date, Wendy will connect those of you who wish to study together.
  • Q&A Call with CTSM executive director about two weeks prior to exam. Wendy will ask you if you wish to participate in her one-month out message. In preparation for the San Francisco exam, the next call is scheduled for October 26th, at noon Central time.
  • Read our new PDF document: Test Taking Tips from NIU.

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Get Certified! Earn your CTSM in 2019!

Have you been dragging your feet on the portfolio requirement for certification? You know who you are, you know what your company does, you know how you manage your trade show and/or event program. Just write what you know on paper, and there you have it - your portfolio! You are probably thinking, "Yeah right, Jan, it's not that easy." It does involve some work and writing, but there are many tools available on our CTSM website to help you accomplish this at: www.CTSM.com/portfolio.asp

 
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Congratulations to our Newest CTSM Graduates!
Certified since July 15, 2018:
 
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Susan Vandyke, CTSM
 
 
Caitlin Graves, CTSM
 
 
Susan Vandyke, CTSM
Marketing Coordinator
Zoeller
Louisville, KY
 
 
Caitlin Graves, CTSM
Marketing Events Manager
Insitu, Inc.
Bingen, WA
 
 
Jaime Agostino, CTSM
 
 
Maureen Zeljak, CTSM
 
 
Jaime Agostino, CTSM
Marketing Director
Vizo Financial
Middletown, PA
 
 
Maureen Zeljak, CTSM
Director of Event Programs
San Jose, CA
 
 
Renee Corine Arnold, CTSM
 
 
 
Renee Corine Arnold, CTSM
Marketing Manager, Events
Jabra
Lowell, MA
 
 
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507-424-4881

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507-424-4893 (office)
763-300-6813 (cell)

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