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June 6, 2017  |  A review of the latest news and happenings.
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EXHIBITORFastTrak Providence Discount Ends Soon!

Don't Miss the Discount! You will save $300 if you register for the Providence, RI conference by June 13. Register now while there is still space, and save money at the same time! To see the complete line-up of session offerings at each location, go to www.ExhibitorFastTrak.com.

EXHIBITORFastTrak

Half-day Workshops and CTSM5 Sessions Can Speed Your Progress!
Check out the all-day and half-day workshops offered at the front end of the EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences. The half-day workshops (3 hours in length) are equivalent to two regular 90-minute sessions. CTSM5 half-day workshops may be used for two approved required sessions or one required session plus one elective!

Remember, if you have 5 or more years of experience, you have options for some of the more basic CTSM-required sessions. Check your transcripts to see which sessions you have left to take, then compare your list with the four FastTrak schedules to see which one will get you closest to the completion of the educational requirements.

Check out the following CTSM5 workshops and sessions to determine which ones will help you:

Providence, RI, July 11-14:
  • Half-Day Workshop and Authors Executive Series: Lean Six Sigma White Belt for Exhibitors (108) - approved for 61717, 62017, and 62117

  • Half-Day Workshop: Beginners Guide to Digital Marketing and Social Media Planning (302) - approved for 30717, 31317, and 31517

  • Mastering the Meeting Maze (637) - approved for 60917, 61017, 61117. (Note: Candidates may use 637 as an option for 60917, even if they do not have 5 years of experience.)

  • Advanced Learning Session: Mastering Measurement, Reporting and ROI (107) - approved for 40217

  • Advanced Learning Session: Content + Interactions: A Formula for Effective Marketing Impact (304) - approved for 30717, 31317, and 31517

  • Show Floor Labor: Busting the Myths About Unions (201) - approved for 20617 and 20917

Chicago, August 22-25:
  • Half-Day Workshop: Build a Better RFP (403) - approved for 40217

  • You Know What to Measure - But How Do You Actually Measure It? (114) - approved for 40217, 61717, 62017 and 62117

  • A Trip Around the World - Must Knows for Global Exhibiting (510) - approved for 52217

  • Advanced Learning Session: Attract, Capture and Nurture Your Leads With Marketing Automation (325) - approved for 30717, 31317 and 31517

Sacramento, September 26-29:
  • How to Double Your Qualified Leads: Best Practices in Trade Show Lead Acquisition (317) - approved for 30717, 31317 and 31517

  • Advanced Learning Session: 360 Degree Event Planning: From Selection to Experience Design (328) - approved for 30717, 31317, 31517, and 40217

  • You Know What to Measure - But How Do You Actually Measure It? (114) - approved for 40217, 61717, 62017 and 62117

  • From Marketing to Measurement: 10 Steps to a Great Corporate Event (608) - approved for 60917, 61017 and 61117

Chicago, October 31 - November 3:
  • Half-Day Workshop & Authors Executive Series: Lean Six Sigma White Belt for Exhibitors (108) - approved for 61717, 62017, and 62117

  • Advanced Learning Session: Global Frameworks: Marketing from the Context of Culture - Part I and Part II (505/506) - approved for 52217

Candy Adams' all-day workshop (212) Rookie Exhibitors' Quick-Start Program: Hit the Ground Running, is being offered at three of the conferences: Providence, Chicago (summer), and Sacramento. This workshop qualifies CTSM candidates to waive sessions 20617 and 20917, plus two elective sessions. Sessions 20617 and 20917 may be also be opted out of with any of the approved optional electives.

If you wish to substitute sessions, be sure to complete the substitution request form at www.ctsm.com/substitutionrequest.asp

You can also register now to take your CTSM Comprehensive Exam at any of the four EXHIBITORFastTrak conferences. The exam will be offered on the final afternoon at each location.

And special thanks to our 2017 EXHIBITORFastTrak Sponsors:

Providence, RI:

Access TCA
Chicago, IL (Summer):

EXHIBIT CONCEPTS, INC.
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Sacramento, CA:
GROUP DELPHI
Chicago, IL (Fall):

Hill and Partners
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EXHIBITOR eTrak Schedule Update

The schedule for EXHIBITOR eTrak live online sessions is now posted through the end of the year.

You Can Save Money by completing many of your CTSM-required sessions and electives online, which eliminates any travel expenses. We also offer a multi-session discount, so if you register for multiple eTrak sessions at the same time, you will pay less for each session. See all of the scheduled EXHIBITOR eTrak online sessions at www.ExhibitoreTrak.com/sessions.asp.

 
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Start Writing Your Portfolio Now!

Do you have a goal of being recognized as a Certified Trade Show Marketer at EXHIBITORLIVE in 2018? If yes, you have 5 months to be sure that you have completed all sessions, passed your Comprehensive Exam and submitted your Candidate Portfolio.

Don't delay! Spring into your portfolio writing now and through the summer months. There is only one remaining Portfolio Power-Working Weekend scheduled this year: August 12-13 in Milwaukee, WI. Register now at www.ctsm.com/portfolioPowerWorkingWeekend-s.asp.

Megan Bleichner attended a PPWW in August of 2015. She provided the following feedback: "This class was great; it was totally worth the money and time commitment. It really helped me get motivated to start my project, I know for a fact I would have never made this much progress on my own. I needed the time, I needed the support in the room, I needed Jan to go over the slides again, and I needed that advisor to sit down and guide me. I believe I will actually finish this project which I didn't have that same feeling before the weekend. Thank you."   Note: Megan completed her project and was certified three months later.

Another option for assistance is Session 710: Preparing, Developing and Submitting a Quality CTSM Portfolio, which will be offered online monthly through October. This class provides a thorough look at what is expected in each section of the portfolio and will give you a jump start on your writing. Registration is at www.ctsm.com/portfolioWebSession710-s.asp.

As always, we are here to help. Please contact us with any questions!

 
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