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July 10, 2018  |  A review of the latest news and happenings.
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EXHIBITORFastTrak Providence Opens Today!

If you weren't able to attend, don't worry, as we have three more FastTrak conferences scheduled this year. Up next: Chicago! Check out www.ExhibitorFastTrak.com for the complete schedules.

Register Now for EXHIBITORFastTrak

Not sure where to begin? Compare the required sessions you still need to the locations where each session is being offered, so you can try to make it to the location where you can get closest to completion. To see the locations where each required session is offered, go to: www.CTSM.com/requiredsessionlocations.asp

Candidates: If all the sessions remaining on your transcript are offered at a FastTrak conference, you may take your comprehensive exam at the same location. The exam is offered Friday afternoon at each location. Please register for your exam at least one month prior to exam date. Here's the registration link: www.CTSM.com/comprehensiveexamregistration-s.asp

CTSM5 Sessions Offered at FastTraks
Those of you with 5 or more years of experience may opt out of some of the more basic CTSM-required sessions. Use the Session Substitution Request form at www.CTSM.com/substitutionrequest.asp to determine which required sessions could be replaced by a CTSM5 session.

Just let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to help!

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Special Session at EXHIBITORFastTrak Chicago for CTSM Graduates Only

CTSM Graduates: The EXHIBITORFastTrak conference in Chicago will offer a new leadership session just for you!

This special session will give you a new opportunity to learn, engage, and connect with your fellow CTSM grads, featuring Q&A time, coaching and roundtable discussions where the attendees will determine the topics and curriculum. Plus you will get to know other CTSM grads at a private wine and cheese reception:
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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 an 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%. 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.
  • There's a new pdf document on our web site, Test Taking Tips from NIU.

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Get Certified! Earn your CTSM in 2018!

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! There are many tools available on our CTSM website to help you accomplish this at: www.CTSM.com/portfolio.asp

The session 710, Preparing, Developing and Submitting a Quality CTSM Portfolio is being offered online once a month between April and September. It is highly recommended that you take this class as you prepare to work on your portfolio. All classes are 90 minutes in length, from 1:00-2:30 pm Central Time, and it may count as one of your elective sessions. The next opportunities are July 18th and August 15th. Register at: www.CTSM.com/portfolioWebSession710-s.asp

There are still two Portfolio Power-Working Weekend (PPWW) workshops where you can learn, write and receive immediate feedback from advisors here to help. Leave distractions behind and focus for 12 hours. The two remaining PPWWs in 2018 are:
  • San Diego, July 28-29
  • Milwaukee, August 11-12
Summers are busy times at hotels, so register as soon as possible if you are planning to attend. Learn more at: www.CTSM.com/portfolioPowerWorkingWeekend-s.asp

 
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Congratulations to our Newest CTSM Graduate!
Certified July, 2018:
 
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Ga Young Jung (Grace), CTSM
 
 
 
 
Ga Young Jung (Grace), CTSM
Project Coordinator
North Highland (Client: AARP)
Washington, DC
 
 
 
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507-424-4881

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

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