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Planners may still register for today's free webinar with GSA
SGMP
Jill Denning, GSA's per diem program manager, will present information from the planner’s perspective today at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Register now to join in and to participate in the Q&A! A second GSA webinar, from the supplier's perspective, is one week from today. Both are sponsored by SGMP and iCohere and are complimentary to SGMP members. Register now for one contact hour under Upcoming Events at www.sgmp.org.
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Turn distraction into action
Association Media & Publishing
The mobile revolution has happened. Nearly everyone is carrying around at least one smart mobile device and checking it an average of more than 150 times a day. Not surprising, your conference attendees are bringing their mobile devices into the meeting rooms and using them. Participants are tweeting event content, posting photos to Instagram, taking pictures of slides, fact-checking and taking notes. However, these mobile screens are also distraction temptations and are often used for non-meeting-related tasks. The siren call of these glowing screens is hard to resist, especially if the presenter is not engaging or the material presented is boring — or both.
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7 great conversation starters to try out at your next meeting
Smart Meetings
How do you initiate conversation with someone new at a meeting or convention? The most common icebreaker, "So, what do you do?" is unmemorable and fails to jumpstart meaningful interaction. Here are some alternatives. Notice that none focus on work, which is intentional.
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ASAE letter to Congress urges no more meeting restrictions
Associations Now
Some members of Congress reportedly are keen to revive legislation that would impose new limitations on government employee attendance at conferences. ASAE last week urged lawmakers not to create new barriers to interaction between associations and government.
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Even GEORGE! filled out an NCAA Tournament bracket
SGMP
The official social media spokesperson for the 2015 SGMP NEC & Expo completed his bracket today. Meet GEORGE! at www.sgmp.org under Recent News or at #sgmpgeorge. Have you filled out your 2015 NEC registration form? Register now and book your lodging for next month's NEC in Minneapolis!


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March Madness, meetings style
MeetingsNet
Forget the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Thanks to Destination Marketing Association International's empowerMINT.com, meeting planners now have a contest of their own: the March Meeting Planner Madness tournament.
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MPI forecast puts government events in steep decline
Associations Now
A new quarterly report from Meeting Professionals International finds that many meeting planners expect government meetings, which have been dogged by spending scandals, to stay in decline in the near future. This article refers to the same report that we brought to you in the March 5 edition of The Link.  SGMP CEO Rob Bergeron's recent letter to the editor of The Washington Post is quoted.
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Technology aids planning process
Crain's Cleveland Business
Technology is breathing new life into the meeting and event industry. Today's events, meeting planners said, are highly produced gatherings that blend tried-and-true light and sound engineering with new technologies, such as 3-D video mapping, to immerse participants in the experience. Beyond the showmanship, however, technology also is taking center stage in the planning and execution of successful meetings.
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4 deeds your conference must exploit
Velvet Chainsaw
Your conference should be something to be experienced. It should be an action verb, not a passive experience. It should be something that participants do, not consume. Learn about the four deeds that will create an active unforgettable transformative conference experience for your participants.
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Hotels expanding use of wearable, mobile pay technology
By Suzanne Mason
The adoption of mobile and wearable technology continues to grow within the travel industry. With the recent unveiling of the Apple Watch, all eyes are on this device and how it will change the travel landscape when it comes to mobile technology. The Apple Watch won't be available for purchase until April 24, but Apple is already making waves in the travel industry with its mobile payment system, Apple Pay. Marriott just became the first global hotel chain to offer Apple Pay.
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