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SGMP auction now open
SGMP
The SGMP 2015 Electronic Auction is now open. This fundraiser will benefit the Gilmer Institute of Learning scholarship fund, and all funds will be used for scholarships to the 2016 NEC & Expo in San Diego.

Bidding can be done through your cell phone or computer. Go to www.SGMPConf15.myab.co to register for the event and view the items. Place your bids right from your own device. You even get an update if you are outbid. The auction runs through 1:30 p.m. EST April 30.

There are three ways to bid:
  1. By Text — Text the 3-digit item number and amount to the welcome message you receive when you register; no dollar signs or decimals are needed (e.g., 101 500).
  2. By Smartphone — Click the link in your registration text. It will take you to a personal bidding page. Click on an item and place a bid. It's that simple!
  3. By Computer — Login with your username and password, click on an item and place a bid!
All payments can be made directly on the site and all auction items will be provided at the NEC or mailed to you after the auction. Share this with your friends and family so they can contribute to SGMP. This auction is hosted by ABC-AuctionsByCellular. Questions? Email kforte@brownpalace.com.
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National Conference Center celebrates Earth Day with green meeting tips
Successful Meetings
In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, released a series of 11 tips to help meeting planners make their events more sustainable. "Because we're on such a beautiful 65-acre campus, we're reminded of the importance of protecting the environment daily," Geoff Lawson, vice president and general manager of The National Conference Center, said in a statement.
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This eco-friendly airplane window shade could be your smartphone's new best friend
Skift
A new Crystal Cabin Award winner from innovative interiors components manufacturer B/E Aerospace, could soon recharge our personal electronic devices in-flight by making the most of the limitless power of the sun. The inventors of the Solar Eclipse, a solar-powered window shade with USB power outlets, shine light on the growing problem of demand for power supply in aviation.
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Trend toward smaller airline seats may pose safety risks
Smart Meetings
Airline seats have been getting progressively smaller. A consumer advisory group established by the U.S. Department of Transportation recently examined this issue and made nonbinding suggestions to government regulators about the potential dangers of the industry trend.
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US business travel volume to rise through 2016
Travel Pulse
The Global Business Travel Association's latest BTI Outlook released on April 14 forecasts U.S. business travel volume to increase over the next two years as a result of increased demand, a recovering American economy and declining oil prices, among other key factors.
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Walk your way to a more productive meeting
Associations Now
If your usual meetings are feeling stale, try a different approach with a walking meeting. Research and experience have shown that these types of meetings may help increase creative thinking and camaraderie among coworkers.
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5 ways to ease email inbox overload
Smart Meetings
While email is an essential business tool, most professionals find that their inboxes easily become overloaded. Here are some suggestions on how to effectively manage email.
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Want to advance your government career? GovLoop steps in where government has stepped out
The Washington Post
In recent years, scandals and budget cuts have made training and career development an afterthought for many federal workers. But with waves of retirees taking decades of expertise with them, younger employees stepping into their shoes are finding holes in their knowledge. And often they're not getting it filled by their agencies. Enter GovLoop, the Facebook for feds and a lot more, with a free online training program for public sector professionals.
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Event speakers: How to set up a panel session
Connect Your Meetings
Planners have various presentation methods to consider for event speakers. There's the visionary speaker who draws in attendees from the general session stage as well as the subject matter expert who educates during an intimate breakout session. Then there's the panel. When do you use it in lieu of a solo speaker or co-presenter format? And how do you ensure a panel is diverse, interactive and able to engage attendees?
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