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Here is what you have been missing this week in Portland
SGMP
The 2014 SGMP NEC & Expo on-site show guide is available for digital download.
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Federal workforce honored and examined as part of Public Service Recognition Week
The Washington Post
The breakfast banquet honoring federal workers was appropriately held in the Russell Senate Office Building's grand Kennedy Caucus Room. The occasion was Public Service Recognition Week and the annual Partnership for Public Service's introduction of the 43 finalists for the Service to America Medals, better known as the Sammies. These federal employees represent the finest in public service. The services they and many others provide are impressive and make life better not just in the United States, but worldwide.
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When conference guests are on their worst behavior
Associations Now
At meetings and conferences, nobody puts attendees in a corner. Unfortunately, that's where many are found — chatting with coworkers after arriving late, not knowing which sessions they want to attend. Alon Alroy, cofounder and chief marketing officer of Bizzabo, a networking platform for events, highlights the mistakes that hinder guests from taking advantage of everything a conference has to offer, such as tardiness, hanging back, talking to the wrong people and lacking a game plan.
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The brain science behind meeting breaks
MeetingsNet
To find out how to help attendees get the most from meetings, MeetingsNet contacted health and stress expert Heidi Hanna, Ph.D., a speaker, author and the CEO of Synergy, a consultancy that creates specialized health and performance solutions for organizations. Here's what she said.
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8 tips for staying safe at conventions
By Lou Figueroa
Conventions are a great place to learn and relax, but we often head to conferences in unfamiliar towns. We get a false sense of security because we feel safe with a large group of other attendees. Here are eight tips to stay safe at your next conference.
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Here's why DATA Act implementation may be successful
Government Executive
Legislation recently passed by Congress will have far-reaching effects on federal agencies and hundreds of thousands of recipient of federal funds — grantees, contractors, universities, nonprofits, states and localities. The sweeping nature of this new law and its relatively tight implementation timeframe will make it challenging for public managers to comply. Fortunately, there are encouraging signs that this new law could be implemented effectively.
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AT&T gets airborne: Wireless giant tries in-flight Wi-Fi
Associations Now
Less than a month after GoGo, the in-air wireless provider, announced that it was looking to speed up its offerings in the sky, a new competitor has appeared — and this one already has a lot of customers on the ground. On April 28, AT&T announced that it would offer a new 4G LTE-based wireless network for planes, working directly with aerospace company Honeywell to roll it out.
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4 things to look for at Washington's newest and largest hotel
The Washington Post
The much-anticipated Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., opened May 1 after more than 20 years of planning. District officials are hoping the 1,175-room convention center hotel will bring more group bookings and conferences to the area. But Marriott executives say there is much more to the 1.1 million square-foot building than meets the eye. Here are four things that make Washington's newest — and largest — hotel different.
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SkyMall loses its captive audience
Los Angeles Times
Meetings at headquarters for SkyMall take on a new urgency these days, as a new era of passengers packing smartphones and tablets means the catalog, launched 24 years ago, has lost its captive audience. SkyMall lost $3.2 million in May through September of 2013, the only period reported in detail by its new parent company, Xhibit Corp., an Arizona marketing firm. Analysts warn that SkyMall must modernize or join the Montgomery Ward and Sears catalogs on the scrap heap of retail history.
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