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What to ask for when they want you to speak for free
Business 2 Community
For public speakers, sometimes it's well worth it to speak for "promotional purposes" (aka, for free). So, to all aspiring pro speakers out there, these tips will serve as a guide for what to ask for if you're approached about speaking for free. And to all the meeting planners or conference organizers both big and small, you can consider these tips on how to entice a professional speaker to present to your audience for free.
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Second-tier cities can be number one for meetings
Successful Meetings
The cost of a destination remains a key factor in decision-making, says Bonnie Boisner, vice president of events for Minneapolis-based Aimia, Subaru's third-party planning partner. As a result, planners are looking at many second- and third-tier cities that provide a good bang for their buck, but are also interesting destinations that offer something else to attract people while they're not in meetings.
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10 habits of productive people
Smart Meetings
Over the course of a 24-hour day, the most productive people juggle multiple projects while meeting their goals. Experts point out that productivity is not about working longer or harder; it is about working smarter. Here are some tips on the habits of productive people and how to increase workplace productivity.
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3 smart ways to boost registration
MeetingsNet
There are three main ways to boost your event registrations, said Dave Lutz, managing director, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, at a Cvent Connect session held in Las Vegas in June: Word-of-mouth marketing; traditional channels of influence; and untraditional channels of influence. Here is a brief rundown of how you can use each to rev up attendance.
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SGMP appoints new education trustees
SGMP
The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) has named Patty Barron, CGMP, and Mark Richardson, CGMP, as trustees for its Gilmer Institute of Learning (GIL). Both new trustees are completing existing two-year terms of office through June 30, 2016. Barron works for the VT Group supporting Cargo Helicopters Management Office in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and is a past Rocket City Alabama chapter president. Richardson is a sales manager at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs and served as Rocky Mountain chapter treasurer.
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Leisure travel trends affect business travel
Associations Now
Business travelers are continuing to use new tools and apps inspired by the leisure travel and retail industries. Association meetings need to adopt them in order to remain relevant to attendees.
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What makes an affordable city affordable?
Successful Meetings
Successful Meetings is looking into affordable destinations for meetings based on answers to survey questions. What makes an affordable city affordable? What are the priorities when it comes to budgeting for a meeting in an affordable city?
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Ringleader in GSA scandal gets 3 months in prison
Government Executive
Jeff Neely, the Public Buildings Service executive whose orchestration of a lavish Las Vegas training conference rocked the General Services Administration in 2012, was sentenced on Tuesday to three months imprisonment and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and restitution by a federal district judge in San Francisco.
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Millennials now outnumber boomers in the US
Government Executive
Millennials now make up a larger part of the population than boomers, according to the latest Census Bureau data. People who were born between 1982 and 2000, classified as millennials, now make up more than one quarter of the population, at 83.1 million. This is compared with the 75.4 million baby boomers, generally defined as being born between 1946 and 1964.
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