The SGMP Link
Jun. 25, 2015

Study: Meeting policies help mitigate meeting risks
Successful Meetings
Companies that have a documented, comprehensive meetings policy that adheres to regulatory requirements enjoy less risk than companies that don't, suggests new research published by American Express Meetings & Events. The research found that 70.1 percent of life science companies have a formal meeting policy, although only 60 percent have crisis preparation guidelines.More

How to avoid food waste at meetings
Successful Meetings
The Convention Industry Council's report a couple of years ago estimates that we spend about $54 billion on food and beverage at U.S.-based meetings and events every year. Here we discuss how to avoid food waste at meetings with Tracy Stuckrath, founder of Atlanta-based Thrive Meetings & Events, who spoke at the recent 2015 NEC & Expo. More

IRS advisory group issues Form 990 report
Associations Now
The redesigned Form 990 has been around for close to 10 years. The IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities' annual report made some recommendations to help improve the form further, including mandatory online filing.More

5 essential event marketing questions
Joe Meehan, director, event technology, Milken Institute, provided an impressive list of event-marketing questions during a breakout session at Cvent Connect, held June 14–18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Meehan pointed out that, to go from event planner to "event gladiator," taking on whatever gets thrown your way, you need to ask some tough questions — and be ready to implement some answers before the proverbial lions enter the arena.More

2016 NEC and Expo Call for Speakers
The 2016 SGMP National Education Conference and Expo will be held May 17-19 in San Diego. We are now seeking applications for speakers for our education sessions (this call does not include keynote speakers) Please complete and submit this application no later than 5 p.m. Eastern time July 17. Due to the number of speaker requests, only one presentation will be accepted per speaker, and applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Email with any questions. Click on "Read More" to access the application.More

The real cost of a bad corporate meeting or event
In some events, the host does it right. They realize the importance of the meeting, and carefully ensure every moment matters. They realize the impact of how all the little things cascade together into a singular, emotionally charged experience for their audience. Perhaps the biggest cost of little fails is that the focus of attendees is taken off the purpose of the meeting.More

When your team is silent
Government Executive
You're leading team meetings regularly and you're frustrated. Even though you consider yourself a collaborative leader, you've noticed that when you invite your team to participate in discussions you're often met with silence. They stare back at you. Not much is coming out of their mouths that's helpful to the issues you want their input on. You need to look to yourself for a cause and a solution.More