The SGMP Link
Jul. 9, 2015

Where meeting professionals and speakers agree
With so many tasks on the to-do list of a meeting professional, the one I often hear complaints about is the speaker-booking process. Meeting managers complain that speakers get paid too much, are hard to connect with and can be demanding. Speakers complain that meeting professionals don't return phone calls, are cheap and unaccommodating. But we need each other to produce meetings that educate, connect and inspire.More

6 forces shaping business travel and incentives
Roger Stotz, chief research officer with the Incentive Research Foundation, pointed to six over-arching trends that he believes will profoundly affect meetings, incentives and business travel for the next five years during a presentation at the IRF Invitational, held in May in Miami.More

PCMA: The line item you need to add to your meeting planning budget
International Meetings Review
You've looked at the budget for your meeting countless times. From food and beverage costs to room fees to equipment rentals to signage and staffing, you know the list of projected expenses all too well. However, you may be missing one surprising line item that can make a big difference in your meeting's success.More

41 free things you can get at hotels just by asking
Yahoo! Travel
Add this to your list of Golden Rules of travel: You don't get what you don't ask for. Hotels don't necessarily offer all they have to give, so it's up to travelers to know what's available. Ask and you can receive everything from workout gear and kids' toys to vegan toiletries and flat irons. Even better, if you know what to expect in advance, you can trim your packing list and borrow upon arrival. More

Take the 2015 all-member survey today
A link to the 2015 survey was emailed to all members last week. Your feedback will help SGMP better serve its members and to be better positioned for success and sustainability. If you did not receive the survey link, simply send an email to with "Survey Request" in the subject line and one will be sent to that address. Deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 10. We really appreciate your feedback!More

What's the key to career success? It's simple: Networking
By Ivani Greppi
In his bestselling book, "Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success," Adam M. Grant writes that success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. Grant's pioneering research revealed that most people in the business world operate as either takers, matchers or givers. These styles have a direct effect on individual's career success. The book highlights the effectiveness of networking and collaboration versus individual focus on success.More

6 tips to expedite airport procedures
Smart Meetings
Even the most patient individual can get frustrated at the airport. Here are some tips to expedite airport procedures, including checking in and getting through security.More