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F E AT U R E TECHNOLOGY for the Meeting g Traveler on the Go BY SEAN WILKERSON, CGMP INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM SPECIALIST DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE I f you are anything like me, there is always something you can use to make your life just a little easier. That tool for me is the Jawbone Jambox. The Jambox is a wireless speaker that works with Bluetooth, making it simple for you to use with your smartphone, PC or Mac. Now when I travel, I no longer ask for a conference phone or for a speaker in the boardroom for presentations. I carry my Jambox. This device is small enough to fit in my carry-on bag and loud enough to fill up a ballroom with sound. The built-in microphone and the clear sound speaker allow me to use the device with any conference call, Skype call, and even FaceTime. When I am not using it for my professional needs, I am using it for the entertainment value of increasing the sound of a movie on my laptop or creating a concert with the music library on my smartphone. Depending on your needs, there are two model sizes at a price starting around $160 for the smaller unit and $260 for the larger unit. It is a savings that has paid for itself when I travel, as I no longer have to pay speaker phone fees or wait for tech support. The rechargeable unit has a battery life that has lasted through four-hour meetings and eight hours of radio play. The other technology travel advice I have pertains to making calls. When you are on travel overseas, it can get lonely. When I travel, I need to reach my family, friends and co-workers to stay connected, update them with my status, or simply let them know that I arrived safely. Those charges can add up if you are paying for those fees, and sometimes you don't get reimbursed. Instead, I use Skype. Most people know they can use Skype to video chat, but they don't know that, for a small fee, you can call land lines and cell phones while in the U.S. or overseas. I pay $2.99 a month plus tax to call anywhere in the U.S. and Canada from my computer, smartphone or tablet device using Skype software, the Skype App and a Wi-Fi connection. It is incredibly cheap and reliable. I have the option of calling with video, or just a voice call whenever I want. So, if you like to stay connected, consider this option. There are free services out there, and other video chat functions through email providers, but I have found those to be problematic when traveling and have found stability in using Skype. Now get out there and use technology to make the most of your money and time - on the road or at home. 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Summer 2014

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Get Your Green On
2014 SGMP NEC & Expo Highlights
Conference Connection
Plan Green
Technology for the Meeting Traveler on the Go
Supplier Strategy
Technology Trends
CGMP Corner
National Updates
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Summer 2014