Government Connections - Spring 2012 - (Page 33)
By Lisa Silverman, MA, CGMP
YOU CAN LEARN a lot about being a successful government meeting professional by watching musicals. In The Wizard of Oz, we learn to go with the ﬂow, no matter where that ﬂow takes us. In Fiddler on the Roof, we are reminded of the importance of tradition. And, in The King and I, we are taught about getting to know each other a little more each time we are together. Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, getting to like you, getting to hope you like me… As Anna sings in The King and I, I think of the many ways in which all government meeting professionals can get to know each other better. Yes, you probably know what agency your chapter’s president represents and what property, CVB or company your chapter second vice president works for, but what else do you know about those people? Do you know how they became government meeting professionals? Do you know what time of year is the busiest for the person sitting next to you at the most recent chapter meeting you attended? Do you know what this person loves about being a government meeting professional? Is this person someone whose walls are decorated with name badges and posters from past events or does this person prefer a no-frills atmosphere? Take those relationships to the next level. Ask the person sitting to your
r ight at SGMP’s National Education Conference & Expo, “Where are you from originally?” Wouldn’t it be funny if that person was from the city where you recently hosted a meeting? When you meet a new member at a chapter event, ask in what neighborhood that person lives. She could live a block away from you or have kids in the same school. Ask your chapter treasurer about his favorite sports team. Use these moments to get to k now your fel low SGM P members. For ex ample, did you k now that M ar ie Ziegler w it h t he Sacramento chapter loves I Love Lucy? Would you have guessed that our 2011 Supplier of the Year, Carla Cannonito, dances in the Washington DC area’s Nutcracker in the role of Grandmother Stahlbaum? I bet you didn’t know that Garland Preddy was an x-ray technician and drove a school bus before she started working for the Department of Justice, or that Libby Noto is a licensed cosmetologist and a part- time hairdresser. Linda Eisan loves her pets and serves as a foster pet parent for members of the military, and Lise Cochran was a medic in the U.S. Army for eight years before entering the world of hotel sales. R e l at ion sh ip s a r e s o i mp or t a n t to what we do as gover nment meeting professionals. For suppliers, these relationships help you build your client base and meet your sales goals. For planners, these relationships can help you when you suddenly need to find meeting space for 50 people for next week or your VIP transportation falls through. At SGMP, we have great networking opportunities through chapter events, CGMP courses and the NEC to get to know each other beyond the scope of our jobs. I encourage you to use these opportunities to ask the deeper level questions. Why are you here? What do you do for fun? Where do you go when you want to relax? Who first introduced you to SGMP? How do you juggle being a busy meeting professional with a world outside of government meetings? Every member of SGMP is more than the title on his or her name badge and every member has a story. Haven’t you noticed, suddenly I’m bright and breezy? Because of all, the beautiful and new, things I’m learning about you, day by day. Like Anna sings, perhaps getting to know all of these beautiful and new things about your fellow SGMP colleagues will suddenly make you bright and breezy, too. G
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2012
Travel Tips & Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Navigating the NEC Expo
Getting to Know You
Building Strong Relationships
What Do You Do?
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Spring 2012