Government Connections - Fall 2010 - (Page 37)

FACE TIME – It Matters Speak out today on the importance of face-to-face meetings By Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC BEING PART OF an organization gives you the opportunity to engage in various activities, like professional development, networking and public outreach. Your SGMP membership provides those opportunities, and it is important to take advantage of them as an active member, both internally and externally. SGMP as an organization also takes advantage of these opportunities in a broader spectrum with its partnership with the Convention Industry Council (CIC). Right now you can be active in the promotion of face-toface meetings. Don’t let dangerous political rhetoric jeopardize the jobs of the one in eight Americans employed by the travel industry. You can make a difference by speaking out today! SGMP is promoting “FACE TIME. It Matters,” a grassroots industry campaign theme designed to promote the benefits of meeting face to face. The campaign was developed in response to one of the most challenging years ever faced by the meeting, convention and exhibition industries. It was based on the findings of a recent national survey of corporate, government and association meeting planners, plus in-depth personal interviews with the industry’s leading executives as well as focus groups consisting of corporate and association executives, business travelers and professional meeting planners. According to the research: • Face-to-face meetings build trust and relationships • Education and training are more effective in a live setting • Live meetings actually save time and money • Live meetings result in a more effective exchange of ideas • Face-to-face meetings provide the human connection that powers business • Face-to-face meetings create jobs and power the economy We are even challenged by President Obama, who called for reducing travel by government employees as a means to reduce greenhouse gases from indirect sources. Simply reducing travel as a way of reaching greenhouse gas targets is not a solution and will not encourage real progress toward sustainable travel and meetings. Government agencies can manage and reduce the impacts of travel and meetings by using standards set by the EPA and other leading green initiative organizations rather than completely reducing travel to meetings. Those standards will give government agencies the specific and measurable road map needed to accomplish the goals of Executive Order 13514 to improve sustainability and foster markets for sustainable technologies, products and services. Face-to-face meetings are under attack from all angles, and it is our responsibility as professional meeting planners and those who serve our industry to take a stand and educate the public and the leaders who would use our industry as a political tool or wedge. I encourage you to take an active role as an SGMP member and visit the Meetings Mean Business web site and be heard. The future of face-to-face meetings is in our hands! G Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC, is SGMP’s executive director and CEO. Contact him at 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2010

Government Connections - Fall 2010
President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Education Edge
That’s Technology
Supplier Strategy
Plan Green
Travel Tips and Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
The Lean Approach to E-mail Management
Connecting to the Next Generation
Cows, People and Flying
Get to Know Your Future Colleagues
FACE TIME – It Matters
VIPs! Where Do I Seat Them at My Meeting?
SGMP Nation
Membership News
Conference Connection
Go Figure
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2010