Government Connections - Winter 2010 - (Page 42)

MEMBERSHIP NEWS Headquarters Facing the Facts Staff By Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP Executive Director & CEO Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC Deputy Director Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP Membership & IT Manager Mike Downard, CGMP Conference & Meetings Manager Mark Harvey, DS, CGMP CONVENTIONAL WISDOM SAYS that actual human interaction is dead in America. The word on the (now proverbial) street is that interpersonal communication is only done on the internet. We are told every day that face-toface communication has been replaced by—ahem—Facebook. It seems to be broadly accepted that everything is now being done on a computer, a smartphone or via some other new technology. And it seems that as residents of one global village, nobody wants (or needs) to interact in person anymore. Therefore, conferences and seminars have now given way to distance learning and gone the way of webinars. Further, bricks and mortar are out and virtual associations are in. End of story. Executive Assistant Nick Stanley, CGMP Accountant Anna Marie Stewart But when it comes to education, SGMP— and many experts—are calling for an “about-face!” to this thinking. At SGMP, what we tell you is that our chapters play a significant part of the SGMP member experience as the face of our Society. Our members are telling us that they want interpersonal interaction; studies are now showing us that people actually need it. The Convention Industry Council (CIC) conducted a national survey of corporate and association meeting planners, industry executives and business travelers. In January, it launched the “FACE TIME - It Matters” campaign to promote the benefits of meeting face to face. According to this research (as noted previously in GC), not only do face-to-face meetings build trust and relationships, but 42 GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | WINTER 2010

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

Government Connections - Winter 2010
Table of Contents
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 Per Diem Pendulum
Contact Sport vs. Meeting Professionals
Raining Cats & Dogs
Are You Planning to Fail?
7 Deadly Sins of Small Meetings
Meeting Follow-Up is Key to Success
SGMP Nation
Membership News
Conference Connection
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Winter 2010