Government Connections - Winter 2010 - (Page 44)

CONFERENCE CONNECTION The Early Bird Gets the Worm! By Nick Stanley, CGMP WE HAVE ALL heard the phrase “The early bird gets the worm,” and when it comes to SGMP’s National Education Conference (NEC), nothing could be more accurate. Attendee registration for the 2011 NEC in Norfolk, VA, opens January 26, 2011, at Many of you know that SGMP provides pre-conference classes every year at the NEC; however, unless you tried to get into one of the classes last year you probably did not know how quickly they fill up. SGMP is proud to offer even more variety to our pre-con offerings this year. The 2011 NEC offers five pre-conference classes, and four out of the five classes offer you CEUs in addition to those you will receive for attending the education sessions during the conference. Pre- conference classes are available for both planners and suppliers. For members who qualify, taking the CGMP (Certified Government Meeting Professional) class before the NEC offers a unique opportunity to network and bond with the other members in the class as it is the first educational session that begins before everyone else arrives. For detailed benefits that the CGMP certification offers, please visit our website at CGMP is open to government planners, contract planners and suppliers. Specific benefits for each member type are explained in detail online. Back by popular demand this year will be SGMP’s Supplier Strategy Boot Camp, offering advice on the best practices to market and sell to the government. The economy has impacted the travel and meetings industry, but the government sector remains strong and consistent. If you want an edge in the government market, the Supplier Strategy Boot Camp is for you. Anyone who has ever organized a conference or meeting knows the monetary and environmental costs involved in such an undertaking. In an effort to incorporate green meeting practices into more public settings, SGMP has partnered with the EPA and the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) to provide a comprehensive certificate program for our members. Be one of the first to take SGMP’s new Green Meetings and the Government Meeting Professional this June in Norfolk. Is this your first NEC? If it is, SGMP’s popular So You’re New Back by popular demand this year will be SGMP’s Supplier Strategy Boot Camp, offering advice on the best practices to market and sell to the government. It is no secret that competition in today’s business arena has grown, making it imperative that the protocol skills known in the diplomatic world be deployed in the business arena to remain competitive and successful. SGMP’s popular Protocol and the Government Meeting Professional offers insight from protocol experts. Knowledge of business protocol is necessary for enhanced customer relations and global business development. We must be an envoy for the firm or organization we represent, equipped with a knowledge and understanding of the business and social customs and cultures of those with whom we are negotiating – whether within our own culture or internationally. 44 GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | WINTER 2010 to SGMP offers an overview of the society and an opportunity to meet other attendees before the formal educational conference begins. Past attendees have commented on the warmth and comfort that knowing a few friendly faces can bring! So make this pre-conference session a must on your list. All classes fill up fast, and waiting lists get long. So be sure to register early and secure your seat in any one of SGMP’s industry standard-setting educational programs. G Nick Stanley, CGMP, is executive assistant for SGMP. He can be reached at

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