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As 2014 comes to a close, SGMP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of The SGMP Link a look at the most accessed articles from the year.

The top 4 meeting trends of 2014
Successful Meetings
From Jan. 30: As we collectively embark on this exciting new year, with fresh resolutions and fresh hope, we find ourselves looking ahead and eagerly anticipating what the future holds. While there's no crystal ball for meetings in 2014, there are certainly some emerging trends that will continue to shape the industry. Here's a look at four of these developments, and advice for planners on how they can not only meet, but beat expectations in the year ahead.
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How US flag bearer Todd Lodwick could have broken the law at Opening Ceremony (but didn't)
Yahoo Sports
From Feb. 13: While marching into a stadium and parading a flag might seem like a relatively routine task — albeit with billions of eyes watching — flag bearers must follow the protocol outlined in the United States flag code as they perform the honor at an Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Making sure the American flag is held high is considered the most important.
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New survey reveals some networking no-no's
Associations Now
From July 31: Do you have trouble asking your contacts for a favor or keeping in touch with your network? These are just two of the common networking mistakes identified in a new survey. One career coach shares advice for combating these mistakes.
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It is a crucial time for government meetings
SGMP
The 2015 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo on April 28-30 in Minneapolis is coming during a crucial time in government meetings. Our industry has seen dramatic change in recent years, placing planners and suppliers in challenging roles to accomplish more with less (all while abiding by unprecedented rules regarding procurement and perception). SGMP is your source for the latest in industry best practices, knowledge sharing by experienced professionals, and a marketplace which is tailored to the unique work for which we are all responsible. This is your opportunity to sharpen your skills, to expand your expertise and to be a part of the future of government meetings. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis! Thank you for your steadfast membership in and continuing support of SGMP.
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Contracts checklist: 5 essential details meeting professionals should never forget
BizBash
From June 5: Event and meeting professionals may fuss intently over every last decor and logistical detail, but a contract full of holes could doom an otherwise impeccably planned event. From financial specifics to force majeure clauses, here are the important points to keep in mind when writing or signing contracts for events.
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Senate panel passes Conference Accountability Act
Associations Now
From Aug. 7: The Senate Homeland Security Committee has passed a substitute to the Conference Accountability Act. The bill now has tougher reporting requirements for federal employees attending meetings for which the agency spent over $50,000 and requires Congressional approval for agencies that want to spend over $500,000 on a single conference. However, many of the most restrictive provisions from the original bill have been dropped. SGMP does not anticipate action on this bill in the near future given where we are in the Congressional cycle and calendar. We are in contact with our primary coalition partners to support and coordinate efforts on behalf of the industry and SGMP will continue to provide member updates, as events warrant, through multiple communications channels.
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Are government attendees an endangered species?
Meetings and Conventions
From March 6: It has been a rough year for government meeting planners. But the meetings industry is pushing back against federal travel restrictions. According to executive director & CEO Rob Bergeron, SGMP has begun a concerted effort to partner with other entities in adding its expertise to the struggle, which marks new ground for SGMP. "We are bridge-building more than ever."
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It only takes a minute to login to the new SGMP website
SGMP
SGMP no longer sends membership dues invoices by mail. If you are in your renewal cycle and have logged into the member portal, you can print your invoice or simply pay online! You can login at www.sgmp.org by simply entering the primary email address we have on file as your username and then enter Password1 as your new and temporary password (once you login, create and save a new password). Thank you for your membership!
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The best places to work in government
Government Executive
From Jan. 3: The results are in. The Partnership for Public Service, using data collected by the Office of Personnel Management, has published its annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government study. Here are the top five agencies — as ranked by an index score measuring employee satisfaction and commitment to the job — in three different categories.
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You can help SGMP expand our social media reach
SGMP
Just take a quick moment on the left side of the SGMP homepage! Friend "SGMPNation" on Facebook. Connect with "Society of Government Meetings Professionals" on LinkedIn. Follow "@SGMPHQ" on Twitter. And subscribe to "SGMPHQ" on YouTube.
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Is government ready for millennials?
Government Executive
From May 29: Research by the company responsible for Fortune's annual list of "100 Best Companies To Work For" compared responses for the 10 companies millennials (under age 35) rated as the best places to work with the 10 that had the lowest scores. Whether your employer is the government or not, there is some good information here that applies to where you work.
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Customer service experts: Ditch those employee nametags now
Forbes
From June 26: For the majority of businesses that serve customers face to face, name badges probably do help. The reasons in favor of employee name badges are pretty obvious: ease, clarity, symmetry, credit where credit's due and deterrence and accountability. For all these reasons, a healthy swath of service providers have made the decision to put name badges or other identifiers on their employees. On the other hand, these extremely smart people disagree.
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GSA has adjusted all POV mileage reimbursement rates
GSA
From Jan. 9: GSA has adjusted all POV mileage reimbursement rates effective Jan. 1, 2014, The Notice to FTR Bulletin 14-03 was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 18, 2013. Please note IRS and GSA do not necessarily have the same rate.
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