Special half-day technology training

  • October 23, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • The Grand Hotel/Salem Convention Center - 201 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR


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Join us for this fantastic education opportunity in October. James Spellos, a nationally acclaimed speaker, will be in Oregon to offer a half-day training (lunch is included). Sessions included:  

Session 1: Your Meetings Will Never Be The Same: Hot Technologies 2018
Session 2: It’s App-tastic: 60 Apps in 60 Minutes: 2019 Edition!
Session 3: Critical Excel Tools for the Meeting Professional

James is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology.  

Jim delivers over 150 seminars annually on how to use technology more efficiently.  In 2015, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Today magazine.  He is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. He has been honored with both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award.

In 2014, Jim joined the Board of Directors for Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-organization which supports over 43,000 agencies in North America.  Jim co-created their Whole Earth Calculator app, which helps organizations identify the quantity of food donated, and carbon footprint reduced, from food recovered at meetings and events.  He also speaks about food recovery and sustainability in the industry.

Outside of the meetings industry, Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter, playing guitar and keyboards, and has recorded an album of his original material with his previous group, Contraband.  He’s currently in the studio working on new material.

James Spellos


Here are few more details about the sessions offered that day:

Session 1: Your Meetings Will Never Be The Same: Hot Technologies 2018

How are you keeping up with the technological advancements that impact your job and career?  Do you find that you’re barely able to keep pace with the latest developments within the hospitality industry?  This session reviews what’s new and way cool in technology within the meetings industry in this fun, fast-paced look at what’s here for us to use now and what’s coming in the near future, including the latest information about virtual & augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and other important tech trends.
After participating in this session, the learner will be able to:
-Identify the most critical tech tools that are impacting meeting planning and supporting the hospitality industry
-Understand the five major tech disruptors affecting our industry
-Recognize how new technologies such as virtual & augmented reality are having an impact on the hospitality industry

Session 2:
It’s App-tastic:  60 Apps in 60 Minutes: 2019 Edition!

You thought you have all the apps that you need?  Perhaps, but as more and more mobile apps are developed, meeting industry professionals are finding new ways of saving time and increasing their productivity.  Whether you’re looking for tools to help manage your social channels, connect and communicate with your team, supercharge your office, or looking for that needle in a haystack that will save you endless time, this session is sure to provide you that information. Attendees are encouraged to bring their mobile devices and share their favorite apps with their peers.

After attending this session, the attendee will be able to:
-Identify 60 of the most useful meeting industry & business apps available
-Understand mobile solutions impact site inspection, registration and event management
-Use their mobile devices more effectively for meetings & events

Session 3: Critical Excel Tools for the Meeting Professional

Excel can perform so many functions for the meeting professional, from handling budgets, registration, calculating sleeping room rates & determining registration fees.  This session is your opportunity to explore all of the functionality that Excel has to offer, and take home with you tools to save you and your organization time and money.

By attending this session and you will work with and receive over 20 spreadsheets, including 3 designed explicitly for the meetings industry: Rack Rate, Break Even Analysis and Attrition.

After participating in this session, the attendee will be able to:
-Identify and use over 15 advanced Excel tools to assist with registration, housing, speaker management and other event functions
-Customize graphs and other conditional formatting features for support in marketing your facility or event
-Identify and use advanced tools such as Pivot Tables and working with multiple worksheets

A working knowledge of Excel is strongly recommended to attend this course. 


GOSGMP Member Property

The Grand Hotel/Salem Convention Center
201 Liberty Rd SE, Salem, OR

GOSGMP Members: Kristi Reed and Kara Campuzano

GOSGMP is a proud chapter member of SGMP.  To learn more about SGMP, visit www.sgmp.org.

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