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Today is the Last Day to Save $300 at SEPG North America 2011

Have you registered yet for SEPG North America 2011? Held March 21-24, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, SEPG North America 2011 is the premier annual learning and networking event for process professionals. From tutorials to technical sessions, from networking to noshing on some of Portland’s local cuisine, there are many reasons to join us at SEPG North America 2011.

The good news is that through tonight, Friday, December 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST, you can save up to $300 off regular registration rates, so secure your spot and register now. Here are five things to know to take advantage of this super early bird discount:

1. Registration provides access to the mini-tutorials, tutorials, presentations, panel sessions, keynote addresses, special events, and meals (morning beverage service, lunches, and breaks) for each day that you are registered.

2. During the registration process, you will be given a short list of personas (fictitious characters that represent different types of process professionals) and asked to choose up to two that most closely match your role and interests. Once the conference program is posted on our website and during the conference, you will be able to choose sessions that are targeted to your specific personas so that you get the most from your conference experience.

3. When completing your registration, you may choose the discount code that provides the most benefit to you (e.g., SEI Partner discount, SEPG North America speaker discount, etc.). Individuals are eligible for one discount only; discount codes may not be combined.

4. Once you complete your conference registration, you will have the option to be automatically directed to the housing reservation website to book your hotel room. We are pleased to offer a special SEPG conference rate of $129 a night at the Doubletree Hotel Portland, which is within walking distance to the Oregon Convention Center. A daily breakfast buffet at the Doubletree Portland Hotel is included only for conference attendees who book in the block. Hear more about the Doubletree Hotel Portland from the general manager.

5. If you need assistance with the registration system, you can contact the Active Network support team at 801-523-6525 (toll, worldwide), 866-902-5794 (toll-free, U.S. and Canada), or

We hope to see you in Portland.


SEPG North America 2011: A Program Preview

Are you considering attending SEPG North America 2011 (March 21-24, 2011 in Portland, Oregon) and wondering what you’ll gain from the conference? We can sum it up in four words: The Power of Process.

This year’s technical program will focus on leveraging the power of process improvement through a four-day conference that includes 13 tracks covering more than 100 presentations on a variety of topics.The topics address the interests of new professionals and seasoned practitioners alike who hold a variety of job functions.

While the full conference program will be posted in early January 2011, the newly launched Program page provides a preview of the daily conference activities and the topics that make up the robust technical program.

Be sure to check back in early January 2011 for the SEPG North America 2011 Program at a Glance. And don’t miss your chance to save up to $300 off regular conference registration rates. The super-early-bird registration deadline is this Friday, December 17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Register today.

Break it Down: Guidelines for Developing an SEPG North America 2011 Presentation

Congratulations to those individuals who have been chosen as presenters for SEPG North America 2011. While the work associated with your abstract is finished, the next deadline is coming up just after the new year: presentation materials are due by January 15, 2011.

The first step in developing an effective presentation is organization. So, as you begin to think at a high level about your presentation and the main concepts you wish to communicate, it may help to begin by outlining your key points and grouping them into three manageable sections.

The main focus of the first section is to establish the objectives of your presentation. This is also the place to establish the issue, problem, or concern your presentation will address. If the presentation is the results of a new approach, case studies, scenario, or lessons learned, present the context and state why this is important to the field of study or knowledge base. This sets the stage for presenting the solutions, results, approaches, case studies, lessons learned, metrics, etc.

The second section is the heart of the presentation. In this section the presenter offers the solutions to the issues, problems, or concerns described. For new approaches, case studies, scenarios, lessons learned, present the suggestions, results and associated data.

The third section focuses on bringing it all together. Discuss how the solutions and findings address the issue or problem stated in the first section? For new applications, case studies, scenarios, or lesson learned, state how the results contribute to the knowledge base. An option for closing the presentation is to review the objectives that were the intent of the presentation.

I hope that helps you to begin creating your SEPG North America 2011 presentation. The next step is to begin developing your slides. Check back for 10 tips for developing and delivering a powerful PowerPoint presentation.

Palma Buttles
SEPG North America 2011 Technical Program Co-Chair