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Surprise and joy. These are the emotions I have felt when an educational experience, in particular one in a school or meeting setting, was creative and transitioned from the usual straight rows of chairs to a more audience-centric setting and from a lecture to an engaging, interactive experience.


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There are many from and with whom I’ve learned about what makes meetings work. In each Friday With Joan newsletter, I look at subjects of interest, and I look to others to share their experiences and expertise to broaden the knowledge of an individual’s reading and of the industry.


Crime or litter? Which has greatest negative impact on tourism? @meetDMAI @hsmai #eventprofs http://bit.ly/2rFgkwj

Going Out for Lunch Is a Dying Tradition. Another blow for hospitality? @NACENational #eventprofs http://on.wsj.com/2r90w3D


The most important thing to my own personal comfort at a conference or convention is:

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Changing Attendee Preferences Upend Tradition (via Meetings Today)

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul (via Stuart Brown, M.D.)

Play Is Important for Adults, Too (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/WaPo)

Tapping Into the Creativity of Brain Difference (via Science Friday)

9 Universal Truths About Our Industry
Universal Truth 1: “Der mentsh trakht un got lakht.” This Yiddish saying is widely translated as “Man plans and God laughs,” or further considered to mean, “Humans plan and the universe laughs.”

Accessibility, the ADA and Inclusion – It’s Our Job!
Shortly after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I was an MPI delegate to the board of the Convention Liaison Council—the previous name of what is now the Convention Industry Council (CIC).
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