Safety and Inclusion Tips for Meetings in Troubling Times

Safety and Inclusion Tips for Meetings in Troubling Times
Joan Eisenstodt
November 2, 2018
The last few weeks have been especially difficult. It’s not just client deadlines, illnesses of those I love, and the normal stress of a year coming to an end. It’s the horrific acts of hate in the United States and around the world. You, before reading on, want to know what this has to do with our industry and your work. Stay with me, please. I’ll show you.

Our Industry’s Reputation and Yours Are at Stake: Help Is Needed!

Our Industry’s Reputation and Yours Are at Stake: Help Is Needed!
Joan Eisenstodt
October 5, 2018
For most of the many years I’ve been in this industry, I’ve questioned the business practices that are considered “standard” or “normal” and sought evidence of those practices being ethical and professional. I’ve looked to other professions—accounting, medicine, law, journalism, association management, counseling, among them—and saw that there were standards of conduct that must be adhered to in order to maintain one’s license to practice in that profession. No such thing exists for planning, sales, or convention services in our industry.

Why Don’t We Put Teambuilding First?

Why Don’t We Put Teambuilding First?
Lynne Wellish
October 3, 2018
Think about the timeline for your program: there’s the opening reception; next day breakfast opening reception; maybe the CEO speaks; there’s lunch, breakouts and dinner on their own. The second day is when the teambuilding appears on the timeline. But what if the teambuilding activity was first?

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ... Planners!

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ... Planners!
Joan Eisenstodt
September 6, 2018
Did you know early in life that you wanted to work in the hospitality industry? Maybe you did—depending on your age and family or other influences in your life.

Participant Safety Above All Else: On Water, Land or in the Air

Participant Safety Above All Else: On Water, Land or in the Air
Joan Eisenstodt
August 3, 2018
Immediately upon hearing about the Branson, Missouri, duck boat catastrophe, in addition to feeling a profound sadness for the families, my risk management thinking went into high gear.

Planners: Collaborate With Suppliers to Wow Your Attendees

Planners: Collaborate With Suppliers to Wow Your Attendees
Lynne Wellish
July 31, 2018
When starting out in the industry and learning to source and procure, I made the mistake of always asking how much things were—often overlooking other factors. I played a tug of war with all my suppliers, forgetting we had the same goal, a happy client and repeat business.