3 Professional Development Obstacles (And Ways to Work Around Them)

3 Professional Development Obstacles (And Ways to Work Around Them)
Joan Eisenstodt
July 5, 2018
The late author, Doris Lessing said “That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.” We sometimes forget the many ways we can develop, professionally, and the resources at our fingertips. We forget to look outside the usual offerings of our professional associations to all that can stimulate new thinking.

Why Unions, Planners and Suppliers Need to Get Along

Why Unions, Planners and Suppliers Need to Get Along
Joan Eisenstodt
June 1, 2018
If you were looking for a job or negotiating the conditions under which you’d work, what would be on your list of must-haves?: fair and equitable wages? working hours and conditions? vacation time? training time and dollars? no fear of technology or outsourcing eliminating your job? protection from harassment, sexual and other? Read on. Let's find a way to work well together so make meetings, events and tradeshows shine.

A Tribute to the Memory of Arlene Sheff and Others in the Meetings Industry

A Tribute to the Memory of Arlene Sheff and Others in the Meetings Industry
Joan Eisenstodt
May 16, 2018
Our world moves too fast. We rush from one meeting to another. From one crisis to another. From one believed crisis to another. And while we rush, we forget so many who meant so much—family, friends, colleagues—who came before us. On May 12, 2018, Arlene Sheff, wife, mom, bubbe, friend, teacher, extraordinary human being, died. I offer this to her and to others lost too soon. May their memories be for blessings.

Event Website Strategy: Opting Out of Optimization?

Event Website Strategy: Opting Out of Optimization?
KiKi L'Italien
May 9, 2018
Short or long, the content on your event website should provide value to your audience when your goal is to communicate quality and build relationships (or to drive registration for your event).

14 Helpful Speaker Tips That Are Worth Saving

14 Helpful Speaker Tips That Are Worth Saving
Lynne Wellish
May 8, 2018
I wish I would have known to keep a list of helpful hints earlier in my career. The following list covers sage speaker advice learned by several planners, through the school of hard knocks.

Moving GMID, Meetings and Our Industry Forward

Moving GMID, Meetings and Our Industry Forward
Joan Eisenstodt
May 4, 2018
May 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of my first vote in a U.S. and local election in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, to date, the proudest day of my life! Since then, with every vote, class I've taught, program I've facilitated, and column or blog I've written, I've sought to ensure our industry is well-educated and willing to advocate for meetings. We've fallen short. We can do more. Read on.