Are There Stupid Meeting Questions? It Depends!

Are There Stupid Meeting Questions? It Depends!
Joan Eisenstodt
April 5, 2019
You know the questions: "Where's the bathroom?" asks a participant standing under the restroom sign. Or you, the planner, asks "Who is the hotel's owner?" to which the response is "Why do you want to know?" To questions about making changes in meeting formats, the response is too often "We've always done it that way. Why change now?"

Balancing Parenting and Caregiving While Working in Hospitality

Balancing Parenting and Caregiving While Working in Hospitality
Joan Eisenstodt
March 25, 2019
Those of you who are parents and work full or part time, from home or in a hotel or convention center or office—or those of you who are caregivers for someone—have multiple jobs. I do not know how you do it.

International Women's Day: Moving the Industry Forward

International Women's Day: Moving the Industry Forward
Joan Eisenstodt
February 28, 2019
Each time I’ve asked women in our industry if they consider themselves feminists they hesitate. Not all of them—but enough and in different age cohorts that I think there is a fear of being a strong woman, showing you are a strong woman, and identifying as a feminist. We can do more and better.

Meeting Trends: We’ve Only Come This Far?!

Meeting Trends: We’ve Only Come This Far?!
Joan Eisenstodt
February 1, 2019
I’m frustrated with the meetings industry. OK. More than frustrated—pretty darn angry. In the week before I wrote the final version of this blog, I met with a retired hotel colleague and his husband, who asked me if I still loved what I did. I hesitated. Read on to see how "never-the-less" I persist.

Event Planners: It’s Time to Set Boundaries With Your Clients

Event Planners: It’s Time to Set Boundaries With Your Clients
Lynne Wellish
January 23, 2019
When I transitioned from working for hotels to independent meeting and event planning, I wish I would have known it was OK to set boundaries or charge your clients for additional services. My focus was on providing anticipatory service, versus remembering I was now a small business.

Add Elements of Theatre to Make Meetings That Inspire

Add Elements of Theatre to Make Meetings That Inspire
Joan Eisenstodt
January 4, 2019
For years, I’ve tried to understand why going to live theatre and experiencing a performance, usually not an interactive one, is more invigorating and engaging than going to a meeting or session at a conference. Daniel Mayer, ED of TheArtsCenter in Carrboro, N.C., provided insights as did Cricket Park.

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