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.

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.

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.

Travel Packing Tips for Meeting and Event Planners

Travel Packing Tips for Meeting and Event Planners
Joan Eisenstodt
April 6, 2018
For those among us who are experienced; for those still acquiring business travel experience; and for the hospitality and meetings students that are in this to travel, here are some travel and packing tips.

Don’t Give Up: An Anti 'Fail Fast' Story

Don’t Give Up: An Anti 'Fail Fast' Story
KiKi L'Italien
March 9, 2018
“Fail fast” has become an anthem for the business-minded everywhere. But are there times when it makes more sense to “fail slow”? KiKi L'Italien shares her story.

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