Defining the Meeting Professional (Who We Are, Where We Came From)

Joan Eisenstodt
October 2, 2015
What was your reaction the first time you said you were a "meeting professional" and the response was “Oh, you’re a party planner?" Not that there’s anything wrong with being a party planner; social events are often a component of what we do.

Will Industry Associations Survive?

Joan Eisenstodt
June 18, 2015
I've been an advocate for joining and being active in industry associations, believing strongly they were where we'd learn the most from sessions and by example … Now I'm not so sure.

Is the Meetings Industry Corrupt?

Joan Eisenstodt
September 16, 2014
Over many years in this industry, I've seen planners (including CMPs) solicit gifts for booking properties; suppliers who give gifts for a planner's bookings and more for their repeat bookings.

Is an Industry Veteran Also a Professional?

Joan Eisenstodt
August 5, 2014
For years, our industry has struggled to define what an industry "veteran" is and what it means to be or to be "professional." Are other industries defining the terms more easily? Do we need to know what we mean in order to develop programming? To honor industry members?

The Viability of the CMP - A Discussion

Larissa Schultz
June 25, 2014
Is the CMP still all it used to be? Has its purpose changed from when it was first introduced?

A picture is worth a thousand words

Joan Eisenstodt
January 20, 2014
Illustrations can attract or repel us. And with so many eyes on the meetings and hospitality industry, it's important to try and send the right message. How then does our industry and your company or organization use images to attract the audience - and the employees - you want?

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