More Laws-More Considerations for Meetings

Joan Eisenstodt
April 3, 2012
How will laws passed in states or municipalities impact meetings? Will organizations view a conflict with their bylaws, missions, and rights of their members or customers as a reason to not book or to cancel meetings?  What will be the impact of an(other) slam on goverment meetings for being "excessive"? How can we impact positive change for meetings and our industry?

Meetings, laws, and people - oh my!

Joan Eisenstodt
March 23, 2012
Are those who attend your meetings or work in the hotels or convention centers in which meetings are held likely to be "walking while Black"? Have you seen the number of people in hoodies who attend or work events? Do we, who are not persons of color, think enough about this or did we before Trayvon's death? Do we consider the implications of profiling <span style="text-decoration: underline;">at</span> our meetings and in the cities in which our meetings are held? Do we consider the impact on those who attend our meetings of the laws passed in places in which meetings are booked?

Ethical Gray Areas - Fams or More?

Joan Eisenstodt
March 2, 2012
<span style="font-family: times new roman; color: #000000; font-size: 16px;">How do we know what's ethical in the hospitality and meetings industry? If others "do it", does it make it right? With what issues - fam trips, meeting give-aways, expenses reports, favors - do we struggle?</span>

Selecting sites & vendors by asking better questions

Joan Eisenstodt
February 20, 2012
When someone asks you to recommend a restaurant in your city, do you name your favorite right off the bat  or do you try to find out what the asker needs? If you want to book a hotel in Orlando for a meeting, do you ask what people think of hotels in Orlando without providing any specificity about why and what you are asking? Do you ask questions or always jump in with answers? How will asking better questions get us to better answers? What questions will you ask? And what <span style="text-decoration: underline;">does</span> red mean to you?

How well do you understand contracts?

Joan Eisenstodt
February 6, 2012
How well do you understand the language difference between a proposal and contract? How have you vetted language in vendor and venue contracts? Do you ensure that contracts that relate to the business contracted mesh together? Could you defend what you had written?

5 Elements of a Perfect Event: Inspiration

Joan Eisenstodt
January 16, 2012
Experiencing the elements of good meetings can happen in unexpected places. When you experience these elements, are you aware? Do you take what you've experienced to enhance the meetings you plan? the ones held in your facilities? Be inspired by my experience and see how you can move meetings forward.

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