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.

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.

18 Questions to End One Year and Begin a New One

18 Questions to End One Year and Begin a New One
Joan Eisenstodt
December 20, 2017
Usually in December of every year, there are predictions for what's to come. I've attempted that before. This December, I end the year wanting to know more and thus, my 18 questions—which some of you will know has meaning beyond the new year's number.

Why Can't We All Just Meet AND Get Along?

Why Can't We All Just Meet AND Get Along?
Joan Eisenstodt
August 31, 2017
There's no denying that for each meeting on which I’ve been involved in the design, content, delivery and logistics, and for those I’ve attended and will attend in the future, change is needed—it’s about more than one’s generational cohort. And yet, with four to six generations in the workplace, as guests at our hotels and our meetings, we are considering what it means. I don’t have simple answers on how to make meetings work for all generations, but I do have some ideas—as do those from different generations who I spoke with.

9 Ideas to Innovate Meeting Design and Delivery

9 Ideas to Innovate Meeting Design and Delivery
Joan Eisenstodt
June 2, 2017
Surprise and joy. These are the emotions I have felt when an educational experience, in particular one in a school or meeting setting, was creative and transitioned from the usual straight rows of chairs to a more audience-centric setting and from a lecture to an engaging, interactive experience.

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