Planners: Get the Respect You Deserve!

Planners: Get the Respect You Deserve!
Joan Eisenstodt
September 6, 2019
In discussions among meeting and event planners on social media and face-to-face, there are things being said that have been repeated for as long as I’ve been in the meetings and hospitality industry, which is a very long time! We still believe that we do not receive the respect for the work we do. Is it up to us to do more to show our worth? Read on!

You’re Charging How Much?!: The Case for Smarter F&B Budgeting

You’re Charging How Much?!: The Case for Smarter F&B Budgeting
Joan Eisenstodt
August 2, 2019
Food and beverage (F&B) can make or break a meeting or event. And certainly, the complete absence of F&B can set in motion kvetching like you haven’t heard since the last time you managed a meeting without it. Just try to have a meeting break with no coffee! It's the cost and perception and reality of what goes into pricing that is driving a wedge in our industry. Let's attempt to understand more.

Where Life, Death, Grief and Hospitality Connect

Where Life, Death, Grief and Hospitality Connect
Joan Eisenstodt
May 3, 2019
Now or next week, at a meeting or event where we are to network and enjoy ourselves—or perhaps in your office—someone, maybe you, are or will be grieving. Perhaps you have been asked, as I was, to help plan a life celebration for a co-worker or a friend or a family member. Because sometimes, just as we are asked to help plan joyous events, we are asked to help with end-of-life events.

'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining

'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining
Joan Eisenstodt
December 7, 2018
Many of you will give or receive gifts or entertain or be entertained by those with whom you are doing business, have done business, referred business or one day may do business. What goes into your thinking when giving or accepting gifts?

Safety and Inclusion Tips for Meetings in Troubling Times

Safety and Inclusion Tips for Meetings in Troubling Times
Joan Eisenstodt
November 2, 2018
The last few weeks have been especially difficult. It’s not just client deadlines, illnesses of those I love, and the normal stress of a year coming to an end. It’s the horrific acts of hate in the United States and around the world. You, before reading on, want to know what this has to do with our industry and your work. Stay with me, please. I’ll show you.

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.

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