From Volunteer to Meeting Professional

From Volunteer to Meeting Professional
Joan Eisenstodt
October 31, 2019
Volunteering is an essential addition to an event professional’s career as well as on a personal level. The skills gained and relationships formed carry on. Learn more.

Professionalism Includes Speaking Up

Professionalism Includes Speaking Up
Joan Eisenstodt
October 4, 2019
Coinciding with the start of the Jewish New Year, a time of reflection and renewal, I’m no doubt doing what is considered to be, at least around a family table, not easy. I’m talking about politics and religion. Stay with me. It’s about policy and actions. It’s about understanding our industry’s impact around the world, and the impact we could have if more acted.

Are There Stupid Meeting Questions? It Depends!

Are There Stupid Meeting Questions? It Depends!
Joan Eisenstodt
April 5, 2019
You know the questions: "Where's the bathroom?" asks a participant standing under the restroom sign. Or you, the planner, asks "Who is the hotel's owner?" to which the response is "Why do you want to know?" To questions about making changes in meeting formats, the response is too often "We've always done it that way. Why change now?"

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.

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?
Joan Eisenstodt
February 2, 2018
Puerto Rico and Houston residents still suffer months after hurricanes devastated their communities. #MeToo hasn't gone away especially for housekeepers and others demanding "panic buttons." The flu is killing people across the US. With all that as a backdrop, let’s examine the extensive industry energy that is focused on Marriott’s reduction of third-party commission. It’s a greater amount of energy than I’ve seen directed toward the other issues.

How to Network and Ethically Do Business in a Relationship Industry

How to Network and Ethically Do Business in a Relationship Industry
Joan Eisenstodt
August 4, 2017
Joan Eisenstodt shares some suggestions about how to build and keep relationships based on her own personal experience.

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