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.

Accessibility, the ADA and Inclusion – It's Our Job!

Accessibility, the ADA and Inclusion – It's Our Job!
Joan Eisenstodt
April 5, 2017
Within this blog post are some ways to begin thinking and planning differently in order to have more inclusive meetings.

What Do You and Our Industry Stand For?

What Do You and Our Industry Stand For?
Joan Eisenstodt
January 20, 2017
What do we stand for, and for what and whom are we willing to stand up?

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