COVID-19: Trust, Information, Solidarity and Change

COVID-19: Trust, Information, Solidarity and Change
Joan Eisenstodt
April 3, 2020
Some topics about which I write are easy and joyful. Last month’s praise of CSMs/Event Managers was pure joy. Even writing about the option for sabbaticals was interesting research and those now on “forced sabbaticals” (aka furloughs) may find ideas to use. I’ve delayed writing this blog as long as possible. My notes from WHO press briefings and articles and emails fill pages. By the time you read this, the information that changes hourly on who is impacted, where #COVID19 has reached new levels, and what is being done to protect healthcare providers, emergency responders and the public will have changed dramatically. I updated the blog draft on Monday, 30 March, after the governor of Virginia, issued a Stay at Home Order until June 10. Maryland and Washington, D.C., are doing similarly.

Sales May Sell But It’s Event Services That Brings Repeat Biz

Sales May Sell But It’s Event Services That Brings Repeat Biz
Joan Eisenstodt
March 6, 2020
I moved to Washington, D.C. in 1978. My first job here was as an association planner for the group's 10th anniversary meeting. Although I had planned meetings and events around the U.S. prior to my move, I wasn’t schooled or trained in the profession. On my first visit to the group's already-contracted hotel, I met with the sales manager and convention services manager and said, “Tell me everything.” They did and it was the beginning of my “love affair” with convention services and all they brought to the process and execution of meetings. This, I hope, brings more attention and respect and compensation to this critical profession in our industry, and more attention to ESPA.

Planning for Contingencies: Site Selection to Contracting

Planning for Contingencies: Site Selection to Contracting
Joan Eisenstodt
October 6, 2017
Never in my life has writing about contingencies and contracts been so difficult! Read this please. Share it. RIGHT NOW! Just as we always say “it couldn’t happen here," it has—in multiple places in the US, Mexico and nearby islands, some U.S. territories.

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.

Pokémon Go (or No-Go) at Meetings

Pokémon Go (or No-Go) at Meetings
Joan Eisenstodt
July 13, 2016
If you have upcoming meetings and conferences, will you have a stated policy about the use of this popular app?

10 Tips for Better Site Inspections

10 Tips for Better Site Inspections
Joan Eisenstodt
May 6, 2016
In the April print and digital editions of Meetings Today, I wrote about the "10 Areas of Site Selection to Question and Learn" and spoke more about site selection on the April 27 webinar, “Site Selection: Finding the Right Fit.” It all ties together with this Friday, May 6, blog and Friday With Joan interviews about site inspections.

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