The Power of Reading Books: Life, Spirit and Knowledge Enhancement

The Power of Reading Books: Life, Spirit and Knowledge Enhancement
Joan Eisenstodt
July 12, 2019
In the Grant Snider illustration, “the beloved book,” we are shown the life cycle of a treasured book, perhaps like one of your own—from its yellowed dust jacket, to the inscription by a loved aunt; scribbles in the margins, frayed pages and cracked spine; the old book smell and perhaps a missing page but you still know it by heart and pass it along to another generation. I prefer print books—the touch and feel, the sense of holding words in my hands. The ability to pass along a beloved book to someone else to love and share then with others. It continues the cycle of learning and reading.

International Women's Day: Moving the Industry Forward

International Women's Day: Moving the Industry Forward
Joan Eisenstodt
February 28, 2019
Each time I’ve asked women in our industry if they consider themselves feminists they hesitate. Not all of them—but enough and in different age cohorts that I think there is a fear of being a strong woman, showing you are a strong woman, and identifying as a feminist. We can do more and better.

Meeting Trends: We’ve Only Come This Far?!

Meeting Trends: We’ve Only Come This Far?!
Joan Eisenstodt
February 1, 2019
I’m frustrated with the meetings industry. OK. More than frustrated—pretty darn angry. In the week before I wrote the final version of this blog, I met with a retired hotel colleague and his husband, who asked me if I still loved what I did. I hesitated. Read on to see how "never-the-less" I persist.

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.

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.

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