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.

Instead of Job Burnout, Try This

Instead of Job Burnout, Try This
Joan Eisenstodt
February 7, 2020
Meeting planning—or as defined by studies as “event coordinator”—has been listed as one of the most high-stress professions. Other jobs in hospitality must suffer a similar level of stress and burnout, such as hotel and venue sales, with constant revenue goals and wrangling contracts, plus evenings entertaining clients; and convention services, because there are too few people working in these positions, which take on the stress of facilitating what salespeople sell. Burnout results in not just the need for time off. It results in a dearth of new ideas because we can’t see, well, the trees for the forest! With that comes meetings that look and feel way too alike. There IS an alternative!

20-20 Hindsight Becomes 2020 Vision

20-20 Hindsight Becomes 2020 Vision
Joan Eisenstodt
January 3, 2020
Meetings industry veteran Joan Eisenstodt provides highlights from her 2019 Friday With Joan blog for Meetings Today, covering topics ranging from industry advocacy, to education, women’s empowerment and ethics. Read more.

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.

Hospitality Education Must Change to Include All Life Events

Hospitality Education Must Change to Include All Life Events
Joan Eisenstodt
June 7, 2019
When planning life-cycle events, including end-of-life events, we need to learn to ask better, deeper questions that are not able to be answered with “yes” or “no.” We need to broaden what hospitality and meetings courses and programs teach to broaden the opportunities to support others in life events and to provide new opportunities for employment.

Why Reading Is Fundamental to Professional Success

Why Reading Is Fundamental to Professional Success
Joan Eisenstodt
May 31, 2019
I’m always finding new and interesting things to read and I truly believe it is an easy way to benefit your career and sharpen your mind—and maybe even unwind, depending on what you choose to read. Staying current on the news can certainly help you in your event planning. Though my preferred method of reading is in print, on paper, I do also read digitally. I know regardless of what and how you read, it will be of benefit.

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