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.

2017 Meetings Industry Hopes & Predictions

2017 Meetings Industry Hopes & Predictions
Joan Eisenstodt
January 6, 2017
At the end of 2015, I wrote a predictions blog that I never posted. I reviewed it at the end of 2016 and found, much to my dismay, too much was still true.

What's on Your Ballot?* VOTE Nov. 8 – Our Industry Matters!

What's on Your Ballot?* VOTE Nov. 8 – Our Industry Matters!
Joan Eisenstodt
October 7, 2016
“...As another election approaches, we all need to be informed as to where the candidates stand on issues important to our industry and how referendums on the ballot may affect us—whether positive or negative..." – Don Welsh, president and CEO, DMAI.

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?

Professional Involvement: What's In It For You?

Joan Eisenstodt
December 4, 2015
From my memberships and, more from active engagement, I’ve gained experience and knowledge, friends, a support network and clients.

Defining the Meeting Professional (Who We Are, Where We Came From)

Joan Eisenstodt
October 2, 2015
What was your reaction the first time you said you were a "meeting professional" and the response was “Oh, you’re a party planner?" Not that there’s anything wrong with being a party planner; social events are often a component of what we do.

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