Where Life, Death, Grief and Hospitality Connect

Where Life, Death, Grief and Hospitality Connect
Joan Eisenstodt
May 3, 2019
Now or next week, at a meeting or event where we are to network and enjoy ourselves—or perhaps in your office—someone, maybe you, are or will be grieving. Perhaps you have been asked, as I was, to help plan a life celebration for a co-worker or a friend or a family member. Because sometimes, just as we are asked to help plan joyous events, we are asked to help with end-of-life events.

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?"

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.

Add Elements of Theatre to Make Meetings That Inspire

Add Elements of Theatre to Make Meetings That Inspire
Joan Eisenstodt
January 4, 2019
For years, I’ve tried to understand why going to live theatre and experiencing a performance, usually not an interactive one, is more invigorating and engaging than going to a meeting or session at a conference. Daniel Mayer, ED of TheArtsCenter in Carrboro, N.C., provided insights as did Cricket Park.

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ... Planners!

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ... Planners!
Joan Eisenstodt
September 6, 2018
Did you know early in life that you wanted to work in the hospitality industry? Maybe you did—depending on your age and family or other influences in your life.

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