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.

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.

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.

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