Professionalism Includes Speaking Up

Professionalism Includes Speaking Up
Joan Eisenstodt
October 4, 2019
Coinciding with the start of the Jewish New Year, a time of reflection and renewal, I’m no doubt doing what is considered to be, at least around a family table, not easy. I’m talking about politics and religion. Stay with me. It’s about policy and actions. It’s about understanding our industry’s impact around the world, and the impact we could have if more acted.

Planners: Get the Respect You Deserve!

Planners: Get the Respect You Deserve!
Joan Eisenstodt
September 6, 2019
In discussions among meeting and event planners on social media and face-to-face, there are things being said that have been repeated for as long as I’ve been in the meetings and hospitality industry, which is a very long time! We still believe that we do not receive the respect for the work we do. Is it up to us to do more to show our worth? Read on!

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.

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.

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