'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining

'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining
Joan Eisenstodt
December 7, 2018
Many of you will give or receive gifts or entertain or be entertained by those with whom you are doing business, have done business, referred business or one day may do business. What goes into your thinking when giving or accepting gifts?

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.

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?
Joan Eisenstodt
February 2, 2018
Puerto Rico and Houston residents still suffer months after hurricanes devastated their communities. #MeToo hasn't gone away especially for housekeepers and others demanding "panic buttons." The flu is killing people across the US. With all that as a backdrop, let’s examine the extensive industry energy that is focused on Marriott’s reduction of third-party commission. It’s a greater amount of energy than I’ve seen directed toward the other issues.

Back to School: Industry Degrees and Other Education

Back to School: Industry Degrees and Other Education
Joan Eisenstodt
September 2, 2016
It’s September and, for many, thoughts turn to "back to school" which made me wonder where and how readers of Friday With Joan learned to plan meetings?

Stand Up For OUR Industry!

Joan Eisenstodt
November 6, 2015
I think we could do so much more to explain and influence those who hold office and make policies that impact our industry, directly and indirectly.

Is Being a No-Show Unethical?

Joan Eisenstodt
October 23, 2015
After re-reading the CMP Standards of Ethical Conduct and Policy, I confirmed that CMPs who no-show at events violate any number of points.

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