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.

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.

A Tribute to the Memory of Arlene Sheff and Others in the Meetings Industry

A Tribute to the Memory of Arlene Sheff and Others in the Meetings Industry
Joan Eisenstodt
May 16, 2018
Our world moves too fast. We rush from one meeting to another. From one crisis to another. From one believed crisis to another. And while we rush, we forget so many who meant so much—family, friends, colleagues—who came before us. On May 12, 2018, Arlene Sheff, wife, mom, bubbe, friend, teacher, extraordinary human being, died. I offer this to her and to others lost too soon. May their memories be for blessings.

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.

4 Ways to Strengthen Your Negotiating Skills

4 Ways to Strengthen Your Negotiating Skills
Joan Eisenstodt
December 1, 2017
Now is the time for year-end hotel and other contract negotiations. Here are some ways to strengthen your negotiating skills.

9 Universal Truths About Our Industry

9 Universal Truths About Our Industry
Joan Eisenstodt
May 4, 2017
Universal Truth 1: “Der mentsh trakht un got lakht.” This Yiddish saying is widely translated as “Man plans and God laughs,” or further considered to mean, “Humans plan and the universe laughs.”

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