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.

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.

'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?

Safety and Inclusion Tips for Meetings in Troubling Times

Safety and Inclusion Tips for Meetings in Troubling Times
Joan Eisenstodt
November 2, 2018
The last few weeks have been especially difficult. It’s not just client deadlines, illnesses of those I love, and the normal stress of a year coming to an end. It’s the horrific acts of hate in the United States and around the world. You, before reading on, want to know what this has to do with our industry and your work. Stay with me, please. I’ll show you.

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