Epic Challenges Ahead: Expert Opinion on the Post-COVID-19 Meetings World

Epic Challenges Ahead: Expert Opinion on the Post-COVID-19 Meetings World
Joan Eisenstodt
May 1, 2020
My head is exploding with information gathered to help clients move forward with meetings. It all changes daily, sometimes hourly, and a life-long learner, I too seek out more. Thus, this month's Friday with Joan where I rely on others to help us all think through what we do today, tomorrow, and in the coming months and years. We can no longer operate as we always have. It is not post-9/11 or even post-early 2000 recession. It's time for a reboot of how we always met.

COVID-19: Trust, Information, Solidarity and Change

COVID-19: Trust, Information, Solidarity and Change
Joan Eisenstodt
April 3, 2020
Some topics about which I write are easy and joyful. Last month’s praise of CSMs/Event Managers was pure joy. Even writing about the option for sabbaticals was interesting research and those now on “forced sabbaticals” (aka furloughs) may find ideas to use. I’ve delayed writing this blog as long as possible. My notes from WHO press briefings and articles and emails fill pages. By the time you read this, the information that changes hourly on who is impacted, where #COVID19 has reached new levels, and what is being done to protect healthcare providers, emergency responders and the public will have changed dramatically. I updated the blog draft on Monday, 30 March, after the governor of Virginia, issued a Stay at Home Order until June 10. Maryland and Washington, D.C., are doing similarly.

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!

'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.

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.

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