What You Miss in Selecting and Inspecting Sites Can Hurt You!

Presenter: Joan Eisenstodt

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
1:00 PM EDT
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Planners often have RFPs and site inspection checklists they have used for years, and not updated even after a surprise occurs in a previous year. Site inspections too often are conducted in a cursory manner or virtually, especially when one has used a property before, thinking nothing could have changed.

It’s what isn’t asked, seen or shown that can hurt us once a contract is negotiated and the meeting occurs. It’s what the parties take for granted—what surely “everyone knows”—that becomes a surprise when we arrive onsite for the meeting. And if we send volunteers or other non-meetings staff to inspect a property, how do we prepare them?

Join Meetings Today blogger and meetings industry consultant and educator Joan Eisenstodt, principal of Eisenstodt Associates, LLC for this free one-hour webinar that will help you develop a site inspection and RFP strategy to avoid costly surprises.

By participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Sharpen your RFP checklists to address key issues in proposals and when inspecting venues/properties/cities.
  • Develop better questions to ask, people to see, and timing for in-person or virtual site inspections.
  • Enhance your ability to delve deeper into what is not shown or addressed—or as said in improvisation, your “yes and…” skills!

Additional resources:

Beyond ADA: A Site Inspection and Disability Accommodation Checklist for EventsHotel Site Inspection Checklist10 Tips for Better Site InspectionsSite Inspection Advice From the Experts


Joan Eisenstodt
Eisenstodt Associates, LLC

Joan founded Eisenstodt Associates, a DC-based meetings and hospitality consulting and training company in 1981. Joan’s vast experience with clients, serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Convention and Event Tourism, and with ASAE, DMAI, MPI, and PCMA, has brought her honors from MPI, HSMAI, and NSA; IACC, as an inductee into the CIC Hall of Leaders, and by the PCMA Foundation for Lifetime Achievement as an Educator. Joan knows that selecting a site begins to build the foundation of a successful meeting. You can interact with Joan at her blog on Meetings Today and other social media outlets.


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