The #MeToo movement began in the U.S. but the fallout is global. It is time for our industry to review current policies, practices and procedures to ensure that best practices are identified and followed.
Not one of us had ever heard that it was prohibited or unethical. Trade show etiquette: Confessions of a self-proclaimed suitcaser.
Advice for third-party planners as hotel chains cut commission rates.
Establishing your core values sets the expectation for your tribe. Your values hold no value until they become more than words. It’s up to you, as a leader, to make that happen for everyone—employees, regular customers and even yourself.
Re-evaluating two industry practices: asking for RFPs with detailed creative briefs and asking speakers and trainers to work for free “to gain exposure.”
Third-party procurement models have been popular in Europe for some time and are now appearing increasingly in North America. Here are some tips to avoid the associated pitfalls.
If you want to get meeting planners and other event industry professionals worked up about a topic, bring up Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Controversy can arise whether one is using a highly structured, formal process or sending out a simple email request.
To keep the RFP process ethical and hassle free, here are some land mines to avoid.
It is no secret that while the meeting and event industry is a female-dominated profession, senior positions still tend to go to males. Keynote speakers, judges and panelists also tend to be male…white male. Where are the minorities of the meeting and event industry? While the issue of male/female diversity has been explored from time […]
Planners asking speakers to present at an event–for free–is nothing new in the industry, but the topic is getting more consideration as of late. In those discussions, some common threads are emerging, but it is clear that the industry is divided on this issue. Here are some scenarios and ideas that you may have encountered and how best to manage them.
Discriminatory laws & meetings – As with many things in our industry, it will continue to rear its ugly head in various forms.
Do you find yourself eagerly going to trade shows, grabbing the sponsor’s free bag and filling it up with as many goodies as you can, like a kid at Halloween? Do you automatically expect certain “perks” from businesses you negotiate with to service your meetings? If you do, you’re no different from most of your fellow meeting planners or, in fact, most people doing business today. But Dr. Bruce Weinstein, “The Ethics Guy,” says its time to say no to freebies and the marketing come-ons that, he contends, hurt businesses in the long run.