Meetings & Events are Risky Business


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There is nothing about planning a meeting or event – from selecting destinations and venues, comprehending contract language, taking care in the food that is served, to preparing to “house in place” during a disaster – that is not risky business. At meetings, the unimaginable (tornadoes, food poisoning, illness, or death) and “paper cuts” (lost shipments, speaker cancellations, running out of food) happen. Yet planners and their venue and vendor partners are unprepared for emergencies and simple contingencies. What are we waiting for? Why do we continue to believe that “it” won’t happen to our meeting at “that” facility”? What keeps us from preparing for contingencies? As “Katrina General”, Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (US Army ret.) said: “We must create a culture of preparedness.” As a result of this Webinar, participants will:

  • Think more critically about meeting and event contingency planning
  • Weigh risk factors when planning meetings and selecting sites
  • Prepare to (better) partner with others to provide necessary resources to manage contingencies.

Speaker: Joan Eisenstodt, Eisenstodt Associates, LLC
Joan Eisenstodt, whose expertise is in facilitation and training, meetings program and delivery design, and contract negotiations, brings 30+ years of experience to her work. She founded Eisenstodt Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based conference consulting, facilitation, and training consultancy, in 1981. Joan’s been honored by MPI, PCMA, HSMAI, NSA, IACC, and was inducted into the CIC Hall of Leaders in 2004. She currently serves as Chair of MPI’s Student Faculty Committee, is a “Thought Leader” for PCMA, serves on ASAE & The Center’s Diversity Committee, and serves on other committees for various industry and non-industry organizations.


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November 20, 2013

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