Networking in the Hospitality Industry

In the hospitality industry and nearly every other field, networking is an extremely important tool in advancing one’s career. One of the most effective ways to network is to attend conferences and conventions that pertain to your field where you can see new innovations, learn about best practices, and most importantly, speak with professionals in the industry that can be potential contacts that can be useful in the future.

When looking for conferences to attend, one useful method for finding these events is to look to leading associations and organizations in the field who usually host or at least have a large presence at these events. For example, in the hospitality industry, the National Restuarant Association (NRA) and the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) are two large associations in this field.

The HFTP hosts many conferences throughout the year and also co-hosts many other events. These conferences are great for anyone wishing to break into the hotel and tourism industry and especially learn about new technologies that help those in that industry.

The NRA hosts a variety of events including summits and other conferences that are more focused on the restaurant industry. These events and this association, in general, is a great networking tool for those wishing to enter the field of restaurant management.

When it comes to networking in any industry, start by finding associations that have a large presence and seek out the conferences and events they host or co-host. The networking gained at these events can go a long way in advancing your career.

-Thomas Skowronski

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TechComm Blog Discussion

The blog post I am writing about is from CyberText Newsletter by Rhonda Bracey and was posted on the 1st of September.

The point of the post was to describe an experience about a conference that was attended where professional presentation were given. The writer describes different setup and delivery problems that presenters have that effects the presentation. Reading this blog post was helpful because it reminded me of the different things that should not be done when presenting; some of the things were listed in the post and others were not. With having to give presentation a lot in high school, for a majority of my classes, I have been exposed to or committed most of these. I personally had issues with verbal fillers when I first started presenting, I would constantly use “uh” or “um” and wouldn’t realize how much it can impact the presentation. The writer talks about the audience picking up on things like this and sometimes will count how many times it occurs; I know I have counted verbal fillers in a presentation before. Another issue that I have seen first hand is trying to view presentations where there isn’t good contrast between the background and text colors. This makes the audience struggle with reading anything that is on the screen and can decrease interest. There are many other things that go into putting together a good presentation both before and after but this article cover a few of the basics. I would suggest this article to someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with presenting or would just like to read over some of the simple issues that can be avoided.

Erhard Marcus Uhmann

 

My Current Favorite Blog- by Patrice Golbourne

One of the five blogs that I am following is called, CyberText Newsletter by Rhonda Bracely. This is one of my favorite blogs so far because it highlights the errors that people often make with their grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. This blog also provides some useful tips that can be beneficial for the professional world. One recent post that was made on this blog called, ‘Conference presentation annoyances’, basically explained what not to do at a conference in regards to the person presenting to an audience. There were a lot of tips that I learned that I know will be beneficial for my career field. You should all check it out!

http://cybertext.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/conference-presentation-annoyances/

Patrice Golbourne

Tech Comm. Leading Technical Communication

In the article “When Your People Go their Own Way”  by Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin the concept of being a good leader when people are going their own way is covered. When working in groups everything does not always go right as planned. If it were this easy everyone would love working in groups and no leaders would be needed. But this isn’t how a team works and leaders are needed. How though is a leader supposed to lead when everyone goes their own direction? This is a great question covered in the article. The main reason individuals go their own way is because they are human and humans tend to stray their own way instead of your way. Instead of allowing teams to fall apart a few concepts should be looked at to determine the problem. First, maybe you didn’t communicate the goals or objectives of the project and therefore the individuals are unclear of the direction in which they are supposed to progress. Next, maybe you need to give them space and allow them to things their own way. Many great ideas are made this way because everyone be creative in their own sense instead of one key idea from the group. Finally, maybe it’s time to let them go. Not all individuals are meant to work in groups, some are meant to find their own ideas and create their own solutions to problems instead of working in a team. These issues are generally what make or break a team and should be key concepts when building a team or choosing a leader because even though a team may not work it is not essentially the leaders fault it could be the nature of the team and team members.

By Troy Giberson