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Ms. Perrotta

Nicole Perrotta

Professional Trainer, Transformation Associates

As a conflict transformation and emotional intelligence expert, Nicole Perrotta speaks, coaches, and trains leaders who yearn to bring out the best in themselves and their teams. The practice of conflict transformation is a new and emerging concept in the public and corporate sector; however, it has been used by ombudsmen, mediators and alternative dispute resolution(ADR) practitioners for many years to bring peace to the world. The values, tools and practices used in the ADR circle to create peace in the world have been adapted by Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC (CTA) for the business world. Organizations that embrace this philosophy foster a culture of collaboration in the midst of differing points of view. This culture nurtures an engaged, empowered and highly productive workforce that generates an improved bottom line. Ms.Perrotta attributes much of her success in business to the lessons she learned early while working in the service industry to pay for college. It was in the midst of the chaos of meeting establishment standards, creating a great customer experience and building consensus amongst co-workers with differing points of view that she realized she needed to continuously develop and improve her ability to communicate effectively and respectfully. After graduating from the University of Texas’ McComb’s School of Business, she embarked on a successful sales career as an account executive, opening US markets for an upstart European beverage company establishing its product’s foothold in American stores. With dedication, effective communication and tireless salesmanship, Ms.Perrotta was a driving force behind Red Bull, N.A.’s dominant position in the North American energy drink market. After moving to the telecommunications industry, she established herself as a top sales performer with AT&T, crafting the message and value prop that AT&T used to land one of their first enterprise hosting sales. Ms.Perrotta began managing complex solutions sales to some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500 like Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Geico. Now she’s combining Fortune 500 best practices with Emotional Intelligence skills and Conflict Transformation tools, bringing a unique, fun and powerful approach to leading teams with heart and wisdom.

Ms. Perrotta can be contacted at 703-216-5746 or nicole@transformationllc.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.