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Ms. Friedman

Laurie Friedman

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Business Consulting

Laurie Friedman is founder and CEO of Strategic Business Consulting, an independent consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland. SBC provides both strategic and tactical tools to enhance leadership development and improve organization, team, and individual performance. Ms. Friedman holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from The George Washington University and she is a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator, DISC and Action Learning facilitator.

Ms. Friedman is a certified executive coach, change strategist and business consultant with over a decade of experience working with organizations to design and develop results-focused strategies to improve business results. Her clients have included senior level executives to line managers from diverse organizations including numerous non-profits.

Ms. Friedman is a results-focused business coach, trainer and facilitator with a proven track record. She is known for effectively partnering with C-level executives to improve personal effectiveness and team alignment. She incorporates a high-touch, targeted, facilitative approach to leadership development training, business coaching, change strategies, and strategic thinking. Ms. Friedman has designed, developed and delivered dozens of high impact leadership development programs from new supervisor training to creative leadership, conflict management and team-building workshops. In 2015 Ms. Friedman was awarded the Sherpa Coach of the Year award in recognition of mastery and advancement of Sherpa Coaching. (www.sherpacoaching.com).

Her work on compassionate leadership has led her to develop tools and strategies to help leaders learn to not take things personally and have a more positive attitude at work.

Please visit http://sbcstrategy.com for more information.

Ms. Friedman can be contacted at 301-320-3960 or laurie@sbcstrategy.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.