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Ms. Fyock

Cathy Fyock

Principal, Cathy Fyock

Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, is an Employment Strategist, and regularly speaks on the issues of talent management for an aging and changing workforce. She is the author of seven books, including *The Truth about Hiring the Best, UnRetirement*, and her most recent, *Hallelujah! An Anthem for Purposeful Work*. Ms. Fyock has served on faculty for the Society for Human Resource Management, and is an active volunteer leader. She served as President of her local chapter and as Chair of the Human Resources Certification Institute. Currently she serves as the Immediate Past Chair for KY SHRM. She is lifetime certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Most recently Ms. Fyock helps aspiring authors write their books and has authored a book on how to write a book, *On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks*. As a book coach, she helps her authors find their voice, develop their thesis and outline, and get their books written. She has recently served as editor/project manager for Greyden Press's*Thought Leadership anthology, *What's Next in Human Resources*, featuring 17 authors addressing the issues of the future of the workplace, to be released in early 2015

Please visit cathy@cathyfyock.com for more information.

Ms. Fyock can be contacted at 502-445-6539 or

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.