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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 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.