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Tips and Advice for Managers, Planners, and Event Production Professionals

October 17, 2016

12 Inspiring Books Every Event Planner Should Read

These days, to be a successful event planner, you need to have a pretty broad set of skills. You need to be creative and strategic. You must understand how to manage logistics and analyze data. You create unique experiences that are memorable and engaging but must still be able to measure their impact when they end.

There are many ways to boost your knowledge: attend industry conferences, network with fellow planners, enroll in specialized training courses, or curl up with a really good book.

There are dozens of well-written books that can help you become a better planner. And several of them aren't about event planning at all!

Here are 12 of our favorites every event planner should read. They'll help boost your creative thinking, while making you think more strategically about your decisions. We've also included links to each book in case you want to add them to your shelf (virtual bookcases count, too). When you're done, you'll be ready to tackle any event that comes your way.

May 26, 2016

How to Create Compelling Event Designs in Unusual Venues {Interview}

Events can quite literally happen anywhere. Indoors, outdoors, you name it. Want to throw a party at a tire repair shop turned nightclub? Done. On the deck of a retired US aircraft carrier? Easy. When you think about it, even venues that host some of the industry’s biggest shows, such as New York Fashion Week and the Met Gala aren’t traditional spaces for producing events.

That’s where the fun comes in! A theatre or event management education can give you the foundation and basics. But the reality of event work? It’s almost always a little messier. Think of it like training to be an astronaut in a flight simulator. There are just some things you can’t replicate in a controlled environment. You’re going to need to get creative.

May 19, 2016

5 Expert Tips for Event Managers To Boost Your Creativity

May 2, 2016

5 Powerful Storytelling Tips to Make Your Next Event Memorable

The best stories are compelling - they draw you in, pique your curiosity, create conflict, immerse you in the experience, and build to a resolution that is both cathartic and illuminating. Pretty exciting stuff, right?

Here’s the good news: event planners are storytellers. That's right - if you plan, produce, or otherwise run live events, you are a storyteller. While you may not be shepherding the next Oscar winner or prepping for your Moth performance, you are creating a unique story of your own.

March 9, 2016

6 Tips for Event Managers to Help Combat Stress

I recently had a “flip the table” moment. Figuratively, I mean. Do you ever get those? You’re at your desk, looking at a mountain of stuff and suddenly, all the stress, anxiety, and emotion just bubbles over and you want to just let it out.

September 10, 2014

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