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

December 28, 2016

The Event Manager’s Sisyphus: Communication with your Event Team


Communication is one of the most important parts of a manager’s job. It's also the most time consuming. You need to deliver information clearly and in ways that make sense to people in order for it to be effective. Not an easy task.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things working against you. Effective communication is tough in any situation, but the immediacy of live events - the stress, the crunched timeline -  can compound issues that arise. The best way to combat such challenges is to first recognize what causes them. Once you do, you’ll be well on your way to designing an effective communication plan for any event.

November 29, 2016

4 Pro Tips from LDI for Production Managers

At the end of October, I attended LDI Conference in Las Vegas. I usually attend as a Production Manager with the intent of scoping out new gear and tech toys. This year, I also had the honor of being invited to join Mark Randel as a presenter in his 2-day class “Production Management 101”.

Mark’s goal for the class was to examine the critical components of the role of Production Management when managing events. We had an incredible audience full of experienced production managers and venue managers. With that much knowledge kicking around the room, what started as a “back-to-basics” presentation turned into a massive roundtable.

I had trouble keeping up with all of the amazing ideas floated over the two day intensive. But I managed to grab some of the most important ones and I’m excited to share 5 of them that will really boost your production management skills.

April 1, 2016

I Set Out to Define Some Common Event Terms. Here's What I Learned.

This is a story about how one idea for a blog turned into something completely different. 

I sat down the other day to address the basics of event planning and production. I loosely called it, “Definitions 101.” I wanted to bring a little clarity to the work event planners do. A guide, if you will, that could help a young professional (or someone in career transition) get grounded in “events speak.” I learned very quickly, however, that doing this is a lot harder than it sounds.

September 18, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Propared Headed to Chicago!

April 6, 2014

USITT 2014 Conference & Stage Expo Wrap-up

The United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) hosted its 2014 conference & stage expo in Forth Worth, TX this year. Propared was honored to participate in this great event, and are excited to share with you some thoughts & highlights on a great weekend for theater professionals.

March 28, 2014


We're down here in Fort Worth , Texas at the 2014 USITT Stage Expo and Conference. We had a great first day! We found our booth sandwiched between University of Michigan - Flint and St. Mary's College, so we've got a great opportunity to get to know the next generation of stage folk. From what we've seen, Kids These Days are all about staying organized, and all about using the latest technology to enhance "the Craft."

March 11, 2014

What I Learned At SETC (Part 1)

Wow! What a week!

February 10, 2014

5 Reasons You Should Attend The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)

The Propared team is getting excited about participating in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). The conference's bi-annual Spring 2014 event is being hosted in Mobile, AL. It's all happening March 5th-9th, and is jam-packed with guest speakers, workshops, mixers, and more.

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