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

September 10, 2018

5 Keys to Creating Rewarding Jobs in Theatre

In the theatre, we often hear that we work in this field because we "love it." But why is that exactly? What is it about our jobs make it so rewarding? There's an answer!

In a study, Richard Hackman, Greg Oldham, and their colleagues proposed that there are 5 identifiable features of intrinsically motivating jobs. In other words, there are some specific, elements to a job that make it something someone will actually enjoy doing.

So how do our jobs in theatre stack up to these 5 factors? How might we be able to adjust things to make our jobs even more rewarding for us and our team? 

July 1, 2016

8 Career Lessons Event Managers Can Learn From "Game of Thrones"

Warning: there may be Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. Read on at your own peril.

If you’re like us, you’re just now settling in for the long Winter. That is, the 10 to 11-month period of darkness that is life without new Game of Thrones episodes. We’re just trying to immerse ourselves in our work, trying to push “Winter” as far from your mind as possible.

But that doesn’t mean we have to completely let go! We combed through 6 seasons to find some of the best quotes from Westeros and across the Narrow Sea. These 8 gems of advice have surprising relevance for event managers, no matter where in your career you are.

June 23, 2016

7 Traits That Turn Good Event Managers Into Great Leaders

Executing a technically sound show is the rule, not the exception for event and show managers. In fact, there are so many talented people working in events, the simple act of managing an error-free (or minimal error) show is standard. But if you’re just meeting “the standard,” you’re missing an opportunity to make your work remarkable.

To do remarkable work, to be the kind of manager that people remember and want to work with again and again, you have to be an inspired and inspiring leader. You have to set the bar much higher for yourself and your team so that when clients come calling, or crew you've previously worked with hear of gigs, you're the one that comes to mind. Here are 8 traits of great leaders that can help you turn standard into remarkable.

May 20, 2016

4 Surefire Ways To Affect Change in Your Event Company

“That’s the way we’ve always done it.” Translation? The death-knell of progress.

Change can come slowly for organizations (particularly large ones) and for many reasons. Perceived lack of competition, complex systems, cost, and many others. Event production companies are no different. If anything, these issues are compounded by the short lifecycle of events. So much needs to be done in such a short period to execute a project, when is there time to implement a new system?

April 25, 2016

5 Tips to Help Event Managers Give Feedback That Sticks


One of the most awkward and uncomfortable things a manager has to do is give critical feedback to co-workers. In fact, it’s so uncomfortable that it often doesn’t even happen! Hey, you’re just doing what your parents always told you; “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it.” Sound familiar? 

November 13, 2014

And Here We Go - A Few Words from the Founders

It’s hard to believe that a mere 18 months ago, Propared was nothing more than a shared thought - a hope for something better. It was something to make our live event colleagues and us happier, a little less stressed, more efficient. It was an idea for a system that could empower us all to be better managers and teammates, to help raise the level of performance for everyone. Truly, it was a desire to provide whatever support we could to the people who work so hard in our industry in reaching their full potential.

Now here we are, at the realization of that idea and a mere prelude to what it will become. It has a name, a mission, and a platform. It boasts a dedicated and enthusiastic team. And we keep pinching ourselves that this day has finally arrived.

The picture above was taken in Stari Grad, a tiny, sleepy port town on the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, Croatia. It was the perfect place to breathe and reset. Two of us, Mel and Ryan, had been running Tinc, a live event production company, for 6 years and the work was crazy. In all that time, we hadn’t really been able to separate ourselves from the day-to-day operation of our company. Finally, the moment came when wepractically pushed ourselves out the door, forcing each other to step away and clear our heads.It was this time away that allowed us to look at the bigger picture, see everything we had done and everything we both needed and wanted to do. We were able to see the genesis of Propared in bits and pieces, choices we made to make Tinc's operations more efficient. And we saw an opportunity to build something more robust and unique for our industry, rather than continue to rely on a Frankenstein's monster of programs that each solve one problem but create a whole series of others. When we returned, we pow-wowed with Derek, passed some ideas back and forth, and Propared was born.

What's amazing is that the very idea of us stepping back and looking at the big picture is exactly what Propared is now designed to support. Managers, have the ability to see all the information relevant to their work in one place and can make important decisions quickly and confidently. They spend more time actually managingand less time moving from daily task to daily task.

This is the conversation we want to have with all of you. What does it really mean to be a manager? When we all take a step back and strip away the clutter, what will help us all perform better for our colleagues, our organizations, and ourselves? It is asking those questions and hearing your answers that have got us to where we are today. And it is what will continue to drive us forward.

On behalf ofour team, welcome to Propared. We are here and ready to revolutionize the management of live events. We are here in support of you, fellow stage and production managers. We have your back, designers and event planners. Theatre and dance companies and film production houses, our lines are open. Let's make our industry even better than it already is.

-Mel, Ryan, & Derek, cofounders

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