You sign on for one thing, and by the end, it's turned into a whole different beast. Whether you're starting a new role or managing a production, you might be on the verge of what we refer to as Scope Creep.
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.
Most event planners and managers I know travel for work. A lot. They travel for gigs, meetings, networking events, and professional development opportunities. While it feels good to watch those frequent flier miles rack up, such travel can take a toll on your body. In a recent study published by researchers from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, people who travel extensively travel can face several negative health consequences.
Some of these risks are exacerbated by a phenomenon with which you are probably familiar; jet lag. And it isn’t just that you feel tired. When crossing back and forth through multiple time zones, you are disrupting your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm. This can lead to discomfort, fogginess, and other physical effects that make it hard to adjust once you’ve arrived at your destination.