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

August 25, 2016

From the Dev. Desk: Building Filters and Dynamic Event Schedules

Managing an event always demands the the same set of building blocks. It doesn’t matter how big or small, or really even the type of event you’re planning. It all comes down to coordinating people and time. We call it the 4 W’s. Who needs to be Where, When, and What are they doing.

It sounds simple but event planners know how complex it can be. Even for those small events, there’s still a lot of information to track. This is where event management software like Propared can help. A streamlined, structured platform that allows managers to enter, view, and then manipulate all of an event’s logistics.

July 11, 2016

From the Dev. Desk: Communication and Integration for Event Managers

The past month has been a lot about Communication and Integration. Well, to be honest, every month in the Propared offices is a little bit about communication. Good communication is the lifeblood of managing events.

But integration? This is a tough one. And it means different things to different people. The most common type (certainly if you’re reading a blog written by some software junkies) is data integration. Making sure all the information you need to see and track is in one place, or at the very least, can easily pass between separate systems. Integration could also refer to people. The process of sourcing talent, hiring, and onboarding is integration. There are other integrations but two examples are probably enough. Moving on.

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 19, 2016

5 Expert Tips for Event Managers To Boost Your Creativity

April 25, 2016

5 Tips to Help Event Managers Give Feedback That Sticks

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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? 

February 24, 2016

5 Things to Never Say in Front of Your Event Staff

We’ve all done it. Maybe you were tired or overstressed. Or maybe someone caught you at a bad time. Before you could even stop yourself, there you are saying something you’re sure to regret.

February 15, 2016

Experts Weigh In: The Event Professional's Guide to Surviving Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is here again! That wonderful time of year when the world’s preeminent designers gather to showcase their collections, establish new trends, and push the industry creatively (and financially) forward.

April 17, 2015

Work-Life Balance for Freelancers

by Kaitlyn Ackerman

October 17, 2014

Propared Interviews the Pros: Frank Luppino of Blizzard Lighting

If you manage live events, you've likely heard of Blizzard Lighting. The LED manufacturer and distributor is one of the leading companies in the industry, providing high quality equipment for bands, production companies, clubs, theaters, churches, and more. 

But what you might not think about is that Blizzard, like almost all event production companies, works hard to establish a consistent framework for logistics tracking and scheduling. An event planner might be concerned with getting everything delivered to a single venue. The Blizzard team has to coordinate equipment shipped out to hundreds of facilities across the world. That takes a high level of management efficiency. 

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