Recession-Proofing Your Job: Do You Know Your VORP?

Recession-Proofing Your Job: Do You Know Your VORP?

READ TIME: 5 minutes We’re currently in the longest economic expansion since World War II, 125 months specifically, as I write this. It’s not a matter of “if” we’ll head into a recession; it’s a question of when, for how long, and how bad. The last...
To Bid or Not To Bid: When NOT to Respond to An RFP

To Bid or Not To Bid: When NOT to Respond to An RFP

Few things get an event company owner more excited than a new Request For Proposal (other than perhaps winning said RFP). A fully fleshed out RFP means there’s a real event opportunity that they want you to bid on. You can see the dollar signs, and envision your team...
How To Run A Q&A Session At Your Event

How To Run A Q&A Session At Your Event

The question and answer portion of a presentation or panel discussion is hold-your-breath time for event organizers, as it can go one of two ways: ONE: It’s either the icing on the cake, a way to engage the audience by letting them air thoughtful questions and...
When Should Venues Disclose Pricing?

When Should Venues Disclose Pricing?

PLANNER:  Hi. I’m interested in booking your venue for an upcoming event. How much do you charge? VENUE: Well, it depends on a lot of variables. Why don’t we have you come in and see our space, and then we can discuss pricing after I learn a little bit more about your...
3 NYC Event Agencies Named to Crains’ Best Places to Work List

3 NYC Event Agencies Named to Crains’ Best Places to Work List

Last month three event planning businesses were ranked by Crain’s NY in their annual ranking of the “Best Places to Work.” In addition to their ranking they all three have another commonality:  each has provided their employees training through Event Leadership...
Key Ingredients for Event Success – Part 1: Defining the “Why”

Key Ingredients for Event Success – Part 1: Defining the “Why”

Guest blogger Rebecca Linder, Founder and CEO of Linder, teaches Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals in Washington, DC. Developing the Pre-Event Strategy Ok event holders (clients) and do-ers (planners) – it’s time to get real.  Whether you’re internal to an...
In Search of Inspiration

In Search of Inspiration

I am in the business of good ideas. Some people look at my business and see that I make flowers or print stationery or plan parties. I believe, however, that all of those things are actually by-products of what I actually sell – which are good ideas. And let me tell...

It’s Lonely At The Top | Calling All Event Business Owners

Owning and running a small business is a lot like being President of the United States. Just about everyone can envision the power and stature that come with the job, but the only people who can really appreciate how challenging and stressful it is are the ones who’ve...
ELI Featured Planner: Jeff Kalpak

ELI Featured Planner: Jeff Kalpak

Howard Givner, Executive Director of ELI, sat down with Jeff Kalpak, President of Barkley Kalpak Agency, to find out more about his career in the event industry. Jeff has over 25 years experience in the industry and runs Barkley Kalpak Agency (BKA) based out of New...