Podium vs. Lectern: What’s In A Name?

Podium vs. Lectern: What’s In A Name?

If I asked 1,000 event professionals to give me the name of the upright piece of furniture with the slanted top that a speaker stands behind to deliver her speech, the vast majority of you would say “Podium.” And you’d be wrong. But really…

Top 5 Hybrid Meeting Mistakes

Top 5 Hybrid Meeting Mistakes

With so many meetings having some kind of online component, it’s no wonder that more and more planners are trying to get educated on the topic of hybrid and virtual meetings and events. Learn from those bold planners that…

Proving Your Value with Digital Credentials

Proving Your Value with Digital Credentials

Last month I moderated a roundtable for heads of in-house event departments, and one of the main issues to arise was the challenge of proving the value of in-house planners. “Executives in my company still don’t know what we do,” said one person. “They think they could just…

The 4 Traits of a Successful Wedding Planner

The 4 Traits of a Successful Wedding Planner

On TV or in the movies, it seems like a clever kit and a bossy demeanor is all it takes to quit your job as an accountant and become a wedding planner.  After planning and designing weddings for nearly 13 years, I can tell you that no major crisis was ever averted with the use of my…

Death to the 60″ Round

Death to the 60″ Round

The 60 inch, or 150 centimeter, round banquet table, seating 8 or 10 people, is possibly the worst invention in the history of the hospitality industry.  Having spent over 20 years producing events, I know I am risking…

Top Mistakes Planners Make When Ordering AV

Top Mistakes Planners Make When Ordering AV

In the process of preparing the lessons for my upcoming 5 week online course, Technical Meeting & Event Production, I thought about the most common mistakes I’ve seen meeting and event planners make when it comes to ordering AV…

Why Event Planning Businesses Fail

Why Event Planning Businesses Fail

Nobody wants any advice on how to plan, design, execute and manage their events.  That part they have down cold.  It’s all the other stuff on the business side that proves challenging to them.

Are You Producing Yesterday’s Event?

Are You Producing Yesterday’s Event?

You’re in charge of the annual (insert your event here).  It’s long since become a staple of your organization’s calendar, the event around which everyone plans their schedule.  It takes up several months…

The Wrong End of TED

The Wrong End of TED

“We’re going to do something different for our meeting this year.  It’s going to be like TED.  Everyone will have 18 minutes to speak, and that’s it!  No more long presentations.  It’s going to be great!” So says many a meeting planner these days.  And…

Landing The Million Dollar Event

Landing The Million Dollar Event

At some point in your tenure, if you run an event planning company or agency, you’ll aspire to land the really big project, the mega event, the million dollar event.  OK, it doesn’t have to be a million dollars; it can be $100,000, $250,000, etc.  The number is variable; the key element is…

The Debrief from Hell

The Debrief from Hell

You’re sitting across the table from your client, pleasantly chatting about the event you produced for them two weeks ago. You’ve got lots of ideas on how to make it even better next year, and are even thinking about whether you should raise your fee next time, when your lead client contact drops the bomb on you…

When Content Is Everywhere, Curation Is King

When Content Is Everywhere, Curation Is King

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to see an expert speaker in your field give a presentation, you had to go to an industry conference.  Likewise, if you wanted to read about new ideas you had to subscribe to a trade magazine.  There were really…

Giving Free Advice to Win New Business

Giving Free Advice to Win New Business

A few people are going to steal your ideas.

Not a lot, and certainly not as many as people might think, but a few will.  Yet whatever that number is, it pales in comparison to the number of people who will hire you, recommend you, and rave about you as a result of…

The Hollywood Staffing Model

The Hollywood Staffing Model

When they make a movie in Hollywood (or anywhere, really), nobody who works on the film is a permanent employee. Everyone is brought in, often as independent contractors, for a fixed amount of time until the movie is finished. Then they all go…

The Rise of Event Planner 3.0

The Rise of Event Planner 3.0

Most event planners go through their careers reacting to assignments given to them by their bosses or clients. Someone says, “We’re doing an event. Here are the details. Go work your magic.” And to be fair…

The Best Way To Sell – Don’t

The Best Way To Sell – Don’t

For all the event industry salespeople who have either heard the discussions about enhancing the attendee experience or are living on another planet, here’s a selling idea to truly enhance the attendee experience: don’t sell them. Ok, then what…

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