Don’t Stand In Front of The Projector!
Dec05

Don’t Stand In Front of The Projector!

As a presenter you want to maintain good eye contact with your audience and walk around the room, but make sure not to stand in front of the projector! See the video tip below to find out why.

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The BUSINESS of Events
Feb18

The BUSINESS of Events

One of the realizations that I made throughout my MBA journey, is how little many event planners know about business. This industry is full of amazingly talented and creative people whose sole purpose in life is to create fantastic events and experiences for their clients and guests. The challenge is that many of those people don’t spend enough time focusing on their own business. I was one of those people! I spent my time...

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The “Other” Green Event Checklist
Mar07

The “Other” Green Event Checklist

  GUEST POSTby Shawna McKinley… When I grew up I wanted to be a park ranger. What could be cooler than being in nature, teaching kids about pond ecology to bears? Somewhere along the way I took a summer job as a community event planner and the rest, as they say, is history! Today I specialize in a pretty unique area: sustainable event management. I work with organizations to understand and reduce their event footprint, consider...

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Yes! Event Management is Really Sales
Oct29

Yes! Event Management is Really Sales

GUEST POST by Heidi Thorne… Mention “sales position” to most newly-minted college grads and you’ll likely get an “Eeewww, I’ll never be in sales!” I find this a bit amusing, especially when you ask them what they want to do. The response is usually marketing, event management, advertising, etc. Well, guess what, you’re really in sales in any of those capacities. Here’s the cold hard truth: Nothing happens until somebody sells...

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Keep Calm In A Storm…
Sep11

Keep Calm In A Storm…

GUEST POST By Nadine Zrinzo… A tip for Event Management Students: A lot can be said for how an Event Manager handles a crisis. Let me warn you from now, you will be putting out fires all over the place, especially whilst you are onsite and actually running the event. As event management students you are being equipped with a multitude of resources, processes and techniques to enable you to put together great events. You know...

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Tech Stuff – You’re Not As Dumb As You Think!
Sep03

Tech Stuff – You’re Not As Dumb As You Think!

“I’m so dumb when it comes to tech stuff”. If you’re one of those event professionals that constantly puts themselves down, has a fear of technology, refuses to learn anything about tech, or if you are a supplier that has experienced these types of clients – then this article is for you!

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7 Tips For Mutually Beneficial Relationships With Event Suppliers
Aug30

7 Tips For Mutually Beneficial Relationships With Event Suppliers

  What would you do if your linen supplier suddenly disappeared and closed up shop? What about your décor, lighting, staging, rental, or audio visual suppliers…or perhaps your favourite florist? Would you be able to conduct business as usual? Would you be able to continue producing events without them? Sometimes, event managers take the relationships they have with suppliers for granted, and don’t realize the impact these...

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Looking For #eventprofs Guest Bloggers!
Aug30

Looking For #eventprofs Guest Bloggers!

Mike Granek is looking for #eventprofs guest bloggers that can provide event industry stories which can be used as case studies by students.

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Trade Show Booths – Don’t Waste Your Investment!
Aug24

Trade Show Booths – Don’t Waste Your Investment!

One of the most valuable marketing tools for a company, product or service can be a exhibiting at a trade or consumer show. It can generate a great amount of interest through product or service demonstrations as well as allow you to reach a targeted audience. Trade and consumer shows put you directly in front of potential customers and provide an opportunity to develop relationships with them. While there are many more benefits to...

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Blaming The Supplier
Aug18

Blaming The Supplier

Over my many years in the special events industry, I have encountered a few different event producers, meeting planners and suppliers that have had some sort of paranoia when it comes to accepting responsibility for a supplier’s mistakes. For some reason when there’s a problem, they think that it will save their reputation to explicitly tell the client that it wasn’t their fault, and that it was the supplier’s fault. I have...

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One Big Tip For Event Management Students
Aug17

One Big Tip For Event Management Students

I asked Event Management Professionals on Twitter to answer the following question: #eventprofs – If u could give an event mgmt student one big tip, what would it be??? Please reply, I’ll pass it along to my students!!! Here are the responses that I received… virtueevents @mikegranek work with vendors that you trust and build solid relationships with them. Kaisteffan @mikegranek focus on what ever brand you create...

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My Very First Blog Post!
Aug05

My Very First Blog Post!

After some encouragement from my Twitter followers over the last year, I have finally decided to make an attempt at creating my own blog! About a year ago, I met Lara McCulloch-Carter at an ISES Canada national board retreat where she introduced me to Twitter. It took me almost six months before I really understood it and began tweeting on a daily basis. Mostly as an experiment to see how effective twitter was, and following advice to...

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