In the words of Brick from Anchorman, “I love lamp.” Sometimes the best inspiration for events come outsides of the events industry. This is why we have decided to bring you 16 creative lamp and chandeliers to inspire your event lighting. We want to send a huge shout out to BoredPanda for inspiring us (ironically) to create this post. So without further adieu, we’d like to present you with our pick for these awesome lighting fixtures to make your next event lighting amazing. Read More
With the holiday season approaching, event planners are not the only ones in full gear. Christmas shopping is falling on everyone’s to-do list, but what do you get the planner who already has everything nailed down? Don’t worry, we’ve complied the top 12 gifts for event planners that will end 2014 with a bang. Some gifts will increase productivity while others are just down right cool! Either way, check them out and get your event planner gifts checked off your list. If you’re event planner, forward this onto your family and friends for a subtle nudge in the right direction. Have other great gift ideas? Share your choices in a comment below! Read More
Best Event Talks: Week of December 8th Read More
I’m sure all of you are familiar with the term “two heads are better than one,” which first appeared in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546 as “Some heades haue taken two headis better then one: But ten heads without wit, I wene as good none,” (as you can see, age has done this particular phrase very well) and that, you most likely did not know.
This saying has stuck around for nearly 500 years, and for a reason. We all know that working in teams can be more productive and more fun, but only with the right team, that is. This raises the question of “how exactly do I build a [successful] team?” The biggest struggle for me, in my personal experience, has always been finding the right team members; I used to hover around successful individuals at speaking engagements in college for a shot at asking them “how did you build such a successful team,” where I was always disappointed with the answer “I got lucky” or “you have to look in the right places.” I am here to tell you that those are not the best answers that do not even come close to solving the issue of how to build a team.
To answer the question of “how to build an event planning team,” or just “how to build a team” in general, we have put together a guide to follow if you are to building a team of any sort, especially event planning! Read More
I get asked all the time “Will, what are the best blogs?” or more frequently, “Will, what are the best event planning blogs?” Realistically, I could spend the whole day listing all of the blogs I read and why I like them, but I decided to put in the time and work to develop a list of all my favorite non-event planning blogs that I think all event planners should read. After searching far and wide within my own cache of online, transboundary resources of blogs that range from marketing to event tech and lifehacks to give you a great potpourri of content to read. So let’s jump into my top 11 non-event planning blogs for event planners. Read More
In this week’s Best Event Talks, a group of 5 individual, creative designers dissect a venue for a particular nightclub in hopes of building their own ultimate nightclub experience. What makes this video so interesting for us, is that event planners and event production companies do the same thing that these multi-disciplined designers do, and that is creating an entire experience for attendees, regardless of venue or cause. If you need a friendly reminder as to why you do exactly what you do as an event planner, production specialist, or any other creative career, we recommend you watch this Best Event Talk, enjoy! Read More
A picture is worth a thousand words, but did you know that a 1 minute video is worth 1.8 million of them?
Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research did some digging and found out just how much of an impact video can have on its audience. For instance, 80% of your online visitors will watch a video while only 20% will read text content in its entirety.
Why is it then that businesses, especially those that are event driven, are not using this incredibly powerful marketing tool in every way possible? The answer is I have absolutely no idea.
When I think about the strategy that goes into event marketing, video production seems like such an obvious force. The visuals and energy that pump through events translate vividly on film, yet are vastly underutilized… Read More
Nearly as long as time, itself, there has been a war waging between in-house and independently contracted AV/event production companies. Why is this? It is all about money, but there’s no surprise there. So, maybe the right question we should be asking is “what’s the difference?” or “why is it generally better to go with an independent AV/event production company?” Read More
Everyone love productivity tools, and you know the day is going to be rough when your to-do list has more items than the parts list for Elon Musk’s reusable space shuttle.
We’ve all felt it: the slow, crushing sensation of being overwhelmed. Despite wanting to focus on the most important aspects of our day (developing new ideas, engaging with customers, and planning and executing growth strategies), there are always tasks that end up miring us in busywork.
For general productivity, I like to use a modified version of David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” model to manage my tasks. Once I’ve completed what can be done in less than two minutes, I delegate the task, archive it, or assign it for a follow-up at the proper time.
This system alone saves me a hell of a lot of time each week, but I’m always on the lookout for tools I can use to supercharge my productivity on tasks that still require my attention.
These three productivity tools save me a few hours each week, giving me more time to relax, go for a run, and catch up with friends: Read More
One of the most powerful tools you have on your event planning toolbelt is the element of surprise; surprises are scientifically proven as one of the best ways to engage a crowd or audience, as “novelty enhances memory.” Who doesn’t want to attend a memorable event, am I right?
With this said, we want you to have the most memorable events and feel responsible for providing you with the inspiration and tools necessary to have memorable events. Below you will find 3 wild ideas that include (SPOILER ALERT) a kabuki drop, a CO2 Blast, and a flash mob! Read More