Information on How to Become an Event Planner

The number one question that I get asked is always about how to become an event planner. There really is no one answer that is applicable to that question. Yes there are the standard answers such as go to college, get an internship or start working at an established event planning company. I am a huge proponent of post secondary education. I really do feel that if someone is interested in becoming an event planner, meeting planner or party … [Read more...]

Event Feedback – One Word Evaluations

Obtaining event feedback can be challenging 1.   Filling out an extensive survey at an event takes time.  Participants may not wish to allocate this time, especially if they have paid to attend the event.  Sending an event feedback survey after the event may result in a relatively low return rate.   I’ve often suspected that the most and least satisfied people may be the ones most likely to respond, resulting in not having responses from the major … [Read more...]

Honor Someone Special at Your Family Reunion

As you plan your family reunion or other annual summer event consider honoring a very special person or a few very special people at the event. 1 Perhaps, you would like to recognize: Grandparents or parents for all of the special experiences they have provided.   A couple who recently got engaged or married to wish them well. A recent graduate or someone departing for or returning from military active duty or overseas assignments to thank th … [Read more...]

How Event Planners Can Break Bad News to Their Clients

As the saying goes, nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news. That statement holds true for event planners. I'll admit, it can be difficult to deliver bad news. Especially when the person you're delivering it to is your client or customer. There's the fear that the customer will blame you. There's no doubt that a meeting planner's job is demanding and therefore many meeting planners need to make decisions quickly. Therefore they're relying on … [Read more...]

Event Checklist: Determining Your Event Objectives (Part Two)

This is the second article in the series about event checklists and how to establish event objectives. Read part one of this article: Event Checklist: Determining Your Event Objectives (Part One) In the first article of this two-part series, I outlined event checklist tips that covered; Attractions and Tours, AV, Caterers, Decor and Equipment, Delegate Gifts and Meeting Services. These categories, as well as the ones that we're going to talk … [Read more...]