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The Event Planning Podcast That Provides Tips, Techniques and Advice To Help You Plan Successful Events.

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The Event Planning Podcast That Provides Tips, Techniques and Advice To Help You Plan Successful Events.

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Extremely informative!!!

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I love everything about this podcast, very informative, with tons of info on any subject that you can imagine.

Variety and real life event issues addressed.

By Brdrchick - May 16 2017
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Great show with knowledgeable guests and interesting content. Keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
3
1
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Extremely informative!!!

By Curt65202 - May 23 2017
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I love everything about this podcast, very informative, with tons of info on any subject that you can imagine.

Variety and real life event issues addressed.

By Brdrchick - May 16 2017
Read more
Great show with knowledgeable guests and interesting content. Keep up the good work!
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The Savvy Event Planner Podcast: Event Planning | Corporate Entertainment | Event Services | Tom Crowl

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Rank #1: Event Planning 101 With Larissa Schultz

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An advocate for education in the event planning industry, Larissa Schultz. A college adjunct professor, she teaches event management & meeting planning.

In this episode we get Larissa's advice for people interested in entering the event planning field.

Don't think Event Planning 101 as just for the beginner though! The information is a great refresher for the seasoned planner as well.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How Larissa got started in event planning.
  • The benefits of working for someone else.
  • Recommendations for getting started.
  • What to expect if starting your own event planning company.
  • The value of a career plan.
  • Vital components of an event.
  • An overview of different styles of events.
  • Event planning terminology you should know.
  • Examples of incorporating objectives into your plan.
  • An important part of an RFP that is often overlooked.
  • The value of setting up quality vendor relationships.
  • Tips for room set up …
  • Tips for venue inspections …
  • and much, much, more!

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 44 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Larissa's web site:

ljsmeetingstrategies.com

Larissa's books:

Meeting Planning Basics: A Guide for Administrative Professionals

TSA and Me: A Lighthearted Look at Travel Today

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Thanks for listening!

I really appreciate your support of the podcast. Thank you for taking the time to listen and visit the site!

Also, thanks to Larissa for an episode filled with event planning gold!

So tell us …

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Jul 25 2016

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Rank #2: Event Planning Tips, Tactics And Strategies

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Dave Sheffield began his career selling vacuum cleaners door to door. His sales success led him to training profitable sales teams. Today he is known as “The Shef” and speaking at events around the world.

Usually event planners hire Dave to turbo-charge their audiences. Today he shares a mixture of motivation, tactics and strategies to help you. From mental floss to Blabvertising, “The Shef” cooks up a recipe that every event planner will savor.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • The secret behind “What if” …
  • That Plan B and a cool head can save the day.
  • Keys to communication.
  • The value of daily “Mental Floss”
  • Why you should take “The Shef's Ten Day Challenge”
  • The power of gratitude and how it can save you.
  • How Blabvertising can benefit you.
  • Instant action steps to help your career.

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

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Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

AlwaysBetterYourBest.com

Blabvertising.com

“When Would NOW Be a Good Time?” By Dave Sheffield

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You are also invited to share your thoughts in the comments below. Let us know what actions you followed and how “the Shef” helped you!

Thanks once again for a fun and informative interview Dave!

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Jan 18 2016

35mins

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Rank #3: Creating Amazing Event Experiences | Secrets Learned From The Mouse

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The Walt Disney Company creates amazing experiences. Everything they touch becomes an event that creates raving fans and incredible memories.

Today I interview James Songster, a 25 year veteran of the world's largest mouse. James shares his experience and insights on the methods Disney incorporates.

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • Team building techniques …
  • The value of having a diverse organization …
  • How to help everyone see and remember their part in “the big picture” …
  • Ways to instill passion in your event team …
  • How to plan based on emotional responses you want guests to experience …
  • Your job is not the same as your purpose …
  • The five basic keys to customer service …
  • How to “sell” the experience …
  • Make the memories last …
  • The value of magical moments …

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click here as save-as to download James' “Five Basic Keys To Customer Service” pdf.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 4 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

MagicAndMayhemShow.com

DisneyInstitute.com

DisneyYouth.com/education

Thanks for listening!

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Once again, a very big thank you to James for joining me on this episode.

The ideas and opinions expressed by James Songster during this podcast do not reflect those of the Walt Disney World Company, its family of businesses or subsidiaries.

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Oct 12 2015

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Rank #4: PR and Social Media For Event Planners

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Marketing events can challenge even the most savvy event planner.

David Ranalli studied public relations in college as part of his career preparation. Since graduating, he has experimented with social media in his business. In this episode, you will discover the unique differences between social and traditional media. David shares how each media can best serve you in your marketing efforts.

Click To Tweet: David shares PR & Social Media Tips for Event Planners today.

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How public relations and marketing tie into show business.
  • The growth of media from traditional to modern social outlets.
  • Techniques for using media to document your event.
  • Why storytelling is stronger than sales copy on social platforms.
  • An overview of different social media platforms and how they are used.
  • About up and coming social platforms.
  • What to consider when planning social media campaigns.
  • Using social media to follow up an event.
  • Tools that can help your social media stand out.

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 9 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

David's 10 Action Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Social Media

DavidRanalli.com

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

Cannon VIXIA G20

David's Rev Video Example:

Thanks for listening!

Did you find this interview helpful? Please leave a note in the comments section below and provide your feedback about this episode.

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I also appreciate honest reviews on iTunes! Ratings and reviews help others find us, plus I read each and every one. Your support and thoughts motivate me improve the podcast and I truly appreciate them.

Thanks again to David for taking the time to share during this interview.

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Nov 16 2015

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Rank #5: Fundraising With Events

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To host a successful fundraising event, you have to raise funds. As an event planner, this metric is easily measured and reflects on your abilities.

Marc A. Pitman shares fundraising gold in this episode of the Savvy Event Planner Podcast. Marc talks us through goal setting, storytelling and developing the “Ask.”

You will discover how to create a nonprofit spreadsheet and why it is so important to the event planner. Plus, Marc shares excellent advice on “loving” your donors, making it easier to ask again.

If you plan or are planning a fundraising event – don't miss this episode!

Fundraising event gold w/ Marc Pitman & Tom CrowlClick To Tweet

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How to get REAL about fundraising …
  • The importance of figuring out a realistic goal …
  • Benefits of using a Gift Range Calculator …
  • When breaking even is a legitimate goal …
  • Why you must research the market first …
  • How to create a nonprofit spreadsheet …
  • The art of designing the “ask” …
  • Two of the most important fundraising tactics …
  • Ways to remove the giving barrier …
  • You can still raise funds in a down economy …
  • How online fundraising sites change the game …
  • Successful online fundraising is still done offline …
  • Storytelling to raise donations …
  • The importance of tying donations to outcomes …
  • Why loving your donors is so important …
  • Effective followups to encourage annual giving …
  • and much, much, more!

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 46 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Marc's event planning website: http://fundraisingcoach.com

Additional event planning information: http://thenonprofitacademy.com

Marc's leadership website: http://concordleadershipgroup.com

Marc's Gift Range Calculator: giftrangecalculator.com

Marc's book: Ask Without Fear

Companion DVD Set: Ask Without Fear

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I really appreciate your support of the podcast. Thank you for taking the time to listen and visit the site! Be sure to check out Marc's resources listed above.

Thanks for a very informative interview Marc!

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Aug 08 2016

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Rank #6: Event Planning Productivity Tips With Joshua Seth

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Joshua Seth is a voice over artist, corporate entertainer and author. Today, we discuss his Amazon best selling book, Finding Focus In A Busy World: How To Tune Out The Noise and Work Well Under Pressure.

In this episode, Joshua shares insights and action steps to help reduce stress and make your planning efforts more productive.

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How to develop your clarity of purpose so you can achieve greater results with less effort.
  • Prioritizing tasks that can be delegated and/or outsourced.
  • Why break time is so important.
  • That 10 minutes early means you are actually on time.
  • The power of the “Perfecting-ist”.
  • Multi-tasking is a myth.
  • The value of letting go by surrounding yourself with a great team.

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Joshua's Productivity Bonuses may be found at: findingfocusbook.com

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 3 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Joshua's Book: Finding Focus In A Busy World

Joshua's Web Site

Thanks for listening!

Take a moment to share your thoughts about this episode? Leave a note in the comments section below and let us know what you think.

If you enjoyed this episode, please consider sharing it on social media using the buttons you'll see below. A simple click or two and you can share on: Google+, Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Pintrest, or Reddit. If you want to be really generous, post to them all!

The podcast is now available on iTunes. I would appreciate honest reviews there! Ratings and reviews improve the ranking of the show so others can find us. Plus I read each and every one. Your support and thoughts motivate me improve the program and I truly appreciate them.

Another big thank you to Joshua for taking the time to be with us here on the Savvy Event Planner Podcast!

The post Event Planning Productivity Tips With Joshua Seth appeared first on Savvy Event Planner Podcast.

Oct 05 2015

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Rank #7: Audience Engagement & Event Sponsorship

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Shawna Suckow, CMP, has been a million-dollar influencer in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. She has studied how attendees think and have evolved through economic, technological and cultural changes.

Shawna is also the Chairwoman of SPIN, the Senior Planners Industry Network. In this episode, Shawna shares insights to engaging audience and sponsors to create win/win/win scenarios.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • Why you should be a “lifetime” learner.
  • How simple things overlooked can be horrific.
  • Glitz & glamour aren't always required.
  • Ways to leverage creativity to create connections.
  • Why the “Adult Learning Theory” no longer applies.
  • The number one reason people attend events.
  • A magical number that makes great things happen.
  • Why you should consider a mentoring program at meetings.
  • The power of relocating attendees.
  • Longer breaks can be a good thing.
  • Who the real V.I.P.'s of an event are.
  • Changing the sponsorship mindset.
  • How to align the goals of a sponsor with the goals of attendees.
  • Effective methods to reach out to sponsors.
  • Helping sponsors stand out in the minds of attendees.
  • Ways to build sponsor relationships.
  • The value of serving with integrity.
  • How to help destinations and venues help you.
  • and much, much more …

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 37 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Shawna's Website: shawnasuckow.com

Senior Planners Industry Network Website:
spinplanners.com

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Thanks for listening!

Thanks to Shawna for an incredibly informative interview. I also thank you for taking the time to listen and visit the site!

So tell us …

Share your insights and thoughts on this interview. Did you come away with any ideas? Take a moment to let us know in the comments section below:

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May 30 2016

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Rank #8: Biggest Event Planning Blunders

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Alexander Grait shares insights gleaned from working corporate events in Las Vegas. With over 30 years of event experience, he started his own Event Blunders blog. In his own words:

“… it's like when you eat dinner in the same restaurant every night for ten years, you can start to see things that's wrong with the kitchen and the seating and the hostess that maybe you know the management can't see because you're right there.”

In this episode, we discuss everything from event planning mistakes to memorable guest experiences.

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • Why a guest's experience is so important.
  • A simple habit that puts you in a power position.
  • Mistakes of the “inexperienced event planner.”
  • Tips on making the most of staff & vendor strengths.
  •  The importance of the double check.
  • Why last minute decorating is a myth.
  • The real value of follow up.
  • Problems that stem from a full schedule.
  • Benefits of an outsider's view.
  • The intersection where business and entertainment collide.
  • The real star of any event.

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 23 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Free eBook: 25 Event Blunders And How To Avoid Them.

Alexander's Website

Alexander's Email: Alexander@Alexandermagic.com

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Thanks for listening!

Another thanks to Alexander for taking a break from his globe-trotting performances to share with us today.

So tell us …

What event blunders have you experienced or witnessed? Take a moment to leave a note in the comments section below:

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Feb 22 2016

36mins

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Rank #9: Tools For Creating Event Marketing Materials

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Have you ever had to write an article or sales copy and been stuck staring at a blank page? Have you ever needed the perfect image at the last minute? Your “graphics guy or gal” wasn't around and you had no idea how to create the graphic?  Ever wish you could create an easy MP3 or video to share with your audience?

Today I share the tools I use to create content for the website and other online projects. You'll find them easy to use, flexible and extremely helpful. Plus, I'm even giving you free access to a video course that teaches you step by step how to use them!

Click To Tweet: Tom Crowl is sharing #events marketing content creation tools.

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How to generate ideas for your social media content.
  • A simple technique to create a content map.
  • Methods to determine the materials you need to create.
  • A tip that makes “writing” copy easier than ever.
  • A free online tool to help you create the perfect graphics & images.
  • Where to find “stock” images & royalty free music that won't break your budget.
  • Ways to use audio to enhance your marketing efforts.
  • Tips for sounding good on audio recordings.
  • Free software that let's you create amazing & shareable MP3s.
  • Video capture and editing software that makes video production easy.
  • 4 different types of video you may want to consider.
  • Tips and hacks for creating each type of video.
  • Where you can get step by step video tutorials on all of this for free.

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 15 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Canva.com

Dragon Dictate

Photodune.net

Blue Snowball USB Microphone

Levelator

Snagit

Camtasia Video Editor

Libsyn.com

Holiday Gift Bonus:

Click here for free access to the content creation videos on PIMachine.com

Thanks for listening!

I truly appreciate everyone who has been a guest, listened, commented, emailed and shared. Your support of the podcast means so much.

If you have a moment, please leave a note in the comments below. Share your favorite episode, or let us know what you'd like us to cover in the next year:

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Dec 28 2015

28mins

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Rank #10: Powerful First Impressions and other Event Planning Tips

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When attendees arrive at your event, what is their first impression? As an event planner, creating a powerful first impression is important. It lays the groundwork for everything that follows.

Susan Young is a keynote speaker and leadership trainer. She works with organizations who want to harness the power of change to improve positivity & performance. In this episode, we discuss the art of first impressions for positive impact. Get ready for some insights that will help you plan more amazing events.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • Why a passion for people is important …
  • The power of a first impression.
  • Facets involved in first impressions…
  • How to use a critical eye for what people perceive …
  • Why you should strive to be approachable.
  • The reasoning behind a “Heart of Service.”
  • The definition of an “Ambivert.”
  • Tips for the introvert.
  • Personal branding for improved impressions.
  • 3 types of awareness you must be aware of …
  • Healthy habits are good for people and events.
  • Manners mean something …
  • The difference is in the details …
  • How the art of communication plays a role …
  • First impressions sometimes start before you realize …
  • Why you must pay attention to your digital activities …
  • Leaving people with a positive lasting impression.
  • The art of nurturing your network & your attendees.
  • And a must read book recommended by Susan …

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 35 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Susan's Website: SusanSpeaks.com

“Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman

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Thanks for listening!

Thanks to Susan for a fun & informative interview. I also thank you for taking the time to listen and visit the site!

So tell us …

Share your insights and thoughts on this interview. Did you come away with any ideas? Take a moment to let us know in the comments section below:

The post Powerful First Impressions and other Event Planning Tips appeared first on Savvy Event Planner Podcast.

May 23 2016

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Rank #11: Event Planning Decorating Ideas

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Amil Mendez started Showtime Inc. in 2010 to provide lighting for events. Expanding to include drapery and furniture rentals, Showtime now turns spaces into epic event venues.

How an attendee experiences your event is an important part of your planning. In episode 29 of the podcast, Jacob Morgan shared the three components that control experience. In this episode, we will discuss the component of physical space. Amil will share some excellent ideas to make the most of your decorating budget.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • What you must consider before “designing” the room.
  • Why you need to know your crowd.
  • Importance of a venue walk-through.
  • Concepts for creating a lounge party atmosphere.
  • Two decorating suggestions to create the biggest impact on your event space.
  • How to add a soft touch to any environment.
  • Sources for inspiration and decorating ideas.
  • The true value of relationships and professional organizations.

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 35 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Amil's Website: Showtimeeventsinc.com

Showtime Events Inc. Youtube Channel

Showtime Events Inc – Instagram

Showtime Events Inc – FaceBook

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Thanks!

Please Share This Episode

If you enjoyed the Savvy Event Planner Podcast, please tell your friends. Use the share buttons at the bottom of this page to share us with your network.

Thanks for listening!

Thanks to Amil for a fun & informative interview. I also thank you for taking the time to listen and visit the site!

So tell us …

Share your insights and thoughts on this interview. Did you come away with any ideas? Take a moment to let us know in the comments section below:

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May 16 2016

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Rank #12: Event Planning Tips From Melanie Woodward

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Melanie Woodward has planned events for Honda, HGTV and other high profile clients. Soon, other event planners were coming to her for advice. That prompted Melanie to begin a blog sharing event planning tips and insights. This project eventually morphed into the Event Planning Blueprint. Now Melanie not only creates amazing events, she helps others become professional event planners.

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How powerful referrals are in advancing a career.
  • The logistics behind planning destination events.
  • Why Destination Management Companies (DMC) are a valuable partner.
  • How honesty and communication can reduce stress.
  • Reasons event planners should attend other events.
  •  The logic behind variety and “too much to do.”
  • Why the party is so important.
  • A resource to create your own event app.
  • Ways to “set the tone” for success.
  • How a “give back day” can affect your attendees.
  • Powerful methods to impact people in your everyday life.
  • The value of interacting with other event planners.
  • Tips for finding and cultivating event sponsors.
  • Ideas to simplify event sponsorships.
  • Why proving ROI is so important to an event planner.

Interview bonuses:

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

Right click and save-as to download the Episode 21 transcript.

Click here to read the transcript online.

Links and resources from this interview:

Awesomenessfest.com

Acts Of Impacteurness

Event Planning Blueprint – (This is a link to The Event Toolkit.)

Note: I was so impressed with Melanie during our conversations and interview, I have become an affiliate for her Event Planning Blueprint. If you use the above link and decide to purchase the blueprint, the price remains the same to you, however I receive a commission on the sale. While I feel this might be a help to some of our audience, please do not purchase anything you do not need, want or can't afford.

Event Planning Blueprint Blog

YAPP – Event Planning App

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Thanks for listening!

Another huge “THANK YOU” to Melanie for being such a wonderful guest and sharing so much gold!

Inspired by an idea? Have a question for Melanie? Or for me? Let us know in the comments section below:

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Feb 08 2016

34mins

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Rank #13: Event Photography: What Event Planners Must Know

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Event photography has many uses for the Savvy Event Planner. You can use photos to advertise and market an event. Promote your speakers and sponsors. Photographs may be part of your printed materials and website. Plus the value of images in your social media distribution helps create buzz.

In this episode, Jules Clifford shares insights to help your photographer capture the images you need. Specializing in association event photography, Jules is the official photographer for ASAE, PMPI, PCMA, HIP, Destination DC and many others.

From questions to ask before you contract, to on-site insights that make everyone's job easier, this episode covers:

What Event Planners Should Know Before Hiring An Event Photographer…

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • The importance of a well-thought out RFP.
  • What must be spelled out in a photographer's contract.
  • Why your photographer needs a detailed shot list.
  • How to set up a shot list.
  • Figuring out time frames for photographers.
  • The importance of a contact person.
  • Why you should communicate how the pictures will be used.
  • Questions you should ask the photographer before you hire.
  • What you should know about image redundancy.
  • Equipment questions you should ask.
  • What you should ask about equipment redundancy.
  • How to determine the number of photographers you will need.
  • The importance of a locked room.
  • Things you must remember when working with event photographers.
  • Why you should listen to your suppliers and vendors.
  • The value of partnering with a proven supplier.

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Links and resources from this interview:

EPNAC.com

Email: contact@epnac.com

Jules' email: Jules@epnac.com

Jules' Phone: 703-863-2855

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May 09 2016

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Rank #14: Event Branding Tips With Emily Chalk

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Emily Chalk spent almost seven years as part of Westin Hotels & Resorts Global Brand team. Her job involved helping Westin differentiate itself from competitors by enhancing their brand.

In 2009 she opened East of Ellie, combining her event planning passion with her small business dreams. Since then she and her team have planned events for Fortune 500 companies, celebrities and royalty.

In this episode, we discuss how her experience with Westin allows her to help clients brand their events. Get ready for some interesting insights that you can put into action.

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • Every event is a person, an identity, an experience.
  • The first question to ask …
  • A key component of all corporate events.
  • Questions that you must answer …
  • Focusing on elements to create overall experience.
  • The importance of understanding your client's branding.
  • Methods to enhance branding at an event.
  • The real challenge is in the changes …
  • Why communication is king.
  • The value of researching past events.
  • Resources for branding inspiration.

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Links and resources from this interview:

EastofEllie.com

EmilyChalkTalk.com

Five Tips on Branding Any Event

Video Podcast Highlights On Emily's Blog

You Know You're Going To Be An Event Planner When …

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Apr 25 2016

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Rank #15: Event Innovations

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Creating innovative events helps keep attendees engaged. In this episode, we look to businesses for inspiration. Jacob Morgan is a student of work. He studies organizations and helps others understand the forward thinking of major corporations.

As a savvy event planner, you can learn from these insights too. Jacob shares the latest techniques companies use to stay ahead of the competition. He then translates it into usable action steps for you.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • Why clear communication with event speakers is so important.
  • The first step to keeping employees (or attendees) happy.
  • Three components that control experience.
  • Creating an innovation ecosystem for original events.
  • Another way event planners can make use of Wearables.
  • The importance of healthy dietary choices at events.
  • Importance of developing a collaborative atmosphere.
  • “Adapt & Evolve” – amazing superpowers.
  • Utilizing an experience perspective.

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Links and resources from this interview:

Jacob's Website: TheFutureOrganization.com

Jacob's Email: jacob@thefutureorganization.com

Jacob on Twitter: @jacobm

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Apr 04 2016

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Rank #16: Event AV Tips – What Event Planners Need To Know

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AV can deliver an awesome attendee experience. But for the event planner, AV can also be a confusing area. How do you know what you need? How can you compare quotes when companies may offer different equipment, brands and services?

Will Curran of Hello Endless sheds light on the AV industry. You'll discover the answers to the questions above and much more. One tip from this episode could save your event budget thousands of dollars.

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So what are you waiting for? Play the episode already!

By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • The pros and cons of working with in-house AV companies.
  • The pros and cons of working with “outside” AV companies
  • Why you should avoid sub-contracted AV staffing
  • Venue negotiating tips that can save you thousands on “outside” AV contractors.
  • What to consider before you contact an AV company.
  • Why communicating your vision is so important.
  • Tips for comparing AV quotes.
  • What to do when the quote doesn't match your expectations.
  • Some of the latest AV Trends for 2016 and beyond.
  • 3 hot tips to make sure your event goes off without issues.

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Links and resources from this interview:

helloendless.com

How to Remove In-House AV Restrictions Guide

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And thanks again to Will for a fun and informative interview!

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Jan 04 2016

33mins

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Rank #17: Event PR: How To Get Media Coverage For Events

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Is your event worthy of media coverage? Could having the media attend increase the ROI of your event? Today the media receives tons of requests. What can make your event stand out?

In this episode, Sarah Rose of Sarah Rose PR shares insights to generating press. You are about to discover the secrets of a public relations expert.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • The job of a publicist.
  • How to select the right type of media coverage for your event.
  • Ways to locate additional media outlets.
  • Who to contact.
  • Secrets to discover email addresses for hard to reach people.
  • Tips to help you stand out from other coverage requests.
  • Ways to make it easier for the media to cover your event.
  • Why you should treat the media like rock stars.
  • The value of and proper follow up with the media.
  • Plus much more …

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Links and resources from this interview:

SarahRosePR.com

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Tell me what you thought about this episode. Did you learn anything? Get inspired to take action? Or do you have some other PR advice to share with our listeners? Take a moment to leave a note in the comments section below.

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with others on Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn and other social media. We have share buttons here on the page to make it easy for you!

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Thanks once again to Sarah for a very sharing and informative interview!

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Jan 11 2016

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Rank #18: Educational Conference Planning

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The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) holds two major educational conferences a year. The conferences provide administrative professionals an opportunity to connect, learn, lead, and excel.

In this episode, I talk with two guests:

Tracy Orpin, CMP – the IAAP's Conferences and Meetings Manager
Rachel Reynolds – the IAAP's Professional Development Manager

Discover how they work together to plan conferences that both educate & build relationships.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How the IAAP helps Administrative Professionals
  • Suggested organizations to help event planners network.
  • Why centralized planning is important for educational based conferences.
  • The importance of educating attendees based on their level and needs.
  • Why networking is such a huge part of a successful conference.
  • Tips to generate survey responses from your audience.
  • A method to find out what you don't know.
  • The power behind planning so you'd want to attend.
  • Things to consider when selecting a conference location.
  • Venue/Hotel vetting tips.
  • Ideas on creating a welcoming environment for attendees.
  • How the IAAP promotes educational Conferences.
  • Conference planning horror stories.
  • And much, much more …
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Links and resources from this interview:

IAAP-HQ.ORG

The Professional Convention Management Association

IAAP Member Dierdre Crowl's Interview

Rachel's Recommended Reading:
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Rachel's Email: rachael.reynolds@iaap-hq.org

Tracy's Email: tracy.orpin@iaap-hq.org

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Mar 07 2016

39mins

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Rank #19: Up Your Game – Work Smarter – Work Together

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Liz Weber has organized government conferences around the world.  To do that, she would coordinate with American embassies.  Today she helps others find ways to up their game by working together as a team.

From realizing your own strategic role to helping others find theirs, this is an episode you will want to share with your team.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • Your job and your role are two different things.
  • How to raise your profile as an event planner.
  • Why understanding purpose is so important.
  • Ways to develop a clear purpose.
  • The question you must ask on every event decision you make.
  • How to create a solid baseline for measuring ROE / ROI.
  • What to do when key people have disjointed visions.
  • The value of a business plan.
  • and much more …

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Links and resources from this interview:

Liz's Books:

Stop So You Can Get The Results You Want (Set of 4)

Something Needs To Change Around Here

Liz's Website: www.wbsllc.com

Liz's Social Media:

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/LizWeberCMC/

Twitter: @lizwebercmc

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Apr 18 2016

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Rank #20: Differentiation – Little Things Create A Big Impact

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How does differentiation help an event planner? What is it? What can it do? How do you find your unique differences in an event, in your career and in life?

Michel Neray shows us the power behind the small differences that make things unique. He shares an exercise to help you unearth your hidden advantages. Discover a vision that can become a game-changer for your events and career.

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By the end of this interview you will learn:

  • How differentiation plays a major role in branding.
  • Why you need to understand the differences you & your events offer.
  • Who your competition really is …
  • Nothing is trivial …
  • Why small differentiators make you stand out.
  • How to find your differences …
  • The fifth sales pitch exercise …
  • Michel's five layers of differentiation …

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Links and resources from this interview:

Michel's Website: www.Neray.com

MoMondays.com

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Jun 06 2016

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