The booking window for your event may be last-minute, but you don’t have to lose your cool. Here are some tips for staying on top of the work.
Did you realize there are 33 essential skills you must master to be an efficient and effective event organizer? Here’s a preview of PYM’s newest educational series.
Given how fast things change in the mobile and social media worlds, there’s more you need to know to have a fantastic fall event season.
The more you combine social media and marketing throughout the process, the more successful each event will be.
Remember that gratuities are earned. Do what makes sense to you.
Meeting, convention and event planning is one of the best jobs of 2012 and should see significant growth over the next decade, according to U.S. News and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each year, U.S. News compiles a list of the best careers based on the Labor Department’s employment projections. The bureau projects meeting, convention […]
We all know what rhythm is — whether you have any or not — but what does it have to do with meetings?
D’Arcy Klingle is director of meetings and events at the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a nonprofit organization. She’s responsible for planning and executing all special events, including the annual conference, the awards ceremony, board meetings, staff training sessions, and other staff meetings and outings. Before joining the Alliance, D’Arcy worked at The Webster Group […]
According to MPI’s recently released Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS), marketing ranks low in importance after an impressive list of other considerations, including strategic planning, project management, risk management, administration, human resources, stakeholder management, meeting design and site management. So it’s no surprise that for many planners, marketing is an afterthought. Most likely, […]
A successful meeting, conference or special event all rely on one major component — registration. That’s because almost every aspect of an event is determined by the number of attendees, including: Hotel guest rooms Food and beverage for all functions and breaks Meeting space for general session, breakouts and other functions Registration hand-out material Printed […]
Planning meetings and events are difficult enough. Factor in the economy and bosses or clients with high expectations and even lower budgets and you’ve got an equation for madness. Or, at the very least, an opportunity for a gullible miscalculation. Everyone knows the saying, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” […]
Stetson Convention Services, Inc. specializes in creating environmentally responsible trade show, exposition and event decorations. Reduce your environmental impact with their sustainable products like biodegradable tabletop coverings, paper-based banner material and materials printed with soy and water-based inks.
Throughout the years with this column, I have written about weddings, all types of corporate parties and given tips about entertaining in the home. This month, I am going to discuss something that no one is ever really prepared for and which I’ve never seen any event professional discuss: a funeral. On Dec. 19, 2009, […]
Everyone makes mistakes. In the events industry, it’s how—and how quickly—you “fix it” that counts. Serenity J. Knutson found plenty of industry pros who aren’t afraid to bare their blunders, and here, in Part III of a series, we bring you their stories, along with a few lessons to be learned…
One thing that is so important to event planners, but that we tend to glaze over, is the timing of an event. When doing an event timeline, we need to take into consideration our guests and how this timeline will affect them and their experience. Let me give an extreme example of what can go […]
What do you do when you have higher expectations and lower budgets than you did last year? Find out how the experts get the biggest bang for their buck. PYM asked industry professionals to send in their budget tips on everything from Audio/Visual to Transportation. Here’s the fruit of their collective wisdom, compiled in this […]
“Glamorous.” “Exciting.” A great job for the “young and the restless.” “A paid vacation.” If this sounds like the event planning industry to you, you must have been reading the rash of articles appearing in Glamour, Yahoo! and CNN/Money.com lately. But, those on the inside beg to differ: Event planning can be exciting, but it’s not always glamorous, and it’s certainly no paid vacation…