Class Library Colja Dams on Running the World's 2nd Biggest Event Company

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  • Title:Colja Dams on Running the World's 2nd Biggest Event Company
  • Category:Interviews
  • Level:All
  • Instructor:Maverick Series
  • Length:30 min
  • Posted:6/6/2011
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Overview

Colja Dams has steadily built his company, the Vok Dams Agency for Events & Live Marketing, into one of the top event powerhouses in the world.  Headquartered in Germany, and ranked #2 in the world (source: Special Events Magazine), and with offices in Dubai, Beijing, France, Shanghai, and Wuppertal, Germany, Vok Dams has produced award winning events for leading brands all over the world.  Hear how he runs his company, manages his team, hires his vendors and more.


Learning Outcomes

    1. Learn the secrets from being one of the first western event agencies to build a presence in China.
    2. Understand the role that procurement plays with his clients, and how his firm deals with that.
    3. Learn about Vok Dams' iphone app that calculates the carbon footprint of an event.
    4. Hear how Vok Dams successfully launched the Lamborghini at the foot of a volcano that had exploded only days earlier!

Table of Contents

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Colja Dams - Full Interview 29:17
Watch the Interview in Chapters
How Did You Get Into Events? 3:33
What Kind of Boss Are You? 2:23
What Kind of People Do You Look to Hire? 0:56
What Do You Look for in Vendors? 1:00
On Procurement & Pricing 2:07
On Being One of the First to Open An Office in China 4:41
Charging for Proposals 3:20
On Social Media 3:57
On Sustainability 3:02
Overcoming Career Disapointment & Setbacks 2:18
The Future of the Events Industry 1:35
War Story: Launching A Lamborghini During A Volcano 2:51
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