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Embracing and Leveraging Millennial Strengths

Embracing and Leveraging Millennial Strengths

Entitled.  Self-obsessed. Narcissistic. Distracted. These terms carry a strong negative connotation and without doubt are insulting to any person between the ages of circa 22 – 37. I would even argue that the term “millennial” itself, denotes a negative undertone....
Be a Networking Superhero

Be a Networking Superhero

In todays’ digital, global world, making genuine human connections is becoming increasingly difficult.  We have grown accustomed to the ease of sitting in our offices at our desks, or at satellite or home offices sending LinkedIn invitations with personal notes hoping...
More Than Just Fancy Acronyms!

More Than Just Fancy Acronyms!

As an Event Leader, becoming a member of a professional association related to the meetings and events industry needs to come from a place of self-motivation and self-advocacy. Unlike some highly regulated industries, to carry the title of Event Leader, Event Planner,...
The Leadership Teeter Totter – Perception Deception

The Leadership Teeter Totter – Perception Deception

As leaders in the events industry we have all had our leadership style analyzed, our strengths and weaknesses identified, and have taken a barrage of courses on how to work with different generations, cultures, and to deal with diversity in the workplace.   In today’s...
The New Year’s Elephant | A Guide For Event Leaders

The New Year’s Elephant | A Guide For Event Leaders

Whether you are one to set New Year’s resolutions or not we all are asked by our loved ones, colleagues, friends and even our personal trainers or local baristas what we plan to do differently, commit too or change in the year ahead. As a traditionalist I am normally...
The Event Leaders Guide to Holiday Season Survival

The Event Leaders Guide to Holiday Season Survival

For some, the appearance of holiday décor in the stores, party invitations in your mailbox, post office lineups and even the Salvation Army donation bell jingling outside of the grocery store can evoke feelings of despair instead of the holly jolly warmth of the...
How To Have An Effective Board Retreat

How To Have An Effective Board Retreat

The thought of a board retreat can evoke a whirlwind of thoughts that without a doubt contain words such as: goal-setting, business plan reviewing, strategic planning and an abundance of other terms that Boards generally discuss at retreats, in what sometimes feels...
Alumni Feature: Siri Brudevold

Alumni Feature: Siri Brudevold

Today, Event Leadership Institute alum, Siri Brudevold, is an Event Planner at Charles Koch Institute, but her journey towards a career in events didn’t begin there. Knowing she needed to fill gaps in her experience, skills and knowledge in order to better succeed in...
Effective Time Management Tips

Effective Time Management Tips

I admit I am one of those people who sees something sparkly and easily gets distracted from the task at hand. I put off projects that don’t have actual deadlines, or on the weekends I give myself a list of things to get done and the next thing I know I’ve wasted an...
9 Can’t-miss Tips to Help You Bolster Your Events Career

9 Can’t-miss Tips to Help You Bolster Your Events Career

Whether you’re just starting out in the event and meetings industry or you’re looking to take your current career to the next level, these tips can help you elevate your career! 1. Always work on expanding your network Networking… You either love it or hate it. Either...
Benefits Of Joining An Event Industry Association

Benefits Of Joining An Event Industry Association

About The Video Event Leadership Institute’s Mike Granek interviews Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, President of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), at the ILEA Live Event in Calgary. Ingrid shares her thoughts on a variety of topics; from the benefits of joining an...
Event Planner vs. Event Designer – What is the Difference?

Event Planner vs. Event Designer – What is the Difference?

As the wedding and event industries have grown markedly over the last ten years, what was once an over-arching profession of “event planner” or “wedding planner” has been slowly divided into a number of factions – planner, designer, and stylist – each title...
Proving Your Value with Digital Credentials

Proving Your Value with Digital Credentials

This post originally appeared in BizBash.com on September 11, 2014. Last month I moderated a roundtable for heads of in-house event departments, and one of the main issues to arise was the challenge of proving the value of in-house planners. “Executives in my company...
The 4 Traits of a Successful Wedding Planner

The 4 Traits of a Successful Wedding Planner

On TV or in the movies, it seems like a clever kit and a bossy demeanor is all it takes to quit your job as an accountant and become a wedding planner.  After planning and designing weddings for nearly 13 years, I can tell you that no major crisis was ever averted...