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Start Your Own Event Planning Business 3/E: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success
Entrepreneur Press and Cheryl KimballCelebrate All the Way to the Bank Weddings, parades, fairs, graduations, conferences, political rallies, fashion shows—what do they have in common? Everyone would rather have someone else plan and conduct them! That someone else can be you if you’re a professional event planner who knows how to develop a theme, find a location, arrange entertainment, plan transportation and do the myriad things needed to pull an event off successfully. Learn everything you need to know to get started in one of today’s hottest—and most lucrative—businesses: How to stay abreast of the newest entertainment, food and decoration options Hot new industry trends, from environmentally friendly parties to extravagant first birthday parties and more How to build a loyal customer base for large and small events Targeted strategies for planning commercial events, political events, civic events, social events and more The latest information on the use of technology in event planning With gross profits averaging 30 to 40 percent, you can easily earn six figures a year planning and conducting events—and have a blast in the process. If you’re looking for a flexible schedule, a wide variety of responsibilities and new adventures every week, event planning is the business for you.
Be a Party Plan Superstar: Build a $100,000-a-Year Direct Selling Business from Home
Mary ChristensenThe 'party plan' model of direct selling introducing products through home parties, social gatherings, and fund raisers has been the route to financial freedom for millions. This inspiring, hands on manual, written by an author who has achieved unprecedented success herself, shows other women how they can generate more bookings, more sales, and more business leads at their parties, as well as build a team of independent party planners, and drive up their own commissions. Exemplified by powerhouse brands like Tupperware, Pampered Chef, and, Mary Kay, the party-planning method is an unparalleled opportunity for anyone to live the life they dream about and deserve. In "Be a Party Plan Superstar", readers will discover, step-by-step, how they can transition from selling to friends and family to building a profitable business, develop a who's-who customer base, create an environment of fun, be an engaging host, and close sales effortlessly. This is the one book that shows women how to become direct-selling superstars! Simply by being the life of the party.
Meeting & Event Planning For Dummies
Susan FriedmannExpert advice on how to stage the perfect event every time"A terrific resource of information for anyone in the event-planning business." --James Spellos, CMP, President, Meeting U.Meeting & Event Planning For Dummies is a practical step-by-step guide to the strategies and techniques event-planning professionals use to bring people together. This comprehensive resource covers all the angles from the little details to the big picture to make sure your business meetings and special events come off without a hitch!Praise for Meeting & Event Planning For Dummies"Packed with valuable information in an easy-to-use format. [It] covers all the basics for the meeting planning novice." --Diane Silberstein, President, Diane Silberstein & Associates"A great resource book every event professional should have.... Checklist heaven! We all love our checklists, and this book is full of them!" --Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP
The Business of Event Planning: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Successful Special Events
Judy AllenPractical tools and expert advice for professional event plannersBefore planning an event, there is much that must be done behind the scenes to make the event successful. Before any thought is even given to timing or location of the event, before the menus are selected and the decor designed, there are proposals to be written, fees and contracts to be negotiated, and safety issues to be considered. This book takes you behind the scenes of event planning and explains every aspect of organizing and strategic planning. This book will be of value to both the professional event planner and to clients who are dealing with planners.Its comprehensive coverage includes: how to prepare winning proposals, and how to understand them if you are the client; how to determine management fees; negotiating contracts; safety issues; designing events in multicultural settings; and new technology that makes operations more efficient (such as online registration and response management, database project management tools). The book also includes practical tools such as sample letters of agreement, sample layouts for client proposals, forms, and checklists. Professional event planner Judy Allen offers first-time or professional event planners all the top-class advice they need to make their special events come off without a hitch.
celebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family
Tori Spelling“I love the puzzle of throwing special, chic parties with down-to-earth budgets, and lucky you, I’m psyched to share my secrets.” Tori Spelling planned her very first party (her own roller skate–themed birthday with a hot-pink- and-turquoise color scheme) at the age of eight, and she’s been hosting friends and family in her home ever since. She knows as well as anyone that “style” and “elegance” don’t often play well with “budget.” Well, with celebraTORI, she rolls up her sleeves and turns that notion on its head—expertly showing how creativity, passion, and smart planning are the secret ingredients for throwing a truly unforgettable bash on any “real world” budget. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a lot of imagination to transport your guests to another world as soon as they walk through the door. In this delightfully entertaining, must-have party companion, Tori shares all the tips and tricks she’s learned from her most successful soirees (and a few train wrecks). It’s like having your own personal party planner for a fraction of the cost! celebraTORI is not just instructional, it’s inspirational. Hosting an event is not about ticking to-dos off a list; it’s about turning an organic idea into a fun day you and your guests won’t forget—so much so that you just can’t wait to do it again . . . with a different theme, of course. Tori covers all the basics, from discovering new reasons to celebrate and choosing a concept, to decorating, creating flower arrangements, making refreshments, and building the corner-stone of any great party: the dessert table! The best part is that all of her suggestions, including her mouthwatering recipes, are 100 percent do-it-yourself. Filled with lots and lots of great advice, handy blueprints, and hilarious anecdotes, celebraTORI will be the most important guest at your next party. It’s the perfect foundation for taking life’s special occasions up a notch . . . or five. ***They say the devil’s in the details, but for me the details are heaven. Maybe an avid planner and host like me should say that in the course of the party I’m on a cloud of joy, but that would be a lie. Planning and preparing are my favorite parts of the process. Truth be told, when it comes to the actual parties, I’m a nervous wreck. But there is a moment of joy. Mine comes when I see the party come together. The guests are flowing through the space, tasting food, trying out any activities, having conversations with friends and strangers. And when I see someone take a bite of dessert, or try out a photo booth costume, or smile as they pick up a favor, well, that makes it all worth it. Creating a party. It’s my favorite thing to do, and I’m inviting you, as my guest, to join me in the festivities. I know we’re going to have fun. Come—discover your inner party planner! Love, Tori
The Everything Guide to Being an Event Planner: Insider Advice on Turning Your Creative Energy into a Rewarding Career
Jennifer MancusoEvent planning is a great career choice for energetic, organised self-starters. "The Everything Guide to Being an Event Planner", by professional event planner Jennifer Mancuso, offers insider advice on how to: tailor events to each client; build client relationships; and, market and network at each event.Whether readers have recently earned a hospitality degree or are looking for a change of careers, "The Everything Guide to Being an Event Planner" helps them to break into this exciting field. A valuable reference, this practical guide is full of techniques and resources to ensure that readers thrive as organised, successful event planners.
Tea with Friends
Elizabeth KnightIn a similar format to Storey's very successful Country Tea Parties, Tea with Friends presents a year's worth of occasions to bring friends together around a pot of tea. Includes 13 original, little-fuss party ideas illustrated with elegant watercolor paintings. Each party contains menus, tea recipes, and things to make or do to enhance the celebration.
The Complete Guide to Successful Event Planning with Companion CD-ROM REVISED 2nd Edition
Shannon KilkennyGathering people together for a special event is always a challenge even for the experienced planner for each event is unique. This book is designed to empower any planner to meet all challenges that surround a production. Whether you find yourself in charge of one important event or you have chosen event planning as a career, you want your events to be incredibly successful and remembered for years to come. A memorable event is one that flows smoothly with every detail carefully orchestrated and produced meticulously with the participant in mind. Successful events do not just happen; they are the result of hard work, creativity, awareness, and careful attention to detail. Every detail! Successful Event Planning is the most thorough, concise, and easy to follow event planning book available. From the initial concept to ongoing management, this book has techniques to increase your chances of success and systems to avoid many common mistakes. It shows you dozens of ways to save time and money and introduces you to every facet of the planning process. This ultimate guidebook equips the reader with new ideas, support, and creative problem-solving skills. The chapters follow the dynamics of the actual event planning process and are supported by extensive checklists and timelines. As the reader undertakes the complexities of daily responsibilities and tasks, Successful Event Planning inspires efficiency and confidence and makes it possible to stay on track. Whether you are a professional or a novice, you will find this guidebook a must-have if you are planning the Academy Awards or your daughter's wedding. The information found in this book is suitable for creating any event for any theme, size, location, or budget. Two significant, timely, and relevant advantages this book offers that you will not find elsewhere are Environmental Friendly practices and the latest up-to-date technology applications and gadgets.
Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events
Judy AllenFor event planners, there’s no such thing as a dress rehearsal!Any event you plan and stage is a reflection of your organization’s image — from the initial invitation to onsite operations. Whether you’re planning a product launch, conference, sales meeting, an incentive event, or a gala fund-raiser, remember that the magic of a truly memorable event is in the details, but so is the devil. Whether your event is for 50 or 2,000 people, whether it has a budget of a few thousand dollars, or hundreds of thousands, it has to be perfect. Fully revised and updated, Event Planning, Second Edition, gives you a blueprint for planning and executing special events with flair and without any unexpected surprises and expenses. This unique book is loaded with practical advice on:Choosing the best venue Preparing and managing the budget, with sample costing forms included Scheduling, staffing, and collaborating with other related professionals Coordinating food and beverage, décor, entertainment, and themes.  It’s still the comprehensive guide that it always has been, but much has changed in the industry in recent years, and this new edition of Event Planning includes:Changes in security planning since 9/11Innovations in technology and how they can improve – or ruin – an eventHow to stage an environmentally friendly eventNew and updated examples and case studies of where things went right – and wrongEvent Risk Assessment – What You Need to Consider before ContractingHow keep your budget on target and where to find hidden surchargesWays on how to ease airport stress and make air travel  a pleasurable part of the participant’s event experienceWhen and When Event Planners and their Suppliers will need Work VisasWhat you need to include in your client’s event history in order to design your next event so that it maximizes your client’s return on their event investmentA companion website with downloadable versions of the checklists, additional forms and tools, author Q&A, and more at www.wiley.ca/go/event_planning. What you don’t know or know to ask can have a major effect on the success of your event and on your budget. Event Planning takes you behind the scenes and through every aspect of organizing and executing a successful event: the planning stages, timing and logistics, budget preparation, operations, and on-site management, providing practical tools for anyone who has to plan and execute a truly special event:Corporate in-house event planners Public relations and communications companies, and their clients Marketing and corporate communications professionals Fund-raisers and not-for-profit organizations Professionals in the hospitality and entertainment industries. Business professionals in charge of planning and handling their company’s events  Praise for Event Planning "Allen is a good teacher. Wise planners will add Event Planning to their personal reference library as a useful working guide."—Meeting Professional Magazine"A blueprint for executing events for 50 or 2,000, with budgets of a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands."—Success Magazine"Event Planning will save beginning event planners from plenty of heartbreak and headaches."—Lisa Hurley, Editor, Special Events Magazine"Event Planning gives readers a blueprint for planning and executing special events with flair. Consider the book as preventative maintenance."—Sales Promotion Magazine"A guide to well planned events. Event Planning is a must for any PR maven."—Marketing Magazine"This book will be a help to all event planners, from rank beginners to seasoned professionals. It provides excellent guidelines as well as helpful details."—Katherine Kossuth, Director of Operations and Special Events, Canadian Film Center"Sometimes a name just says it all. That's the case with the updated second edition of Judy Allen's Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide to Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives, and Other Special Events. Allen not only delivers on the title's comprehensive promise, but also addresses changes in the industry since the first edition was published in 2000, such as the increased role of procurement and the growth of virtual events. Each chapter provides tips and sample checklists and outlines the paths to follow and the pitfalls to avoid in every aspect of meeting planning, from venue selection to on-site execution."     —Corporate Meetings and Incentive Magazine / MeetingsNet.com"I recommend that Judy Allen's book, Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide 2nd edition, become your Bible for approaching your next affair, whether it's a meeting, conference, incentive travel function or fundraising gala. My copy has highlighting on virtually every page. Yours will, too. After you've read this book (or one of ten others she's authored), you'll be an expert on creating unforgettable events your attendees will enjoy and remember for a very long time."     —Dave Egan, Head Writer, Writers Direct Group For downloadable versions of the checklists, additional forms and tools, author Q&A, and more, please visit our companion website at www.wiley.ca/go/event_planning. 
Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery: A Small Business Guide
Donna R. Childs and Stefan DietrichImprove business efficiency, eliminate day-to-day mishaps, and prepare for the worst-with effective disaster contingency planningWorking in lower Manhattan on September 11th, 2001, Donna Childs became keenly aware of the need for small businesses to develop disaster contingency plans and grateful that her own business had implemented such plans and would remain financially sound. Now, with the assistance of IT consultant Stefan Dietrich, she draws upon her unique experience to present proven guidelines for small and midsize businesses to effectively prepare for catastrophes in Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery: A Small Business Guide.Childs and Dietrich take small business owners through every stage of disaster planning, from preparation to response to recovery. Specific issues addressed include:* What to do if the main office location is not accessible* Getting the business up and running again* Contacting third parties* Handling insurance claims* Adequate insurance for property, business interruption losses, and workers' compensation* Rebuilding an IT infrastructureSuccessful planning not only can limit the damage of an unforeseen disaster but also can minimize daily mishaps-such as the mistaken deletion of files-and increase a business's overall efficiency. Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery is the only contingency guide that small business owners need to ensure their company's continued success.
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