Creating an Event Budget to Ensure Success

Creating an Event Budget to Ensure Success

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Fundraisers and event planners know the important role budgets play when working with business and organization leaders. The event budget serves as a guide when hiring vendors, can serve as an effective negotiating tool and will help keep track of expenses. While this process can be layered, and usually requires several revisions, it cannot be […]

Time to Reconnect

Time to Reconnect

Dear Colleagues, After a brief hiatus, it is good to be back. I look forward to connecting with you and hearing what you’ve been up to. I am also working on ways to engage you further in this process and allow you to share your social and fundraising event success with us. Please stay tuned for […]

A New Year’s Toast

A New Year’s Toast

Dear Friends and Colleagues: As you know, my recent posts have focused on tips for seasoned planners and novices.  However, as we prepare to welcome 2015, I would like to offer a toast to you, for a fabulous (and prosperous) New Year. While making plans to receive family and friends tonight’s New Year’s Eve gathering, I found myself referring […]

The Table Is Set

The Table Is Set

Dear Friends and Colleagues: The holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  Most people are in good spirits, invitations to holiday events arrive at a steady pace and, most important of all, I can plan special holiday dinners for my family and friends. I have spent the past few days looking at my favorite design magazines, […]

Planning Is Key

Planning Is Key

Dear Friends and Colleagues: At some point in your career, a client (or organization’s leader) might say to you “I been thinking about our upcoming event and I have everything figured out.  By the way, I will only need your involvement with the event’s logistics.” Depending upon your workload, you might be tempted to view […]

4 Tips for Special Event Planners

4 Tips for Special Event Planners

Dear Friends and Colleagues: There will be times when you must constantly navigate deadlines and timelines, especially when planning several events at once.  You may feel as if you are always thinking, or as if you are always on! Goodness knows, I can certainly relate. Last year, there was a 5-month period where I planned two […]

3 Important Questions To Ask When Planning An Event

3 Important Questions To Ask When Planning An Event

Dear Friends and Colleagues: When speaking with my fellow special event planners, we frequently comment on how this profession has grown. One decade ago, events were fairly predictable.  At certain points during the calendar year, plans for an organization’s traditional event season would begin. Conversations would focus on upcoming board meetings, annual convention(s) or trade show(s), […]

Why This Topic?

Why This Topic?

Dear Friends and Colleagues: I invite you to join me on a journey into the world of special events.  When I am not planning events, I am writing — or contemplating what to write — so I thought why not create a vehicle that anyone can have access to? I am so excited to share […]