Do I Have Time to Plan A Successful Fundraiser?

Do I Have Time to Plan A Successful Fundraiser?

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Time is certainly moving at a fast clip and we are already in the second week of February. At this pace spring will arrive before we know it. Recently a member of a community-based organization inquired if there is enough time to plan a fundraiser in May, which is three months […]

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 […]

Tips for Effective Crisis Management

Tips for Effective Crisis Management

Dear Friends and Colleagues: There is one thing special event planners know for sure — the highs and lows of this business are real! One week, we may be celebrating a successful event or product launch. The next week, we could be navigating a plethora of event-related challenges.  What happens when things go wrong?  What safeguards […]

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, […]

Obtaining Clarity Around Your Vision

Obtaining Clarity Around Your Vision

Dear Friends and Colleagues: It is no secret that we, as event planners, find parties and gatherings to be exciting.  This is one of the main reasons why we work such long hours; frequently allowing event-related plans to permeate our weekends and holidays.  We have seen how excited guests are at the chance to come […]

4 Strategies For Transitioning To Fundraising Events

4 Strategies For Transitioning To Fundraising Events

Dear Friends and Colleagues: Organizations host events for several different reasons.  Some will focus primarily on friend-raising, while other will focus on fundraising.  What I have come to realize is that sooner or later most organizations will need to make the transition from an awareness building event (friend-raiser) to an income generating event (fundraiser). Can this be […]

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), […]