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Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey, BC, Canada
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
EVENTS SPECIALIST, ORIENTATION & TRANSITIONS Competition Number : 19-182R   EVENTS SPECIALIST, ORIENTATION & TRANSITIONS – Competition Number 19-182R      Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is seeking a permanent full-time (35 hours per week) Events Specialist for an immediate opening to be based on our Surrey Campus.  The work hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Events Specialist provides a variety of administrative, event support, marketing and reception functions in support of development and delivery of Orientation & Transition programs and initiatives. The successful candidate will ensure the thorough completion and management of event planning functions including project management, event logistics, and volunteer support.    The successful candidate must be detail-oriented, and have exceptional public speaking, team-building, and organizational skills. Through development & execution of event marketing and logistics plans, the incumbent will work to ensure our large-scale Orientation events are successful. Due to the nature of Orientation work, the successful candidate will be expected to occasionally work outside of regular business hours and off campus. The Events Specialist is a member of the Orientation & Transitions department, which plans and implements campus wide events throughout the year. Working with all departments within KPU, Orientation & Transitions supports new students transition into post-secondary. Orientation & Transitions is embedded within the Student Success portfolio and works collaboratively with other services available for students, such as Advising, Counseling, Career, Wellness, Accessibility, and Financial Aid services.  Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or project management from a recognized post-secondary institution, and a minimum of 1 year of experience in a post-secondary environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Candidate must possess a minimum of two years’ experience in large-scale event planning requiring the use of volunteer teams, and must have demonstrated knowledge in marketing & communications. Knowledge of post-secondary first year experience or transition programs an asset. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, and access to a reliable vehicle required. Resume review will commence October 21, 2019, however, this position will remain open til filled. Ready to Apply? To indicate your interest in available positions, please click the following email link which will pre-fill information necessary to process your application:  employ@kpu.ca Please include a current resume or CV as well as photocopies of post-secondary transcripts. Important:  To help us process your application as quickly as possible, ensure your email subject line is written using the following format: Last Name-First Name, Competition Number XXXX. For example, “Doe-John, Competition Number XXXX Please submit a separate email and resumé for each competition to which you are applying. Ensure you have clearly marked each email and resumé with your last name, first name, and the appropriate competition number.  The University welcomes and encourages applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. If you require an accommodation through our hiring process, please include your request in the application email. We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.     All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Shedd Aquarium Chicago, IL, USA
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
Assistant, Corporate Partnerships   Summary   Title: Assistant, Corporate Partnerships ID: 1377 Department: Development   Description The Corporate Partnerships Assistant will play an integral part in supporting the corporate partnerships team in building strategic, multifaceted corporate partnerships. Reporting to the Manager of Corporate Partnerships, this position is responsible for support in soliciting and renewing corporate philanthropic gifts, memberships, and sponsorships to support the overall mission of Shedd Aquarium.    Schedule:  This is a non-exempt, full-time position. This role is expected to work Tuesday-Saturday (9am-5pm), or Monday – Friday (9am-5pm)  Must be able to flex schedule as needed to work evenings or additional weekend hours as needed for events  Duties & Responsibilities: Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values.  Compose cultivation, solicitation, and acknowledgement letters, along with supporting welcome package documentation.   Perform follow-up activities as required: invoicing, ticket requests, updating Tessitura records, etc.  Assist with benefit fulfillment, tours, and site visits.  Facilitate corporate-related events including volunteer groups, marketing activations and tours as needed; collaborating with internal and external service providers on corporate-partner external events, as appropriate.  Update and maintain corporate database and lists, including but not limited to: Corporate member list, benefits tracking and attendance reporting.   Perform ongoing prospect research as assigned.  Assist in staffing after hours special events hosted by the Development Department, including fundraising events, cultivation events, member events, corporate volunteer groups, etc.  Fulfill responsibilities for aquarium teams and other duties as required.  Qualifications: Education Bachelors' degree in Communications, Marketing, or a similar discipline strongly preferred.   Experience 1-2 years fundraising, corporate philanthropy, marketing, sales, communications or related experience, including internship experience.  Skills & Personal Qualities  Superior verbal and written communication skills  Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills  Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously with great attention to detail  Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced, multi-tasking work environment  Professionalism when interacting with a variety of people  Proficiency in Microsoft Office - especially Outlook and manipulating/formatting data within Excel  Work effectively in a fast-paced partner-focused environment  We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ community, veterans and active duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural backgrounds to apply. Shedd Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to select which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs).
New England Conservatory Boston, MA, USA
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
Advancement Coordinator New England Conservatory of Music September 22, 2019   Full-time, Non-exempt   Depends upon Skills and Experience   New England Conservatory of Music   290 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 US       COMPANY DESCRIPTION    New England Conservatory  is a living laboratory, built on 150 years of innovation, openly pushing the boundaries of making and teaching music. We educate and train musicians of all ages from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of our distinguished faculty. We are dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth. Understanding that music is one of the transcendent expressions of human civilization, NEC aspires to ensure it a central place in contemporary society. NEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. We recognize and respect the amount of time you are about to invest by applying to this open position. If you complete this job application, you will be kept informed via email status updates (and text messages, if you opt in) throughout the evaluation process. By continuing with this job application, you will be asked to answer job-specific questions. Please note that the questions contained in this job posting are our sole intellectual property. Upon receipt of your responses, we will evaluate your submission. If selected for a personal interview, you will receive an email/text with scheduling instructions. Thank You, The Human Resources Team SPECIAL NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within minutes of your job application submission, please check your email bulk or spam folders .   JOB DESCRIPTION    The Advancement Office at New England Conservatory seeks a coordinator to provide full operational support to the Director of Advancement: Major Gifts and two front line fundraisers. The coordinator will partner with the Director and front line fundraisers in advancing NEC. The coordinator will work in the database for report generation and prospect management; prepare briefings and other external meeting details for fundraisers; support letter and proposal writing; assist in major donor event planning and preparation; manage travel and itinerary planning; assemble and organize mailings as well as special projects. The coordinator will manage schedules, work flow, and appointments for front line fundraisers in their work with the Conservatory’s largest donors, prospective donors, and key volunteers. This position reports to the Director of Advancement: Major Gifts.    RESPONSIBILITIES Provide daily support to the Director of Advancement: Major Gifts and two gift officers, including meeting scheduling and planning and calendar review and management. Prepare fundraisers for cultivation and solicitation visits by gathering and assembling of research and background materials and by writing briefings. Assist in preparation, formatting, and completion of proposals and new gift agreements. Organize gift officer travel arrangements, create itineraries, and submit expense reports. Maintain accurate records in Raiser’s Edge and Raiser’s Edge NXT for fundraisers. Prepare prospect lists and prospect management reports from Raiser’s Edge regularly, update prospect and proposal tracking in Raiser’s Edge. Support Planned Giving efforts through mailings, legacy society outreach, and event coordination and programming. Liaison with operations colleagues on regular database reports and review of performance metrics for team members. Coordinate team meeting agendas/scheduling and monthly prospect management meetings. Record meeting discussions for team and other departmental meetings as needed. Liaison with coordinators in the Offices of the NEC President and Provost.   QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of professional experience. Strong computer knowledge including Microsoft Office. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar database preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills for interacting with supporters, board members, alumni, parents, and colleagues. Ability to work some evenings and weekends.   BENEFITS Health Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Retirement Savings Plan Life Insurance Discounts at area arts organizations with NEC ID
Hyatt Orlando, FL, USA
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
WEDDING AND EVENTS COORDINATOR Hyatt Regency Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress FL - Orlando CATERING/EVENT PLANNING Hourly/Entry Level Employee Full-time Hourly US Dollar (USD) pay basis Req ID: ORL006379 Summary At Hyatt, we believe our guests select Hyatt because of our caring and attentive associates who are focused on providing efficient service and meaningful experiences.   As the wedding and event coordinator, you will play a key role in creating a memorable experience for our guests. The coordinator is responsible for planning and execution of weddings and other special events. This position works closely with event sales managers, hotel operation departments and wedding clients to coordinate agendas, menus, vendors, event setups, special VIP requests, event tastings and planning meetings. Duties also include but are not limited to contract review, facilitating communication before, during and post event with pertinent hotel staff to ensure a high level of service.    Hyatt associates work in an environment that demands exceptional performance yet reaps great rewards.  Whether it’s career opportunities, job enrichment or a supportive work environment, if you are ready for this challenge, then we are ready for you. Qualifications A true desire to satisfy the needs of others in a fast paced environment. Refined verbal and written communication skills. Must be proficient in general computer knowledge Prefer a four year hospitality degree or equivalent experience Prefer 18 months hotel experience Geographically mobile APPLY  

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey, BC, Canada
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
EVENTS SPECIALIST, ORIENTATION & TRANSITIONS Competition Number : 19-182R   EVENTS SPECIALIST, ORIENTATION & TRANSITIONS – Competition Number 19-182R      Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is seeking a permanent full-time (35 hours per week) Events Specialist for an immediate opening to be based on our Surrey Campus.  The work hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Events Specialist provides a variety of administrative, event support, marketing and reception functions in support of development and delivery of Orientation & Transition programs and initiatives. The successful candidate will ensure the thorough completion and management of event planning functions including project management, event logistics, and volunteer support.    The successful candidate must be detail-oriented, and have exceptional public speaking, team-building, and organizational skills. Through development & execution of event marketing and logistics plans, the incumbent will work to ensure our large-scale Orientation events are successful. Due to the nature of Orientation work, the successful candidate will be expected to occasionally work outside of regular business hours and off campus. The Events Specialist is a member of the Orientation & Transitions department, which plans and implements campus wide events throughout the year. Working with all departments within KPU, Orientation & Transitions supports new students transition into post-secondary. Orientation & Transitions is embedded within the Student Success portfolio and works collaboratively with other services available for students, such as Advising, Counseling, Career, Wellness, Accessibility, and Financial Aid services.  Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, or project management from a recognized post-secondary institution, and a minimum of 1 year of experience in a post-secondary environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Candidate must possess a minimum of two years’ experience in large-scale event planning requiring the use of volunteer teams, and must have demonstrated knowledge in marketing & communications. Knowledge of post-secondary first year experience or transition programs an asset. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, and access to a reliable vehicle required. Resume review will commence October 21, 2019, however, this position will remain open til filled. Ready to Apply? To indicate your interest in available positions, please click the following email link which will pre-fill information necessary to process your application:  employ@kpu.ca Please include a current resume or CV as well as photocopies of post-secondary transcripts. Important:  To help us process your application as quickly as possible, ensure your email subject line is written using the following format: Last Name-First Name, Competition Number XXXX. For example, “Doe-John, Competition Number XXXX Please submit a separate email and resumé for each competition to which you are applying. Ensure you have clearly marked each email and resumé with your last name, first name, and the appropriate competition number.  The University welcomes and encourages applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. If you require an accommodation through our hiring process, please include your request in the application email. We thank all applicants for their interest in employment with KPU. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Kwantlen Polytechnic University is committed to protecting the safety and welfare of employees, students, and the general public, and upholding the reputation and integrity of the University. For this reason, final applicants will be asked to undergo a background check.     All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Shedd Aquarium Chicago, IL, USA
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
Assistant, Corporate Partnerships   Summary   Title: Assistant, Corporate Partnerships ID: 1377 Department: Development   Description The Corporate Partnerships Assistant will play an integral part in supporting the corporate partnerships team in building strategic, multifaceted corporate partnerships. Reporting to the Manager of Corporate Partnerships, this position is responsible for support in soliciting and renewing corporate philanthropic gifts, memberships, and sponsorships to support the overall mission of Shedd Aquarium.    Schedule:  This is a non-exempt, full-time position. This role is expected to work Tuesday-Saturday (9am-5pm), or Monday – Friday (9am-5pm)  Must be able to flex schedule as needed to work evenings or additional weekend hours as needed for events  Duties & Responsibilities: Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values.  Compose cultivation, solicitation, and acknowledgement letters, along with supporting welcome package documentation.   Perform follow-up activities as required: invoicing, ticket requests, updating Tessitura records, etc.  Assist with benefit fulfillment, tours, and site visits.  Facilitate corporate-related events including volunteer groups, marketing activations and tours as needed; collaborating with internal and external service providers on corporate-partner external events, as appropriate.  Update and maintain corporate database and lists, including but not limited to: Corporate member list, benefits tracking and attendance reporting.   Perform ongoing prospect research as assigned.  Assist in staffing after hours special events hosted by the Development Department, including fundraising events, cultivation events, member events, corporate volunteer groups, etc.  Fulfill responsibilities for aquarium teams and other duties as required.  Qualifications: Education Bachelors' degree in Communications, Marketing, or a similar discipline strongly preferred.   Experience 1-2 years fundraising, corporate philanthropy, marketing, sales, communications or related experience, including internship experience.  Skills & Personal Qualities  Superior verbal and written communication skills  Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills  Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously with great attention to detail  Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced, multi-tasking work environment  Professionalism when interacting with a variety of people  Proficiency in Microsoft Office - especially Outlook and manipulating/formatting data within Excel  Work effectively in a fast-paced partner-focused environment  We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ community, veterans and active duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural backgrounds to apply. Shedd Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to select which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs).
New England Conservatory Boston, MA, USA
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
Advancement Coordinator New England Conservatory of Music September 22, 2019   Full-time, Non-exempt   Depends upon Skills and Experience   New England Conservatory of Music   290 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 US       COMPANY DESCRIPTION    New England Conservatory  is a living laboratory, built on 150 years of innovation, openly pushing the boundaries of making and teaching music. We educate and train musicians of all ages from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of our distinguished faculty. We are dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth. Understanding that music is one of the transcendent expressions of human civilization, NEC aspires to ensure it a central place in contemporary society. NEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. We recognize and respect the amount of time you are about to invest by applying to this open position. If you complete this job application, you will be kept informed via email status updates (and text messages, if you opt in) throughout the evaluation process. By continuing with this job application, you will be asked to answer job-specific questions. Please note that the questions contained in this job posting are our sole intellectual property. Upon receipt of your responses, we will evaluate your submission. If selected for a personal interview, you will receive an email/text with scheduling instructions. Thank You, The Human Resources Team SPECIAL NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within minutes of your job application submission, please check your email bulk or spam folders .   JOB DESCRIPTION    The Advancement Office at New England Conservatory seeks a coordinator to provide full operational support to the Director of Advancement: Major Gifts and two front line fundraisers. The coordinator will partner with the Director and front line fundraisers in advancing NEC. The coordinator will work in the database for report generation and prospect management; prepare briefings and other external meeting details for fundraisers; support letter and proposal writing; assist in major donor event planning and preparation; manage travel and itinerary planning; assemble and organize mailings as well as special projects. The coordinator will manage schedules, work flow, and appointments for front line fundraisers in their work with the Conservatory’s largest donors, prospective donors, and key volunteers. This position reports to the Director of Advancement: Major Gifts.    RESPONSIBILITIES Provide daily support to the Director of Advancement: Major Gifts and two gift officers, including meeting scheduling and planning and calendar review and management. Prepare fundraisers for cultivation and solicitation visits by gathering and assembling of research and background materials and by writing briefings. Assist in preparation, formatting, and completion of proposals and new gift agreements. Organize gift officer travel arrangements, create itineraries, and submit expense reports. Maintain accurate records in Raiser’s Edge and Raiser’s Edge NXT for fundraisers. Prepare prospect lists and prospect management reports from Raiser’s Edge regularly, update prospect and proposal tracking in Raiser’s Edge. Support Planned Giving efforts through mailings, legacy society outreach, and event coordination and programming. Liaison with operations colleagues on regular database reports and review of performance metrics for team members. Coordinate team meeting agendas/scheduling and monthly prospect management meetings. Record meeting discussions for team and other departmental meetings as needed. Liaison with coordinators in the Offices of the NEC President and Provost.   QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of professional experience. Strong computer knowledge including Microsoft Office. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar database preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills for interacting with supporters, board members, alumni, parents, and colleagues. Ability to work some evenings and weekends.   BENEFITS Health Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Retirement Savings Plan Life Insurance Discounts at area arts organizations with NEC ID
Hyatt Orlando, FL, USA
Sep 23, 2019
Full time
WEDDING AND EVENTS COORDINATOR Hyatt Regency Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress FL - Orlando CATERING/EVENT PLANNING Hourly/Entry Level Employee Full-time Hourly US Dollar (USD) pay basis Req ID: ORL006379 Summary At Hyatt, we believe our guests select Hyatt because of our caring and attentive associates who are focused on providing efficient service and meaningful experiences.   As the wedding and event coordinator, you will play a key role in creating a memorable experience for our guests. The coordinator is responsible for planning and execution of weddings and other special events. This position works closely with event sales managers, hotel operation departments and wedding clients to coordinate agendas, menus, vendors, event setups, special VIP requests, event tastings and planning meetings. Duties also include but are not limited to contract review, facilitating communication before, during and post event with pertinent hotel staff to ensure a high level of service.    Hyatt associates work in an environment that demands exceptional performance yet reaps great rewards.  Whether it’s career opportunities, job enrichment or a supportive work environment, if you are ready for this challenge, then we are ready for you. Qualifications A true desire to satisfy the needs of others in a fast paced environment. Refined verbal and written communication skills. Must be proficient in general computer knowledge Prefer a four year hospitality degree or equivalent experience Prefer 18 months hotel experience Geographically mobile APPLY  

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Do you have big plans for your career but feel like you aren’t making progress? It’s a common feeling. The problem is that we tend to recognize our career growth only with notable milestones such as a promotion or achieving an industry designation.  But let’s face it. Big moves don’t happen every day and aren’t always possible. The reality is that most careers are built steadily over time- not by way of big steps. Our learning happens daily but we don’t recognize the progress we are making because it’s so gradual. What if you could change that? What if we put more focus on our day-to-day learning? It’s one of the best (and simplest) things you can do to enhance your career growth . These small (and easy to do) but powerful daily habits will help.   Read Reading has so many benefits that's it's definitely worth making a daily habit! And before you jump to "I don't have time", reading doesn’t have to mean an entire book! How about reading an article on an industry website? Or a blog post from an industry influencer or trend setter. Read bios of business leaders or people that interest you. Try checking out a news article on a current affairs issue to learn more. Read a professional development book a few pages or one chapter at a time. (This can be effective in absorbing more information as well!) Do it just before or after lunch. Find a spot in the day that works. If you are short on time, commit to reading a novel 5 minutes at a time before bed. The point is…just read . Choose to do it . Make it a daily habit . Reading - expands your thinking challenges your perspective incites creativity and improves your vocabulary All of those things will enhance your career success. (Not to mention make you a very interesting person to talk to.)   Exercise your curiosity Nothing supports growth better than encouraging and feeding your curiosity. Ask questions. Learn something new. Once again this isn’t about massive leaps. Ask a question in a meeting. Learn about the work of a colleague or friend. Look up the meaning of an unfamiliar word. Find out more about the latest app. You get the idea. Commit to learning or discovering one new thing every day. It all adds up. More on the importance of curiosity for event professionals Seeking answers or new ideas supports communication and research skills and helps to sustain a positive and optimistic mindset. It is the best antidote for complacency. Every time you embrace your curiosity you are opening yourself to new and different ideas, learning from the experience of others and adding to your basket of knowledge. Make it a habit. It will keep you moving forward and help shape your career.   Reflect and Record This is easy and fun and takes only a minute. And it can be surprisingly powerful. Write down just one thing from the day that you are proud of. Make it positive. Something you accomplished or learned or feel you did really well. The key is to reflect quickly. Don’t dwell on it or take a lot of time. What comes to mind first? This simple habit can help you recognize the growth you are making over time. The real power happens when you read back. You will see what is important to you. It may help remind you of milestones when updating your resume or preparing for an interview. It can even provide insight into the direction for your career as you recognize what you have accomplished or what excited you.   The key is to make these small steps a habit - a part of your daily routine. They don’t take much time at all. Do them consciously and they will become second nature. Remember: Read daily Exercise your curiosity daily Reflect and record daily Make these a habit and when the opportunity comes for you to take a big step in your career you’ll be that much further ahead.   Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.   EventsWork is the favourite job board for event jobs in North America! Check out the latest jobs here!   Job seekers : Create a Free Account to get job alerts, post your resume and more! Employers : Post your event job today! Save time and money and reach a qualified audience.   EventsWork.com is dedicated to event jobs and career development resources for the event industry .  Contact Us . Connect with us on Facebook , Twitter ,  and Linkedin.
  We never quite lose that back-to-school feeling do we? Remember as a kid that sense of excitement or anticipation…or even anxiety? As September arrived we knew the fun-filled days of summer were over. It was back to schedules, homework and extra curricular activities. But despite wishing the long summer days would last, there was plenty to look forward to. Reuniting with friends we hadn’t seen all summer. A new outfit. And backpack. New school supplies. (Especially a brand new set of coloured pencils!) Our favourite activity or club began again and the weather was mostly still warm and wonderful. In some ways it was nice to slip back into routine. Maybe a fresh start to do better? Ever notice how that back-to-school mindset carries over to the business world? The summer tends to bring a relaxed atmosphere at the office. Folks are away on holidays, meetings are a bit less frequent and often more casual. Long patio lunches are enjoyed along with short Fridays and lots of long weekends. And if you were lucky enough, maybe you enjoyed some well-needed time away from work. And then comes September. It’s back to serious business and routine and a full schedule. Why not embrace that “back to work” mentality and let it energize you into action? September marks the end of the third quarter of the year and is a great month to plan and execute a successful year-end! Here are some ideas on making September an awesome month for your business and for you personally! Review Your Business Plan September is a perfect month to review business plan for the year and see how you are doing. This is especially helpful if you aren’t doing it on a regular basis. If you are right on track, great. Keep up your plans to make sure all your objectives are met or exceeded! If you feel like you are falling behind this is the perfect time to set a plan to catch up. 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A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.   EventsWork is the favourite job board for event jobs in North America! Check out the latest jobs here!   Job seekers : Create a Free Account to get job alerts, post your resume and more! Employers : Post your event job today! Save time and money and reach a qualified audience.   EventsWork.com is dedicated to event jobs and career development resources for the event industry .  Contact Us . Connect with us on Facebook , Twitter ,  and Linkedin.  
Have you ever asked your boss about attending an industry conference…only to be tuned down?   Or found a conference that really interests you but you're hesitant to ask your boss about going?   Viewpoints on the benefits of attending an industry conference can vary significantly.   Your boss may be very open to the idea. Or not.   Many bosses will view your interest in a very positive light. They will be encouraged to see you proactively seeking new opportunities for professional development.   Others may not be so sure. Some will  be skeptical of the benefits. Many will have concerns about budget constraints and workload issues. Add to that the pressures of other things on their mind and you could find yourself in a tangle of obstacles.   However,   Much of their decision will come down to how you present the idea.   If you take it seriously and genuinely believe there is a benefit to you and ultimately the company you will have a much better chance of getting a “yes”.   Nothing will make them more doubtful than you coming to them with  a cursory idea of what the event is all about. If your intent is to get away from the office for a few days and to squeeze in a little sight seeing, they will see right through.   Show them this is important to you by presenting a well thought out proposal.   The key is preparation. Ensure you are as familiar as possible with event details and be ready to answer any questions he/she might have.   First a few things to consider:   Is this an event for your industry or in support of your functional expertise? Example. Your company is in Insurance. You are the Sales Manager. Is the conference for the insurance industry or is it a conference for sales professionals?   If the conference is for the industry that your company serves, your boss will likely be familiar with it. You may have to give more background if the conference is related to your particular function.   Here is a plan for your best chance at getting a “Yes”.   Choose the right event.  Be honest with yourself first. Do you truly see the potential benefits to you and the company based on the content? The company is going to make an investment in you. How will you convince your boss if you aren't sure yourself? Be realistic. Is the event local or across the country? You may want to start local first especially if this is your first time attending an event.   Pick the right time to talk to your boss Book time with your boss specifically to talk about the opportunity. Do not catch your boss in the hallway or poke your head in their door and throw out the idea and expect a good response. (You don’t know what else is on their mind at the time.)   Do your research. Here are some things to know : how long an event has been running and the frequency the typical attendance and demographic (speaks to relevance) the background of the organization producing the event. Have they been doing this awhile? What others do they produce? (Speaks to credibility.)   Have the facts at your fingertips: Dates of the conference and time away Be prepared with the exact days you will be away Consider things like needing to leave early the day prior to catch your flight or to drive Know an overview of the format of the event (main session, breakouts, tradeshow etc.) Speak to the relevance/timeliness of topics and presenters. Be ready to name keynote speakers and other presenters   Be prepared to articulate the benefits to you Identify segments of the program will particularly benefit you and your work Don’t just name a particular speaker without adding their subject matter and why that could be of benefit. Be as specific as possible regarding what you hope to learn. If the event is to enhance your career development, be prepared to explain how you see this impacting your work. Networking opportunities. Will there be clients or other industry members there? How might meeting with some of these folks benefit you?   Will there be benefits you can share with colleagues or the company as a whole? Is there a particular session at the event that directly ties into a challenge or opportunity facing your company? How could your learning benefit others you work with?   Do you have feedback from others who have attended the conference in the past? Share with your boss any relevant feedback from others who have attended If you don’t know anyone who has attended, ask the conference organizer if there is someone you could speak with as a reference How did it benefit their work? Would they attend again?   How will you report back? Letting your boss know you are prepared to report back is a great sign that you respect the investment and time away. Suggest that you will prepare a report of key learnings and new ideas to be shared with your boss and/or coworkers Whatever you do, follow through with your promise when you return   Provide assurance your work will be covered It is important that you acknowledge you have thought through the impact of your time away. Prepare a plan of how your work will be covered. Note anything pressing you are working on and timelines of how you expect to complete the work on schedule despite time away. Confirm that others you assume to cover you are not away or overly busy at a similar time.   Prepare a detailed budget Demonstrate your understanding that there can be much more to the overall cost of attending a conference than just the registration fee. Create a total budget for the cost to attend. Include: Registration fee (note if there is a reduced fee for early registration and the deadline) Additional fees for materials, special sessions etc. if applicable Transportation Flights or other Transportation (to and from airport and to and from event venue if applicable) Car rental if necessary Accommodation Meals Parking Entertainment, service tips etc.   Value input and discussion from your boss Is your boss familiar with the event? (Provide them with documents or links so they can have a look at the program.) Do they know anyone who has attended and benefited from the experience? Are there any of the speakers or topics that they would like to ensure your cover?     All of this detail may not come up in the conversation but the best thing you can do is to be prepared. Don’t get caught stumbling for answers - you will seem not to be taking it seriously.   Your best chance for success is to show you understand this is a business decision.   Be confident. The preparation will make you so.   Your boss may want time to consider your request. If so, ask if you can schedule a time to talk about it again. Follow through with confidence.   Despite all of your efforts, your boss may say “no”. You’ll have to accept that.   Ideally they will explain their reasons...but might not. Keep in mind you don’t know everything they are dealing with. They may have had previous bad experiences with conference-goers, may have other plans for you or may have someone else in mind to attend.   If the answer is no. Don’t argue. Suggest budgeting for someone to go next time. Let your boss know you’ll follow up with someone who attended to get their feedback so you’ll know for another time.   If the answer is yes. Great!   Whatever you do, be very certain to prepare for your time away as indicated. And follow up on all of your promises of reporting back. Make your report practical with examples of realistic opportunities and actionable items.   Whatever the outcome, if you have prepared well you will leave your boss with a positive impression. You will have demonstrated your interest and openness to professional development. They will be impressed and that you have treated the opportunity seriously and understand the investment involved.   And that could lead to other opportunities down the road.         Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.   EventsWork is the favourite job board for event jobs in North America! Check out the latest jobs here!   Job seekers : Create a Free Account to get job alerts, post your resume and more! Employers : Post your event job today! Save time and money and reach a qualified audience.    
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