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Dior New York, NY, USA
Nov 12, 2018
Full time
Manager, Events Permanent Job Full Time New York, New York Publication date — 09-11-2018 Reference — CDC02126 Apply Position JOB PURPOSE Support Events Director with all aspects of organization for Dior`s events and partnerships.   Profile AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY Participate in developing strategic special events, in partnership with Paris headquarters, to increase brand awareness and exposure, drive sales, and increase client loyalty including: Product launches, Heritage Events, Press events, Collection Premieres and Previews, Client Events, Ad Value Events Act as direct event liaison for all Regional Directors and Boutique Managers through frequent communication (including updates, timelines and verbal communication) regarding all event activity Identify exciting potential event partners in regional markets Manage all aspects of pre/post event planning and execution for the specified markets Oversee all logistical relationships with preferred event vendors Work directly with Paris partners on event briefs and reporting/recaps Effectively communicate importance of event to corporate and boutique teams while building excitement for the project Ensure maximum sales and luxury client experience by clearly conveying the brand focus, desired results, and event flow Strong communication on event logistics and internal planning with other departments (training, merchandising, VM) SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES Ability to react to change of business demands Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Strong planning and organizational skills with a sense of priority and attention to detail Comfortable in making autonomous decisions in a timely manner Ability to relate and work with all kind of people inside and outside the organization Partnership and respect of fellow colleagues Organization, strong communication, diligence and delegation skills REQUIREMENTS 4+ years experience in events, marketing and client development, within a luxury fashion brand is a plus Ability for frequent travel Excellent organizational skills Sufficient in budget management Highly motivated and eager to learn
Seattle Goodwill Seattle, WA, USA
Nov 12, 2018
Full time
Event and Engagement Coordinator 09-Nov-2018 to 10-Dec-2018 (PST) Administration - Philanthropy Seattle, WA, USA Salary Full Time   Job Summary The Event and Engagement Coordinator plans and executes special events and engagement opportunities for Seattle Goodwill. Partner with internal and external stakeholders to increase community awareness, engagement, and support for Seattle Goodwill's mission and to enhance fundraising efforts. This role coordinates and provides direction to contractors, vendors, interns, staff, and volunteers.   Essential Functions Work with the Philanthropy Leadership Team to develop the strategic vision of fundraising and community engagement events throughout the year. Manage all event planning logistics, including site selection, contract negotiation, staffing needs, catering, decorations, collateral, printing, procurement, prize acquisition, and more. Engage partnering organizations, donors, volunteers, and fashion enthusiasts through event participation. Manage the annual Glitter Gala & Fashion Show, including but not limited to: event logistics, venue selection, marketing and communication, budgeting, the fashion show, cocktail hour activities, vendor management, and all event dcor. Book and coordinate public and private Vintage Fashion Collection events. Evaluate events and make recommendations for improvements. Represent Goodwill at community events. Demonstrate safe work practices through awareness and observation in support of a safety culture; report any potential hazards or accidents. Perform other duties as assigned.   Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The essential functions listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Minimum Job Requirements Education: Preferred Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience. Experience: Minimum of 3 years' experience overseeing large scale events with ability to act quickly to resolve problems and the ability to negotiate with vendors for most favorable terms. Relevant fields include event management, fundraising, hospitality, and community engagement. Candidates with fashion industry/fashion history experience and experience working with volunteers are preferred. Specific Skills/Knowledge: Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. Experience with CRM and/or event management software programs a plus. Positive demeanor and demonstrated follow through. Public speaking and presentation skills.   Essential Physical Abilities: Lifting and carrying 25 pounds; Developed fine motor control (grasp, handle, manipulate objects with fingers). Regular bending, kneeling, reaching, stooping, squatting, pushing and climbing ladders. Able to travel across a variety of surfaces (stairs, ramps, uneven terrain).   Essential Mental/Sensory Abilities: Problem Solving Time Management Multi-tasking Interpreting data Organization Communicating with the public Written and verbal communication skills Internal/external customer service   Working Conditions: Retail/Production and office working environment, moderate noise level and dust. Must have reliable transportation as this position requires regular travel to off-site meetings and events.   Proficiency with Experience: Skilled (demonstrates ample knowledge and skills of duties, with a minimum of 3 years of related experience).
SpotX, Inc. New York, NY, USA
Nov 12, 2018
Full time
Senior Manager, Events & Experiences Date: Nov 9, 2018 Location: New York, NY, US, 10016 Year: 2018 Company:  SpotX, Inc.  Requisition ID:  22124   The Senior Manager, Events & Experiences mission is to define how SpotX shows up in market. You’ll be in charge of crafting, planning, partnering and driving some of SpotX’s highest profile events in the eastern US region.   You’ll work closely with our brand and product marketing teams to build events programs, formulate creative initiatives and help our sales teams create meaningful and lasting relationships with our customers. You will be responsible for the landscape of event production and management including partnering with our content, design and logistics teams. A critical part of you end-to-end responsibility includes architecting a measurement strategy for events to analyze post-event performance to report on the success of the event. You’ll need to have a strong skill set in organization and project management. Above all you need to be driven by creating unique experiences for our customers that impact their lives in positive and memorable ways.   Candidates will have a proven track record of producing complex events of many sizes including helping drive the creative process and managing the on-site implementation teams. Candidates will likely have spent a portion of their careers in the advertising technology space either on the agency/trading desk/DSP (advertiser) or supply (publisher/media owner/broadcaster) side of the business.   The Marketing team at SpotX is on a journey to elevate the hearts and minds of the entire digital advertising supply chain. We do that by combining our technology platform with a world-class team that is focused on deploying inventive and powerful campaigns that thoughtfully explore the boundaries of what’s possible in digital advertising.   Responsibilities Work with the brand and analytics marketing teams and partner with SpotX’s sales teams to conceptualize, produce and measure unique events and experiences Execute events and experiences that bolster and communicate SpotX’s brand, thought leadership and unique technology Work with SpotX’s internal creative team or outside agencies to invent and shape unique events and experiences that set us apart and educate our customers Instrument event measurement to allow for post-event reporting and ROI analysis   Minimum qualifications: BA/BS degree or relevant experience 5 years of experience creating events and leading the teams that help with execution   Preferred qualifications: Comprehensive knowledge of event venues in New York, NY as well as the eastern US Experience in advertising technology on the supply, demand or tech platforms Experience with marketing automation tools like HubSpot Strong skills in project management and using Asana to manage your work life Budget management, organization and vendor negotiation skills Effective working in a fast-paced environment where things are always changing—especially as it pertains to day of event execution Ability to travel from coast-to-coast and be flexible in working hours     SpotX is the leading global video advertising platform that enables media owners and publishers to monetize premium content across desktop, mobile and connected TV devices. ​ ​
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada
Nov 12, 2018
Contract
As a national, non-profit organization, the Royal College speaks for more than 50,000 medical and surgical specialists and resident affiliates. The mission of the Royal College is to serve patients, diverse populations and our Fellows by setting the standards in specialty medical education and lifelong learning, and by advancing professional practice and health care. Located in Ottawa, the Royal College offers a stimulating and professional work environment. Hospitality and Events Captain Event Management and Hospitality Services (EMHS) Temporary assignment for 12-18 months Do you have meetings and hospitality experience? Have you been recognized for providing outstanding customer service that exceeds guests’ expectations? Do you have experience maintaining and implementing hospitality standards? Do you thrive in busy, fast-paced and constantly changing environments? If yes, please connect with us! Position Summary Reporting to the Team Lead, Meetings and Hospitality, the incumbent will oversee the work of all servers; ensuring the correct set-up and assembly for events in addition to food and beverage requirements. The position is responsible for implementing set service standards on the floor, which includes providing guidance and direction to service staff and contract employees during events. Setting yourself up for service excellenc e: Oversees set up and assembly of food & beverage requirements for events. Serves guests, assigns duties to servers, and oversees the activities of all servers during assigned shifts, including necessary on the job training as required. Strong support with client group during an event to ensure everything runs seamlessly, including troubleshooting audio visual and basic IT equipment plus effectively handling any concerns. Monitors and responds to Hospitality Help Line calls Receives deliveries and verifies accuracy, freshness, etc. as per checklist as well as inventories Adheres to all environment policies and procedures as required while ensuring a clean & safe environment. Provides administrative assistance for other departmental requirements, in particular for conferences and special events/protocol, e.g., preparing conference materials, preparing, issuing and tracking invitations, assisting with conference shipments and team training materials. You come to us with : College Certificate in Hospitality and Meetings or equivalent in experience. At least two years of directly related experience Experience and passion for delivering excellent customer service and for maintaining and implementing hospitality standards High motivation, dedication to detail and accuracy, an ability to observe deadlines, to work independently or as a member of a team, to be flexible in adjusting to workloads Ability to motivate colleagues and work under pressure with tight time constraints Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills. Understanding of audio visual equipment and IT equipment used in meetings and events Experience with meeting logistics and different styles of set-up for meeting/banquet rooms Smart Serve and Food Handler certified Must be able to lift objects up to 25 pounds, push heavy carts on wheels and stand for long periods of time Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and overtime when required. Access to a vehicle is preferred To apply, please forward your résumé, covering letter and salary expectations by November 25, 2018 to careers@royalcollege.ca To ensure the hiring committee reviews your application, quote posting JD450, last name, first name in the email subject line. Interviews for the selected candidates: Week of December 3, 2018. We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however will only contact those under consideration. An eligibility list may be established for similar positions of various tenures for a one year period. Royal College is committed to building an inclusive and accessible learning and working environment. We believe in and promote the rights of all persons with disabilities as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA 2005) and its related Accessibility Standards Regulations. To meet this commitment, the Royal College will make appropriate accommodations available. As required, please inform People Services of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require to ensure your equal participation. Click to learn about Royal College and visit us at royalcollege.ca Salary Band 3: $40,749.00 to $54,690.00

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Dior New York, NY, USA
Nov 12, 2018
Full time
Manager, Events Permanent Job Full Time New York, New York Publication date — 09-11-2018 Reference — CDC02126 Apply Position JOB PURPOSE Support Events Director with all aspects of organization for Dior`s events and partnerships.   Profile AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY Participate in developing strategic special events, in partnership with Paris headquarters, to increase brand awareness and exposure, drive sales, and increase client loyalty including: Product launches, Heritage Events, Press events, Collection Premieres and Previews, Client Events, Ad Value Events Act as direct event liaison for all Regional Directors and Boutique Managers through frequent communication (including updates, timelines and verbal communication) regarding all event activity Identify exciting potential event partners in regional markets Manage all aspects of pre/post event planning and execution for the specified markets Oversee all logistical relationships with preferred event vendors Work directly with Paris partners on event briefs and reporting/recaps Effectively communicate importance of event to corporate and boutique teams while building excitement for the project Ensure maximum sales and luxury client experience by clearly conveying the brand focus, desired results, and event flow Strong communication on event logistics and internal planning with other departments (training, merchandising, VM) SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES Ability to react to change of business demands Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Strong planning and organizational skills with a sense of priority and attention to detail Comfortable in making autonomous decisions in a timely manner Ability to relate and work with all kind of people inside and outside the organization Partnership and respect of fellow colleagues Organization, strong communication, diligence and delegation skills REQUIREMENTS 4+ years experience in events, marketing and client development, within a luxury fashion brand is a plus Ability for frequent travel Excellent organizational skills Sufficient in budget management Highly motivated and eager to learn
Seattle Goodwill Seattle, WA, USA
Nov 12, 2018
Full time
Event and Engagement Coordinator 09-Nov-2018 to 10-Dec-2018 (PST) Administration - Philanthropy Seattle, WA, USA Salary Full Time   Job Summary The Event and Engagement Coordinator plans and executes special events and engagement opportunities for Seattle Goodwill. Partner with internal and external stakeholders to increase community awareness, engagement, and support for Seattle Goodwill's mission and to enhance fundraising efforts. This role coordinates and provides direction to contractors, vendors, interns, staff, and volunteers.   Essential Functions Work with the Philanthropy Leadership Team to develop the strategic vision of fundraising and community engagement events throughout the year. Manage all event planning logistics, including site selection, contract negotiation, staffing needs, catering, decorations, collateral, printing, procurement, prize acquisition, and more. Engage partnering organizations, donors, volunteers, and fashion enthusiasts through event participation. Manage the annual Glitter Gala & Fashion Show, including but not limited to: event logistics, venue selection, marketing and communication, budgeting, the fashion show, cocktail hour activities, vendor management, and all event dcor. Book and coordinate public and private Vintage Fashion Collection events. Evaluate events and make recommendations for improvements. Represent Goodwill at community events. Demonstrate safe work practices through awareness and observation in support of a safety culture; report any potential hazards or accidents. Perform other duties as assigned.   Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The essential functions listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Minimum Job Requirements Education: Preferred Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience. Experience: Minimum of 3 years' experience overseeing large scale events with ability to act quickly to resolve problems and the ability to negotiate with vendors for most favorable terms. Relevant fields include event management, fundraising, hospitality, and community engagement. Candidates with fashion industry/fashion history experience and experience working with volunteers are preferred. Specific Skills/Knowledge: Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. Experience with CRM and/or event management software programs a plus. Positive demeanor and demonstrated follow through. Public speaking and presentation skills.   Essential Physical Abilities: Lifting and carrying 25 pounds; Developed fine motor control (grasp, handle, manipulate objects with fingers). Regular bending, kneeling, reaching, stooping, squatting, pushing and climbing ladders. Able to travel across a variety of surfaces (stairs, ramps, uneven terrain).   Essential Mental/Sensory Abilities: Problem Solving Time Management Multi-tasking Interpreting data Organization Communicating with the public Written and verbal communication skills Internal/external customer service   Working Conditions: Retail/Production and office working environment, moderate noise level and dust. Must have reliable transportation as this position requires regular travel to off-site meetings and events.   Proficiency with Experience: Skilled (demonstrates ample knowledge and skills of duties, with a minimum of 3 years of related experience).
SpotX, Inc. New York, NY, USA
Nov 12, 2018
Full time
Senior Manager, Events & Experiences Date: Nov 9, 2018 Location: New York, NY, US, 10016 Year: 2018 Company:  SpotX, Inc.  Requisition ID:  22124   The Senior Manager, Events & Experiences mission is to define how SpotX shows up in market. You’ll be in charge of crafting, planning, partnering and driving some of SpotX’s highest profile events in the eastern US region.   You’ll work closely with our brand and product marketing teams to build events programs, formulate creative initiatives and help our sales teams create meaningful and lasting relationships with our customers. You will be responsible for the landscape of event production and management including partnering with our content, design and logistics teams. A critical part of you end-to-end responsibility includes architecting a measurement strategy for events to analyze post-event performance to report on the success of the event. You’ll need to have a strong skill set in organization and project management. Above all you need to be driven by creating unique experiences for our customers that impact their lives in positive and memorable ways.   Candidates will have a proven track record of producing complex events of many sizes including helping drive the creative process and managing the on-site implementation teams. Candidates will likely have spent a portion of their careers in the advertising technology space either on the agency/trading desk/DSP (advertiser) or supply (publisher/media owner/broadcaster) side of the business.   The Marketing team at SpotX is on a journey to elevate the hearts and minds of the entire digital advertising supply chain. We do that by combining our technology platform with a world-class team that is focused on deploying inventive and powerful campaigns that thoughtfully explore the boundaries of what’s possible in digital advertising.   Responsibilities Work with the brand and analytics marketing teams and partner with SpotX’s sales teams to conceptualize, produce and measure unique events and experiences Execute events and experiences that bolster and communicate SpotX’s brand, thought leadership and unique technology Work with SpotX’s internal creative team or outside agencies to invent and shape unique events and experiences that set us apart and educate our customers Instrument event measurement to allow for post-event reporting and ROI analysis   Minimum qualifications: BA/BS degree or relevant experience 5 years of experience creating events and leading the teams that help with execution   Preferred qualifications: Comprehensive knowledge of event venues in New York, NY as well as the eastern US Experience in advertising technology on the supply, demand or tech platforms Experience with marketing automation tools like HubSpot Strong skills in project management and using Asana to manage your work life Budget management, organization and vendor negotiation skills Effective working in a fast-paced environment where things are always changing—especially as it pertains to day of event execution Ability to travel from coast-to-coast and be flexible in working hours     SpotX is the leading global video advertising platform that enables media owners and publishers to monetize premium content across desktop, mobile and connected TV devices. ​ ​
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada
Nov 12, 2018
Contract
As a national, non-profit organization, the Royal College speaks for more than 50,000 medical and surgical specialists and resident affiliates. The mission of the Royal College is to serve patients, diverse populations and our Fellows by setting the standards in specialty medical education and lifelong learning, and by advancing professional practice and health care. Located in Ottawa, the Royal College offers a stimulating and professional work environment. Hospitality and Events Captain Event Management and Hospitality Services (EMHS) Temporary assignment for 12-18 months Do you have meetings and hospitality experience? Have you been recognized for providing outstanding customer service that exceeds guests’ expectations? Do you have experience maintaining and implementing hospitality standards? Do you thrive in busy, fast-paced and constantly changing environments? If yes, please connect with us! Position Summary Reporting to the Team Lead, Meetings and Hospitality, the incumbent will oversee the work of all servers; ensuring the correct set-up and assembly for events in addition to food and beverage requirements. The position is responsible for implementing set service standards on the floor, which includes providing guidance and direction to service staff and contract employees during events. Setting yourself up for service excellenc e: Oversees set up and assembly of food & beverage requirements for events. Serves guests, assigns duties to servers, and oversees the activities of all servers during assigned shifts, including necessary on the job training as required. Strong support with client group during an event to ensure everything runs seamlessly, including troubleshooting audio visual and basic IT equipment plus effectively handling any concerns. Monitors and responds to Hospitality Help Line calls Receives deliveries and verifies accuracy, freshness, etc. as per checklist as well as inventories Adheres to all environment policies and procedures as required while ensuring a clean & safe environment. Provides administrative assistance for other departmental requirements, in particular for conferences and special events/protocol, e.g., preparing conference materials, preparing, issuing and tracking invitations, assisting with conference shipments and team training materials. You come to us with : College Certificate in Hospitality and Meetings or equivalent in experience. At least two years of directly related experience Experience and passion for delivering excellent customer service and for maintaining and implementing hospitality standards High motivation, dedication to detail and accuracy, an ability to observe deadlines, to work independently or as a member of a team, to be flexible in adjusting to workloads Ability to motivate colleagues and work under pressure with tight time constraints Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills. Understanding of audio visual equipment and IT equipment used in meetings and events Experience with meeting logistics and different styles of set-up for meeting/banquet rooms Smart Serve and Food Handler certified Must be able to lift objects up to 25 pounds, push heavy carts on wheels and stand for long periods of time Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and overtime when required. Access to a vehicle is preferred To apply, please forward your résumé, covering letter and salary expectations by November 25, 2018 to careers@royalcollege.ca To ensure the hiring committee reviews your application, quote posting JD450, last name, first name in the email subject line. Interviews for the selected candidates: Week of December 3, 2018. We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however will only contact those under consideration. An eligibility list may be established for similar positions of various tenures for a one year period. Royal College is committed to building an inclusive and accessible learning and working environment. We believe in and promote the rights of all persons with disabilities as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA 2005) and its related Accessibility Standards Regulations. To meet this commitment, the Royal College will make appropriate accommodations available. As required, please inform People Services of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require to ensure your equal participation. Click to learn about Royal College and visit us at royalcollege.ca Salary Band 3: $40,749.00 to $54,690.00

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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 like completing a course or an upward move to the next level. 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 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. Try reading a news article on a current affairs issue to learn more. Read bios of business leaders or people that interest you. 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. 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. You still have several months to ensure you have your best year yet! It’s not too late! Start With A Bold Move Make that phone call or have that meeting you’ve been putting off. Get the one thing done you are dreading most. Don’t let it weigh you down. Jump in. Boldly taking care of something you aren’t really looking forward to will set the tone and energize you to push toward a great year end. Reconnect Remember how great it was to see friends after the long summer when you were in school? Using that same sentiment, get in touch with an old colleague or friend…or both. It’s easy to let relationships slide and hard work to keep them. But we all know how valuable they are. September is a great time to reconnect…and you’ve got a great opener! “How was your summer?” Start Fresh Just like with back to school, start September with a clean slate. Prepare for the busy months ahead. Clean up your desk. Refreshing your workspace will help clear the way for a great final quarter. There is truth to the idea that physical clutter can also clutter our thinking! Clean out your email or old files and photos and even your briefcase/backpack. Check your supplies and buy anything you need. (Maybe those new coloured pencils?) Bring a little green warmth into the office with a new plant. Buy something new to wear. Seriously. Nothing like a fresh outfit to dish up a boost of confidence! Don’t over commit It’s common to have the September calendar fill up quickly with everyone in the same mindset of “getting back down business”. Between business, social commitments and re-adjusting to family routines it can quickly become overwhelming. Try to leave a bit of breathing space in your schedule. It will help you stay on track with your own plan. Take the Pressure Off the Holidays (Yes they are really that close!) Knowing how busy the holiday season can be, do something in September that helps take the pressure off. Book the company lunch or party. Plan where your friends will have their annual dinner. Buy one (or more) of the gifts you know will be on your shopping list. We all know that once September arrives, the holidays are not far behind. Make a to-do list and get a jump on it. Every little thing you do now will make a big difference later.             Stretch the Summer Don’t forget - when September arrives there are officially still a few weeks of summer remaining. Make a point to continue enjoying the great weather. The long winter will feel that much shorter. Have a couple of patio lunches while the weather still permits! Make your days off count by being outdoors as much as possible. It will do wonders for your well being.     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.  
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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