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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...
  It’s nice when we like the people we work with.   There is a unique camaraderie that develops in sharing the day-to-day ups and downs of life on the job.   Of course, you’ll be closer to some people than others. Some may never go beyond the status of a colleague and still others may become lifetime friends long after you stop working together.   But matter how close you are to someone...
  Ask any event manager about the opportunities and challenges facing the events they oversee and the answers will be as varied as the events themselves. But ask them about being an event manager and the differences disappear. No matter the size or scope of the events they oversee, event managers share a number of common truths about the profession they love. Here are a few....   The learning never...
  You leave your job interview more excited than ever about the opportunity. And you’re confident you have a shot.   What you do next is critical.   You can sit back and wait for a call. Or you can take a few minutes to up your chances of getting an offer.   It’s as easy as sending thank you note to your interviewer right away.   You might not think this is important. And...
No one knows more than event people how precious a 3-day weekend can be.   That extra day without client calls or team meetings can mean the world. Even more so when it comes at the height of the planning schedule.   Of course not everyone in events gets to enjoy the break. Many will be working on community events or other seasonal festivals.   But for those who can take advantage of a 3-day...
  There is a reason that “event planning” consistently lands near top of the list of the most stressful careers.   Timelines, details and a schedule that never quits. The constant pressure of planning ahead is exhausting. To say nothing of the hours.   It’s a very consuming career.   But honestly, that's what most of us love about the job. The world of events offers untold challenges,...
It’s happened again. No response to your job application. You feel frustrated and maybe even a little weary of the process. After all you’ve been firing out loads of resumes. But...is that the problem? Have you taken to applying to every position available without much thought? Have you become lazy with your “job” of finding work? It’s easy to become complacent about it. Resume is done....
Have you ever noticed that when you help someone you feel really good? But when you ask for help for yourself you feel like you’ve failed? Why is that? Why are we happy to help others but reluctant to let them reciprocate? I think it’s as simple as give and take. In helping others we are giving. In accepting help we are taking. We like to give. We are uncomfortable to take. But...what if you changed your...
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident — could have an impact on our chances for success. Think of all the situations this could help with - a job interview, a client meeting - maybe even a meeting with your boss? We all need a little confidence boost...
We all want success. And we know we need to work for it. Over the course of our careers we seek out professional development opportunities to keep us learning and growing. Special courses and industry designations refine our skills. Practical advice from a boss or mentor is valuable on the job learning. But the greatest impact on our development, and ultimately our success, can come from the most unlikely of sources…those...
Event set up day is here. It’s the time all event managers live for. Planning is done and it’s on to execution and delivery. As tired as you are from dealing with the last minute changes and packing up to move on site, you know that the longest of hours are yet to come. Months, sometimes years of preparation give way to a hectic and often marathon-length set up, followed by long days during the event and then load...
Do you ever walk away from a job interview feeling really confident about your chances only to find out you didn’t get the job? Happens to everyone. And the harsh reality is that most of the time you will never know the reason. It can be extremely frustrating. But don’t lose heart. Very often there are factors involved that are out of your control. All you can do is keep a positive outlook and carefully and...