Tag: Business Tips

How to Negotiate with Hotels and Venues

39 proven event planning strategies for negotiating with venues and hotels – Part 2

Note: This post is the second of a two-part series on event venue negotiation strategies. CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 OF THIS ARTICLE >> Continuing where we left off…. #21 – Customize your event menu Don’t just accept the pre-set menu from the venue. Sub out certain items that are less expensive (like in-season ...

39 proven event planning strategies for negotiating with venues and hotels – Part 1

Note: This post is the first of a two-part series on event venue negotiation strategies. Click here to read part 2 of this article. Not only is finding a venue the biggest decision you will make for your events, but it is also usually the biggest line item expense in your event budget. So it’s ...

How to avoid event disasters: 8 risk management principles to add to your event management practices

I was talking the other day with my good friend Terry Hardy, a highly respected system safety and risk management consultant who has worked for NASA and the FAA, and we were discussing a system safety book he was reading. He mentioned an example from the book about a 2005 amphibious plane crash in Miami ...

Short Event Lead Times Best Practices

How to overcome short event lead times in 8 steps

The Great Recession started a trend that has caused many sleepless nights and short fingernails for event planners and event venue managers alike. Because revenues and income dropped for many companies and individuals, event budgets got a lot tighter and people were reluctant to commit to a big event 8-18 months out. Instead, they often ...

5 insider tips for identifying the best event software for you

I have been using and buying software for almost 30 years now (as well as helping to build it for the last 10), and what a strange journey it has been. I can remember buying my first computer like it was yesterday (well, almost); it was a Commodore VIC-20 on which I played interactive games ...

5 most effective marketing tactics for an event planning business

This is the first in a series of posts on marketing tips for the events industry. _________________ Building a service-based business like an event planning business is no easy task, mainly because you are essentially marketing and selling yourself and your ability to do what you say you can do. It’s tough to scale and ...

How to make it easy to do business with your event planning company

Before I started my own business, I worked at a few companies that did many things right. Like hire good people and then figure out where they fit. Or encourage a healthy competitiveness in the workplace. Or providing good, continual mentoring to help employees achieve their career goals. Or simply by stocking gratis snacks, drinks ...