Books, conferences, articles, and eBooks are waiting to help you better market, organize, and run your next event. It’s easy to let the press of necessary, urgent tasks keep you from digging into the excellent resources waiting for you. What if you dedicated just 30 minutes each week to “continuing education” on event hosting? Here are 7 great resources to get you started.
- Event Planners Association (EPA) Membership in this national trade association includes benefits like: networking opportunities, education, insurance, legal services, and internet marketing. (www.eventplannersassociation.com)
- A Christian speaker agency: Several agencies offer a collection of speakers and worship leaders at your fingertips. You can search by topic or event type and agency professionals can help you navigate scheduling, booking and honorariums. (www.christian-speaker.org)
- Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events by Judy Allen. From guest demographics to room requirements this book is a great resources for beginning to pro event planners.
- The Event Manager Blog, www.ministryservingministry.com is the go-to source for Christian ministry event planning, but the Event Manager Blog also has excellent content, including a few free eBooks on event planning. Visit them at: www.eventmanagerblog.com.
- The Better Business Bureau. When dealing with a new vendor, call the Better Business Bureau before checking the references the vendor provided. Vendors don’t usually hand out phone numbers of people who have lodged complaints. www.bbb.org
- The Event Marketing Handbook: Beyond Logistics and Planning by Allison Saget. This resource is focused on sales, covering topics like brand recognition, lead generation and thought leadership.
- The Special Event Conference- a conference for event planners. This is a conference presented by Special Event Magazine. From unique catering ideas to event planning tech, you’ll be flooded with industry specific resources. www.thespecialeventshow.com
Do you have an event planning resource that has helped, encouraged and informed you? Please share!