Event planner readings

1. Into the heart of meetings: Basic principles of meeting design

Authors: Eric de Groot and Mike van der Vijver
Summary: This book provides a wonderful introduction to meeting design for any event planner. Unlike the many books on the profession that emphasize logistics, this book delves into core questions about meeting design, such as uncovering desired outcomes, working with meeting owners, and what to do to create truly innovative meetings that deliver results. The real-life examples included make this book a fascinating and thought-provoking read.

2. The 7 habits of highly effective people

Author: Stephen R. Covey
Summary: With over 15 million copies in print, the book has become a classic. Now a touchstone for millions of individuals, as well as for families and businesses, the integrated principle-centered 7 Habits philosophy has helped readers find solutions to their personal and professional problems and achieve a life characterized by fairness, integrity, honesty and dignity. Coveys tried and true step-by-step approach can now be even more thoroughly explored in this new workbook. With the same clarity and assurance that Coveys readers have come to know and love, the workbook helps readers further understand, appreciate and internalize the power of the 7 Habits. 

3. Setting the table: The transforming power of hospitality in business

Author: Danny Meyer
Summary: If you have problems in justifying your management style as an event planner this is the book to read. This book explains two important concepts – fear based vs trust based control – and it proves to be useful to those who run business in the meetings and events industry. The author states that “If you trust and empower people to do a good job, they will”.

4. How to think like Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Michael Gelb
Summary:This book is a brilliant, practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability. Author Michael Gelb says that we all can unlock the “Da Vincian” genius inside us. Gelb says there are seven critical principles that need to be followed for success, whether you’re learning a new language, studying to be a gourmet chef, or just hoping to be more effective on the job:

* Curiosita: An insatiably curious approach to life.
* Dimonstratzione: A commitment to test knowledge through experience.
* Sensazione: The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to clarify experience.
* Sfumato: A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
* Arte/Scienza: The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination (“whole-brain thinking”).
* Corporalita: The cultivation of ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.
* Connessione: A recognition and appreciation for the connectedness of all things and phenomena; “systems thinking.”

Gelb discusses each of these principles in relation to what da Vinci accomplished, thereby giving this book a built-in history lesson. This is a book recommended for any event planner who wants to experience a personal and professional Renaissance.

5. Special events

Author: Joe Goldblatt
Summary: This title is a good choice for event planner just getting started in the industry. The author takes you step-by-step through every process of event management. Goldblatt chronicles and champions the development, changes, and challenges faced by the global celebrations industry for event planners. Event measurement, evaluation, and assessment are topics that are integrated throughout a number of the chapters.

6. The accidental creative

Author: Todd Henry
Summary: The book provides guidance on how to make adjustments in your daily routines to facilitate and increase your creativity, which is a vital asset when your profession requires creativity on demand. Henry shows how to cultivate the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day.  His advice is to embrace the importance of now, and to refuse comfort, fear and familiarity.

7. Meeting architecture, a manifesto

Author: Maarten Vanneste
Summary: This book explains in detail the potential that meetings and conferences have in changing behaviours. This is the book to read if you want to learn how to get that final result of your meetings. This book focuses on the content side of meetings – what happens during the meeting that is important to meeting owners – the meeting initiators, and their objectives. What changes in the minds of the participants, what influences the participants, what supports the objectives of the meeting in terms of learning, networking and motivation.

8. Theme ideas handbook for meetings, conferences and events

Author: Jerry Busche
Summary: Anyone burdened with the task of planning a meeting or conference knows that the first stumbling block in the overall process is coming up with a knockout theme. Without a clear and concise theme for the session you are dead in the water. This book explores more than 600 theme ideas for meetings, conferences, parties, and events of all types: sales meetings, staff and team building meetings, conventions, receptions, banquets, office breakout sessions, seminars. It is perfect for any business or organization, any department, any occasion: Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Telemarketing, Safety, Production, Staff Support, Associations, Non-Profits.

9. Boring meetings suck

Author: Jon Petz
Summary: Most of the millions of meetings held in the world today are a monumental waste of time and talent. Worse still, most of the so-called solutions and books for boring meetings are twice as boring. The title covers new meeting techniques for focused and results-driven events. It teaches you simple steps to get everyone on board and make meetings more effective. With this book you are going to learn how to “get in, get it done and get out” to make your next meeting more efficient and effective. Determine which bad meetings you can skip and how to effectively call out the perpetrators of poor meeting etiquette. It totally resonates with anyone who has ever attended a conference or meeting, and it is quite funny in places.

10. Designing successful professional meetings and conferences

Author: Susan E. Mundry, Senta A. Raizen, Susan Loucks-Horsley, Edward D. Britton
Summary: This book provides guidance, tips, and suggestions for planning professional events that will result in substantial learning for participants. Written for professionals with all levels of experience, it is based on the authors’ experiences with designing and conducting meetings.

Source: BizBash