At Reinventing Events, we strive to continually educate ourselves so that we may become the best event producers we can be. In the event industry, things are continuously changing so it’s vital to stay up-to-date on the newest trends, techniques, and technologies so we’ll be knowledgeable and prepared in any situation. Our team demonstrates this daily. Read on to see how each team member specifically practices continued event education.
It’s very important for our team to stay current on trends and education. I recently took the Technical Meeting and Event Production class offered by Event Leadership Institute which was great as I could learn online at my own pace. I passed the proctored exam with flying colors! I also attended the Event Solutions & Catersource conference in Vegas which had a lot of great education as well. I also follow @bizbash, @eventbrite, @eventmb on Twitter and read a lot of the articles they share on Twitter. I also like checking in on the #eventprofs hashtag from time to time to see what other event professionals are sharing.
I love staying up-to-date with the most current trends by following #eventprofs and reading helpful articles from some of my favorite event blogs including: BizBash, Event Manager Blog, Cvent, Special Events Magazine, Events Magazine, and Style Me Pretty.
I continue to educate myself within the event production and catering worlds by reading many online newsletter and blogs. I also subscribe to magazines, such as Catersource and Special Events and participate in webinars produced by many organizations, like Event Planners Association. Staying in contact with event colleagues is very important, therefore I attend as many industry networking and educational events as I can, including receptions and lunches hosted by ISES (International Special Events Society), LVHA (Las Vegas Hospitality Association), and NACE (National Association of Catering Executives).
Running is a passion of mine and producing marathons is how I got my start in the event production business. But like any other industry, the events are always changing and improving with the introduction of new technologies and changing market demographics. I attended the Running USA conference in San Diego in February to learn from my peers and I left with a ton of new ideas!
I strongly believe continuous education is the best key in life to hold. There isn’t a greater feeling then learning something new that you find interesting. In the event industry, I continue to educate myself a number of ways. I read numerous blogs and articles from BizBash, Event Manager Blog, and other event sites. I also watch videos from Event Leadership Institute and webcasts from Catersource and Event Solutions Conference and Tradeshow. I also was able to attend Catersource and Event Solutions Tradeshow and learned a great deal there. Lastly, I try to stay up to date with what’s going on in this industry by following event companies and professionals on Twitter.
In order to keep up with the latest event trends and educate myself as an event producer, I try to attend any area events or conferences that I can. Even if they’re not exactly related to what I do, it’s always beneficial to experience events in the industry. You’ll most likely be able to use or refer to the experience in the future. I also enjoy watching online videos and classes. I’m currently taking an AV class, learning the ins and outs of all things AV, which is super relevant, but even watching classes that may not apply to my current day to day, it’s still fun to learn–and they count toward my CMP certification!
I continue to update my event planning skills by reading current trends in magazines, on blogs, and attending conferences/events produced by professionals. This year it is my goal to become a CMP and attend the Institute of Wedding & Event Design’s program to become an Accredited Event Designer. There are also many different organizations such as ISES, IMEX, and NACE to become involved in within the Las Vegas community. The highlight of every year is being able to attend Catersource and Event Solutions Tradeshow/Conference to see everything first hand and connect with other professionals from around the world!!
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