The Business of Event Planning: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Successful Special Events

The Business of Event Planning: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Successful Special Events

by Judy Allen
     
 

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Practical tools and expert advice for professional event planners

Before planning an event, there is much that must be done behind the scenes to make the event successful. Before any thought is even given to timing or location of the event, before the menus are selected and the decor designed, there are proposals to be written, fees and contracts to be

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Practical tools and expert advice for professional event planners

Before planning an event, there is much that must be done behind the scenes to make the event successful. Before any thought is even given to timing or location of the event, before the menus are selected and the decor designed, there are proposals to be written, fees and contracts to be negotiated, and safety issues to be considered. This book takes you behind the scenes of event planning and explains every aspect of organizing and strategic planning. This book will be of value to both the professional event planner and to clients who are dealing with planners.

Its comprehensive coverage includes: how to prepare winning proposals, and how to understand them if you are the client; how to determine management fees; negotiating contracts; safety issues; designing events in multicultural settings; and new technology that makes operations more efficient (such as online registration and response management, database project management tools). The book also includes practical tools such as sample letters of agreement, sample layouts for client proposals, forms, and checklists. Professional event planner Judy Allen offers first-time or professional event planners all the top-class advice they need to make their special events come off without a hitch.

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Editorial Reviews

Gillan
Make sure this soup-to-nuts bible of event planning finds a place on your bookshelf--or better yet in your briefcase.
Successful Meetings Magazine
Bardwell
Allen’s latest offering zeros in on the behind-the-scenes issues involved executing special events. Check out the useful and educational sample proposals for both meetings and incentives.
Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine
Lisa Hurley
More than 300 pages of practical advice for foolproof planning -- peppered with boldface tips for troubleshooting potential problems.
Special Events Magazine
Successful Meetings Magazine
Make sure this user-friendly go-to guide finds a spot on your bookshelf. It's not an exaggeration to say it covers every aspect of meeting and event planning, from negotiating, contracting, and branding to safety, liability, and responsibility.
Marketing Magazine
Judy Alllen's first book, Event Planning, described how to successfully launch an event. The follow-up, The Business of Event Planning, looks at all the behind the scenes considerations that any planner needs to take into account before actually planning the event itself. This book covers everything from strategic objectives to the signing of contracts. Divided into chapters and subheads, with breakout tips, checklists and chart scenarios, there is little Allen has overlooked.
Duff Shaw
Finally a text book that is fun to read and interesting is not an oxymoron! Judy Allen's books write about the hands experiences from an industry professional. A must read and reference in your Special Events Library.—CMP, CITE, Ryerson University, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Charity Village Newsweek
The Business of Event Planning is a thorough, well designed, and easy to read book that will be a valuable resource for anyone who works in special events.
Meeting News
While special events are the "gee whiz" part of planning, with the potential for plenty of show-biz pizzazz, "The Business of Event Planning" by Judy Allen delves thoroughly into the nitty-gritty, detailing the preparation of proposals, setting fees, designing multicultural events and using new technologies. In fact, it can be considered the all-business companion to Allen's other book, titled simply "Event Planning." Included in this practicum are such tools as sample letters of agreement, layouts for client proposals, forms and checklists. Even though the book is geared toward large events, the principles can be applied to functions of any size. Hefty chapters on contracts, negotiations and fees are impressive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470831885
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/26/2002
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,444,229
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.18(d)

What People are saying about this

Peggy Whitman
It's the "how-to" that's a "must-do" for the meetings, incentive, and event planning industry.
— President, Society of Incentive & Travel Executives
Leslie McNabb
This book has it all! It's the key that unlocks the mystery behind event planning.
— Senior Manager, Event Planning, Scotia Capital
From the Publisher
"The Business of Event Planning is a must-read for those in the event planning business. Strategic in through and design and user-friendly in presentation, it literally tells you the paths to follow and the pitfalls to avoid. Well told, with examples to follow and stories to relate to, it's the 'how-to' that's a 'must-do' for the meetings, incentive, and event planning industry."
Peggy Whitman, President, Society of Incentive & Travel Executives; and Western Regional Sales Director, Marriott Incentive Awards

"As more and more administrative professionals are assigned meeting planning responsibilities, there needs to be an easy-to-understand, fool-proof, quick read by someone who has been there and done it successfully. Written for anyone who has to prepare dynamite meetings and special events, The Business of Event Planning is your Bible and a must-have desktop reference. Thank, Judy Allen! You saved the day!"
Susan Fenner Ph.D., Manager, Education and Professional Development, International Association of Administration Professionals (IAAP)

"Guidance for new planners, reminders for experienced ones, and useful tips for everyone. This book has it all! It's the key that unlocks the mystery behind event planning, and should be mandatory reading for planners everywhere."
Leslie McNabb, Senior Manager Event Planning, Scotia Capital

PRAISE FOR JUDY ALLEN'S FIRST BOOK Event Planning

"Allen is a good teacher. Wise planners will add Event Planning to their personal reference library as a useful working guide."
Meeting Professional Magazine

"A blueprint for executing events for 50 or 2,000, with budgets of a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands."
Success Magazine

"Event Planning gives readers a blueprint for planning and executing special events with flair. Consider the book as preventative maintenance."
Sales Promotion Magazine

"A guide to well planned events. Event Planning is a must for any PR maven."
Marketing Magazine

Susan Fenner
Written for anyone who has to prepare dynamite meetings and special events...a must-have desktop reference.
— Manager, Education and Professional Development, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

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Meet the Author

Judy Allen is one of the world's leading authorities on staging, event and lifestyle design and the bestselling author of ten books for the professional, business and consumer markets. Allen, a master of creative design, has flawlessly executed successful special events-corporate, social, and celebrity-for up to 2,000 guests at a time in more than 30 countries around the world. She has designed and produced memorable events such as Disney's worldwide theatrical opening-night gala for Beauty and the Beast, and the orchestration of Oscar-winning director Norman Jewison's 25th anniversary celebration for Fiddler on the Roof.
Highly skilled in staging events that are strategically designed to be one-of-kind experiences and a master of transforming the energy of an event environment by engaging the senses with trademark primary design principles, Allen has worked closely with CEOs, CFOs, presidents and their executive staff around the globe to create, implement and oversee their corporate and social business events.
The many diverse events that Allen has designed and executed extend from complex one-day events to elaborate arrangements of theme productions taking place over the course of a week. These events ranged from very exclusive VIP events to multimillion-dollar, multimedia fantasy extravaganzas including seven new-car product launches and involved high-tech stage and show productions.
Allen, and her 2jproductions (www.2jproductions.com) partner, Joe Shane, are now bringing their dynamic creative energy, innovative style and perceptive insight to home, life and lifestyle design and world class resorts around the world through Sensual Home LivingTM (www.sensualhomeliving.com) and other initiatives.

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