November 12, 2019
On a bit of a different note, today we're exploring body language in events! Because at its core, the events industry is all about people, and relationships between people. Attendees, suppliers, planners - everybody has a part to play. And everybody is, at the end of the day, human. Which is why we're very excited to have a conversation about the power of body language in events, and how it can be used for networking and interviewing.
So, as usual, we brought out the big guns. Joining our amazing hosts Lindsay Martin and Alex Plaxen are Leon Cardenas and Stan Walters. Leo helps sales teams improve their sales using body language techniques. And Stan works with and trains risk management professionals, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and elite military units on how to accurately spot deception and ask the right questions that will uncover the truth, clear criminal cases and even save lives. So, are you ready to get iconic? Then press play and join the talk, it's time for #EventIcons!
November 5, 2019
It's time to learn the ho-ho-ho-hottest holiday party trends of the year! So, Halloween has come and gone. Which means that the holiday season is fast approaching. And as event professionals, we're already thinking about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. But we're sure we're not alone in this, and you're also wondering how you can take the holidays to the next level. It's a time for celebration, love, and happiness. So on this week's #EventIcons, we're super excited to let you know all about the absolute best holiday party trends!
Joining our lovely host Alex Plaxen are David Everett and Sydney Wolf of Metro Connections. David is a leader in the conception and execution of innovative event design and production. He has over fifteen years of creative, technical and management experience in the event industry. And Sydney has an eye for design and the ability to adapt to a client’s style guide, brand, and culture. She consistently designs innovative activations and large-scale events that work to accomplish client objectives and showcase corporate brands in a positive and impactful way. So, are you ready to get iconic? Press play, it's time for another episode of #EventIcons!
October 29, 2019
On today's episode of #Eventicons, we're tackling the topic of alcohol in events. As we all know, this is a very hot conversation in the events industry. And since we want nothing but to keep you up to date, we decided to get things going! Many people will agree that this is a serious issue within the industry. But with all the new trends popping up around the world, there are more than enough ways to ensure things change for the better.
So why not talk about it, and propel the conversation forward? Joining our lovely hosts Lindsay Martin and Alex Plaxen is Michael Stavros. Michael has been a guest on the show before, but this time around he's lending his expertise to the topic of alcohol in events. He was a Board Member of the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission, and he's currently a partner and the Director of Business Development at M Culinary Concepts. So, are you ready to get iconic? Press play, it's #Eventicons o'clock!
October 22, 2019
Put your entrepreneur hats on, it's time to discuss best business practices! As event professionals, it's important to understand business. And it's important to understand this intricate world at its most fundamental level. Because at the end of the day, whether you're a planner or owner of a third-party company, these things apply to you. It can get boring easily - after all, we want to create great experiences, not look at the return of investment and bottom lines! However, it matters. And because we're all about helping you with all the ins and outs of the events industry, we have a brand new #Eventicons! This time around, we're going deep into best business practices for event professionals. Joining our amazing hosts Brandt Krueger and Lindsay Martin is Shelagh Cummins. Shelagh runs a coaching and training company that supports women entrepreneurs to launch, grow and scale their business. Press play, it's time to get iconic!
For resources, head to the blog!
October 15, 2019
On this week's edition of #Eventicons, we're tackling ageism in events. There was not a single point in time that different generations didn't butt heads. And today more than ever, ageism is a constant in our society. Whether it's Generation Z against Millenials or Milllenials versus Baby Boomers, everyone thinks they know best. But how exactly does ageism in events manifest itself? And more importantly, how can we ensure we're fighting this problem and give everyone a voice? Particularly the age 50+ crowd, that still has a lot to offer to the event industry.
That's exactly what our iconic guest of the day is here to teach us. Joining our fantastic host Brandt Krueger is Donna Kastner. Donna is the founder of Retirepreneur, and she's championing a movement to reinvent work in retirement by helping age 50+ executives make a smooth segue from a full-time job to part-time consulting. And a more satisfying encore chapter that's designed and lived on their terms. Let's dive right into the topic of ageism in events!
October 8, 2019
You might want to put your best suit on because today we're talking about hotel contract negotiations! There are many things that can make or break an event. And being a planner is stressful enough as it is, so when you add choosing a venue for your event to the equation, there's a high probability your heart rate goes up. It might sound like a pretty easy endeavor. But anyone who's ever had to go through it knows there's more to the story than just signing a contract.
Check out the epic resources from this episode here.
October 2, 2019
We always make a point to propel forward the conversation about inclusion in the event industry. And that's why this week we have a very interesting edition of #Eventicons. The Americans With Disabilities Act has been around for around 30 years. But recently, it was changed so that bodily functions are accounted for. So this includes food allergies and other specifics that people in the event industry need to be aware of. As event professionals, this is something that we need to take into account, in order to both foster inclusion in the industry, and prevent major disasters. For resources, click here.
September 25, 2019
On a more serious note, today we’re talking about ethics in events. As event professionals, we’re probably one of the industries that mostly deals with people. And as an industry that holds so much power, the discussion about ethics becomes crucial. Having the ability to influence and impact the world demands that we pause and think about our actions. How can we be more compassionate? How can we be kinder and live an honorable life? And most importantly, how can we translate this into our line of work, in a way that we help make the world a better place?
For resources, head to the blog!
September 21, 2019
First things first, we’re proud to introduce this week’s episode of #EventIcons. From familiar faces to brand new guests, this IMEX America 2019 roundup is filled with some of the hottest topics that made their way through the show floor. Join us for a few snippets of the iconic event that was IMEX America. Introducing Desi Whitney, KiKi L’Italien, John Ehlenfeldt, and Amine Ouadahi. Plus, all the wonderful hosts of our shows that you’ve grown to know and love – Will Curran, Lindsay Martin-Bilbrey, Brandt Krueger, Alex Plaxen, Nick Borelli, Dustin Westling, and Thuy Diep. Press play, this is going to be a wild IMEX America ride! For resources, head to the blog!
September 11, 2019
Event planner burnout is a very real problem, particularly in the day and age we live in. And when it comes to an industry as convoluted and restless as the event industry, planners can feel like they’re in constant turmoil. There is always a million things to do, dozens of flights to take, and minor details to worry about. With so much going on, it’s no wonder the stress ends up accumulating and before you know it, you’re completely burnt out.