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May/June 2017 Volume 7, Issue 2
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The CREATE Process Increasing Creativity in Our Lives and Businesses

The CREATE Process Increasing Creativity in Our Lives and Businesses

Note: This is the final part of a series on the CREATE process: Curiosity, Risk-Taking, Engagement, Adaptabiliity, Trust, and Energy; six steps that help bring more awareness to our creativity.  The CREATE process increases the creativity in our own lives and businesses. Curiosity is the first step to developing a creative approach to our daily...
Know Yourself to Lead Yourself

Know Yourself to Lead Yourself

To master our destiny, we must master ourselves by learning our patterns of behavior and committing to ongoing examination and change. The most important part of any leadership journey is the ongoing, never-ending process of self-awareness. For all of the books, articles, and experts who talk about it, self-awareness can be boiled down to two...
To Be the Best Destination Wedding Planner, Be Yourself

To Be the Best Destination Wedding Planner, Be Yourself

Want to be a great destination planner? Learn the ropes, network with pros, research the countries and cultures, market your business, and be authentic. Though it sounds like fun to travel internationally and plan weddings in lush, tropical locales, destination wedding planning is far more complex and “not for the faint hearted,” says Nikki Begg,...
The CREATE Process Risky Business: Living Life As a Daring Adventure

The CREATE Process Risky Business: Living Life As a Daring Adventure

Note: This is the second part of a series on the CREATE process: Curiosity, Risk-Taking, Engagement, Adaptability, Trust, and Energy, six steps that help bring more awareness to our creativity. Curiosity is the pinnacle of our journey into strengthening the creativity muscle, but next comes Risk-Taking and Engagement. The argument can be made that entrepreneurship,...
Provision, Plan, and Promise: The Power of Clear Expectations

Provision, Plan, and Promise: The Power of Clear Expectations

Try adding these simple tools to your toolbox to achieve greater clarity in your communications. Note: This article is the first in a series about a tool that helps establish clarity in business and personal communication. What if in life and business the stresses we experience from unmet or fuzzy expectations were less frequent? What...
Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

Q: “Can you offer the names of at least three companies that offer event planning software that you find easy to navigate and affordable for a start-up company?” – Toni Taylor, CWP™, EverMoreEvents II, Bowie, Md. “I really can’t answer that, I don’t use a program. I am old school.” – Frank “I’m pretty sure...
Tented Weddings & Events—Bringing the Indoors Out

Tented Weddings & Events—Bringing the Indoors Out

Consumer demand for creativity and comfort have led to innovative options for tented events. Tented weddings have come a long way. It’s no longer a one-size-fits-all scenario where you attend an outdoor wedding that leaves little doubt that you are, indeed, in a tent. Consumer demand has brought fresh air into the great outdoors, breathing...
The CREATE Process Curiosity—the First Step in Developing Your Creativity

The CREATE Process Curiosity—the First Step in Developing Your Creativity

The following is the first in a series on the CREATE process. Some may think creativity is something you either have, or you don’t. It’s the classic “nature vs. nurture” debate: Is creativity innate or can it be learned, strengthened, and developed? Well, yes, it can be nurtured. And what’s more, here’s how.
Embrace the 2017 Wedding Floral Trends

Embrace the 2017 Wedding Floral Trends

From beloved arbors and arches to floral crowns and flowing ribbons, this year’s trends are special. Trends come and go, but there are sometimes those you’d like to see stick around for a while. Last year was a fantastic year for inspiring trends, many of which will remain hot this year.
Catch the Color Bug! The How-tos of Using Color at Events

Catch the Color Bug! The How-tos of Using Color at Events

Find the right colors for your clients’ events with these tips from wedding pro Sasha Souza, MWP™. Color is what makes the world stimulating—and it’s all around us. Color is spectacular, because it evokes feelings deep inside us; we all have opinions about what we do and do not like when it comes to color...
Don’t have a sales pitch, just talk to them

Don’t have a sales pitch, just talk to them

Industry Insight Don’t have a sales pitch, just talk to them The following is an excerpt from Alan Berg’s latest book, Shut Up and Sell More Weddings & Events: Many of you have a well-rehearsed sales pitch. Every appointment starts out the same way, and you’re very comfortable talking about all of the great things...
Making the Move from Weddings to Events

Making the Move from Weddings to Events

National Association for Catering and Events Column Making the Move from Weddings to Events Looking to diversify your offerings? Why not transition your wedding planning talents into corporate event planning? Discover the difference between them and what it takes to succeed. Photos courtesy of Rosena Usmani As an experienced wedding planner, you already know there...