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“To Charge or Not to Charge:  Tastings Yay or Nay?”

“To Charge or Not to Charge: Tastings Yay or Nay?”

Are tastings a great sales tool or a waste of time and money? Discover the latest ideas and tips on this often controversial but beneficial sales tool. Say the word “tasting” to some caterers, and they will visibly cringe. Mention the same to other caterers, and you see their faces light up with enthusiasm. Why...
5 Tips for More Effective Leadership

5 Tips for More Effective Leadership

Most successful leaders know themselves well, learn to lead themselves first, and then choose to be the type of person others follow. It’s been said that a boss drives employees while a leader coaches them—that a boss depends on authority, inspires fear, uses people, commands, and blames, while a leader depends on goodwill, generates enthusiasm,...
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...