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Wow Your Clients With the Right Presentation Style

Wow Your Clients With the Right Presentation Style

Selling something that is still just an idea can be challenging, but done right, is extremely rewarding. Design is a multi-sensory concept, so it takes a special set of tools and an effective workflow to successfully present design ideas to clients. There are many variables to the design presentation process. How do you decide what...
Survey Results Show Support For LGBTQ Access to Industry Services

Survey Results Show Support For LGBTQ Access to Industry Services

National survey results show 64% of wedding professionals believe they should serve same-sex couples and that discriminatory practices are frowned upon. Though the Supreme Court may have settled the question of marriage equality in 2015, it did not resolve the simmering debate about whether or not wedding professionals should be compelled to serve same-sex couples...
Design Ideas Emerge From Industry Trendsetters

Design Ideas Emerge From Industry Trendsetters

What does it take to make a trend? And what are the top trends in the linen, floral, décor, and stationery industries for 2018? Read on to find out more. Trends are a significant part of our society and are based on what becomes popular among the majority. And though they can change overnight, they...
“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...