event planning

Meet Alexandra Vekich

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Alexandra Vekich was recently hired as an event coordinator at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as event coordinator at McNamara Alumni Center?

Creative Ways to Get Groups to Digital Detox

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Ample reasons and great ideas for gently getting groups to put aside devices. 

Game-Changing Tech Companies Make a Global Impact

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An Irishman walks into a bar … an Irish pub, no less, and discovers an opportunity to use technology as a way to engage his audience. Not funny? That’s because it’s not a joke, though the man referenced, John Cosgrove, is in fact a professional comedic emcee from Northern Ireland. He’s also the founder of VoiceHive, a web-based presentation platform for events that Cosgrove conjured up while hosting trivia events at Kieran’s Irish Pub in Minneapolis.

Instagram Inspiration

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Just as writers experience the dreaded writer’s block, event planners, too, can get stuck in a rut. The Internet is a great place for sparking ideas, but options are limitless. How does one find inspiration with so many different things to search? Pinterest is a classic go-to, but Instagram might be the stronger choice. Instead of scrolling through an endless amount of pictures—some relevant and others completely useless—following someone you admire will give you more successful ideas you can incorporate into your events. We’ve listed a few accounts that boast exceptional ideas.

Gain Accreditation in the Special Events Industry

Advance and grow in your career by obtaining the Certified Special Events Professional designation from the International Special Events Society.

The accreditation, established in 1993, is given to event professionals who successfully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for planning and executing all components of an event.

Planner's Pocket Dictionary: Transportation & Accommodations

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TRAINS, PLANES, AUTOMOBILES-AND HOTELS (lots and lots of hotels). These places often become mobile offices for event planners, even as they’re developing itineraries for thousands of destination travelers year-round. Since travel can be such a large component to production, we spoke with Hanson Ansary, hospitality veteran and president and CEO of AlliedPRA Chicago, to map out some important key words for transportation and accommodations.

Expert Tips & Tricks for Planning Fun Runs and Walks

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Nothing could be more fun on a gloriously sunny day than participating in a run or walk-especially in support of a good cause. Friends and family can feel virtuous while getting some fresh air, exercising those muscles and bonding over the experience. Whether it’s a community run celebrating good health, a charity fundraiser or a challenging road race, there are a multitude of resources out there to help you plan one. Here are some expert tips to get you started.

First Things First: Set Goals

Tips for Effective PR

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EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON STORY-who we are, what we do, our goals and dreams, and how we get there. As a public relations professional, I know well that story and relationships are the cornerstones for all success.

Public relations is relationships with key publics to grow your business. PR is more than simply getting on television or having your organization or event featured in the paper. It’s about building the right relationships that are going to bring in new customers, members or supporters and expand your reach to new audiences.

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