Edition: 2nd 2009
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Description: Any event you plan and stage is a reflection of your company's image-from the initial invitation to onsite operations. Whether you're planning a product launch, conference, sales meeting, an incentive event, or a gala fund-raiser, remember that the magic of a truly memorable event is in the details, but so is the devil. Special events are fraught with thousands of details, and have to come off without a hitch. Whether your event is for 50 or 2,000 people, whether it has a budget of a few thousand dollars, or hundreds of thousands, planning and executing the project is like a high-wire act without the safety nets. Event Planning gives you a blueprint for planning and executing special events with flair and without any unexpected surprises and expenses. This unique book is loaded with practical advice on every aspect of organizing and managing special events: Choosing the best venue Preparing and managing the budget Scheduling and staffing Coordinating food and beverage, d_cor, entertainment, and themes Working with professionals, such as public relations firms and creative directors. What you don't know or know to ask can have a major effect on the success of your event and on your budget. Event Planning takes you through every aspect of organizing and executing a successful event: the planning stages, timing and logistics, budget preparation, operations, and on-site management. Event Planning Includes sample costing forms to help you generate a detailed project plan and budget. Explains what you need to ask before you contract with suppliers. Is loaded with practical tips and examples that will help you avoid expensive mistakes. Features a companion website with forms from the book, additional forms, author Q&A, and more. Endorsements "Allen is a good teacher. Wise planners will add Event Planning to their personal reference library as a useful working guide." Meeting Professional Magazine "A blueprint for executing events for 50 or 2,000, with budgets of a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands." Success Magazine "Event Planning will save beginning event planners from plenty of heartbreak and headaches." Lisa Hurley, Editor, Special Events Magazine "Event Planning gives readers a blueprint for planning and executing special events with flair. Consider the book as preventative maintenance." Sales Promotion Magazine "A guide to well planned events. Event Planning is a must for any PR maven." Marketing Magazine "This book will be a help to all event planners, from rank beginners to seasoned professionals. It provides excellent guidelines as well as helpful details." Katherine Kossuth, Director of Operations and Special Events, Canadian Film Center