Monthly Archives: July 2015

Life Hacks: How to Recognize and Avoid Burnout

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As a wedding planner, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed, especially in busy season when you’re producing weddings every weekend with no downtime, no time off…

When you’re working this hard, it’s easy to get run down and soon you’ll find yourself struggling to keep up.  I mean, there’s a REASON that “Event Coordinator” is listed as the “8th most stressful job in America in 2015” by Forbes Magazine…just behind Firefighter and Police Officer.

What we do is INTENSE.

(can I get an AMEN?)

So, here’s a few Life Hack tips from our team of superheroes on ways to identify and avoid the symptoms of burnout, so you can get back on your feet faster!
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An Intern’s POV: eLearning vs. Training-on-the-Fly

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Hi guys, Chloe here…Marketing Intern for The Apprentice Program.

As a millennial, I have grown up with technology my entire life and experienced a range of teaching methods, from supervisors who just delivered training-on-the-fly to the traditional methods of classroom teaching to eLearning (aka online learning + blended learning).

It’s not always possible to have a structured training schedule in place when things are so busy at work.

As an intern, I get that.

BUT…by looking at things from our POV, you as a wedding planner (and our mentor) would you believe there’s a better way out there to train and engage your millennial interns, that’ll actually save you time in the long run?

Crazy, I know…but read on.

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Empower Them: managing your vendor database

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It’s time again for another EMPOWER THEM weekly tip, giving wedding planners like you another quick tip on a task you can delegate to your interns and apprentices.

Remember, these tasks help them gain real-world experience, learn new skills and empower them by better understanding the business side of the events industry.

What makes a GREAT wedding planner?

answer:

Someone who’s got GREAT relationships with their vendors.  After all, these are the people you work with day in, day out, year after year, right?

The last thing you want is to get a reputation of not returning phone calls or emails in a timely manner or being a firm that’s hard to work with.

TASK: have them manage your vendor database

here’s how…

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Tips for Motivating Unpaid Interns

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Wedding planners, you know as well as we do how beneficial it is to have interns on your team.  They help you:

  • multiply your efforts
  • bring new and fresh ideas to the table
  • are a great way to give back to the events industry by mentoring the next generation of planners.
  • …and well, we’ve also explained why they’re NOT a pain in the ass.

Most times, interns for wedding planning firms are unpaid…so if they aren’t doing it for the money, why do they stick around?   What motivates them?

Don’t worry though, your superhero friends over at The Apprentice Program can answer these questions!

Check out our tips on motivating your interns, that’ll ensure your team is firing on all cylinders and helping you produce more weddings like this…

Horseshoe Bay & Resort wedding

photo credit: Matt Montalvo Photography, wedding planner: The Simplifiers

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Apprentice Case Study #2 – Christine Garcia

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So you’ve heard us talking about the 70+ apprentices who we’ve mentored thru The Apprentice Program over the years…

A few weeks ago we spoke with Aubrey Jones – intern turned superhero apprentice – who found that The Apprentice Program helped her develop skills that she still utilizes to this day!

For this week’s Apprentice Case Study, we had a chat with Christine Garcia, an apprentice from Summer 2009, to see what she thought of the program.
Christine Garcia headshot

Christine Garcia

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