Monthly Archives: January 2016

don’t miss this weekend’s raffle on Kickstarter!

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[EDIT, as of 7:40pm CST – Jan 22, 2016] $3986 raised, 39% funded, 48 backers, 19 days to go

(click here to check out the Kickstarter)

thank you to our recent backers…

• Cindy LoRed Velvet Events – prominent corporate event planning team based in Austin, Texas

• Martin Holm MortensenAccelerace (Denmark business accelerator) – entrepreneur & investor

• Aubri NowowiejskiStudent Event Planners Association (SEPA) – founder and advocate for student event interns in the US

MENTORS, STUDENTS, ENTREPRENEURS, all believe in The Apprentice Program!

Earlier this week, I spoke at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) with 80 educators and at Nott Tuesday, a room of about 60 tech entrepreneurs this week, revealing details about The Apprentice Program and our Kickstarter…and then, a light bulb went on.

We are UBER for online education.

The Apprentice Program is a crowd-sourced social network for information sharing, both for mentors and interns to TAP into a global network of training resources.

BIG NEWS! we’re running a raffle this weekend.

…everyone who backs our project within the next 48 hours, will be entered into a raffle where you could get bumped up to the next backer level without an increase in pledge $$.
So, if you back us at the $50 level, you could potentially win the LIFETIME access rewards of the $100 level!
If you’ve been on the fence, thinking about backing our project…

…now is the time to pledge!

This raffle ends at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, Jan 24th and we’ll pick 5 winners from the people that pledge between now and then.

Tell your friends, share it with the world…with your help, we aim to be 100% funded by Monday.

And remember, if we don’t hit our $10k goal, we don’t get ANY of the money you’ve helped us raise so far…so, thank you for sharing this far and wide on your Facebook page, twitter and beyond.

And thank you for supporting The Simplifiers and joining the Intern Manifesto.

Together, we will STOP horrible internships by building the platform that helps mentors train their interns! 

Click here to check out the Kickstarter

Apprentice Case Study #10 – Ashley Shearman

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We’ve already trained over 80 superhero interns thru The Apprentice Program and every so often we like to share their thoughts and experiences with you.

former apprentice: Ashley Shearman

former apprentice: Ashley Shearman

Today, we’ve got one of The Simplifiers’ very own former apprentices – Ashley Shearman!

Read her insights and to find out about the skills and experiences she gained from The Apprentice Program…

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4 mistakes to avoid when training your interns

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Today, we’re sharing some of the most common mistakes made when taking on interns.

These apply to any industry, but we know from experience and research that event planners worry about the time and effort it takes to train an intern and the stress and risks that come with bringing interns into your firm.

We’ve made it our mission to end bad internships for both interns AND mentors so keep reading to find out how to make internships work for you.

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Mary, how DOES The Apprentice Program help me book more brides?

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This might be a question that some of you are wondering…

I get that it helps me train my interns, but what’s in it for me in the long-term?

It’s a completely valid question – before you commit, you want to make sure it’s gonna help your firm grow and improve.


wedding planner: The Simplifiers, photo credit: Mint Photography

Well, we’re here today to explain exactly WHY intern training is the oh-so-important piece of the puzzle that your event planning business has been missing…

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7 days down, 37% funded via Kickstarter!

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Our Kickstarter launched seven days ago and we’re already 37% funded!

Update as of Jan 19, 2016:

  • $3,730 pledged
  • 37% funded
  • 42 Backers
  • 22 days to go

We’re excited to announce that one week since launching, we have reached 37% of our funding target!

We want to give a HUGE thank you to every single one of our backers including:

(left to right) Erica Prewett, CSEP, Deidre Brown, Aubri Nowowiejski, Lisa Morales, Nicole Matthews, CSEP

(left to right) Erica Prewett, CSEP, Deidre Brown, Aubri Nowowiejski, Lisa Morales, Nicole Matthews, CSEP

Following an amazing week of talks at #TSE2016, Mary is going to keep the momentum going tonight by speaking at THE meetup for Nottingham’s tech scene. She will be discussing The Apprentice Program and sharing our Kickstarter campaign story at Nott Tuesday.

If you haven’t already backed us, check out our Kickstarter page to find out more.

Remember, if we don’t hit our 10k goal, we don’t get a penny of what’s been pledged so far.

(And that would be unbelievably sad…literally, we would be sitting in the office, weeping into our pint of Ben&Jerry’s and kicking ourselves that we didn’t Instagram more during the campaign.  Nobody wants a weepy superhero.  Nobody.  Yet, I digress.)

Rewards include coaching sessions with Mary, an invite to our post Kickstarter celebration and LIFETIME ACCESS to The Apprentice Program training platform, not to mention our undying love.

So what are you waiting for?

Are you a Kickstarter newbie?  No prob, here’s the simple 6 step method to back us:

  1. create a login with Kickstarter.  Don’t worry, it’s not scary…just login here and within 2 clicks, you’re in.
  2. search for: APPRENTICE PROGRAM  —> and you will find our campaign in the “technology” category
  3. click on “BACK THIS PROJECT” button on top right
  4. choose the reward level that suits you (on the far right, scroll down to see the full list of awesomeness)
  5. enter in your payment details (credit cards, folks…not checks, not carrier pigeons carrying checks)
  6. viola!  you’re a backer.


If you are connected to anyone in the local media (either Nottingham, East Midlands and/or London) that would be interested in picking up this story, please leave a comment below and we’ll send along the press release and press kit.

Mary used to be a radio DJ another lifetime ago, so she’s pretty good on a microphone and avoids saying umm or uhh during on-air interviews.

Thanks again fans…let’s see if we can’t get this thing 100% funded by this weekend!