Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mary’s #TSE2016 recap – You are NOT Alone.

By | ISES, kickstarter, mentoring | One Comment

($3730 pledged, 37% funded, 42 backers, 23 days to go! kickstart a superhero)

Hello fellow #eventprofs and colleagues!

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As always, it’s such a pleasure to work with each and every one of you…can I just say, we work in one of the most amazing industries, creating live events and one-of-a-kind experiences for clients all over the world?

How lucky are we that every week, we get to work with people like you who are creative, dynamic and always ever-evolving every step of the way  – can I  get an AMEN from the back row?!

I had the pleasure of speaking three times at The Special Event Show conference in Orlando, FL (aka. #TSE2016) last week, each time to a room of about 150-200 people.

Here were my topics:

Design and Plan Differently for the Non-Traditional Bride
supported by CMP, ISES, WIPA:

The Binder is Broken: #eventtech will Fix It
supported by CMP:

Superhero Sales Strategies to Book More Brides
supported by WIPA, CMP:

If you missed any of my talks, please feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to share my slides with you.  Just fill out this contact form below:
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Meet the Team – Chloe

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(from Mary:) As we embark on this Kickstarter journey together, we wanted to pull back the curtain and let you see the inner workings of The Simplifiers, meet the team and learn all about what we’re building.

So, today’s blog post I want you to meet my first hire for the UK team, Chloe Arji!


Hi guys, Chloe here!

You might have seen our previous blog post on using music to improve productivity…we spoke about the science behind it, explaining which types of music help which particular tasks.

But today we look at how we simplify our own lives… giving you some insight into my own personal life, including my productivity playlist music!

chloe arji

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case study: Haute Weddings

By | an intern's POV, apprentice case study, mentor POV, working with interns | No Comments

Today we’re taking a look at how The Apprentice Program helped Lisa Morales take things at her firm Haute Weddings to the next level. Things went so well that Lisa decided to give Kelby a permanent position coordinating!

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Lisa Morales: wedding planner + owner at Haute Weddings


Lisa from Haute Weddings has been an event planner for over 5 years and plans around 50 weddings a year.

Prior to signing up to The Apprentice Program, she had been taking on Interns for 13-24 months. We interviewed her to find out what she REALLY thought of The Apprentice Program: Read More

Kickstarter is LIVE!

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[UPDATE – as of Jan 13, 2016 ~ 7:52am EST]

  • $3,162 pledged
  • 31% funded
  • 28 backers
  • 28 days to go

I am thrilled to announce that The Simplifiers Kickstarter campaign is officially LIVE!


If you want to jump on that early-bird Kickstarter deal, you better act fast because I’m willing to bet that it’ll get gobbled up quick this week at #TSE2016!

The first 100 people who back us at the $100 level get LIFETIME ACCESS to the training platform for up to 5 interns per semester!  It’s an incredible deal that we hope our most devoted clients and fans will claim first…it’s for our gospel choir of believers.

You know who you are.  We love you.  You are what make the events industry GREAT.   thank you.

Click here to access our Kickstarter!

So, if you’ve never backed a campaign on Kickstarter before, here’s the simple 6 step method:

  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.

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Build your tribe of trusted people you can count on

By | eLearning, ISES, life hacks, mentor POV, mentoring | No Comments

You’re a #girlboss.

We know it. But it’s ok to admit that you don’t know it all, because you don’t have to do it alone.

We all need our very own personal board of advisors.

You probably already have a great one of these for your personal life:

  • the friend who can tell you where to find the hottest new spot for brunch
  • the colleague who knows all of the latest tricks for how to get your baby in a good sleep routine
  • the aunt who gives you amazing cake recipes

But what about your professional life?

Who do you go to advice for when you’ve got a problem with team communication while juggling several weddings? Who’s got the best advice on dealing with an unreliable vendor? What if you have no idea where to start when teaching your interns about creating budgets?

Here are some of the types of people you need in your tribe… Read More