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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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Empower Them: tell your brand story on Instagram       

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It’s time for another EMPOWER THEM weekly tip, giving wedding planner CEOs like you one more idea of a task you can delegate to your interns and apprentices.

This helps them gain real-world experience, learn new skills and empower them to one day become a great wedding planner.

Raise your hand if you feel bogged down with the pressures of social media?

Keep your hand raised if you haven’t posted something to Instagram in two weeks…or don’t know what your Twitter password is…or if your most recent blog post was dated 2013…ok, what if you don’t even have an Instagram account for your wedding planning firm?

(it’s okay…your secret is safe with us.)

photo credit: jordan mcqueen, source: unsplash

What if you could change that?

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Empower Them: creating “Venue Spotlight” content

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Here’s your weekly tip on how to empower your millennial interns (ahem, apprentices) as a wedding planner.  So many times, we are go-go-going and we forget to slow down and delegate tasks to our team that could actually be useful learning opportunities.

It’s not about giving them busy-work. 

Who likes that?  Neither the apprentice (who doesn’t understand the WHY behind it) nor you (the person who’s gotta come up with the task and then, somehow grade it)…what a waste of time!

Do this instead:

TASK: create a new blog series called “Venue Spotlight”

photo credit: carolineplusben photography, wedding planner: The Simplifiers

photo credit: carolineplusben photography, venue: Mercury Hall – Austin, Texas, wedding planner: The Simplifiers

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Empower Them: gathering images and videos for your firm’s portfolio

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Here’s another quick tip in our EMPOWER THEM series!

Every week, we’ll give you an idea for a quick, easy task that you can delegate to your apprentices during their internship, that’ll help them learn more about what it takes to be an event planner and how to run an event planning business.

photo credit: Christina Carroll Photography, wedding planner: The Simplifiers

photo credit: Christina Carroll Photography, wedding planner: The Simplifiers

When you delegate tasks to your interns, they learn real, hands-on skills in the events industry and you’re empowering your team to be more connected in how your firm operates.    

Are you ready to save time and look like a superhero to your prospective brides?

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Empower Them: scheduling sales calls

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We are delighted to present this new weekly series on our blog called EMPOWER THEM!

Every week, we’ll give you an idea for a quick, easy task that you can delegate to your intern (ahem, apprentice) during their internship, that’ll help them learn more about what it takes to be an event planner and how to run an event planning business.

Keep in mind, when delegating tasks to your interns, you are doing this to help them learn real, hands-on skills in the events industry.  

This is your chance to empower your team in learning how you do what you do at your firm!

This will save you time, allowing you to focus on higher yielding tasks like sales and client relations.

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some the best apprentices of The Simplifiers, photo credit: Studio Uma

So, let’s dive in…

FACT: did you know that 9 times out of 10, brides tend to book the very FIRST wedding planner that calls them back?

Our rule of thumb is always aim to reply to a new prospective client within 2 hours of them emailing or calling you.  Always.  We believe she hires the first planner that she has an emotional connection with.

So, when you get a new inquiry, what do you do?

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