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Let go and delegate: 8 tips for control freaks

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People pay us to be control freaks.

It’s true.

As an event planner, our clients want to rest assured that we have got it all under control.  Every “I” dotted, every “T” crossed.  And being a control freak isn’t all bad, it means you pay attention to the details and have high standards.


But what happens when your need to be in control stops you from delegating?

Red flag, red flag, warning, warning!  It leads to inefficiency, low morale in your team and worst case scenario – total burnout.

And your clients don’t want that.

Woosh, your undercover superheroes to the rescue!  We’ve got 8 tips to take you from control freak to expert delegator…


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3 tips for managing event interns + volunteers

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What do you do when you need to produce a large-scale event and know you really need to work with event volunteers to make it all happen?

A) do you give up and turn down a lucrative client?  (uhhh, no!)

B) do you try to do it all yourself?  (who, ME?!!)


C) do you take on event interns and volunteers to help fill out your team?

You might think it’s more risk and stress than it’s worth but trust me – I’ve been there!


To make sure your event is a success, follow my 3 top tips about bringing on volunteers and interns and what I’ve learned over time of what they need from you as their manager and mentor.


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EMPOWER THEM: 4 new tasks for interns while on-site at events

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It’s GAME DAY, the day-of your client’s event, where all the magic happens.

Whether it’s load-in, load-out or doors have officially opened and attendees are arriving, there are thousands of little tasks to be done by the various vendors and events teams on-site.

After all, it’s GO time!

Live events are like football, who's on your team makes all the difference. (image: Michigan Wolverines - 1899)

Live events are like football, who’s on your team makes all the difference. (image: Michigan Wolverines – 1899)

So, what part does your intern team play?

Here’s four new ideas of tasks they could be responsible for while on-site at your client’s event or wedding, that’ll empower your interns and help your team SHINE!

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Meet our backers! Erica Prewett – A Big To Do Event

By | CSEP, ISES, kickstarter, mentor POV | One Comment

Today, we talk to one of our backers from the Kickstarter campaign – Erica Prewett, CSEP – CEO of A Big To Do Event and current 2015-16 chapter president for the International Special Events Society, Atlanta chapter.

By supporting our campaign, Erica is joining us on our mission to revolutionize intern training:

We want to STOP horrible internships, for mentors and interns alike!

She’s been in the business of creating live events since 1999.  Organizations such as IBM, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Mississippi as well as hundreds of brides and families have experienced stress-free weddings, social and corporate events because of this Checklist Queen.

We find out her best life hacks, insider tips for planning events and she will reveal the biggest reason she decided to back The Apprentice Program by The Simplifiers!

erica prewett A Big to Do Event

“I believe that the more of us support each other, the best ideas will come to fruition.” ~Erica Prewett, CSEP – A Big to Do Event, Atlanta, GA

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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?


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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