Take back control and build your business

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We all want to be on top of things, build our businesses and take our firms to the next level.

But sometimes we just get overloaded and our focus is pulled away by a mountain of tasks and to-do’s.. We end up spending our days running around desperately trying to check things off our lists.

Sound familiar?

We believe that well-trained interns are the answer to your problems.

How?  When you empower them through quality training, they help you focus more time on sales and business development.

Here’s what Susannah of 11:11 Events (Austin, Texas) had to say about The Apprentice Program:

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thought of the day – keep it simple.

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


thought of the day:

What if today we focused on just the top 3 things on our to-do list…and nothing else?

Sure, we’ve all got obligations, inside and outside of work.

If you’re like me, you’ve kids that need to be driven to school, beds to be made, laundry to be done, sandwiches to be made and a whole mountain of tiny chores that need to be tackled before 8:30am every morning.  By the time I roll into the office, I’ve accomplished at least 15 things before my 2nd cup of coffee.

To the working moms out there, #SOLIDARITY.  And to everyone else out there, I stand with you as well.

As a unified events industry, what if we all pledge to try something different today?

Keep it simple.

Take the first 5 minutes of being in the office to examine your to-do list.

ask yourself:

What are the top 3 MOST IMPORTANT things that need to be done today?

And what are the top 3 MOST URGENT things?

Are they the same?  If you combined those two lists, can you narrow down the top 3 that are both IMPORTANT and URGENT?

Focus here first.

Work in 25/5 splits (25 minutes working, 5 minute break), a la Pomodoro method (use this timer here) to keep you focused on the task at hand.

Don’t try to multi-task.  Just do one thing at a time…in short 25 minute bursts.

Don’t keep your email open in the background.

The outside world can wait.

And once you’ve finished those top 3 things, congratulate yourself…get outside and stand in the sunshine…meditate and breathe.

And then tackle the next 3 things.

(rinse, repeat)

Remember, you set the pace for your life, no matter what is thrown at you.  Keep it simple.

You got this.


~your undercover superhero,


Let us know how your day goes today by leaving a comment below.  Did the Pomodoro method work for you?  What things did you do on your 5 minute breaks?

Save time and minimize stress by training your interns to become superhero apprentices.

The Apprentice Program includes:
  • weekly “spark” training videos
  • intern homework missions
  • intern report cards
  • intern pop quizzes
  • mentor support and advice

Just $75/intern USD per semester for our custom-crafted training, guaranteed to get your interns up to speed with the way your firm plans and produces events.

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Email Etiquette in 2016 – how to get your interns to reply quicker

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Don’t you hate it when people take FOREVER to reply to your emails?

Why do people do that?  

I mean, c’mon…how hard is it to reply back with a simple “yes/no” or at least a “got it, working on it now?”

We’ve heard this is a huge, huge problem amongst #eventprofs these days, especially those that work with Millennials on their team.

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So, we’ve come up with 3 tips on how to solve this email dilemma, once and for all…

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