Whether you’re new to event planning or if you’re a seasoned event planner looking for ideas, event planning books can be great references. And depending on your level of expertise event planning books can guide you in the right direction on how to further your career. Whether it be formal education or online training it’s always a good idea to continue educating yourself in your field. After all things are changing very quickly in the world we live in today.
There Are so Many Event Planning Books on the Market Where Do I Start?
The good news is you don’t have to look very far to find information on event planning. The bad news is that today just about anyone can put together a white paper or an e-book and claim they are an expert in the field. The unfortunate reality is that you have to do a little bit of homework to make sure you’re not buying a promotional or marketing piece – rather that you are buying something that is going to be of value to you. When someone asks me about reference materials I have no problem sharing books or authors that I tend to gravitate towards. After all they’ve asked me for my opinion so therefore I think it’s okay that I tell them what I tend to read or what I find valuable to help me in the event planning business. So if you happen to be at a networking event why not ask a few of your peers what event planning books they have read and which ones they found valuable to help them in their careers.
One author that I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to is Judy Allen. Judy’s background is from a full-service event planning production company that specializes in consulting on strategic event design. Some events that Judy has designed and produced are; Disney’s opening night for beauty and the beast, Norman Jewison’s 25th anniversary celebration for Fiddler on the Roof, in addition to many exclusive VIP events such as multimedia extravaganzas and new-car product launches. Pretty safe to say Judy knows her way around the meetings and events industry. But don’t take my word ask your colleagues if they’ve heard of Judy Allen and get their opinion. I’m willing to bet your colleagues will know her.
Another area where I like to look for event planning books is Amazon.com. What I like about online bookselling sites like Amazon.com is that you’re able to see reviews of the book by people that have purchased it. A quick tip for reviews is to look for the person that is reviewing on Facebook or LinkedIn or any other social media site that you may be a member of. If I’m writing a review of a book then I have no problem stating my name and my company as I want to make sure people know that my comments are legit. Look for the same in other reviewers.
Event planning books are a great resource for people entering the event planning industry or those that are continuing their education. There are many good event planning books out there- you just have to make sure you take the time and understand exactly what it is you are buying. Ask colleagues, look for blogs such as this one that gives reviews on specific authors or sites to purchase event planning books. But one thing is for sure and that’s when you invest in yourself you’ve made a pretty sound investment.