There’s certainly no shortage of guides to meeting and event planning. A question that I often get asked is where do I search for guides to meeting and event planning. One resource that I often recommend is Amazon.com. It’s important to note that we do not have a direct relationship with Amazon.com. Rather, we are merely showing this site as an example of where to get good meeting and event planning guides.
What to Look for in Guides to Meeting and Event Planning
Just a few days ago I was on Amazon.com and I found a comprehensive guide to meeting and event planning aptly titled (well for me anyways) “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meeting and Event Planning”. While I have to admit that the title did catch my eye, it’s when I read a bit further than I realized that this is indeed one of the better references in the industry. From one of the comments that I saw in the reviews section is that the book is assigned reading for an event planner certification course. A very good accolade indeed. And naturally you’re looking for higher ratings or stars that have been assigned to the book or guide.
In today’s world it is hard to distinguish comments that are pushed perhaps by the author or colleagues and comments that are from legitimate industry professionals. As a tip what I like to do is a quick search or click on some of the users that have commented. Of course what I look for is a review of their reading material as well as any industry social media accounts that I can also check out.
Amazon.Com Has Several Books and Guides to Meeting and Event Planning
At Amazon.com, in addition to “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meeting and Event Planning”, there are also several other books and guides to meeting and event planning that are worth a look. All of the books seem to be well reviewed by industry colleagues. Again I always recommend that you do a tiny bit of research on the authors. Of course a reputable site like Amazon.com does everything that it can to make sure that the material they are presenting is reputable. But they can only do so much and really it doesn’t take you that long to do a little bit of additional due diligence. What you’re looking for is whether or not the author is considered an expert in the meetings and events industry. Or at the very least that they are well known within the industry. Today all you have to do is look at some of their social media accounts and you get a very quick idea of the experience that these authors yield.
Guides to meeting and event planning can be crucial towards your development in the meetings and events industry. You do, however, want to be sure that the guides and books you are reviewing and/or purchasing provide the right information from you. Do a little bit of due diligence, which really can be done from your computer, to be sure that you have the best guides available within the industry.