How to get someone away from the microphone…

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We have all had this, every event that happens there is always someone who wants to take the spotlight, or is too drunk the realize how big of fool they are making themselves out to be. In any case having a plan to get these fine people away from the microphone is key to making everyone happy and to get the event back on track.

Whether it is karaoke or a person who drags on a speech, there is always a way to get the person to sit down, and drink some coffee. I know that it is difficult to do this, because you are always looked at as the bad guy until later on in the evening. Or you could be looked at as the savior, depends on how obnoxious the microphone hog is.

I remember during my graduation party a local auctioneer wanted to sing a few songs. My family (mostly my Aunt B) loves the karaoke machine to be a part of family events. So I made sure I had one, regardless of my tastes. Anyways our auctioneer wouldn’t allow for anyone else to take over the microphone. My Aunt B the jealous type kept trying to step in so she could sing some more Shania Twain. Well in the midst of all of this there was a battle to the end to see who would get the last bit of singing time in before the event was over.

Regardless to say my Aunt B finally won and got to sing her song to end the evening… But the auctioneer got the last statement over the microphone. I am not sure how this battle will go at my wedding, because I already know that the karaoke machine will be present, as well as the two microphone mischiefs… But I do know where the microphone main switch is on the audio box… So if need be always unplug ūüėČ

Happy Planning!

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Thanksgiving Events

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My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. With the family, food, generosity, and everything else involved with the day, who wouldn’t find this day to be one amazing event? Especially with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is my family’s tradition that we have been involved in since I was three. My brothers and my father go out hunting, as it is the one of the last weekends to hunt in the area, and my mother and I stay at home getting the dinner ready for everyone.

Before the real cooking begins, my mother and I bake some cinnamon rolls and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I grew up around this show, it’s what made me want to be a dancer. I always wanted to be one of the Radio City Rockettes, with their high-flying kicks and their piercing smiles. I always wanted to go to the Parade, but then the tradition wouldn’t be quite the same, especially the home cooked meal at the end of the day wouldn’t be there, due to being in a New York Hotel.

It has been a few years since I have been able to celebrate this event with my family. With school and work, taking time off during the holidays is probably one of the hardest things to do. Not to mention the high price of flying home around the holidays as well is very expensive. I know that one day soon I will be able to be home for this event to pass on the tradition to my niece and nephew and to be a part of the family celebration. Until that day happens again, I know that I will be on the phone with my mother while the cinnamon rolls are baking in the oven, as we both watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

What are your traditional events around the holidays?

Stress…

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I know the feeling, the stressful time when you are in the middle of the event and everything goes wrong. Or the moment you are on a deadline to make sure a fundraiser is going and no one is calling you back. Or the moment when you realize all of your hard work was for nothing, as the bride leaves him at the altar. Whatever you are planning stress is¬†involved. Sometimes there isn’t much, but for the most part stress is part of the job.

Whether you can handle the stress or not will make or break your career. I recently have run in to a fundraising deadline for a school function and I am running out of time to get a hold of people. My group wants a specific place to do their fundraiser, well this place has not answered my emails, returned my phone calls, or has been around the office anytime I have gone to talk to them. With time running out, I have decided to look into other venues. I already got a call back on a place willing to help out, and I called two others seeing if they would want to be a part of the fundraiser. With waiting a few more days I will have a venue to report back to the group. I know that it won’t be their first choice, but at least I will have something to show for all the work I have done to make this event happen.

I know that in the past if I hadn’t brought another option to the group I would not have the job anymore. I know that this business is fast paced, but sometimes if you don’t put in the extra time to find an alternative, then you are losing yourself in the battle. I know that people are often going to be upset that you couldn’t get the place they wanted, but it definitely lessens the blow when you come with options of places that are willing to help out. I do know that when I bring options they are more willing to be¬†reasonable, and I always keep my job.

To be honest, as well, I usually use my connections to find another place, they usually help out because they know that I will be back again. I also know that if these connections cannot help me out with their space, they usually have another place for me to get into contact with. This in return helps make my list grow and give me more options for future issues. I know that taking a little bit more time always makes it worth it in the end (especially if you get to keep the job and show loyalty to them).

Happy Planning!

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

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I wrote a blog last week that pretained to charity events, well this week is the national event for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness. Food drives are in full swing this week, and more and more people are getting fed this week. Bismark, North Dakota has stepped up to stop national hunger.

A woman by the name of Sarah Millar, a student at Bismark State College, started to give out “Rag Bag’s.” She did this to fulfill four of the basic needs of a human. These four needs are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, she wanted for others to have the things she would want if she had nothing. These bags have been very helpful in the Bismark area, due to the rise in homelessness. People need to start realizing that this is nationwide and having this week of awareness will show just how many people are struggling today.

People during these times start to go to shelters at night, because of the colder weather. This time of year shelters are in need of more help and more supplies, so they are able to support the increasing number of people asking for help. Most shelters are too small to house all of the people in need these days. They try not to turn anyone away, because that would mean more people out in the cold temperatures.

During this week long event University’s and College’s are setting up booths for students and faculty to bring in and donate food, clothing, and other necessary items for one to survive during these times. Even if you only donate a few items, you are still helping someone out. It is not just adults that are homeless, children are homeless as well. If you can’t give any items away, you can always donate the one thing that matters the most, your time. Shelters are always looking for volunteers. So if you have some free time this week, go down to your local shelter and lend a hand. Everyone should be involved during this week, as this year the rise of homelessness is astounding.

Be apart of the fight against National Hunger and Homelessness!

Go to Looking In To Homeless Statistics to find a Homeless Shelter near you.

 

Branding Yourself Review

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I just read a great book for school. It has everything one could know about the correct way to make yourself be known to the world. Not only does the book give great advice, but it also tells you what online sources to use in order to truly make yourself a well-rounded social media guru.

Today it is tough to get your name out into the world, but this book gives you the steps you need to pass the rest and get to your destination. It gives examples of different people and how they need to market themselves online in order to get the most results.

Branding Yourself also gives you the do’s and don’ts of the hit social media websites. I know that marketing yourself can be tough, but this book can help you launch yourself into the 21st century in a how-to handy guide for social media marketing. This book captures every angle in which you should take action to succeed.

This book helped me realize that even the small things can really help your career. Their advice in the book as already helped me for my future. Eric Deckers and Kyle Lacy definitely wrote a four star book, in which everyone should read. Not only should one read it, but one should use the tools provided to help guide himself/herself into a better future!

Eric Deckers and Kyle Lacy

How to use Social Media to Invent Yourself or Reinvent Yourself

Themes, and why they are important

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I have been to a lot of events where there is no theme, and all of the people working the event didn’t have a clue what was going on. It almost seems like if there is a theme involved then people also know what is going on during the planning process and during the actual event. I know that planning takes a lot of time and effort, but I know if there is a¬†cohesive¬†theme throughout the event then things tend to run a little smoother.

I know that if you have a theme, you know what DJ to hire, what food to order, the color of the event, the space planning of how the event will be set up, and many other attributes that go a long with events. The thing with a theme is, it gets everyone to see the bigger picture before it happens. Yes of course, the decorations might not turn out as planned, but the idea behind the event does come to life. The vision is easier to see if there is a set theme involved in the process.

I know that if I had to come up with a mishmash of different parts of an event, I would be lost. I would have a hard time putting anything together to make it work. I wouldn’t know what anyone was expecting from me. If I knew what the end vision would be like for the event then it would make it that much easier to put it together. I know that having a theme, and having everyone agree on that theme, can be hard, but once it is established then everything starts to fall into place. Of course you might not get the exact caterer you wanted, but at least it will be the same food creations. Everything¬†coexists¬†in a theme, it’s up to you to let it shine!

Happy Planning!

Charity Events

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I have not been able to do a full blown charity event, meaning the whole event is devoted to just a charitable cause. This is one of the first things I want to do once I graduate. The joy I get when I see the patrons ready to fight for the cause is enough to make me cry. I absolutely encourage charitable events during the whole year, but especially during the holiday season when people need a little extra love and care, and specifically in these hard times.

I know as a college student I haven’t given as much back as I could. I have volunteered on occasion, but with graduation just around the corner I do want to give back more. I have always had a heart for those not as fortunate as me, and whenever a friend has needed help I have given them a hand. I have done these random acts with no intention to receive help in return. I am a giver and I want to give more to the community and to a cause.

When I start working somewhere I hope that the organization is a philanthropic organization, because I do want to spend at least some of my planning time towards charitable events. I know that I might not have the experience in this field, but I would be willing to intern and learn how to put on one of these functions.

I have done many fundraising events, I am not sure if it has the same feel as a full scale charity event, but I will probably pull a lot of my information from that framework to give me a jump on things. With experience and persistence I know that I will be able to plan a lot of different organizations, and in return help the people fighting for their cause.