This article lists all the books that should be mandatory readings for event planners.
10 books every event planner should read Recommendations by
1. Into the heart of meetings Author: Eric de Groot and Mike van der Vijver Summary: This book provides a wonderful introduction to meeting design. Unlike the many books on the profession that emphasize logistics, this book delves into core questions about meeting design, such as uncovering desired outcomes, working with meeting owners, and what to do to create truly innovative meetings that deliver results. The real-life examples included make this book a fascinating and thought-provoking read.
2. The 7 habits of highly effective people Author: Stephen R. Covey Summary: With over 15 million copies in print, the book has become a classic. The integrated, principle-centered 7 Habits philosophy has helped readers find solutions to their personal and professional problems, and achieve a life characterized by fairness, integrity, honesty, and dignity. Covey's tried and true step-by-step approach can now be even more thoroughly explored in this new workbook that helps readers further understand, appreciate, and internalize the power of the 7 Habits.
3. Setting the table Author: Danny Meyer Summary: Danny Meyer thinks that "If you trust and empower people to do a good job, they will". The book engages in explaining two important concepts - "fear based control" vs "trust based control". The author shares the lessons he learned while developing the winning recipe for doing the business he calls "enlightened hospitality." This innovative philosophy emphasizes putting the power of hospitality to work in a new and counterintuitive way: The first and most important application of hospitality is to the people who work for you, and then, in descending order of priority, to the guests, the community, the suppliers, and the investors.
4. How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci Author: Michael Gelb Summary: This book is a mandatory reading if you want to consider how to live and create better. Michael Gelb centers this book on models of the very highest achievements and demonstrates how genius is put together, by steps virtually anyone can take, if they have the willingness to practice. Gelb makes the practical teachings of history's great genius come alive for the modern world. We recommended it to anyone who wants to experience a professional renaissance.
5. Special events Author: Joe Goldblatt Summary: This title is a good choice for peers just getting started in the industry. The author takes you step-by-step through every process of event managing. Goldblatt chronicles and champions the development, changes, and challenges faced by the global celebrations industry for event planners. The book includes interviews with experienced events leaders and gives a better understanding of the field. Event measurement, evaluation, and assessment are topics that are integrated throughout a number of the chapters.
6. The accidental creative Author: Todd Henry Summary: The book provides guidance on how to make adjustments in your daily routines to facilitate and increase your creativity, which is a vital asset when your profession requires creativity on demand. Henry shows how to cultivate the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day. His guiding principles and checkpoints include: define your goals, be fiercely curious and step out of your comfort zone. His advice is to embrace the importance of now, and to refuse to accept comfort, fear and familiarity.
7. Meeting architecture, a manifesto Author: Maarten Vanneste Summary: This book explains in detail the potential that meetings and conferences have in changing behaviours. This is the book to read if you want to learn how to get that final result of your meetings. Maarten Vanneste focuses on the content side of meetings - what happens during the meeting that is important to meeting owners - the meeting initiators, and their objectives. What changes in the minds of the participants, what influences the participants, what supports the objectives of the meeting in terms of learning, networking and motivation.
8. Theme ideas handbook Author: Jerry Busche Summary: Anyone burdened with the task of planning a meeting or conference knows that the first stumbling block in the overall process is coming up with a knockout theme. Without a clear and concise theme for the session you are dead in the water. This book explores more than 600 theme ideas for meetings, conferences, parties, and events of all types: sales meetings, staff and team building meetings, conventions, receptions, banquets, office breakout sessions, seminars. It is perfect for any business or organization, any department, any occasion: Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Telemarketing, Safety, Production, Staff Support, Associations, Non- Profits.
9. Boring meetings suck Author: Jon Petz Summary: Most of the millions of meetings held in the world today are a monumental waste of time and talent. Worse still, most of the so-called solutions and books for boring meetings are twice as boring.This title covers new meeting techniques for focused and results-driven events. It teaches you simple steps to get everyone on board and make meetings more effective. With this book you are going to learn how to get in, get it done and get out to make your next meeting more efficient and effective. It helps you to determine which bad meetings you can skip and how to avoid poor meeting etiquette. It totally resonates with anyone who has ever attended tons of boring conferences and meetings.
10. Designing successful meetings Authors: Susan E. Mundry, Senta A. Raizen, Susan Loucks-Horsley, Edward D. Britton Summary: This book provides guidance, tips, and suggestions for planning professional events that will result in substantial learning for participants. Written for professionals with all levels of experience, it is based on the authors' experiences with designing and conducting meetings. Finally, a step-by-step guide to maximize your efforts and create the kinds of learning experiences participants will rave about. Designed for first-time as well as veteran event planners, this practical hands-on guide is full of concrete strategies, tips, and suggestions for creating dynamic events.