A Volunteering Crisis and Why Eventprofs Should Volunteer

The National Trust is one of the Great British institutions. It looks after, preserves and showcases some of the most historic and iconic buildings and gardens across the UK. With many of its sites famously used for filming, be it Game of Thrones…

Event Blogger of the Week

Huge thanks to Square Meal who have voted me their event blogger of the week! What an honour and what a lovely notification to receive out of the blue! I will display the badge with pride! Many #eventprofs will already…

So What is Egg Rolling?

On Easter Monday I had my first experience of Egg Rolling. Despite living in Preston for 11 years I have to admit this was something I had heard about but didn’t really understand and had definitely never seen in action….

Event Trends 2015

Happy New Year! The dawn of 2015 is now upon us. Every year we look forward to the event trends we predict will impact on the events industry within the next 12 months. We think these are some of the major…

Is This the Best Twitter Wall Ever?

There are a number of event Twitter Walls (feeds) available and we have experimented with a number of different (largely free) solutions over the years. Recently however I discovered Tweetbeam and I was delighted when they offered me the opportunity to test the…

What Can the Apprentice Teach Us About Event Management?

Ten Event Management Lessons from the Apprentice 2015

I am am avid viewer of the Apprentice and I particularly enjoy any of the tasks that demand event management skills from the candidates.  Consistently the contenders get it seriously wrong and make mistakes which only highlights the skills of good Event Managers…

Be Brilliant in Business

Last night was the Central Lancashire Business Event.  This is an annual free event organised jointly by Preston, South Ribble and Chorley Councils.  The event has been running for seven years and this was the fourth year that we have supported…

Events Northern Contributor to Event Manager Blog

We are delighted to officially announce that Becki Cross of Events Northern is the newest contributor to the fantastic Event Manager Blog – the number 1 blog worldwide for event professionals. We have been regular readers of the Event Manager Blog for many…

Kirstie Allsopp and the Great Event Management Degree Debate

TV personality Kirstie Allsopp has once again reignited the debate around whether Event Management degrees are worthwhile through a tweet questioning why anyone would study event management. As an event management graduate, and now an associate event management lecturer at…

The Venue Expo 2014 Review

This morning I had a flying visit to the Venue Expo exhibition at Event City in Manchester.  It was the first year that the show has run and the first exhibition of its kind in the North West region aimed at MICE Professionals….

My honest V Festival 2014 Review

Regular readers of this blog and anyone that knows me will know that I adore V Festival at Weston Park, Stafford and have attended the festival religiously over the best part of a decade.  It is true that in the…

V Festival 2014 Must See Acts

I LOVE V Festival!  Many good times have been had over the years, although I admit that we now attend in style; 2 nights in a hotel rather than a tent in the muddy campsite!  I have only missed attending…

How to Add Live Interaction to Events

At the Meetings Show I really enjoyed attending a masterclass by Erik Peekel (@ErikPeekel) entitled “Session formats: how to add live interaction to your content.”   It is well documented that attention spans are short and that talking at people is…

How Do I Merge Two Google+ Pages?

I noticed recently that I had two Google+ company pages and no idea how to merge them together.  I had the brand page which I had created some time back and post to as often as I can (see here –…

The Meetings Show Exhibition Review 2014

Last week I attended the Meetings Show at Olympia, London (8th – 10th July 2014).  Here is my review of the exhibition, which I was attending for the first time. I spent Wednesday and Thursday at the show, days 2 and…

Our Favourite WordPress Themes

Regular readers will notice that our blog has undergone a massive overhaul and revamp within the last few weeks.  We have moved our blog from wordpress.com to a self hosted blog on our own domain.  Our blog is now almost…

Are event managers loud?

Do you have to be Loud to be an Event Management Student?

Do event managers / event management students have to be loud? Or is loud just used to explain the exuberance, sociability and enthusiasm of event managers? This week I had an interesting and entertaining conversation with two Course Leaders/Senior Lecturers…

Economic Impact of UK Live Music Festivals

I was honoured to act as an expert industry adviser to the FdA in Festival Management today.  This Foundation of Arts Degree will launch in September at Hugh Baird University Centre in Liverpool, accredited by UCLan (subject to approval). Liverpool is the…

The Meetings Show 2014 Preview

The Meetings Show takes place next week at Olympia, London (8th-10th July 2014).  The show is marketed as “a major event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry… Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around…

Business Blog Dilemma

Recently we were having a business blog dilemma and we asked for help and advice from our followers! Our blog had been hosted on WordPress.com since the start but I felt that the time had come to refresh and update the blog….

Festivals and outdoor events

10 Reasons Why I Love Working on Festivals

I get really excited whenever I have the opportunity to work on Festivals and Outdoor Events.  I love organising conferences; that is definitely my forte, however it is always good to have a change from the norm.  In my opinion…

Liebster Blog Award 2

Unbelievably I received a second Liebster Blog Award very shortly after receiving my first!  Annie from the OCD Squirrel was kind enough to nominate me.  Annie is a super talented and original writer – I really love her style.  Check…

Liebster Blog Award

I was absolutely delighted to find out this blog had been nominated for a Liebster Award!  The fantastic Events Blogger Caitlin Kobrak nominated me (read all about it and check out her fantastic blog here > http://www.eventmanagementstudent.com).  Caitlin is a really…

What the Arctic Monkeys Teach You About Event Management

One of the major talking points from the Brit Awards 2014 is the Arctic Monkeys acceptance speech for Best Album (their second award of the evening).  Alex Turner certainly divided opinion with his talk of sludge, swamps and rock ‘n’…

Is This the Best Event Thank You Gift Ever?

Over the years we have been lucky enough to receive lots of lovely and unexpected thank you gifts from happy clients.  These have ranged from thank you notes, flowers, wines, chocolates, teddy bears and other token gifts.   I always…

Conference Essentials for Event Managers

We have lost count of the number of conferences and events we have organised over the years but there are certain essentials which we ensure are on hand at every single event we organise. We started putting together our list,…

Event Trends 2014

The event industry is constantly evolving.  Last year we wrote a blog post on Conference Trends 2013.  Reading back over the post we think that we predicted the year ahead fairly accurately (even if we do say so ourselves!) and…