01 Nov

What is a Certified Meeting Professional Designate?

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Click on image for video [caption id="attachment_9257" align="alignleft" width="300"] What is Certified Meeting Professional Designate[/caption]             What is Certified Meeting Professional Designate? CMP stands for Certified Meeting Professional. A CMP Designate is an event professional who has passed the CMP exam.  It is a globally recognised qualification for Event Management Professionals. The qualification is overseen by the Events Industry Council in the USA.  To qualify you have to have a complete a minimum of 25 accredited clock hours called CEs, from a recognised Preferred Provider such as the Event Resources Group and to have event...
15 Oct

Event Marketing – Avatars & Hangouts

Click on image for video [caption id="attachment_9246" align="alignleft" width="300"] Event marketing[/caption]           Event Marketing Tips Avatars & Hangouts Some quick tips about event marketing we're gonna start at the very beginning and why not. Who do we want to speak to, who are we targeting for our event marketing. Try to imagine that person as an Avatar What is an Avatar An avatar simply put is our own imagined perfect customer, our perfect client our perfect delegate, the people that we want to attend our events. Who are they, what age group are they, what do...
05 Sep

Interview with Kevin J Waters and James Dickson from Event Industry News

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Click on image below for video [caption id="attachment_9210" align="alignleft" width="300"] Interview with Event Industry News[/caption]             The Interview Had a lot of fun chatting with James Dickson from the Event Industry News about the event industry and the need for training and education Topics We discussed a variety of things including Event industry training How valuable are event management degrees What is the future of event planning The onward march of AI and event technology Changes coming to event roles How event planners need to keep skill sets up The benefits to organisations who train...
27 Aug

Video #105 Event Health & Safety Part 1

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Click on image below for video   [caption id="attachment_9187" align="alignleft" width="300"] Video #105 Event H&S Pt1[/caption]             Video #105 Event Health & Safety Part 1 I wanted to just talk a little bit about health and safety. I know it’s a subject that we can all be a little bit nervous about. Certainly, when I was younger in the event industry, I was pretty terrified about putting my name to anything. It's just common sense in writing Back in the day, we used to call it common sense and of course health and safety actually...
23 Aug

Video # 104 Festival Update

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Click on image for video [caption id="attachment_9183" align="alignleft" width="300"] Video#104_Festival Update[/caption]             Video # 104 Festival Update I said I’d update you about the festival I was recently involved with. I was the health and safety lead for a six band tribute festival, one day festival that took place in my local area. Audience Hopes They were hoping to get, and we actually planned for ten thousand people.  They were a little bit late getting off the starting blocks and I suppose that’s a lesson for all of us.  They were late in terms of...
18 Aug

Video #103 Event Timings

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Click on image for video Video103 Event Timings Event Timings video transcript Get the right date with a little research Okay, let’s get to the basics. I’m not going to apologise here… I see this happen so many times and there’s so many silly mistakes made. So let’s think about when we’re going to do our event. Would anybody have liked to have done their event this past weekend in the UK? Look at the global diary of events We had the Wimbledon Tennis Finals on Sunday, we had the World Cricket Finals on Sunday and we also had the...
18 Aug


[caption id="attachment_9116" align="alignleft" width="300"] Event management ebook[/caption]               New event management book Well it had to happen after many requests to flesh out the event process I teach in our Event Management Masterclass . So I've put pen to paper to explain the process fully in this 28 point guide to the planning of any event, no matter the size of complexity. It's currently available as a free PDF download (without illustrations), the physical book is currently being formated and printed. Step by step guide to the event planning process The book takes the...
09 Aug

Just get it in writing! – Video #102

Get it in writing!
Click on image for video [caption id="attachment_9086" align="alignleft" width="300"] You need an organised file in event planning[/caption]             Just Get It in Writing video transcript So, let’s look at some other things that seem very simple but a lot of people don’t do. I work as a consultant and a trainer and I start with the basics on my courses and one of the first things to say is, "let’s get everything in writing". An event is a live animal, and we don’t have time to be fumbling around through paperwork, bits of paper here,...
09 Aug

Why are you doing this event? – Video #101

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Click on image for video [caption id="attachment_9076" align="alignleft" width="300"] Why do events?[/caption]             Why are you doing this event? Video transcript It's Kevin Waters here from the Event Resources Group and I want to share with you some tips and some advice and some of my views of the event industry. It's a beautiful day here in Hampton Court and these are the places just up the road from me and I actually live in a Dutch barge, which has been converted. So that’s enough about me. My #1 moan!? Okay. My number one moan...
10 May

Training solutions for event planners

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I have just finished the last of piece of training for one of my remote students, an events manager who has 3 years’ experience organising all manner of events for a government department, her time is precious. The training culminated in 2 final days of 1:1 training to finish the curriculum and I can honestly say I am sad it is over.  Over these last 3 months we have built up a close professional relationship and I am pleased to add this will continue as I am to further mentor her as she starts her own event agency, albeit in...