Last Updated on October 7, 2021
The best professionals in any given field aren’t just skilled at what they do – they’re also incredibly adept learners. They know full well that, regardless of talent, they’re only as good as what they know. For that reason, they’ve learned to pick up tips, tricks, and skills from everyone around them, including (and especially) the people they work with.
Last July, I wrote a piece outlining some of the top personalities in the event industry. These were professionals who, if you deigned to look into them, could offer insights on every facet of event management through their books, seminars, blogs, and social media profiles. Today, I’d like to revisit the topic.
The five I featured a year ago are hardly the only people of note in event management, after all – and they’re far from the only people who have something to teach. There are plenty of people in the event industry (and even outside it) who can teach you a thing or two. All you need know is where to look.
Now, before we begin, there’s one thing I want to make clear – these people aren’t all involved in event management. Thing is…that doesn’t matter so much. They’ve all got something incredibly valuable to offer, after all.
See for yourself.
Simply put, this guy is a positively brilliant entrepreneur. His books are invaluable if you want to teach yourself how to manage social media (trust me, that’s an important skill for event managers), and his approachable personality should provide event planners with a perfect benchmark of how they should conduct themselves online. Apparently, he’s also got a pretty fantastic knowledge base when it comes to wine – he’s even got a YouTube channel.
Founder of Michelle Rago Destinations – the world’s best wedding planning firm, Michelle Rago is a savvy marketer, a skilled event organizer and an all around approachable person. Her book Signature Weddings: Creating a Day Uniquely Your Own is a must-read for wedding clients and planners alike. On top of that, her blog is elegant, simple, and filled with information on everything from marketing to social media to general event management.
You might be a bit surprised to see a celebrity on this list. You shouldn’t be, though. If there’s one person who understands how to market and manage concerts, it’s her. She’s one of the most followed personalities on Twitter, too – meaning she knows exactly how best to use the platform. Have a look at some of the stuff she does online if you don’t believe me; you won’t regret it.
As the founder and CEO of Cvent, Reggie Aggarwal has watched his company grow from a fledgling startup to one of the world’s leading providers of event management technology. Though he’s not incredibly active on social media, his blog is one of the web’s best sources of information on the events industry– second only to Julius Solaris’s Event Manager Blog. If nothing else, take a look at how he runs his company. You might learn something about your own firm.
Listed as one of the top young event industry professionals by Citi Magazine, Hannah is a leading professional in the health sector. She displays flexibility and attention to detail that puts even some event industry veterans to shame, and manages to keep herself attuned to both millennials and older clients alike. Follow her on Twitter if you want details on a ton of keynotes related to event management, inspirational quotes tied to event planning, and a ton of information about the UK events industry.
As before, this is anything but a comprehensive list – just a few individuals at the top of their respective fields. Take from it what you will, but hopefully you’ll find at least a bit of value from some of them. After all, if one thing is certain, it’s that these folks know what they’re doing.
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