We’ve picked the brains of our event teams and pulled together their favourite books that support them in their roles. From being more productive and managing stress to creative thinking and how to build ideas that stick, below are our 20 must-read books for any event planner.
1. Into the heart of meetings: basic principles of meeting design, Mike van der Vijver and Eric de Groot
Described as the meetings industry bible, Into the Heart of Meetings describes the principles underlying meeting design and the art of matching the format of a meeting to its contents and aims.
2. The 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen R. Covey.
Covey’s seven habits range from ‘begin with the end in mind’ to ‘put first things first’ to ‘think win-win’, and are devised from his analysis of 200 years of literature around ‘success’. The habits are centred around self-mastery, developing teamwork, collaboration, communication skills, and continuous growth and improvement and are designed to set you on the path to achievement.
3. The Game Plan, Steve Bull
The Game Plan is about creating a performance mind-set that enables you to deliver at crucial times. From delivering a presentation, wowing new clients or remaining cool, calm and collected at those crucial times during an event, The Game Plan will help you deliver a robust plan to have an edge over competitors
4. How to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie
A best-seller on Amazon, How to Win Friends and Influence People gives you practical advice on topics such as persuading people to follow your way of thinking, to winning new clientsor boosting enthusiasm among your colleagues. Having sold tens of millions worldwide, this popular book will help improve the everyday interactions in your life.
The Accidental Creative gives structure and purposeful training to stay engaged and productive over long periods of time. It’s for those who didn’t intentionally choose to be part of this abstract profession but need the most help in learning to do what most traditional creative people do instinctively.
6. Outliers: the story of success, Malcom Gladwell
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Malcolm Gladwell is described as being able to ‘make the complex seem simple’. Outliers are described as truly exceptional individuals and in this book Gladwell assesses what sets these genius’s apart.
7. The Rules of Life, Richard Templar
It’s your life. How good could it be? Full of 100 rules from ‘getting used to stepping outside of your comfort zone’ to ‘aim to be the very best at everything you do – not second best’ – all designed to help you live a more successful life.
8. Tribe of Mentors, Timothy Ferriss
In Tribe of Mentors, Ferriss gives 11 questions to over 100 top performers across a variety of sectors, from tech entrepreneurs to actors, authors and sports stars. Easily digestible in bite-sized portions, it tackles life’s most challenging questions helping you achieve extraordinary results.
9. TED Talks – The official Ted guide for public speaking, Chris Anderson
Learning from the masters, this guide portrays the power of public speaking, and if done right can transform an audience’s view. The book covers everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage.
10. The Presentation Book: How to Create it, Shape it and Deliver it! Improve Your Presentation Skills Now , Emma Ledden
This No.1 bestseller is designed for both the inexperienced and the experienced speaker and guides the reader through a three step process on how to inform, inspire and entertain. Whether it’s tackling your nerves, to shaping your message or the design of your slides, the books aims to show you how to give the best presentation you’ve ever done.
11. Made to Stick, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Why is it that some ideas stick and others don’t? From 10 years of study, Chip and Dan have determined what it is that makes some ideas or stories stick in our mind or not. The book shows how we can all use cleverly devised strategies such as the ‘Velcro Theory of Memory’ and ‘curiosity gaps’, and offers practical insights and setting out of principles we all can adopt to make sure that we get our ideas across effectively.
12. The little book of mindfulness, Patrizia Collard
With event coordinator listed as the fifth most stressful job, this little book of mindfulness is the perfect addition for any event planners library. Dr Collard gives the reader simple 5-10 practices for each day to help ease stress and bring mindfulness to your everyday life.
13. Excel 2016 in easy steps, Michael Price
Every event managers favourite tool, this book helps you go beyond your basic spreadsheets and gives you tips on how to use the software to it’s maximum.
14. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the creative potential within us all, David and Tom Kelley
Whilst most assume that creativity is the domain of the ‘creative types’, David and Tom Kelley show us that each and every one of us is creative. These experts identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.
Like jelly being thrown at a wall, poor communication will never stick! The Jelly Effect teaches you all the ways you can win more attention and more business, from communicating effectively 100 percent of the time, to being better at presenting, networking and selling.
We’ve all been there; trying to tackle everything on our to-do list and ending up doing nothing. Successful people don’t try to do everything. Instead they learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get them done. Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organise your day.
17. Never split the difference, negotiating as if your life depended on it, Chris Voss and Tahl Raz
Written by a former FBI hostage negotiator, Never Split the Difference details the world of high-stakes negotiations, giving an insight into the nine key principles that helped Voss and his colleagues succeed when it mattered the most – when people’s lives were at stake.
18. Sustainable Event Management- A Practical Guide by Meegan Jones
Written by a leader in event sustainability management, this book is a practical, step-by-step guide taking readers through the key aspects of how to identify, evaluate and manage event sustainability issues and impacts and to use the event for good – it’s for events of any style and scale, anywhere in the world.
19. Event Management for Dummies, Laura Capell
Whether you’re starting out in the event management industry or are just looking for a refresher, Event Management for Dummies is the ideal book to give you a full overview of planning an event. Covering budgets to F&B to marketing your event, this book is an essential for those wanting to break into the industry.
20. Meeting Design: for managers, makers and everyone, Kevin Hoffman
Meeting Design takes the reader through the design principles that can be used to transform meetings from boring to creative and from wasteful to productive.
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