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Robin E Craven
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March 19 2001 Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
Uncover the hidden strategies for successful-and easy-event planning!
Provides tips and ideas for budget planning, location selection, catering, entertainment options and negotiations.
Ideal for any event-whether there are 10 participants or 10,000.
Offers the broadest range of planning strategies in the market. If you are given the responsibility of planning a meeting for your business, you need to make your company look good. This guide gives you suggestions for planning the budget, negotiating a space to meet, choosing a caterer, setting up the room, and planning programs. You will be able to produce an event that is organized and within your budget.
Robin Craven and Lynn Johnson together have more than 40 years of experience in the hotel-sales and meeting-planning industries. Johnson spent 16 years as a hotel sales supplier and has served as president of an association management firm. Craven is an active meeting planner and Web designer for the meeting-planning industry. Both are past presidents of the Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. Both are also partners in their own meeting-planning company, Alliance LLC, as well as frequent writers and speakers.

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If you are given the responsibility of planning a meeting for your business, you need to make your company look good. This guide gives you suggestions for planning the budget, negotiating a space to meet, choosing a caterer, setting up the room, and planning programs. You will be able to produce an event that is organized and within your budget.

About the Author

Robin E. Craven and Lynn Johnson Golabowski launched Alliance LLC Meetings Management in January 1997. (Alliance LLC organizes national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars.) Together, they plan meetings and events for corporations and associations. They are also partners in MeetingsCoachSM, a division of Alliance LLC. As Meetings CoachesSM, they share their meetings-industry knowledge and experience with meeting planners by providing timely, constructive, and affordable assistance on just about any meeting-planning issue or topic.

Robin and Lynn also speak and provide training for the meetings industry. They have written numerous articles and currently write columns for Midwest Meetings and Small Market Meetings. Both are active members of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).Robin resides in Richland, Washington. She has a Bachelor's degree in biology from Virginia Tech University and has more than 22 years of experience as a meeting planner. She is a past president of the Wisconsin Chapter-Meeting Professionals International and was the first chair of MPI's Information Technology Advisory Council. She is currently the president of the Alliance of Meeting Management Consultants.

Lynn has more than 24 years of experience in the hotel, meeting, and tourism industry. She has an Associate in Arts degree from Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois, and a Bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. Her industry experience includes managerial positions in sales and marketing with Stouffers, Marriott, Hyatt, and Wyndham. This experience, from both sides of the meetings industry-supplier and buyer-brings a unique perspective to her role as a meeting planner. She is currently the executive director of Meeting Professionals International-Wisconsin Chapter.


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This is a comprehensive introductory book for anyone starting out in the meeting planning industry. The title is a bit misleading (Meeting AND Event Planning) as there is very little information on event planning itself - about 10 pages. The event planning section mostly concentrates on the events that would be part of a meeting (golf tournament, fundraiser, final night gala, etc.) but doesn't go into great detail. There are, however, concepts and information presented about meeting planning (checklists, timelines, vendors etc.) that can be easily transferred to the event planning process.
If meeting planning has recently become part of your job responsibilities, this guide will help you understand the basics. If you are looking for information about becoming an independent meeting planner or event planner (i.e.: getting clients, starting your company) you might need to continue looking for other resources.
Overall the book is well written, has plenty of examples and explains the underlying concepts to organizing a meeting.
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This book is a great value for any individual who is just starting out or think about joining the industry. For the seasoned professional you will find a few things you may not have thought about or simply forgot about. In addition, it's a great piece to give to your superiors to explain, in a fun way, what exactly you do. The book expresses that those in the industry are professionals and that we are much more than mere "party planners." At times it can be a little too cute, but with a title like The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meeting and Event Planning some leeway should be given. Again, its a great start for an introduction to the industry. I would recommend for additional information check into some established organizations such as Professionals Convention Management Association, PCMA; Meeting Professionals International, MPI; and the Convention Industry Council, CIC. These organizations offer additional materials, at a slightly higher cost, but worth investigating if you are interested in a career planning meeting and events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely necessary for starters Jan. 9 2002
Format:Paperback
I think this is the best guide for event and meeting planners. there is a lot of source references (especially internet sources available for professional event planners or prospective event planners) It is fun and easy to follow. Everything is clearly explained. There is not too many jargon words used.
I am yet in the middle of the book and I can't wait to see the later parts of it. I am getting all the necessary information I need.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to understand meeting planning, but not events Nov. 2 2003
By Jill Snodgrass - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a comprehensive introductory book for anyone starting out in the meeting planning industry. The title is a bit misleading (Meeting AND Event Planning) as there is very little information on event planning itself - about 10 pages. The event planning section mostly concentrates on the events that would be part of a meeting (golf tournament, fundraiser, final night gala, etc.) but doesn't go into great detail. There are, however, concepts and information presented about meeting planning (checklists, timelines, vendors etc.) that can be easily transferred to the event planning process.
If meeting planning has recently become part of your job responsibilities, this guide will help you understand the basics. If you are looking for information about becoming an independent meeting planner or event planner (i.e.: getting clients, starting your company) you might need to continue looking for other resources.
Overall the book is well written, has plenty of examples and explains the underlying concepts to organizing a meeting.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely necessary for starters Jan. 9 2002
By Duygu Ulupinar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think this is the best guide for event and meeting planners. there is a lot of source references (especially internet sources available for professional event planners or prospective event planners) It is fun and easy to follow. Everything is clearly explained. There is not too many jargon words used.
I am yet in the middle of the book and I can't wait to see the later parts of it. I am getting all the necessary information I need.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet Feb. 19 2008
By S. Snow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is the assigned reading for the Event Planning certification course I'm taking. It's great, very concise and to-the-point. Lots of realistic resources and handy tips.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! Aug. 24 2006
By E. Dackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This has been a really great book and has been a huge help in getting started in event planning. I've planned six events now, and this book is helping me understand some of the processes better and help me better hone my skills. Definitely recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to Meet May 11 2010
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be an easy-to-follow guide with up-to-date information. It contains information that covers a wide range of events, from formal to casual. I had to use this for a class, and after this class it will be a great reference tool--even out of the business arena!
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