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Resources

Looking for a new professional development book? Or course to take? Or tools I use to run amazing events? Take a look at my suggestions below.

As a note, some of these links may be affiliates.

Books

Books

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.

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Brag Better by Meredith Fineman

Bragging Better doesn't require false bravado, talking over people, or pretending to be more qualified than you are. Instead, Fineman advocates finding quiet confidence in your opinions, abilities, and background, and then turning up the volume. In this book, you will learn the career-changing tools she's developed over the past decade that make bragging feel easy,

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Breaking Free by Shannon Talbot

From discovering what lights you up, to exploring the fears and excuses that hold us back and how to move past them, Breaking Free: Stop Holding Back, Start Being You is a heartfelt journey that will inspire women everywhere to go after what they want in their careers and in their lives without guilt, compromise or sacrifice.

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Lucky Boxcutter by Sara Gorlick

Are you interested in becoming an event planner? You’ve come to the right place! Lucky Boxcutter takes readers through a decade of event planning experience in five easy chapters. This how-to book includes the different types of careers available within the event industry, how to handle a job interview for an event planning position, and what an aspiring planner should do once they land the job they aimed for. Through stories of her own event planning successes and failures, Sara Gorlick leaves readers with confidence that they too can turn event planning into a lifetime career.

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Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for: buying a car, negotiating a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, deliberating with your partner. Taking emotional intelligence and intuition to the next level, Never Split the Difference gives you the competitive edge in any discussion.

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The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World by Joe Keohane

In The Power of Strangers, Joe Keohane sets out on a journey to discover what happens when we bridge the distance between us and people we don’t know. He learns that while we’re wired to sometimes fear, distrust, and even hate strangers, people and societies that have learned to connect with strangers benefit immensely. Digging into a growing body of cutting-edge research on the surprising social and psychological benefits that come from talking to strangers, Keohane finds that even passing interactions can enhance empathy, happiness, and cognitive development, ease loneliness and isolation, and root us in the world, deepening our sense of belonging. And all the while, Keohane gathers practical tips from experts on how to talk to strangers, and tries them out himself in the wild, to awkward, entertaining, and frequently poignant effect.

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Profit First by Mike Michalowicz 

Conventional accounting uses the logical (albeit, flawed) formula: Sales - Expenses = Profit. The problem is, businesses are run by humans, and humans aren't always logical. Serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has developed a behavioral approach to accounting to flip the formula: Sales - Profit = Expenses. Just as the most effective weight loss strategy is to limit portions by using smaller plates, Michalowicz shows that by taking profit first and apportioning only what remains for expenses, entrepreneurs will transform their businesses from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows. 

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Start With Why by Simon Sinek

START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

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Courses

Courses

LinkedIn is often though of as being 'just an online resume' or only worthwhile for job seekers, but it's so much more than that. LinkedIn offers any professional the opportunity to instantly become an industry leader for free. Grow your network, join in important conversations, advertise the latest updates to your business, and make sure others can celebrate your accomplishments - all with the click of a button!

In this microcredential, you will learn how to determine the social and environmental impact of event management options. You will also learn how to evaluate these options using a sustainability checklist and communicate your findings to clients and vendors by presenting a sustainability analysis report to promote social and environmental responsibility in their sector.

Other

Other

With Asana, you can drive clarity and impact at scale by connecting work and workflows to company-wide goals.

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