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This article lists all the books that should be mandatory readings for event planners.

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1. Into the heart of meetings Author: Eric de Groot and Mike van der Vijver

Summary: This book provides a wonderful introduction to

meeting design. Unlike the many books on the profession

that emphasize logistics, this book delves into core

questions about meeting design, such as uncovering

desired outcomes, working with meeting owners, and what

to do to create truly innovative meetings that deliver results.

The real-life examples included make this book a

fascinating and thought-provoking read.

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2. The 7 habits of highly effective people

Author: Stephen R. Covey

Summary: With over 15 million copies in print, the book has

become a classic. The integrated, principle-centered 7 Habits

philosophy has helped readers find solutions to their personal

and professional problems, and achieve a life characterized by

fairness, integrity, honesty, and dignity. Covey's tried and true

step-by-step approach can now be even more thoroughly

explored in this new workbook that helps readers further

understand, appreciate, and internalize the power of the 7


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3. Setting the table

Author: Danny Meyer

Summary: Danny Meyer thinks that "If you trust and empower

people to do a good job, they will". The book engages in explaining

two important concepts - "fear based control" vs "trust based control".

The author shares the lessons he learned while developing the

winning recipe for doing the business he calls "enlightened

hospitality." This innovative philosophy emphasizes putting the power

of hospitality to work in a new and counterintuitive way: The first and

most important application of hospitality is to the people who work for

you, and then, in descending order of priority, to the guests, the

community, the suppliers, and the investors.

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4. How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci

Author: Michael Gelb

Summary: This book is a mandatory reading if you want to

consider how to live and create better. Michael Gelb centers

this book on models of the very highest achievements and

demonstrates how genius is put together, by steps virtually

anyone can take, if they have the willingness to practice. Gelb

makes the practical teachings of history's great genius come

alive for the modern world. We recommended it to anyone

who wants to experience a professional renaissance.

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5. Special eventsAuthor: Joe Goldblatt

Summary: This title is a good choice for peers just getting

started in the industry. The author takes you step-by-step

through every process of event managing. Goldblatt

chronicles and champions the development, changes, and

challenges faced by the global celebrations industry for event

planners. The book includes interviews with experienced

events leaders and gives a better understanding of the field.

Event measurement, evaluation, and assessment are topics

that are integrated throughout a number of the chapters.

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6. The accidental creative

Author: Todd Henry

Summary: The book provides guidance on how to make

adjustments in your daily routines to facilitate and increase

your creativity, which is a vital asset when your profession

requires creativity on demand. Henry shows how to cultivate

the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your

enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your

best work each day. His guiding principles and checkpoints

include: define your goals, be fiercely curious and step out of

your comfort zone. His advice is to embrace the importance of

now, and to refuse to accept comfort, fear and familiarity.

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7. Meeting architecture, a manifesto

Author: Maarten Vanneste

Summary: This book explains in detail the potential that

meetings and conferences have in changing behaviours. This is

the book to read if you want to learn how to get that final result of

your meetings. Maarten Vanneste focuses on the content side of

meetings - what happens during the meeting that is important to

meeting owners - the meeting initiators, and their objectives.

What changes in the minds of the participants, what influences

the participants, what supports the objectives of the meeting in

terms of learning, networking and motivation.

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8. Theme ideas handbook

Author: Jerry Busche

Summary: Anyone burdened with the task of planning a meeting or

conference knows that the first stumbling block in the overall

process is coming up with a knockout theme. Without a clear

and concise theme for the session you are dead in the water. This

book explores more than 600 theme ideas for meetings, conferences,

parties, and events of all types: sales meetings, staff and team

building meetings, conventions, receptions, banquets, office breakout

sessions, seminars. It is perfect for any business or organization, any

department, any occasion: Sales, Marketing, Customer Service,

Telemarketing, Safety, Production, Staff Support, Associations, Non-


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9. Boring meetings suck

Author: Jon Petz

Summary: Most of the millions of meetings held in the world today are a

monumental waste of time and talent. Worse still, most of the so-called

solutions and books for boring meetings are twice as boring.This title

covers new meeting techniques for focused and results-driven events. It

teaches you simple steps to get everyone on board and make meetings

more effective. With this book you are going to learn how to “get in, get it

done and get out” to make your next meeting more efficient and effective. It

helps you to determine which bad meetings you can skip and how to avoid

poor meeting etiquette. It totally resonates with anyone who has ever

attended tons of boring conferences and meetings.

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10. Designing successful meetings

Authors: Susan E. Mundry, Senta A. Raizen,

Susan Loucks-Horsley, Edward D. Britton

Summary: This book provides guidance, tips, and suggestions for

planning professional events that will result in substantial learning for

participants. Written for professionals with all levels of experience, it is

based on the authors' experiences with designing and conducting

meetings. Finally, a step-by-step guide to maximize your efforts and create

the kinds of learning experiences participants will rave about. Designed for

first-time as well as veteran event planners, this practical hands-on guide is

full of concrete strategies, tips, and suggestions for creating dynamic