Great reads for event planners

As a voracious reader, I love discovering great books on a multitude of subjects, from health, cooking and nutrition to psychology, business and personal development. More often than not, I scour the internet review sites such as Amazon’s Listmania and with a specific keyword or topic in mind. Occasionally, however, I find that some of the most valuable and insightful books for a particular subject are actually about another subject entirely.

For example, a quick search on Amazon will result in dozens of recommendations for books on meeting and event planning. Now while the information is certainly worthwhile, I find that many of these books are written for people simply thinking about becoming a planner or getting into the industry for the first time. Most of them contain the same information and advice that does little to expand the skill set or knowledge base of the veteran planner.

A quick search of my office bookshelf at home, on the other hand, resulted in dozens of books that have essentially nothing to do with event planning but contain plenty of information that could prove invaluable for any successful planning business. Since I obviously can’t loan my copies to everyone (besides they are far too clogged with bright yellow highlighter markings to be of much use to others), I thought I would share a few of my favourites that you might find helpful.

Million Dollar Habits – By Brian Tracy

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – By John Maxwell

The Likeability Factor – By Tim Sanders

How to Work a Room – By Susan RoAne

Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude – By Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone

Working with Emotional Intelligence – By Daniel Goleman

5 Minds for the Future – By Howard Gardner

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change – By Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler

Motivational Marketing – By Robert Imbriale

Influence – By Robert Cialdini

Mastery – By Robert Greene

So, let’s keep the conversation going – what non-event-planning books do you find helpful in running or building your planning business or corporate career? I’d love to hear your recommendations – after all we’ve still got a few weekends left for some illuminating summer reading!

About the author:

Sean Moon brings more than 20 years of senior communications experience to the MediaEdge team. His experience includes several years as an editor with the Canadian Press, 10 years as the Corporate Communications Director of an international nutrition marketing company, several years in the magazine advertising industry and more than five years as a communications and PR consultant. He has also worked extensively in magazine production, corporate event planning, public relations and marketing communications.

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