2017 is now upon us, and like everyone else – it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions and goals for your programming team.  If you are in the entertainment industry, or involved in event planning, we have some suggestions!

1. Keep an open mind

You probably work with diverse committees who all want to be a part of your programming choices.  Be willing to try something new, hear ideas, and take suggestions.  Book artists that you personally aren’t interested in, but that others are.  

2. Be supportive

If you aren’t the lead of an event, lend a hand to whomever is.  Offer supportive encouragement to each other.  Soon it will be your turn, and the encouragement will come back to you.

3. Have more fun

Entertainment planning is supposed to be fun.  Enjoy yourself!  Join the audience during your events, even if only for a few minutes.  Take photos of your team on show day.  Dance.  Smile more.  Yes, event planning can be stressful, but don’t forget to have fun while you’re working hard.  It will make the stressful moments easier.

4. Learn something new

Seek opportunities to learn.  This could be by meeting someone new or participating in something you normally don’t.  Join a tech crew if you’re normally not involved in tech or production.  Set up an informational interview with someone in a position you don’t know much about.    

5. Brainstorm more

You will be amazed at what 5-10 brains can do in 10 minutes.  Come up with different topics (ie marketing ideas, giveaway prizes, new events) and in a small group, spend 10 minutes yelling out any idea that comes to your minds for that topic.  Nothing gets thrown out, everything gets written down, and you can critique the ideas later after everyone has had a chance to yell out all the ideas they have.  It can be an amazing creative process and sometimes unexpected and innovative ideas can come out of these sessions.

 

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]