Lunch & Learn Events for Wedding/Event Pros

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I wanted to create a series of monthly Lunch & Learn events for fellow wedding and event pros so we don't all feel like I look in that picture! Seriously though, how many times do we feel like our businesses are running us, instead of the opposite? We attend networking events regularly, but how often do we share ideas that make our businesses better, our lives easier and increase not just profits, but also our personal and professional joy? There's power in a community of learning, so I've gathered some of the best professionals around to speak about things they've learned so we can all benefit.

 

I've been a DJ for 25 years, starting at age 16. During that time, I also juggled successful "mini-careers" in television, radio, print, as a golf pro, executive director and business coach. I lived everywhere from Maine to Miami to Utah. I covered the Olympics for NBC, worked on-air for CBS, FOX and locally for WSOC. I took a $1-million company to $10-million, played golf against PGA Tour players, and coached both golfers AND businesses. Then in 2011 I turned my focus solely to Carolina DJ Professionals, which has grown from 1 person to 20, with over 500 events/year, 7 straight years of growth and a reputation as one of the best in the Carolinas. 

 

I share this not to sound arrogant, because I despise arrogance and value humility. I share because I've been fortunate to learn so many things, from so many people, in so many different industries. I've tried and failed. I've asked for help. I've learned and believe in continuous learning. And I value a community of people to learn from one another and help each other grow. So that's why these topics are so important to me. 


We'll meet the FIRST THURSDAY of every month from 11:30am-1:00pm. We've created a great collection of topics, venues and speakers I think are beneficial to everyone, no matter what area of the industry you're in! 

 

Register for any of the Lunch & Learns below via the link next to each talk.
For more information on day-of info and what to expect, visit the LnL Registration Details page. 

Date:  Thursday, 6/6/19

TopicWhat are you REALLY selling?

SpeakerErin Padgett

VenueMagnolia Woods

Catered Meal by Savory Moments

Talk Details: 

We refer to Erin Padgett as our favorite firecracker. But really, she's an entire fireworks show. In a short time, Erin has taken her Erin Padgetts Events planning business from startup to "slow down," meaning she's had to cap how much business she can take it's growing so fast. She's hired a stellar team around her. She's also opened Paige & Elliott bridal boutique with enormous success. Erin will discuss different sales techniques used in both retail and service to help close the deal!
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  Thursday, 7/11/19

Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicTBD

SpeakerLaura Stump

VenueMint Museum Uptown

Catered Meal by: Something Classic

 

Talk Details: 

Laura rocked out our biggest Lunch & Learn of 2018, speaking on "Sales Refined & Redefined" in front of 85 people at Catawba Brewery. So we know whatever topic she comes up with in 2019 will be an amazing one. We can't wait!

 


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  Wednesday, 7/17/19 - Wine & Wisdom Event

Time: 6-8pm

Topic Make your business DANCE! 

SpeakerTroy Adams

VenuePine Island Country Club (Charlotte/Mt Holly area)

Catered Meal by: Pine Island

Talk Details: How do you grow your business, get results and still keep your joy, balance & fruitful relationships? Troy will share some of the things that helped take Carolina DJ Professionals from 1 person...to over 30 and with locations in 5 cities...yet still find time for family, personal pursuits & even bad dancing. All while checking emails only once a day. He'll share his "4 Pillars of Business," for building both a successful, and joyful, business. We can't promise there won't be bad dancing, but we do promise laughter, inspiration and the tools for personal & professional growth!
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  Thursday, 8/1/19

TopicNot Networking ... Connecting

Speaker Erin Dennis

VenueHampton Inn Phillips Place (SouthPark)

Catered Meal byPlate Perfect
Talk Details: Erin Dennis exemplifies everything this industry is about. Service, selflessness, outgoing, organized, educated, fun and dependable. She knows the ins-and-outs of the industry. But what's the constant through everything? People. In an age where everyone is about social media and their audience, personal connections sometimes fall short. Instead, we need to truly connect with our colleagues & clients. But how? Erin talks about how to build lasting relationships and their inherent value. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  9/5/19
Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicTBD

SpeakerTim Clark

VenueSepark Mansion
Catered Meal by Roots Catering

Talk Details: 

As the owner of Separk Mansion, Tim experiences it all when it comes to the wedding & event industry. An entrepreneur, investor, mentor and coach, Tim has spent 20 years building new business, forging relationships, establishing customer loyalty and generating sales. His talk is sure to be an insightful and beneficial one, no matter what area of the industry you're in!


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  Thursday, 10/3/19

Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicTBD

SpeakerEthan & Sommer Goins

VenueProvidence Cotton Mill

Catered Meal by The Smoke Pit

Talk Details: This power couple does it all. They own and operate a venue. They own and operate a first-class planning business. They own and operate an incredible event rental company. You get the point - they own and operate alot. They don't just own and operate though, they also excel. As people and professionals, they're two of the best around and we're honored to have them speak. Whatever the topic is, we know it will be a great one! 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  11/7/19
Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicPeople, Personalities & Better Communication

SpeakerTim Ledwein

Venue220 North Tryon at Foundation for the Carolinas
Catered Meal by TBD

Talk Details: Ever wonder why some clients just feel like a match, while others are a struggle to communicate with? Understanding people and personalities is critical to running your business. It affects everything - sales, operations, expectations - everything! Using DISC, Tim will help us better understand, identify and communicate with different personalities. Tim runs the #3 Sandler Training franchise in the world here in Charlotte and is a mentor to Troy & CDJP. We're excited to have him!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  Thursday, 12/5/19

Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicMaking Goals a Daily Reality

SpeakerTroy Adams

VenueHilton University

Catered Meal by:  Hilton University

Talk Details: I'm a dreamer. I love to dream big, but in the early years of my career, that's all I did. I didn't "do." I didn't measure or track my progress. I didn't break it down to smaller tasks that when added up, made achieving my goals much easier. Most people don't reach their goals because they either don't know what to do, how to do it, or they simply don't do it. So together, we'll walk through how to put together your daily plan of WHAT to do & HOW to do it. Then it simply becomes a choice: Do you implement the daily behaviors you know will take you to your goal?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ($14)!

Date:  Thursday, 

Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicTechnology & Trends

SpeakerAisha Thomas

VenueTBD

Catered Meal by: TBD

Talk Details:

Aisha Thomas knows where it's AT! She's the President-elect of the Charlotte ILEA chapter, an acclaimed wedding & event planner, and a travel expert. To fit the needs of her clients and colleagues, she has to know the current trends and be up on technology.

 

Come have lunch and learn how Aisha uses technology and trends to successfully execute her business and balance life.  

Date:  Thursday,

Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicOperations & Logistics: Breaking it Down into Systems

SpeakerAmanda Allsbrook

VenueTBD

Catered Meal by: TBD

Talk Details: Amanda is a recovering engineer turned wedding planner who loves creating manuals and implementing systems to streamline processes. How do you organize everything in your business so you're in a place to grow? Do you have any systems in place to automate some work? Operations and logistics help optimize your business and transform the way you get things done. Amanda will show you how to break it down - yes that's a dance pun - so that you can free up yourself, grow, or simply have peace of mind everything is getting done both for your clients and business.

Date:  Thursday, 

Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicDo you want it your way, or do you want it pretty?

Speaker:  David Klingel

VenueThe Brawley Estate (Mooresville)

Catered Meal by: La-tea-da's

Talk Details: David doesn't like attention, but he sure knows how to grab it. He's well-versed in event production, which is why as "The Event Professor," people hire him to help make their events a success. But not everyone recognizes, or cooperates, with the event experts. So David wants to share some practical steps in identifying who is your client and how to establish yourself as the authority. He'll also share some tricks to managing external factors. We know this talk is going to be pretty & amazing. 

Date:  Thursday, 

Time: 11:30am-1pm

TopicLeveraging Time for Success: 10 Steps in Time Management

Speaker Troy Adams

VenueTBD

Catered Meal by: TBD
Talk Details: Feel like your schedule runs you instead of you running your schedule? Maybe emails are overwhelming? Or distractions kill your productivity? Are you able to pursue goals and creative interests? I'll share 10 steps to take control of your business, your life & your goals. I've applied these practices over the years and they've changed my life. I believe they can help yours also. We can make more money, but we can't make more time. Or can we with better use of it?! With a growing family and that being my priority, this is a topic I'm very passionate about. I hope to see you there!  

Date:  

Time: 6-8pm / Live Music, 6-6:45:  Courtney Lynn & Quinn

Topic Sales Doesn't Have to be Sleazy: 
             
How client experience=clients rewarding you with their dollars.

SpeakerCass Bradley

VenueRitchie Hill (Concord)

Wine & Food by:  QC Catering

Talk Details: 

Who better to kick off our new Wine & Wisdom series than Cass Bradley. You know Cass - she's the entrepreneurial bada** behind Blue Sky Photo Artists, The Live Loud Collective and Bungalow 1325. She's pretty much the definition of awesome. Needless to say, there has to be some sales game in there to pull off all she has. But she sheds the negative association with successful sales and how when done right, it's a genuine, win-win exchange. This is sure to be a winning talk also. 

Date

Time: 6-8pm

TopicWork / Life Balance

SpeakerJulie Staley

VenueCarolina Country Weddings (Mt. Pleasant, NC)

Catered Meal by TBD

Talk Details: Julie is a wife, Mom of 2 teenage girls and an international wedding photographer. She left Corporate America 12 years ago to find a better work/life balance and has been every woman from full-time stay-at-home Mom to CEO of Old South Studios. Along with her team of eight photographers, she loves storytelling and illustrating epic tales of love and joy on wedding days. When it comes to balancing motherhood while running her own business though ... #TheJuggleIsReal. She's never met a dance floor she didn't like, or a colleague she didn't want to help. Come hear how she does it all and get some ideas on a better balance.