Lunch & Learn Events for Wedding/Event Pros
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!
Date: Thursday, 2/7/19
Topic: Technology & Trends
Speaker: Aisha Thomas
Venue: Palisades Country Club
Catered Meal by: Palisades
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, 2/21/19
Topic: Operations & Logistics: Breaking it Down into Systems
Speaker: Amanda Allsbrook
Venue: Pine Lake CC (Mint Hill)
Catered Meal by: Pine Lake
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, 3/7/19
Topic: Do you want it your way, or do you want it pretty?
Speaker: David Klingel
Venue: The 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, 4/4/19
Topic: Leveraging Time for Success: 10 Steps in Time Management
Speaker: Troy Adams
Venue: Big Chill
Catered Meal by: Fresh Eats Catering
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: Wednesday, 4/10/19 - Wine & Wisdom Event
Topic: Sales Doesn't Have to be Sleazy
Speaker: Cass Bradley
Venue: Ritchie Hill (Concord)
Catered Meal by: QC Catering
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: Thursday, 5/2/19
Speaker: Jason, Jeremy & Bobbette: Perfect Wedding Guide CLT
Venue: Brakefield at Riverwalk (Rock Hill)
Catered Meal by: Flipside Catering
Jason, Jeremy & Bobbette from the Perfect Wedding Guide Charlotte team have a wealth of knowledge to share. Working with businesses of all sizes and in all areas of our industry, there are several topics they can speak on to benefit our community. Beyond that, they are dedicated, driven and genuine people. It is our absolute honor to know them personally and work with them professionally. We know they'll come up with a great topic to discuss and we look forward to it!
Date: Thursday, 6/6/19
Topic: Grassroots Marketing
Speaker: Erin Padgett
Venue: Magnolia Woods
Catered Meal by: Savory Moments
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. That success didn't just happen with paid advertising or traditional marketing, though. It came with Grassroots Marketing measures, for which Erin will share her secrets to success! First Grassroots step...come to this talk!
Date: Thursday, 7/11/19
Speaker: Laura Stump
Venue: Mint Museum Uptown
Catered Meal by: Something Classic
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!
Date: Wednesday, 7/17/19 - Wine & Wisdom Event
Topic: Make your business DANCE!
Speaker: Troy Adams
Venue: Pine 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!
Date: Thursday, 8/1/19
Topic: Not Networking ... Connecting
Speaker: Erin Dennis
Venue: Hampton Inn Phillips Place (SouthPark)
Catered Meal by: Plate 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.
Speaker: Tim Clark
Venue: Separk Mansion
Catered Meal by: Roots Catering
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!
Date: Thursday, 10/3/19
Speaker: Ethan & Sommer Goins
Venue: Providence 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!
Date: Wednesday, 10/9/19 - Wine & Wisdom Event
Topic: Work / Life Balance
Speaker: Julie Staley
Venue: Carolina 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.
Topic: People, Personalities & Better Communication
Speaker: Tim Ledwein
Venue: 220 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!
Date: Thursday, 12/5/19
Topic: Making Goals a Daily Reality
Speaker: Troy Adams
Venue: Hilton 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 will take you to your goal?