Great Books For Planners

We asked planners to share their favorite event and meeting planning books with us. The list includes a variety of great resources for all types of planners.


Meeting Architecture, a manifesto, by Maarten Vanneste - $29

Eventinterface Best Books for PlannersThe book aims to create a formal education up to a Master Degree in Meeting Architecture. The concept of meeting architecture is the vision of the author based on 25-years of experience in the industry. A Meeting Architect is a professional that works for meeting owners. The MA investigates the objectives of a meeting, designs it based on objectives, executes based –on the designs and assesses the result compared to the set objectives.

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Meeting and Event Planning for Dummies by Susan Friedmann, CSP - $21.99

Eventinterface Best Books for PlannersMeeting & Event Planning For Dummies is a practical step-by-step guide to the strategies and techniques event-planning professionals use to bring people together. This comprehensive resource covers all the angles from the little details to the big picture to make sure your business meetings and special events come off without a hitch!

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Professional Event Coordination by Julia Rutherford Silvers - $70

Eventinterface Best Books for PlannersA resource for every event planner, manager, caterer, and student. This in-depth guide covers all aspects of the event planning process. Written by expert event manager Julia Rutherford Silvers, the book outlines the tools and strategies to effectively procure, organize, implement, and monitor all the products, vendors, and services needed to bring an event to life. Enhanced throughout with useful checklists, tables, and sample forms, the book includes chapters on everything from Developing the Event Site and Providing the Event Infrastructure to Ancillary Programs, Food and Beverage Operations, and Vendors and Volunteers. The practical information is supplemented throughout the book by "On-Site Insights" featuring real-world examples from successful event planners, as well as chapter objectives, discussion questions, and exercises in professional event coordination to help readers build key skills and test their knowledge. From weddings to corporate conferences and from intimate events to huge festivals, Professional Event Coordination is a versatile guide to planning events of all kinds.

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Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands - The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More than 60 Countries by Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway - $24.95

Eventinterface Best Books for PlannersMeetings and events attract people from all over the world, and as planners we must be keenly aware of cultural differences that help us conduct proper business protocols. This book is the most authoritative and comprehensive text of its kind. With countries such as China and India taking on a more significant role in the global business landscape, you can't afford not to know the practices, customs, and philosophies of other countries. Now fully revised, updated, and expanded with over sixty country profiles, Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands, 2nd Edition provides invaluable information on how to handle common business interactions with grace, respect, and an appreciation for different cultures.

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Eventinterface Best Books for PlannersEdwin L. Griffin Jr, founder at Ed Griffin Consulting Group and Past President of Meeting Professionals International shares: “Believe it or not. I would strongly recommend that everyone read The Leadership Secrets of Collin Powell. This is certainly not a political endorsement but an objective observation about the book I have felt provides great guiding principles, and helps one build a strategic foundation on how to assess each important decision and how to choose directions that make both short and long-term sense. I have given it, as a gift to many people that I respect as professionals who are continuously motivated to learn more, be better and become even more successful. The book is predicated on military decisions but easily is applicable to simple choices that we make everyday, especially at work.”

The Leadership Secrets of Collin Powell by Orin Harari - $18.95. More info here.

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