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The Extraordinary Events Podcast is your go-to resource for learning and growing as as an event professional. Through this podcast, you'll hear directly from Dr. Kristin Malek - a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Event Designer (CED), and Digital Event Strategist (DES) - who will share information about the event design process, the required skills and mindsets, and how to become a successful event professional. The podcast releases on Tuesdays and Thursdays and average between 10 and 15 minutes each. On Tuesdays there will be more lessons and Thursdays will alternate between a student and industry spotlight. Learn more about the Extraordinary Events Initiative at: Facebook.com/eventinitiative/
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Ep 72: Summer Break

Ep 72: Summer Break

2021-04-2717:58

The podcast is taking a summer break! In this podcast episode, I discuss the importance of mental health, give an update on my PCMA North American Student Competition Team, and discuss the future of the Extraordinary Events Podcast! See you in the fall! 
Surprise! I am switching things up a bit this week! Instead of an industry spotlight for today's episode, I wanted to share and discuss some topics that have made me have a huge self realization over the past week! In this episode, I discuss how important it is to not only know the purpose of the events you plan, but to also know YOUR purpose as well, how we won't always have the answer for everything, as well as how even though events are everything, they cannot solve every problem. 
In this podcast episode, I explain the rubric I use to grade my Intro to Events final projects, how I disagree with the vast majority of higher education in regards to the importance of understanding digital engagement and how participating in an interview last week for an association inspired today's podcast. 
Ensuring that every attendee feels included at your event is a critical step in the event planning process! In this podcast episode, Megan Cook gives simple steps to ensure that your event is inclusive to all event attendees. These steps include elements such as food choices, accessibility, using proper pronouns, etc. Implementing these elements into your event will create a better experience for event attendees, and ensure that every attendee feels seen and heard. 
Do you want best practices on how to negotiate your salary with a future employer? In this podcast episode, I give my best tips + tricks on salary negotiation, how to effectively market yourself and your abilities to a company, as well as how to find the average salary of your position not only in your city, but at the company you are negotiating with. 
In this very special podcast episode, I interview my four event leaders from this semester! Addisyn Dupler, the overall event leader, Kenzie Brabec and Amy Day, the two in-person event  leaders, as well as Lillian Nguyen, the online event leader. This interview is packed with very insightful information from all of the leaders and we have an insightful conversation about their key takeaways from the event, and what they wish they would have known before taking the Advanced Event Operations course! 
Do you want to hear the lessons we learned from planning our hybrid event, Level Up Your Event Game? In this podcast episode, I give you advice on how we created an amazing first event impression from our in-person attendees, how we gave our online attendees the ability to feel like they were actually in-person at our event, as well as what the students who planned the event would change if they were to plan the event again. 
Do you want to be involved in planning events on campus but don’t know where to start? In this podcast episode, Madison Janky interviews fellow student Jess Conrad, who is UPC’s Primary Programmer at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. UPC is the University Program Council, which is a student organization that provides diverse, educational and training programs to enhance the UNL community. Throughout this episode, Jess explains the impact UPC has had on her life, and how you can get involved! 
Do you want to know how to take your resume to the next level? This podcast episode was inspired by my many current and past students who have recently reached out to have me review their resume.  This episode discusses my best tips & tricks when it comes to resume building, what you should NOT have on your resume, as well as specific keywords you can add to your resume to help you get noticed by future employers! If you want to come to our April 1st event, Level Up Your Event Game, send an email to theeventsinitiative@gmail.com and I will send you your own coupon code with money off of the event at registration! If you are interested in learning more about Level Up Your Event Game, please visit our website at levelupyoureventgame.com
In this podcast episode, I am joined by the amazing Rachel Polin. Rachel, a former student, now serves as the Director of Growth at MediaMonks. Listen and hear about how Rachel got her start in the Hospitality industry, the variety of amazing opportunities that Rachel has had during her career, as well as a story of how she had the opportunity to ride on a private jet for work at the young age of 22. If you want to come to our April 1st event, Level Up Your Event Game, send an email to theeventsinitiative@gmail.com and I will send you your own coupon code with money off of the event at registration! If you are interested in learning more about Level Up Your Event Game, please visit our website at levelupyoureventgame.com
Ep 62: My Beginning

Ep 62: My Beginning

2021-03-2317:34

Everyone is always asking me how I got my start in the event planning industry, so in today's special podcast episode, I am finally sharing how I realized events was for me! In this episode I also discuss all of the exciting things that are happening in the month of March, how one of my Pinterest boards gave me my start working in a niche event planning industry, and how there are so many careers and events that you do not even know exist! If you want to come to our April 1st event, Level Up Your Event Game, send an email to theeventsinitiative@gmail.com and I will send you your own coupon code with money off of the event at registration! If you are interested in learning more about Level Up Your Event Game, please visit our website at levelupyoureventgame.com
In this special student created podcast, Sarah Iverson explains how different people have different experiences at the events they attend. Sarah holds insightful interviews with her friend and mom, getting their input on different events they've attended,  explains how events have been impacted due to Covid-19, and things event planners can do to make events memorable for all event attendees.  If you want to come to Level Up Your Event Game, send an email to theeventsinitiative@gmail.com and I will send you your own coupon code with money off of the event at registration! If you are interested in learning more about Level Up Your Event Game, please visit our website at levelupyoureventgame.com 
Do you remember the moment you knew that you wanted to pursue your current career? In this podcast episode, I discuss the lessons my current advanced events operations course students are learning while planning their event, how these lessons will help them in their future career, and how planning this event is helping them decide if event planning is their passion and future career choice! If you want to come to Level Up Your Event Game, send an email to theeventsinitiative@gmail.com and I will send you your own coupon code with money off of the event at registration! If you are interested in learning more about Level Up Your Event Game, please visit our website at levelupyoureventgame.com 
In this podcast episode, I have the amazing opportunity to talk with Molly Nicola, who currently works as an Event Manager at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. Molly is a University of Nebraska - Lincoln Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management  Program alumni, and still stays active in the program by speaking at a variety of classes and helping out with University of Nebraska - Lincoln events! In this insightful episode, Molly explains steps students need to take to get started in the Hospitality industry, what her day-to-day looks like at The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, and how she is playing an integral role in our event taking place on April 1, Level Up Your Event Game! If you want to come to Level Up Your Event Game, send an email to theeventsinitiative@gmail.com and I will send you your own coupon code with money off of the event at registration! If you are interested in learning more about Level Up Your Event Game, please visit our website at levelupyoureventgame.com 
How do you create an exclusive event experience for your event attendees? Pick the right sponsors! In this podcast episode, I explain why event sponsors should be strategic for your event, share a personal story explaining what can happen at an event if you do not have the right sponsors, as well as how you can receive a discount code to attend Level Up Your Event Game on April 1st! If you want to come to Level Up Your Event Game, send an email to theeventsinitiative@gmail.com and I will send you your own coupon code with money off of the event at registration! If you are interested in learning more about Level Up Your Event Game, please visit our website at levelupyoureventgame.com 
Do you ever wish that there was a step-by-step guide on how to effectively plan your wedding?  In this student created podcast episode, Autumn O'Keefe gives a detailed timeline to follow the months prior to your wedding, what you should specifically be doing each month before your wedding to reduce stress, as well as tips & tricks to have the most enjoyable wedding planning experience as possible.  Our Level Up Your Event Game conference registration is LIVE! Check out our website levelupyoureventgame.com for more information, and click the registration link below to register! Registration Link: https://go.unl.edu/levelupreg 
Do you want to know to best way to approach a potential sponsor for your event? In this podcast episode, I detail the important event layers to consider when looking for sponsors, different effective sponsorship solicitation tactics, as well as how my students are constantly teaching me to not take for granted the information that I know as an industry professional! Interested in attending or sponsoring our Level Up Your Event Game Conference?  Visit our website at https://www.LevelUpYourEventGame.comTo connect with us at the Extraordinary Events Initiative and see all the things we have going on, visit our website here: https://www.extraordinaryeventsinitiative.com
In this episode I am SO excited (which you can tell because I am talking faster than normal!) to talk with Phil Grimpo from Inspirmedia. Phil is a tech wizard, audio visual production master, who travels all around the country producing top notch events.  In this episode I talk with Phil about production during the pandemic and trends for the future, costs to produce online versus hybrid events, staying within budget, aligning production with your target market, and so much storytelling!  I know you will love Phil just as much as I do!  To connect with Phil, you can visit his website here: https://inspirmedia.com/ or email him directly at pgrimpo@inspirmedia.comTo check out the hybrid event for event professionals about hybrid events that Phil and I are working on together, check out the event website here: https://www.LevelUpYourEventGame.comTo connect with us at the Extraordinary Events Initiative and see all the things we have going on, visit our website here: https://www.extraordinaryeventsinitiative.com 
Are you interested in learning how to effectively obtain sponsorships for your upcoming event? In this podcast episode, I touch on the importance of networking, focusing on others, some personal tips and tricks on how to solicit sponsorships and strategic partnerships, and a couple of specific messages you can send your LinkedIn connections to make a lasting impact. Interested in speaking at or sponsoring our Level Up Your Event Game Conference?  Visit our website at https://www.LevelUpYourEventGame.comTo send us feedback, ideas for future topics, your screenshot of your rating, or any other comments or inquiries, write us at theeventsinitiative@gmail.com!
Planning an event is hard enough, but marketing an event to ensure that attendees are excited and attend the event is even harder. In this podcast episode, Kiana Walsh gives great detail on how to successfully recognize your event’s target market, how to market events on social media platforms specifically directed towards relevant age demographics, and explains how algorithms work on social media. If you are any sort of social media manager or use social media to plan your events, this episode is for you! Interested in our Friday webinar series? It starts back up this Friday, February 5, and continues every Friday for the rest of the year. February's series theme is on Online Event Technology. To register for this free event, click here: https://go.unl.edu/nextleveleventsWant to connect with us in other ways? Connect to all our social channels at our website, extraordinaryeventinitiative.com!
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