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The best books for event managers

phone-1052023_1920At this time when it is recommended to stay indoors, what would be a better thing to do than to read interesting and instructive books. We have compiled a list of books that are useful for everyone working in the event industry. The books that we recommend are about event planning, conferences, meetings, sustainability, safety, and creativity.

Event planning

The Non-Obvious Guide to Event Planning (For Kick-Ass Gatherings that Inspire People) by Andrea Driessen:

This book is easy-to-read, fun and practical guide to event organization. The book provides concrete tips on how to create an interesting event for a less money and in less time.

The Business of Event Planning: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Successful Special Events by Judy Allen:

Professional tips for event organizers. This book takes you behind the scenes of the event and shows how to make the event successful. The book covers, among other things, the conclusion of various contracts, security issues and the organization of the event in a multicultural environment.

Read also: Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide to Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events by Judy Allen.

Liveto’s blog has also a post about how to start planning your own event. You can read it from here.

Conferences and meetings

The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action by Adrian Segar:

This book is a great sequel to the author’s Bestseller: Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love, where Adrian Segar taught readers how to design and execute remarkable conferences. This book focuses on improving meetings at a finer level. The book shows how to turn passive attendees into active participants, how to boost learning and create opportunities to build important networks.

Into the Heart of Meetings by Mike van der Vijver, Eric de Groot:

Into the Heart on Meetings, is a practical guide and textbook for organizing meetings, conferences, seminars and workshops, among other things. Skilled and experienced organizers provide tools and examples to help organizing meetings in the best possible way. The book is not only useful for meeting organizers, it’s also recommended for managers and consultants.

Read also: Designing Successful Professional Meetings and Conferences in Education: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation by Susan Mundry, Edward Britton, Senta Raizen, and Susan Loucks-Horsley.

Sustainability and safety

Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide by Meegan Jones:

Meegan Jones is an event professional focusing her work on developing sustainable management solutions for live events. This book teaches to understand the consequences of actions, and also gives tools to act as environmentally friendly as possible, regardless of the size and nature of the event.

The Event Safety Guide: A Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare by The Event Safety Alliance:

The Event Safety Guide is a useful guide for anyone working in the event industry. The book brings together best tips from top professionals and is designed to help operators understand the importance of safety in the industry and apply these best practices in their daily work.

If you still feel like you want to learn more about this subject, we have a great post in our blog about event organizing. You can read it here.


The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry:

Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to unleash your creative potential. Henry focuses five key-elements for discovering your personal creative rhythm:

  • Focus
  • Relationships
  • Energy
  • Stimuli
  • Ideas

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky:

Scott Belsky has spent years studying the habits of creative people and teams that are especially productive. He shows why it’s more important to develop the capacity to make ideas happen than always try to create new ideas.

Read also: Made to Stick: Why Some ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath, Dan Heath. Subscribe us on YouTube