Micro-Manager vs. Laidback Leader: Which are You?

Micro-Manager vs. Laidback Leader: Which are You?

(Editor's Note: Friend of WeddingIQ and frequent guest contributor Jennifer Taylor of Taylor'd Events is back today, sharing some insights on different types of leadership within a wedding business. Read more about Jennifer at the end of the post!)

If you work in the event industry, you probably don’t need anyone to tell you how many moving pieces it takes to put on a successful wedding. With that said, the way you handle those pieces speaks a lot to your work style and can have a major effect on the final result.

With so many details to keep track of, it can be fairly easy to micro-manage. Who knows your job better than you? While it’s certainly important to make sure everything falls into just the right place, there is a time and place to take a step back and let the day flow naturally.

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If You Want Your Wedding Business to Succeed, You Have to Let Go Of These Three Things

If You Want Your Wedding Business to Succeed, You Have to Let Go Of These Three Things

Throughout this month, we've written about all kinds of things related to being more productive and effective in your wedding business, from creating systems and workflows to taking baby steps toward outsourcing.

If you truly want your business to be successful, however, there's something important you need to do that doesn't involve taking more on or getting more done. Rather, it's a major mindset shift that absolutely has to take place if you want to grow and thrive. It involves letting go.

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Work/Life Balance? What's That?! And Can It Exist in the Wedding Industry?

Work/Life Balance? What's That?! And Can It Exist in the Wedding Industry?

(Editor's Note: Today we welcome our friend and colleague Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting, with a fantastic piece on whether work/life balance is actually an achievable thing in the wedding biz. Read more about Meghan at the end of the post!)

Ah, the ever-coveted work/life balance. From my experience, most people tend to lean towards one side or the other – rarely is it a 50/50 split. In the event industry, it can be especially difficult to prioritize your time as we’re often dealing with weddings and events on the weekends and weeknights.

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The Myth of Work/Life Balance: How to Make Vacations Work for You

The Myth of Work/Life Balance: How to Make Vacations Work for You

We hear a lot about work-life balance these days: from parents, colleagues and, well, anyone with a job. There seems to be this belief that work and personal life are completely separate and should be kept so through rigorous scheduling. It implies a "punching of the time clock" mentality in which a worker has set hours on the job that they happily leave behind at the end of the day.

I don’t know about you, but I have never experienced this type of employment, and increasingly, find that my work life and home life have completely melded into one another. When work is no longer confined to an office, when we are in constant contact with clients or when your colleagues are your friends, the lines become blurred - if not nonexistent. Instead, parents now bring their children to work, companies maintain virtual offices and friends start businesses together. More than ever, we are in charge of our own calendars on a daily basis, which is why scheduling down time is so important.  

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How Being Less Educated, Less Informed and Less Inspired May Save Your Wedding Business

How Being Less Educated, Less Informed and Less Inspired May Save Your Wedding Business

Last year, I wrote a post on whether inspiration would ultimately be the wedding industry's downfall. I remember feeling nervous when I posted it, because let's face it, certain "movements" and hashtags have become wildly trendy among wedding pros and other creatives. I worried that, by questioning the motives of the people behind it, I'd be seen as some kind of wedding industry mean girl. as negative, as judgmental. (It wouldn't be the first time. Some people really don't like being called out.)

Still, as with most of my quasi-controversial posts on WeddingIQ, I felt the topic needed to be discussed. And I stand by what I wrote, as well as my follow-up piece on how sugarcoating the reality of business hurts wedding pros and aspiring entrepreneurs.

This post is similar, but a little more personal to me. And it's not an easy one to write, that's for sure.

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