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3 Tips for Living your Best Life

Posted August 30, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I hit a slump recently. Last winter my partner and I got engaged which started a huge flurry of activity. We had to make a guest list, pick a venue, travel up to meet his family… Oh and I needed to get my house ready to sell. It was a project, and I made a...

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5 Steps to Making a Difference – Production Style

Posted August 16, 2016 by Heather Hutson

Making a difference is in vogue these days.  Tom’s will donate a pair of shoes to a kid in Africa, Microsoft will give a Surface to a kid in Africa, Warby Parker contributes a pair of glasses to the non profits in third world companies. It’s so popular that Buzzfeed compiled a list of 22 Charitable Companies...

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7 Steps to an Efficient and Effective RFP Process

Posted July 22, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I’ve answered thousands of RFP’s. (I’m not exaggerating here.) I’ve seen the process work effectively and I’ve experienced it as a complete waste of time for both parties. Proposal writing a tricky business, it can be expensive and consume a lot resources, but talking to each and every vendor is time consuming for the client....

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Work / Life Balance in Production

Posted July 19, 2016 by Heather Hutson

In our business (and in other industries too) it’s  a badge of honor to work long hours, to roll from show to show, to live your life in the airports, taxis and ballrooms. Not just domestically- any schmuck can work domestically– But globally!  You have a client that is willing to pay thousands of dollars...

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Summoning Courage in Uncertain Times

Posted July 14, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I live in Atlanta.  If you’ve been watching the news you’d know that the good people of Atlanta are pretty riled up.  The issue of race and police brutality is so very complicated and messy that I don’t want to tread into those waters on this platform, but I do want to explore  how we...

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What IS Freedom?

Posted July 1, 2016 by Heather Hutson

In light of the USA’s upcoming Independence Day celebration, I am reflecting on ‘freedom’. What exactly is ‘freedom’.  We write little essays in elementary school on “What Freedom Means to Me”. Of course, when you’re 8 years old freedom means being able  to watch the TV without any restrictions on when you gotta turn it...

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3 Disciplines of Meeting Management

Posted June 21, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I’m planning a wedding. My wedding to be specific. There are hundreds of small decisions to make and tasks to complete. As an individual, I can manage all of these little tasks and decisions. It’s a 4 hour event, and I have a year to plan it, and let’s face it, I’m a professional producer...

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Delegation for Dummies

Posted June 17, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I’ve been thinking about delegation recently. When you think about our industry, it is near impossible to do every single task required to put on a meeting, even a small meeting. There are tons and tons of things to do, and even more decisions to make. If one person tries to make every single decision...

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3 Tips for Sales Success

Posted May 15, 2016 by Heather Hutson

My dining companion was super excited. He had just wrapped a show downtown for the holy grail of Atlanta based clients.   He’d been knocking on their door for a while but couldn’t get any traction, and now the client that hired him is ready to give him a ton more shows.  He leaned in and said,...

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3 Perks of Value Based Businesses

Posted May 9, 2016 by Heather Hutson

As soon as I got the wedding dress in the car, I had a change of heart.  While I got the gown for a terrific price. I wasn’t happy with the purchase.  I called Bride Beautiful and they told me that store policy was no refunds and no exchanges, but why don’t I come back in and let’s...

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