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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 betwee ...
 
Event management and design has to integrate everything from neuroscience to psychology and urban design to interior design. Oftentimes event managers and designers come from various backgrounds with focused training and education. This education podcast will examine how events relates to, and integrates, all industries in our global environment. The Events are Everything podcast is seasonal with 8 episodes released weekly every Spring and Fall.
 
Unique Competitions, Extraordinary Events and other Amazing Adventures. We aim for weird and wonderful, and we share the stories of champions and organizers from some of the world's most obscure events. From Heavy Metal Knitting to Barstool ski racing, to the search for the World's Ugliest Dog - we hope our listeners will add these events to their bucket lists and start seeking the odd and unusual in life.
 
BITE-SIZE PERSONAL STORIES OF SURVIVING LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES: Hosted by Luke Colson and Kyle Wise, we feature weekly guests and explore extreme personal life changing experiences and the journey emotional and physical recovery. Each guest discusses their story of how their lives were turned upside down, by unexpected events. Stories like surviving a car crash, surviving abuse, being paralyzed in an accident, witnessing a crime.. and many more! Luke and Kyle will take an honest, raw, yet ...
 
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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 we…
 
There are a million reasons why we might be scared of love, especially if we have loved, and lost, in the past. In this after thoughts section, we discuss how to overcome our feelings of fear when it comes to letting down our barriers, and really allowing people in! Helpful links from Natasha and Jachym: Site: https://yourexceptionalrelationship.co…
 
TW: PARENTAL SUICIDE: When Jachym was 6 years old, his father committed suicide. The trauma meant he would never let anyone in for two decades, including his wife Natasha. One day, as past emotions began to flood out, Jachym was finally able to begin the healing and piecing together of his relationship with Natasha.. That, however, was just the beg…
 
Perspective, it's all about perspective. Luke and Kyle discuss the themes of resilience and perseverance that we heard in JoJo's story, and we ask, just what does it take to rise above such a traumatic experience, and turn it into hope and positivity. Helpful links from JoJo: https://www.simplyjojomarie.com/ https://www.gavindashley.com/ Social: ht…
 
We love to focus on the resilience of the human spirit. Join us on JoJo Marie's journey through a life dominated by paralyzing fear, culminating in a critical and life-altering illness that left her bedridden for 1,460 Days! JoJo Marie shares her path from trauma and fear, to self-discovery and authentication, using the struggle of illness as a cat…
 
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 in…
 
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 w…
 
TW: Depression and Suicide: In this very open and honest re-cap of 'Justin's Story', Luke and Kyle get vulnerable. If we don't talk about our feelings, we can't start the healing process. Mental Health, and in particular depression related suicide, should be a topic we can all feel comfortable discussing! Come on! We can do it! Helpful Links from J…
 
TW / CONTENT WARNING: Discusses depression and suicidal thoughts. From and early age, Justin wanted to be 'someone else'. His feelings of being worthless would lead him to start planning his suicide. A heartfelt story of living with undiagnosed clinical depression, and slowly losing a grip on reality. As addiction took hold, he nearly threw in the …
 
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 insight…
 
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 stu…
 
Wow, what an episode! Kyle, also a boxing fan, talks about his love for training and how it serves as a form of release. What we are learning, is that It's never too late to face your past traumas and start living your life again. There is help out there. We are not alone. Helpful links from Tiffanee: Website - https://www.tiffaneeandco.com.au/ Pod…
 
Pure inspiration! Tiff lived in the fast lane, keeping as busy as possible, presenting a persona to others that she was 'OK'. Then, one day, while training for a corporate Boxing match, memories from past abuse came flooding back. Seemingly locked away forever, Tiff recalls the weeks of tears, the self awakening, and the strength she gained to face…
 
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 tr…
 
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 c…
 
Gosh. Where to start? Kyle's Story of sexual abuse as a child, was nothing short of incredible. We heard how he was somehow able to find light, at the end of a very long, very dark tunnel. We discuss his story, and offer some insight into my neighbor's vacuuming habits also! Helpful links from Kyle: https://www.rainn.org https://1in6.org https://ww…
 
WARNING: Contains discussions about sexual abuse as a child, and sexual trauma. This is a brave, honest and emotional story beginning when Kyle was just 6 years old. While we don't go into explicit details of the abuse, we advise listener discretion. The focus on this story, as always, is the journey of courage, hope, and triumph through adversity.…
 
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 r…
 
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 pla…
 
This one is good. Kyle brings some wonderful insights to the forefront as we discuss what gives someone the strength and courage to get back up, after they have been knocked down, time and time again. Oh, and watch out for the alligators! Helpful Links from Julie: https://www.redcross.org/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Sally Insta @divine…
 
It's 2020 and Hurricane Sally is about to hit Florida and Alabama, with devastating consequences. After breaking her arm and losing her job, there was more to come in Julie's life changing week, as hurricane Sally made landfall and flood water took everything, literally overnight. Julie's rise from the ashes, and the work she is doing to help other…
 
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 ma…
 
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…
 
Luke and Kyle unpack the rollercoaster of Connie's Story! While we are not a podcast about drink and drug recovery specifically, now and then we find a story that we think needs to be shared. Recovery from substance abuse of any kind can be a daunting and lonely journey, so we hope to highlight these types of stories from time to time. Be it trauma…
 
Experiencing a 'rock bottom' is tough. A pivotal moment when all hope seems lost. In Connie's story we hear about just how far down drink and drugs took her, and what enabled her to start swimming to the surface once again. As if totaling her car, getting caught drunk at the wheel, and setting herself on fire weren't enough (that's just a week!), i…
 
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 va…
 
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 Lev…
 
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…
 
Hear some more heartfelt and insightful words from Kyle and Luke as we get our heads around Tommy's amazing story and the trauma and guilt he experienced for so long. Also, hear me struggle with our new email address!! Helpful Links from Tommy: Https://cfda.com https://www.pedaids.org/ https://www.glwd.org/…
 
Tommy takes us back to the late 1980's in New York City. Fear and uncertainty surround HIV and AIDS and people he knows are dying around him. Join us for this raw, honest, and intimate story as Tommy discusses coming to terms with the loss of his life partner, his battle with survivors guilt, and the unbelievable circumstances around his own diagno…
 
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 e…
 
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 indu…
 
Join Luke and Kyle for our usual post-episode chat as we once again discuss the common thread of hope, strength, and 'the journey out of the darkness'. We love this one, and listen to the very end for an extra treat! Helpful Links from Eliza: www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk www.autism.org.uk Matty’s Blog. A Dad’s perspective www.mysonisaac.net Isaa…
 
After the traumatic birth of her son, Isaac, Eliza walks us through the three years leading up to his diagnosis with Autism, the feelings surrounding the diagnosis, and the journey of personal growth, acceptance and positivity that followed. Includes Intro from Kyle and Luke.Bởi Luke Colson and Kyle Wise
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
This is the bit where Luke and Kyle unpack what we just heard in Robyn's extraordinary story, and discuss the common themes that we hear in all these episodes. Fear, anxiety, trauma, sadness, and depression, can be replaced with hope, strength, resilience, love, and amazingly, a lot of laughter and happiness!! Helpful Links from Robyn: https://tran…
 
What is it like growing up with gender dysphoria? Robyn takes us on an amazing, humorous and uplifting journey of self discovery. As a transgender woman, who eventually came out much later in life, Robyn walks us through her traumas, trials and tribulations, and its utterly absorbing. Includes Intro from Kyle and Luke.…
 
Why is everyone talking about "going back" to in-person meetings? We're not going back! This is physically not an option. In this podcast episode, I discuss how thinking about "going back" to something is the completely wrong mindset to have and how we as a society need to recognize that things are not what they once were. Better yet, how a comical…
 
In this amazingly passionate episode, I talk with Jim about ALL THINGS TRADESHOWS! Tradeshows are often overlooked as a viable career option but there is a wide variety of options in this extremely successful industry! Jim is an industry veteran with 30 years of marketing experience and is the host of an extremely successful podcast called Trade Sh…
 
Luke and Kyle take a quick moment to recap the jaw dropping experience we heard in Charlie's Story, and discuss how it relates to all types of life experiences. We discuss how our guests have been able to start the seemingly unmanageable and overwhelming journey to accept what happened and begin healing and recovering, from what must have felt like…
 
This one will leave you speechless! Charlie fell asleep at the wheel of his car on the freeway, at speed, with his Sister in the passenger seat. We hear about the event itself, the crippling physical and mental scars, and then, as with all our guests, we focus on the road to recovery, redemption, light and hope. Includes Intro from Kyle and Luke.…
 
Interested in tradeshows? This podcast episode is for you! In this very special episode, I discuss all the different viable career paths in tradeshows. I also give examples of my experience with tradeshows, new trends in the tradeshow industry, and how tradeshows may be easily misunderstood. Interested in our Friday webinar series? It starts back u…
 
Just a little addition and recap from Kyle and Luke about the trauma inflicted in 'Luke's Story' and the eventual breakdown that finally ensued decades later. Helpful Links from Luke: https://www.mentalhelp.net/anxiety/hotline/ https://samaritanshope.org/ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline…
 
Does anyone else miss going to a crowded arena to watch a live performance from your favorite artist? Although Covid-19 has taken away how we originally thought of concerts, many venues are adapting what a normal concert would look like in order to perform in front of live crowds again. In this episode, Jess Conrad, a self proclaimed concert junkie…
 
It's me Luke, your co-host!! Take a trip with me down memory lane, to revisit some major childhood trauma as we discuss the death of my friend as a 12 year old, and the subsequent struggles with self belief, depression and major anxiety. We''ll also, as always, focus on the path to recovery and the light at the end of the tunnel! Its a roller-coast…
 
If you have not been listening to our Tuesday "Lessons and Life Coaching" episodes, this is the PERFECT one to jump into! In this episode, I share how we are doing Sponsorships (ie. Partnerships) for our upcoming omnichannel conference and some of the innovative ways we are structuring these to be a win-win-win. I also share how we are making our p…
 
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