Linda M. Robson and Marlene Blas
Case Study 1. An Unexpected Challenge
Thomas B. Anderson
Case Study 2. Newly Merged International Company Plans Meeting
Philip W. Arbuckle
Case Study 3. Fundraiser: Razed by Tornado
Case Study 4. You’re Never Too Old to Learn
Linda M. Robson
Case Study 5. The Do’s & Don’ts of Exhibiting on a Small Budget
Molly Suzanne Wolfsehr
Case Study 6. Hot Times in Portland
Case Study 7. Where’s the Truck?
Linda M. Robson, PhD
School of Hospitality Management
Marlene Blas, MTA
There is not a day that goes by that an event of some sort is not scheduled somewhere. They come in all shapes and sizes, for all purposes. Meetings and events have become such an important and integral part of our lives and culture that people make a career out of planning them. Every event offers its own unique challenges and there are many ways of navigating these challenges, with varying degrees of success. Tales is a compilation of event war stories (every hilarious, frustrating, exciting detail).
Tales provides real world events in an academic framework. These are a ‘jumping off’ point for discussion, there is no ‘right’ answer, or even one answer, usually there are many.
We all make mistakes—ever had the wrong date/time/venue printed on 900 invitations?—and we learn from them (hopefully). What meeting and event planning insights have you picked up from hard-earned experience? What are some lessons learned from your meetings and events? Would you like to share your wisdom with other planners and students? We want to hear your event war stories; every hilarious, frustrating, exciting detail. We’re looking for stories from every type of event from the smallest board meeting to a large mega-event like the Olympics.
Appreciation Events/ Awards Programs/Employee Recognition
Food Festivals (Taste of Chicago)
The Masters Golf
Major League Baseball
Fundraising Sports Events
Political party conventions
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