Event Planning Tips from Naif Productions

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We met Annette Naif at the Shankminds conference in NYC this past January. She was gracious enough to share some event planning tips for our readers. Read on and click through for some suggestions and advice from Annette.

“With 25+ years in motion picture, television production and corporate event development, there aren’t too many mistakes I haven’t seen others make or made myself."

The best way to avoid them is to be prepared. The tips I share in this eBook will hopefully provide you with the initial tools you need to create an extraordinary event.”

Annette Naif
Naif Productions

Click here to learn the 7 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Planning An Event (And Tips To Avoid Them)

About Annette and Naif Productions

Since 1986, Annette Naif, CEO & Creative Director of Naif Productions, has been designing and producing custom events. Helping clients create their unique signature style that translates into a memorable experience has been Annette's passion from the beginning. The drive to provide a distinctive role for superior personalized service in the event planning industry inspired Annette to launch her own event design company in 2010.

Pulling together her years in motion picture, television production and corporate event development, Annette has seen how hitting just the right creative "note" can spark conversation, build relationships and create brand loyalty beyond measure.

Operation Breakthrough Network Launch

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We're proud of our newest team member, Lis Schumacher, for her leadership on the Operation Breakthrough Network Steering Committee.

The OB Network aims "to connect energetic professionals with accessible, flexible opportunities to help empower Kansas City children and families from the urban core."

The next OB Network event will be held at Operation Breakthrough on Thursday, June 7, 5-7 p.m. Attendees will take a tour of the building, meet some of the children and families Operation Breakthrough serves, and enjoy networking and light refreshments.

The Operation Breakthrough (OB) Network Launch Event will be held Wednesday, May 16, 5-7 p.m. at Brewery Imperial in the Crossroads. Learn more.

Stop. Drop. Celebrate.

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We reached a pretty important milestone at M&C.

Merritt and I made the last and final payment on the business to Bob Merrigan, founder and former owner. Pause here for jubilant whoops and joyful shaking of asses…


Thank you. Thank you!

When the booty moving was done, we knew we had some people to thank. High on that list were the sisters of STUFF here in KC—Casey and Sloane Simmons. Well before we made that final payment, we planned to send them a thank-you bouquet in appreciation for their great advice and counsel along the way.

So we did. And then I saw Casey at CASA’s Light of Hope Breakfast that next week and, damn it, if she didn’t lay another piece of wisdom on me…

After thanking us for the fleurs, she said it reminded her and Sloane that after so many years in business they get busy and don’t stop to celebrate achievements or victories—no matter how big or small they might be.

She said our special delivery was a good reminder to start making time to booty move…She actually did not utter the words “booty move.” Of course she said, “celebrate.”

But I’m going for maximum buns references here, so, my apologies, Casey.

It’s true though. And the main thing I took away from her comment is you can’t wait for someone to stop and tell you how special you are, or how great your organization is. No one should have to and you shouldn’t expect it.

It’s not your customers’, donors’ or clients’ responsibility to tell you.

You as a business owner, executive director, development director or team leader need to be the one to notice and make the time to acknowledge the goodness. To acknowledge the thing and celebrate the moment. Celebrate your radical team.

I challenge you to find a reason—no matter how big or small—to celebrate with your crew this week. Booty moving required.