From business essentials to design inspiration, the secrets to events industry success Author Lena Malouf is a renowned expert in the special events industry. She has won countless accolades for her work, including a recent Lifetime Achievement Award from The Special Event, and has served in major leadership positions in several industry organizations, including as International President of the International Special Events Society and an advisory board member for The Special Event. The book features straightforward advice on operating a successful special events business, gleaned from Malouf's more than 40 years in the event planning industry. It includes guidance on developing a strategy, identifying potential clients, developing proposals, building an event budget, coordinating with contractors, and much more. And beyond the business components, readers will also find a section on designing successful events, including tabletop, ceiling, and wall decor, while a chapter on developing thematic concepts will illustrate how an event planner can successfully bring a theme to life. With full-color photos in two 8-page inserts and practical checklists throughout, this is a must-have reference for industry professionals, special events students, and aspiring event planning professionals everywhere. Award-winning event planner Lena Malouf shares the secrets of managing successful special events--from business essentials to design inspiration 'Events Exposed' offers straightforward advice on operating a successful event planning business, gleaned from Lena Malouf's more than 45 years in the industry. With expert guidance on identifying potential clients, developing strategies and proposals, setting budgets, coordinating with contractors, and much more, it covers virtually everything the modern special events professional needs to succeed. In addition to the business side of event planning, 'Events Exposed' includes an entire section focused on event design, including tabletop, ceiling, and wall decor, as well as thematic concepts and creative ways to bring those themes to life. With beautiful full-color photos and expert insight on both the management and creative sides of event planning, this is the ideal reference for aspiring and working industry professionals.