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Real wedding vendors share their tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in this one of a kind industry. Hosted by The Planner’s Vault’s Megan Gillikin, you'll hear guests share their secrets on marketing, the client experience, networking, community, sales, and more - and you might even hear some crazy wedding stories along the way!

Weddings for Real Megan Gillikin

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 251 Ratings

Real wedding vendors share their tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in this one of a kind industry. Hosted by The Planner’s Vault’s Megan Gillikin, you'll hear guests share their secrets on marketing, the client experience, networking, community, sales, and more - and you might even hear some crazy wedding stories along the way!

    (Encore) Carving Out Your Own Niche, with Lindsay Lucas

    (Encore) Carving Out Your Own Niche, with Lindsay Lucas

    Lindsay Lucas is THE wedding venue consultant.  She's a former wedding planner who now helps venue owners (and those aspiring to be) to create profitable and sustainable wedding venue businesses.  Lindsay had the idea for a complete shift in her business, but it wasn’t easy convincing herself that this was the best way to go. Today, we talk about if YOUR idea is really something to go after, that feeling of imposter syndrome you are sure to have when you’re doing something new, and how vendors can know when it’s time to take the leap.   ---This episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for wedding planners who are hungry to grow, ready to hustle, and actively seeking community and education. In the vault, there are guest experts on many topics relevant to growing and cultivating a successful event planning business with new content added consistently, plus all of my templates that I have built out over the years, like How to Get on Preferred Vendor Lists, The Client Experience, and more. The mission with the vault is to elevate the industry (along with some amazing experts and fellow entrepreneurs) and I want it to be affordable so it's possible to stay invested in the community and yourself for the long haul.
    The doors are currently closed for The Vault, but join the wait list now so you can be the first to know when the doors re-open.
    Weddings for Real on Social Media:
    Instagram: @weddingsforreal
    Facebook: @weddingsforreal
    twitter: @weddingsforreal
    Hosted by Megan Gillikin, Weddings for Real is presented by The Planner's Vault, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 50 min
    Boosting Belonging at Work, with Smiley Poswolsky

    Boosting Belonging at Work, with Smiley Poswolsky

    When you hear the word "belonging", what do you think of?  Maybe you think of wedding pros, because we're welcoming, ambitious, kind-hearted, and badass business owners.  Maybe it's finding your people to share your goals and dreams with - it's that positive feeling we get when we feel respected.
    As a business owner, I want my team, my clients, my vendor partners, and you listening to this to have that supported positive feeling around you.
    So how can you boost belonging on your team - in your work and in your life?
    Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky is a Keynote Speaker and Workplace Belonging Expert, and author of The Quarter Life Breakthrough, who you can find at:
    Linkedin | @AdamPoswolskyWebsite | SmileyPoswolsky.comInstagram | @WhatsUpSmiley[02:36] How did Adam become "Smiley"? And what does that have to do with belonging?[06:46] Addressing loneliness at work[12:39] Digital detox camp?[16:03] Creating belonging in internal teams[18:42] Thrive interviews and small acts of kindness.[24:44] Building belonging and community through connection.---
    Today's episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault. The doors are currently closed for The Planner's Vault, but join the wait list now so you can be the first to know when the doors re-open.
    Weddings for Real on Social Media:
    Instagram: @weddingsforreal
    Facebook: @weddingsforreal
    twitter: @weddingsforreal
    Today's episode is hosted by Rachel Sheerin.  Weddings for Real is presented by The Planner's Vault, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 29 min
    (Encore) How to get on a wedding venue's preferred list, with Shannon Tarrant

    (Encore) How to get on a wedding venue's preferred list, with Shannon Tarrant

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    One of the most frequent questions we get in The Planners Vault is, How can I get on the preferred vendor list at the best wedding venue in my market?  Or even before getting on the preferred vendor list, how do I even get the venue coordinators to know who I am?  
    It’s not as simple as sending an email to introduce yourself. So what do you do?  Shannon Tarrant has some actionable tips - and mistakes to avoid.
    Wedding Venue Map | @WeddingVenueMap | @TheVenuePlaybook
    This episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for wedding planners who are hungry to grow, ready to hustle, and actively seeking community and education. In the vault, there are guest experts on many topics relevant to growing and cultivating a successful event planning business with new content added consistently, plus all of my templates that I have built out over the years, like How to Get on Preferred Vendor Lists, The Client Experience, and more. The mission with the vault is to elevate the industry (along with some amazing experts and fellow entrepreneurs) and I want it to be affordable so it's possible to stay invested in the community and yourself for the long haul.
    The doors are currently closed for The Vault, but join the wait list now so you can be the first to know when the doors re-open.
    Weddings for Real on Social Media:
    Instagram: @weddingsforreal
    Facebook: @weddingsforreal
    twitter: @weddingsforreal
    Hosted by Megan Gillikin, Weddings for Real is presented by The Planner's Vault, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 44 min
    266. Perfect Your Pitch, with Quinn Conyers

    266. Perfect Your Pitch, with Quinn Conyers

    When you're pitching your services to potential clients, are you using Luxury Language? Or are you using Discount Dialect?
    Today, Quinn Conyers tells us the difference, and how strategic word choice can make pitches irresistible.  She also introduces the concept of a "verbal business card" that captivates potential clients - as long as you can articulate your value clearly.
    Tune in to learn about tailoring pitches to different audiences and the significance of continuous improvement in pitching strategies for booking the couples that will grow your business.
    Quinn Conyers is a Keynote Speaker, Corporate Event Emcee, and Pitch Sales Trainer.
    [02:10] The value of your voice[06:03] The Verbal Business Card[08:00] Pitching competitions and Quinn's Shark Tank experience[12:30] Example of a luxury language pitch[15:00] Viralize your value[17:17] Bring the fluff[20:30] How often should you update your pitch?[25:00] How can we practice our pitch?---
    Today's episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault. The doors are currently closed for The Planner's Vault, but join the wait list now so you can be the first to know when the doors re-open.
    Weddings for Real on Social Media:
    Instagram: @weddingsforreal
    Facebook: @weddingsforreal
    twitter: @weddingsforreal
    Today's episode is hosted by Rachel Sheerin.  Weddings for Real is presented by The Planner's Vault, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 28 min
    (Encore) Money Mindset for Wedding Pros, with Denise Duffield-Thomas

    (Encore) Money Mindset for Wedding Pros, with Denise Duffield-Thomas

    Do you have money mindset blocks that are preventing your business from growing and preventing you from leading your best life?  Maybe you believe that you don't deserve to charge more yet. Or maybe you believe you shouldn't charge more because you love what you do. Or maybe you think there's a new competitor popping up every day who charges so little, it's not worth it to raise your prices.
    I had some major money mindset blocks - until I discovered our guest today, Denise Duffield-Thomas.
    Denise Duffield-Thomas is the author of Get Rich, Lucky Bitch and Chill and Prosper, and the host of the Chill and Prosper Podcast.
    This episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for wedding planners who are hungry to grow, ready to hustle, and actively seeking community and education. In the vault, there are guest experts on many topics relevant to growing and cultivating a successful event planning business with new content added consistently, plus all of my templates that I have built out over the years, like How to Get on Preferred Vendor Lists, The Client Experience, and more. The mission with the vault is to elevate the industry (along with some amazing experts and fellow entrepreneurs) and I want it to be affordable so it's possible to stay invested in the community and yourself for the long haul.
    The doors are currently closed for The Vault, but join the wait list now so you can be the first to know when the doors re-open.
    Weddings for Real on Social Media:
    Instagram: @weddingsforreal
    Facebook: @weddingsforreal
    twitter: @weddingsforreal
    Hosted by Megan Gillikin, Weddings for Real is presented by The Planner's Vault, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 50 min
    264. How to Add Corporate Events to Your Revenue Stream and Portfolio

    264. How to Add Corporate Events to Your Revenue Stream and Portfolio

    Rachel Sheerin, keynote speaker and Megan's first business coach, is guest-hosting this episode. She comes from a wedding background before shifting into corporate events and eventually speaking on the biggest stages.
    Today, Rachel brings on Carrie Davenport to discuss how wedding vendors can start adding corporate events to their portfolios and revenue streams.
    Carrie Davenport is an accomplished event planner, speaker, leadership coach, and writer with extensive experience in the corporate events, association events, and weddings. She cofounded the Association for Women in Events and currently serves as the lead meeting planner for Altria Group Distribution Company. ---
    Today's episode is brought to you by The Planner's Vault. The doors are currently closed for The Planner's Vault, but join the wait list now so you can be the first to know when the doors re-open.
    Weddings for Real on Social Media:
    Instagram: @weddingsforreal
    Facebook: @weddingsforreal
    twitter: @weddingsforreal
    Hosted by Megan Gillikin, Weddings for Real is presented by The Planner's Vault, and is produced by Earfluence.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

Dusty Reed ,

Actually helpful tips!

Almost every episode I’ve listened to I found myself needing to pause and take notes. I’ve gotten so many helpful, tangible tips I’ve implemented throughout my wedding business. So hard to find that type of free education in this industry, this pod is a gem!

Lilana Jaine ,

Absolutely recommend for Wedding Pros

Megan gives such invaluable advice to her listeners surrounding the wedding business, along with incredible guests! As a wedding hair and makeup artist, I love tuning in each week to Megan’s Podcast as I know I will learn something new every episode. - Susan Talamantes CEO of Jireh Artistry

Sdixon825 ,

Keeping me grounded

I sincerely love Megan, there’s so much good information in these episodes and you don’t even have to be a planner. I own a venue and find this podcast so helpful. There are times where you second guess yourself as a business owner and Megan helps to curb the crazy thoughts and affirm you’ve made the right decisions.

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