Whether you’re looking for the best event management books for beginners or the best event management books for pros, here at eve we have some top insider recommendations for books to read to become a better event manager full stop!

eve is made up of 11 venue and event professionals who are experts on some of London’s most iconic venues. Our team of event management gurus have planned conferences, parties, exhibitions, team building events, weddings and more – so we’ve put together some of the best event management books that helped us get there.

Seven of the best books for event managers

The Business of Events Planning, Judy Allen

This useful book for any Event Manager or anyone thinking of getting into events offers practical tools and expert advice before planning an event. Giving you an access all areas pass and taking you behind the scenes of event planning, this handy book explains every aspect of organising and the strategic formulas for planning.

The book will be of value to both the professional event planner and to clients who are dealing with planners. Its comprehensive coverage includes: how to prepare winning proposals, and how to understand them if you are the client; how to determine management fees; negotiating contracts and new technology that makes operations more efficient (such as online registration and response management, database project management tools).

Tori Bell – Agency Business Development Manager at eve says: “The Business of Event Planning is a must for any Event Planner. Judy Allen really does have vast experience as an event planner so her advice and anecdotes on the subject are priceless. Her guide on what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in event planning fleshes out the secrets of proposals, fees, safety issues and other less explored topics of event planning. This book is a must and should be proudly on the shelf at home of anyone in events or hoping to get into events.”

The Business of Event Planning

Event Management For Dummies, Laura Capell

Whether you want to break into the events industry, or you simply need to plan an event and don’t know where the heck to start (we feel you!) there’s something for all would-be event planners in Event Management For Dummies. In a simple and easy to digest format, it’s the go to Bible for all event profs and we bet you good money it’s gracing the book shelves of all your event planner pals. Packed with tips, hints and checklists, it covers all aspects of planning and running an event from budgeting, scheduling and promotion, to finding the location, sorting security, health and safety, and much more.

Rupi Sander – Referrals Business Development Manager at eve says “What I love about this book is how the author strips down the topic into bitesize chunks to enable the reader to read the chapters and really feel like they’re learning and building on their knowledge. I even found myself scribbling notes and underlining my favourite bits. For any event, the devil is in the detail and this book 100% follows suit and describes the detailed planning needed for various types of event.”

Event Management for Dummies

Events Management, Glenn- J Bowdin

This introductory, first-year textbook for students of Events Management and Hospitality Management provides a complete resource with all the information a student needs about the principles and practices associated with planning, managing and staging events. The chapter structure has been revised, expanded and updated to reflect developments and changes in priorities in the market place and includes chapters on environmental planning and events, perspective of events, expanded content on the marketing of events and more content on law and events as well as new international case studies.

Don’t be put off by the heavy looking list of contents and the text book style of this one, the information and nuggets of knowledge really are priceless and we promise that you won’t feel too much like you’re back at school.

Laura Toogood – Senior Venue Consultant at eve says:

“This book is an absolute must for those wanting to broaden their knowledge and learn about the subject of events management. Unlike the competition, which doesn’t cover the subject with sufficient breadth and depth, Events Management third edition provides a complete resource with all the information a student needs about the principles and practices associated with planning, managing and staging events.”

Events Management

The Event Manager’s Bible, D.G Conway

Des Conway has been involved in the organisation, planning and management of events for over 20 years. During that time, he has seen how many events have not been as successful as they could have been because the organiser failed to plan and overlooked or underestimated important things. In a nutshell, that’s why he wrote this book – to help you make sure your event is a success and leaves you popping that fizz when all is said and done, not running for the hills…

Emily Coupe – Venue Consultant- eve says: “Anyone responsible for organising an event will want to do it safely and well, complying with the legislation relating to different aspects of their event. This book will help you to research, plan, organise, manage and deliver any event.”

The Event Manager's Bible

Made to Stick: Why Some ideas Survive and Others Die, Chip Heath & Dan Heath

In Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath reveal the ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas ‘stickier’, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory (*sounds fascinating right!) and creating ‘curiosity gaps’.

Made to Stick will not only give you some cool new random buzz words but transform the way you communicate too. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures) including the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers… trust us, you will need to read this to believe it.

Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas—and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.

Jerri Howlett – Marketing Co-ordinator at eve says: Made to Stick was the book immediately handed to me on my first day in the industry and it really is a game changer and laugh out loud funny too…

“Event planners, just like writers, are constantly on the lookout for fresh ideas and themes, but making those ideas stick is the real challenge. Made to Stick explores the theories and variables behind ideas that take hold so that you will know how to make your own grow.”

Made to Stick

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice, Todd Henry

Because frankly, who doesn’t want to be brilliant at a moment’s notice, right? According to this super cool book, it isn’t enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today’s marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand (tough gig- we agree).

Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, Henry has created a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm.

Becci Thomson – Head of Business Development at eve recommends this book and says:

I’ve said on many occasions that the more creative you can be with your events, the better. This book walks its readers through the process involved in controlling your creativity. Even though it’s not directly related to event management, it’s a book that can influence how every event planner works creativity into their planning process.”

The Accidental Creative

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You, Julie Zhuo

Congratulations, you’re a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, what next?

Julie Zhuo became a manager at the age of 25. She stared at a long list of logistics-from hiring to firing, from meeting to messaging, from planning to pitching and faced a thousand questions. What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations?

Now, having managed dozens of teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Zhuo knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. This book is a must read, whether you’re new to the job of a manager, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had and others will want to be.

The Making of a Manager


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