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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 Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree Wedding Planning, 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!

Real wedding vendors share their tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in this one of a kind industry. Hosted by Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree Wedding Planning, 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!

Location:

United States

Description:

Real wedding vendors share their tips and tricks for surviving and thriving in this one of a kind industry. Hosted by Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree Wedding Planning, 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!

Language:

English

Contact:

9192600759


Episodes

140: Daily Routines and Personal Growth for Wedding Pros, with Gurminder Banga

6/9/2021
Do you ever find yourself working your butt off, just go go go, working weddings, fixing problems, moving the business forward...and then you never stop to think why you’re doing all these things? Is it because you want to be the best vendor in your category? Is it because you like working with your clients? Is it because you like building teams? Or have you just been doing it without really knowing why? Today, Gurminder Banga from Banga Studios shows us how to slow down and look inside...

Duration:01:05:17

139: How to Deal with Pride and Ego in Weddings, with Leah Weinberg

6/2/2021
We've all seen it happen - ego and pride get in the way of the best wedding experience. And it's not just from the couples or their parents. As wedding vendors, sometimes we think we know what's best for the couples instead of truly listening to what they want. Today, Leah Weinberg talks about how we can get past that ego and pride, and truly find a place of empathy for their wedding journeys. Color Pop Events The Wedding Roller Coaster Color Pop Events on Instagram | Facebook Episode...

Duration:00:45:16

138: 3 Tips to Change Your Mindset for More Sales, with Maria Bayer

5/26/2021
Do you feel like you’re on the way to achieving your goals and making the money you deserve? Or...is there something holding you back? Maria Bayer is a sales & mindset strategist, coach & wealth builder. She is the creator of Irresistible Selling – a transformational program and community that helps wedding business owners create a million dollar mindset, stand confidently in their worth, and book high-paying clients they love. Links: bit.ly/amazonmaria bookaclientchallenge.com Learn...

Duration:00:44:38

137: Using Enneagram for Your Business Strategy, with Kristen Edwards

5/12/2021
Enneagram. For a better understanding of people we work with, people we're in relationships with, and most importantly, a better understanding of ourselves. We've covered the basics before on episode 87, but today, we’re going a little bit deeper - does your personality come from nature or nurture, if it’s ingrained in you from childhood, how there are healthy and unhealthy versions of each type, and most importantly, how you can use this information to grow your business. Kristen...

Duration:00:47:56

136: Book More Weddings with these Marketing Tips, with Heidi Thompson

5/5/2021
What are some of the challenges you're running into when marketing your business? For many of the wedding pros I talk to, it’s that there are just so many different places that you could spend your time and money - is it in social media? Which platforms? Is it in networking? Is it paid media like Google ads? Is it redesigning your website? Is it Clubhouse? Maybe you want to think about who your ideal client is and where they tend to show up. But then….how do you figure out who your exact...

Duration:00:50:08

135: How you can leverage podcasting (even without having one)

4/28/2021
We have been podcasting for over 3 years now! Crazy but true, we dropped our first 5 episodes on April 4th, 2018. Over the years, we get asked a lot of questions around podcasting, all related to how can someone leverage their business by using podcasting. Well, Jason and I have a lot of lessons to share! Earfluence | Website | Instagram | Linkedin This episode is also brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for wedding planners who are hungry to grow, ready to...

Duration:00:36:46

134: Building a Business Exit Strategy, with Donald Thompson

4/21/2021
Take a moment to reflect on your business - are you working a job that pays your bills? Or are you building a company? Either answer is ok, but for those of you who want to scale your company to one day have the option to sell it or have someone else be the face of your business, we have some actionable tips from Donald Thompson - angel investor, mentor, CEO...and someone who has sold companies because he’s figured out a way to scale. Connect with Donald Thompson on LinkedIn Donald...

Duration:00:47:00

133: Selling Styles for Wedding Pros, with Ideaction's Sam Jacobson

4/7/2021
We all have different sales styles - what works for one wedding pro might be different than what works best for you. And it’s those different selling styles that we need to lean into so we can turn our baseline personalities into our selling superpowers. But look out, each selling style has a blindspot as well that we need to be aware of. Wonder what your style is? Sam Jacobson, Ideaction Consulting Episode 73: The 4 Buyer's Types Episode 115: Tips for Improving Your Wedding...

Duration:00:59:18

132: 3 Pinterest Myths and Misconceptions, with Gabby Pinkerton

3/31/2021
You all know the reasons why to focus on Pinterest - it’s great to generate traffic to your website, it’s another platform to get in front of potential couples, and it’s a way to network with other vendors when you’re engaging with or sharing their work. While Pinterest can be amazing, it can also be confusing. Enter Pinterest expert Gabby Pinkerton. Gabby's Pinterest e-course for wedding pros. Episode 80: It's Time to Stop Neglecting Pinterest This episode is also brought to you by The...

Duration:00:39:55

131: Relationship Marketing and #StopTheDoubleTap

3/17/2021
Over the past year, with the wedding industry in shambles, Don Mamone has come up with a new outlook on his professional life - People First, Then Profit. Today on the show, Don talks about what relationship marketing means to him and why he's on a mission to #StopTheDoubleTap. People First, Then Profit Weekly Zoom This episode is also 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...

Duration:00:41:12

Introducing Hustle + Gather, with Courtney and Dana

3/14/2021
Today we're sharing a few minutes of a new podcast, Hustle + Gather, with my friends Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell. It’s about the realness of running a business - how no one understands you except other entrepreneurs, tension between partners (in marriage and in business), doing all the non-glamorous things at all hours, paying yourself the least of your employees...it’s not all sunshine and rainbows as you know and thats what they tackle in each episode. Listen to more Hustle + Gather...

Duration:00:08:31

130: Marriage or Mortgage? Meet the hosts of Netflix's new show

3/10/2021
Sarah Miller and Nichole Holmes are the hosts of Netflix's new show, Marriage or Mortgage, where couples have to choose whether they want to spend their budget on a down payment on a house or a big wedding. They have a hard decision to make, and today, we’re sharing both sides of the debate with Sarah and Nichole! Sarah's company is Southern Vine & Co, and you can follow her on instagram @SouthernVineCo. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Nashville area, follow Nichole...

Duration:00:27:41

129: 3 Step SEO Checklist, with Sara Dunn

3/3/2021
We all want to know - how can I have better rankings on Google so more couples come visit my website? The answer of course is a little SEO (search engine optimization), but that seems complicated - unless Sara Dunn from Sara Does SEO is explaining it. And today, Sara shares her 3 Step SEO Checklist specifically for wedding pros. Sara's SEO Bootcamp, March 22nd through 25th. This episode is also brought to you by The Planner's Vault, my online membership site for wedding planners who are...

Duration:00:37:15

128: 5 Tips to Avoid Being a Website Horror Story, with Brenda Cadman

2/17/2021
Have you ever woken up to find your website gone? Every other site on the web works except for yours, and then you realize - you have absolutely no idea how to fix it or who to call. It's the stuff business nightmares are made of, and Brenda Cadman is on the show today to tell you how to avoid this - and other potential disasters with your website. Brenda is the owner of Bon Accord Creative and the founder of the Online Tech Society. On the show, Brenda mentioned a ist of recommended...

Duration:00:40:22

3 Secrets to Booking More Clients in 2021: Free Webinar Thursday 8PM EST

2/9/2021
Join me on Thursday, 2/11 at 8PM ET for a FREE LIVE training to learn three impactful ways to bring in more clients in 2021 and beyond to your planning biz!⁠ ⁠ ✨You'll walk away with a solid strategy and easy to implement action plans to see growth and traction in your business NO MATTER WHAT STAGE YOU'RE AT IN THE GAME!⁠✨⁠ ⁠ ✅ If you're tired of getting ghosted by potential clients⁠.⁠ ⁠ ✅ If you want to get on a recommended vendor list but don't know how.⁠ ⁠ ✅ If you're looking to...

Duration:00:05:12

Join The 4-Day Marketing Challenge for Wedding Planners

2/4/2021
Come join The Planner's Vault Challenge! During this FREE 4-day challenge starting February 8th, you'll get: Challenge Accepted! Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Earfluence.

Duration:00:03:35

127: Is Community Over Competition for Real?

1/27/2021
Kinsey Roberts (She Creates Business Podcast) and I first heard about community over competition from Natalie Franke of the Rising Tide Society. In theory, it makes a lot of sense. if we can all help each other - in support, in education, in successes and failures - a rising tide lifts all boats. But is that the reality in the wedding industry? Are we really supposed to be rooting for our competition when they’re potentially getting the clients and deposits that we want? This episode is...

Duration:00:42:04

126: Wedding Planners: Why do venues refer you (or not)?

1/19/2021
Wedding venue coordinators are likely to be your number one source for referral business. So why aren't they referring you right now? Megan asked venue coordinators throughout the country why they refer planners (or not) - and shares the inside information. 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...

Duration:00:23:20

125: Protecting Yourself Legally from the Next Disaster, with Girija Patel

1/13/2021
As an industry in 2020, we had some pretty major legal issues. With events being delayed, we all had to look back at our contracts and wonder: Are we able to keep all of the deposits?What other money are we entitled to?Can we charge more for postponing the weddings? How do we protect ourselves from this in the future? It was chaos, and we don’t want it to happen again. Girija Patel tells us how to tighten up. GBPLaw.com YourContractBuddy.com Law Chat with Girija This episode is...

Duration:00:41:54

124: Wedding Planner Series: What's Your Superpower?

1/7/2021
Any wedding planner - including your competition - can put together an amazing event if they have enough budget to work with. So what sets you apart? What makes you special? Today, Megan gives 6 potential superpowers and discusses how you can lean into yours. 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...

Duration:00:15:32