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69: Individuality in a Saturated Wedding Market, with Photographer Julia Wade

In a wedding market already filled with planners, photographers, videographers, DJs, florists….every wedding vendor you can possibly imagine, how can you possibly stand out?  Raleigh-based wedding photographer Julia Wade is one of a kind, and she shares her tips for individuality in a saturated market!

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Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

68: How to Weigh the Financial Risks of Your Big Business Decision, with Michelle Loretta from Sage Wedding Pros

Michelle Loretta from Sage Wedding Pros is a wedding business consultant with a mind for numbers and a passion for business plans! Today she comes on the show to talk all about how to make your big business decisions, and it can’t be just because your competitors are doing it.   Sage Wedding Pros on Social Media: Instagram: @SageWeddingPros Facebook: @SageWeddingPros twitter: @SageWeddingPros   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

67: Opening a Wedding Venue 101, with Kinsey Roberts from the She Creates Business Podcast

Kinsey Roberts is the owner Vista View Events on Open Heart Ranch in Colorado, but you probably know her best as the fabulous host of the She Creates Business Podcast!  Today, Kinsey comes on the show to talk all about opening up a wedding venue! What are some tips and recommendations to help you through the process? And what are some potential landmines to avoid?   Kinsey Roberts (image by Mekina Saylor Photography)   On the show, Kinsey recommends hiring Lindsay Lucas if you’re interested in guidance on how exactly to open up a venue and how to deal with some of the county ordinances (and other things you don’t even think about).  Lindsay can be found at https://thelindsaylucas.com/.   Support this podcast by supporting our sponsor, BetterHelp.com! BetterHelp is affordable, private, online counseling. Anytime, Anywhere! By going to BetterHelp.com/WeddingsForReal, you get 10% off your first month.   She Creates Business Links: Instagram: @SheCreatesBusiness Facebook: @SheCreatesBusiness   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

66: Top Ten Takeaways from Engage! Luxury Wedding Business Summit

The latest Engage! Summit was June 10-13th in the Bahamas, and Megan was there for the full luxury wedding and event education experience!  And today, she shares her top ten takeaways from the speakers she heard.   Tips are from:   1) Hayley Paige (14:10) 2) Amirah Kassem (18:40) 3) Cindy Novotny (22:30)  4) Duncan Wardle (26:50) 5) Julian Leaver (31:55)  6) Tracie Domino (35:10)  7) Tracie Domino again (36:55)  8) Andy Maurer (37:55) 9) Jove Meyer (40:55) 10) Mike Michalowicz (43:50)   Support this podcast by supporting our sponsor, BetterHelp.com! BetterHelp is affordable, private, online counseling. Anytime, Anywhere! By going to BetterHelp.com/WeddingsForReal, you get 10% off your first month.   Engage Summits on Social Media: Facebook: @EngageSummits Instagram: @EngageSummits twitter: @EngageSummits       Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

65: Marketing to Generation Z, with Analytics and Wedding Marketing Expert Christie Osborne

Generation Z is the next generation of consumers and (wedding) clients.  Christie Osborne from Mountainside Media is an expert on analytics and marketing, specifically for the wedding industry. And today she comes on to talk about what’s different about Generation Z, what’s the same, and what we as wedding vendors should be doing to get ready for this group!   Christie Osborne, Mountainside Media (image by Dustin Osborne)     Support this podcast by supporting our sponsor, Storyworth! For a really cool Father’s Day (or any time) gift, visit StoryWorth.com/WeddingsForReal for $20 off your subscription! With Storyworth, you or a loved one answers questions about your life weekly, and at the end of the year, those stories are bound into a keepsake book!    Mountainview Media on Social Media: Facebook: @mtnsidemediaco Instagram: @mtnsidemediaco   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

64: The House of Creativity, with Wedding Photographer Perry Vaile

Some believe the creative path is a winding road from zero to (one-day) reaching your full creative potential.  But for destination wedding photographer Perry Vaile, that didn’t work for her. Because as creatives, some days are more productive than others, and sometimes we have feel like everyone else is doing so much more than us, and sometimes we’re on a roll, and sometimes we want to be proud of our accomplishments, and some days, we fail.  It’s a mindgame. And so Perry came up with an amazing metaphor called The House of Creativity!       Perry Vaile on Social Media: Instagram: @perryvaile   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

63: LGBTQ Weddings and Equality-Minded Content, with Brittny Drye (Love Inc) and Sha’Quitta Brown

Brittny Drye started Love Inc Magazine in October 2013 as the first equality-minded wedding publication. And although the wedding industry has come a long way, we still have so much further to go to make sure that LGBTQ couples aren’t discriminated against.  Part of that is looking into our content – are we using bride- and groom-specific verbiage on our websites, contracts, and proposals? And even in our own language?   Sha’Quitta Brown just got married to her wife L’Erin in July 2018. And for them, they didn’t feel welcome by all wedding vendors. Some were downright bigoted, and some just didn’t have the collateral on their website to make Sha’Quitta and L’Erin comfortable in contacting them. For those who are outwardly intolerant, Sha’Quitta doesn’t have any time for them. But for those who WANT to be inclusive and who WANT more LGBT weddings, Sha’Quitta has some great advice.   Brittny Drye (Image by Brandi Gard)   L’Erin and Sha’Quitta (image by Cedrick Forrest of Showtime Studios)   Love Inc on Social Media: Instagram: @loveincmag twitter: @loveincmag Facebook: @loveincmag   Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

6: Palliative Care Hospital Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator Heidi Gessner

Heidi Gessner is the palliative care hospital chaplain and bereavement coordinator at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill NC.  Today she talks about what a hospital chaplain does, her personal story on how she got into the industry, different ways people can grieve, and some of her favorite stories from her 17 years as a chaplain.

On this podcast from Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh North Carolina, we go beyond the obituary to share memories of loved ones who have passed on. We’ll also hear from some people in the death industry – cemetery directors, therapists, clergy, and (like today’s guest) hospital chaplains.

Heidi is also a life coach and is hosting a “Create Your Life Vision-Board Retreat” on August 24th.

If you’d like to get in touch with Heidi, she can be reached at heidi.gessner@unchealth.unc.edu.

Beyond the Obituary is hosted, edited, and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.

Episode 010. The Competitive Edge in Communication, Decision Making and Problem Solving

In this episode, your host, Donald Thompson is interviewed by podcaster and producer, Max Trujillo, about his second recently released eBook, All Hats On Deck.  Max and Donald discuss his journey to success and this eBook, where Donald shares his perspective on using the Six Thinking Hats methodology in multiple businesses to get a competitive edge in communication, decision making and problem solving.  If you are craving ways to be more productive, tune in and then download All Hats on Deck here.

62: How to Respond to Negative Online Reviews

If you’ve been in business long enough, you’ve probably had a negative online review (or several). Whether the review was fair or not, you NEED to respond. Not so much to the person who wrote the review, but for the potential clients who are reading your reviews.  So how do you do it?  We give some tips on today’s show!

Weddings for Real on Social Media: Instagram: @weddingsforreal Facebook: @weddingsforreal twitter: @weddingsforreal

Music for this episode by https://www.bensound.com.

The host of the show is Megan Gillikin, owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning.  She’s also available for wedding and hospitality business consulting and can be reached at megan@weddingsforreal.com.

Weddings for Real is edited and produced by Jason Gillikin for Earfluence.