Putting on an event is no easy task. It’s an even a bigger job if you’re planning events in New York, Hong Kong, South Africa, Mauritius, Berlin, Japan, and Paris to name a few. I had the pleasure of interviewing Cheryl Gentry, President of Glow Media, a New York City based Event Management firm, for Black Enterprise. We chatted about everything from her plans to trek with gorillas in the midst in Africa to the apps she uses to operate her business while on the go.
Cheryl’s motto: “Life is a series of events. Let me do the planning.” From picking the Nordic menu item in Copenhagen to wrangling celebrities for a red carpet event, Cheryl is a master at coordinating, supervising and executing events around the world.
Here’s a look at some of her favorite productivity apps she uses to manage her business while on the go:
- “Super Planner” – iPad app for the professional event planner (for budgeting, table size, etc.). It provides a variety of planning tools, including calculators for venue capacity, staffing, catering, staging, projection and dance floor, as well as useful tips in several areas. Features include capacity calculator, food & beverage, staffing, and audiovisual.
- “Iprompt Pro”- Works as professional tele-prompting software. Use your mobile phone or tablet as a professional teleprompter for location reporting, corporate video productions, info-mercials, video blogs, podcasts and all types of public event speaking.
- “Evernote”– Words, documents and images are always at your fingertips. Evernote captures and organizes business cards quickly and easily. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep the physical and digital details of your projects with you at all times.
- “Currency Converter” – Tracks currencies from around the world. And, it stores the last updated rates so it even works when the Internet doesn’t.
- “Trip It”- From hotel and airline reservations to restaurant confirmation emails you can keep all of your travel plans in one spot.
Do you want to know more about what it takes to start an event planning business? Check out more of my interview with Cheryl on BlackEnteprise.com.