Are you a newcomer to the events industry? Or a fascinated onlooker who’s looking to jump on board this exhilarating career?  To excel as a professional event planner, you’re going to need a unique set of skills.

And the fastest way to develop these abilities, is by feeding your mind with knowledge.

These are 5 of our favourite books that we’d heartily recommend to any new event planner. Think of these as your “on-boarding package”, and a great way to kick-start your career as an event organiser.


  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
    This personal development classic has been a perpetual bestselling title since its release two decades ago, and there’s a good reason why.

    Inside its pages, you’ll find a wealth of timeless knowledge on excellent communication, team management, and generally winning people over – absolutely crucial skills for every planner who needs to manage not only events, but many groups of people as well.

  2. Event Management for Dummies (Laura Capell)
    This book provides a helpful bird’s eye view of everything newcomers to the scene will need to know about the job, and the work surrounding it.

    While there aren’t enough pages for the author to dive deep into any one topic, you’ll get a good understanding of the essentials. These include overall event strategies, finding your target audience, marketing and promoting your events, selecting your venue and entertainment, ensuring security, budgeting and other topics.

  3. Planning and Management of Meetings, Expositions, Events and Conventions (George G. Fenich)
    Well-respected author George G. Fenich is known for his books on the events and meetings industry, and this is perhaps his best contribution on the subject.

    Concise, practical, and easy to understand, this book is a fantastic resource for both newcomers who are just making their way into the industry, and students who are considering a jump into this exciting career.

  4. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (David Allen)
    Successful event planners are busy people, needing to juggle dozens of items in their to-do lists every day – from catering to bookings, marketing, participant management, and everything in-between.

    This book will give you a headstart in your event planning career by taking your productivity levels up, while keeping your stress down. You’ll learn how to make your checklists more manageable, do more with your days, and most importantly – still have time left over each day to unwind and live a balanced life!

  5. The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice (Todd Henry)
    The best event planners don’t stand under the rain, waiting for inspiration to hit them like a bolt of lightning. Instead, they take charge of their success by learning what it takes to turn on their creativity at a moment’s notice, like a light switch.

    This is the power that The Accidental Creative delivers – ideas for creating your own creative moments, so you can deliver engaging, creative events that audiences will love!