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4 Benefits of Giving

Posted December 12, 2016 by Heather Hutson

My friends Lisa and Natalie dress up like elves, complete in silly hats, and scurry around northern suburbs of Atlanta dropping gifts on the front steps of unsuspecting recipients.  They call it #12daysofelvingchristmas.  They find someone in the community who is having a rough go of the holiday season and “elf ” them – kinda like...

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3 Tips for Living your Best Life

Posted August 30, 2016 by Heather Hutson

I hit a slump recently. Last winter my partner and I got engaged which started a huge flurry of activity. We had to make a guest list, pick a venue, travel up to meet his family… Oh and I needed to get my house ready to sell. It was a project, and I made a...

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3 Reasons to be Generous

Posted May 4, 2016 by Heather Hutson

“This couple wanted their wedding guests to PAY FOR THEIR HONEYMOON!” She sniffed. Her faced looked like she smelled something bad, “My friends and I were so offended. We almost didn’t go to the wedding.” “I think that a honeymoon registry sounds cool.  I would rather get the couple something that they really wanted than...

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The Art of Customer Service

Posted September 18, 2015 by Heather Hutson

I used to work for the largest audio visual provider in the country.  We all had this swagger that comes from being the top dog.  I hear a lot of sales leaders talk about creating swagger in their sales force. It’s not a bad thing. We should be confident. We need to establish our credibility to...

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3 Planner Tips for Creating Experiential Events on Purpose

Posted June 25, 2015 by Heather Hutson

I am a musical theatre geek. OK, I admit it.  I have learned that there is a formula to almost all musicals. First there is a grand opening number that sets the tone for the whole story. Oklahoma! opens with “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”.  The following songs and dialogue move the plot forward to the...

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Did “BlackSheep Productions” or “” appear on your credit card statement?

Posted April 16, 2015 by Mark Bowling

BlackSheep Productions produces corporate shows, meetings and events.  If you see a charge for BlackSheep Productions on your credit card statement, it is for the registration fee for an event you either recently attended or will attend soon.  Current client partners that have active events with BlackSheep Productions include: Primrose Schools for annual franchise meetings...

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Event Planner Showcase – Mark Bowling

Posted March 2, 2015 by Mark Bowling

Several months ago, I was approached by Dave Ferguson (@DaveFerguson27) with Perfect Event Proposals and the Event Planner Productivity Hacks Blog.  I was immediately attracted to the mission of making a difference for other event planners. On 2/23/15, schedules finally worked out to allow us to speak further.  We were able to speak about the...

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Marriage checkup – “The Song” discussion questions

Posted September 25, 2014 by Mark Bowling

From the All Pro Dad “Play of the Day” for September 25, 2014: The new movie, The Song, hits theaters tomorrow, September 26th. It’s a modern day story based on the life of King Solomon—the wisest and wealthiest king to ever live. The movie focuses on the character of Jed, a musician, and his love...

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What can Event Producers (and others) learn from Walter White?

Posted September 30, 2013 by Mark Bowling

WARNING – A FEW BREAKING BAD SPOILERS! For years I had friends telling me I needed to start watching Breaking Bad.  I ignored them.  However, several months ago, my wife Lisa started watching it and she was hooked.  Several nights a week, I would go to bed and she would stay up watching past seasons...

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