Books to bust out of an event organizing rut

Required reading: Some inspiration for your next event

It’s the week of your event, things are happening fast and you are feeling so stressed, you’ve vowed to never organize an event again. You are not alone in feeling this way, most event organizers have had similar thoughts at least once. Planning an event is a TON of work. In the grind of handling all the details, it can be easy to forget why you fell in love with your event the first place. 

From architects to web developers to paramedics, everyone has moments of burnout. The key is to remember the magic of events. To help with that, we've put together a Required Reading list for event planner burnout. We're not preachy, self-help gurus, but getting comfortable with a good book can do wonders. Interesting and inspirational, here are a few suggested reads for when you're feeling the event planning blehs. 
The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker

  • Take everything you think you should do to organize an event and throw it out the window. Instead, get to the root of why you are bringing people together, then use that to create a unique, deeply meaningful event. This works for anything as large as a conference to as small as a dinner party--and is very inspiring.

Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life, Radha Agrawal

  • This is fantastic reading about increasing your connection to your world and your work. Getting more in touch with the community you've created will not only remind you why you're passionate about your work, but it will also inspire you to do bigger and better things. 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., Brené Brown 

  • Can your event shift and shape culture? Brene Brown thinks so. Whether it's on a micro or macro level, you're going to feel the urge to step up to the plate after reading this. 

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson 

  • Some days, you're in the headspace where you can wake up and decide to be happy, no matter how messy you feel your project has gotten. This book is the perfect, hilarious set of inspiration to help you take a deep breath and start fresh. 

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling 

  • An incredible perspective about our impact on the world, and tons of examples you can easily translate to organizing an event. Feel good about all the effort you're putting in; you're making the world a better place. 

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