We are now midway through January (where is the time going?!) Which for us, means soon we are relocating from from one of London’s famous food locations; Borough and moving further South West.
Recently, Facebook have relocated and moved into a 23,000m² office located just off Oxford Street. The office has been designed by Frank Gehry who is famous for designing the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which begs the question why is a world famous architect designing the new Facebook Office? This lead me to my next question…is office design really that important?
On average we are sent to spend a fifth of our lives in the office. With this in mind, here are three reasons as to why the overall office design is an essential part of our working lives.
1) Office atmosphere
To be able to happy where you work you need to:
1. Love what you do
2. Work with people that you like
3. Be in a comfortable environment
Feeling settled within your office environment and location, as well as within your teams is an essential part of having a successful business. It’s not just about where you sit day to day either - having breakout areas to talk to other members of the company is also important for building friendships and strong working relationships around the office.
2) Creative environment
Being part of the design team here at BB it is important to have flexibility in the way you approach your work, not everything starts on the computer. When generating ideas it is important to collaborate on all aspects of a project by allowing conversations to flow. Ensuring there are designated spaces within the office to enable group conversation, helps this to happen.
3) Brand and Culture
Alongside the staff that are in the office Monday to Friday, clients and business partners will visit the office from time to time. Therefore the office should be visually appealing and inviting to all. Your office space needs to not only reflect the nature of the company but also support all the departments within the business.
This weekend We Recommend heading down to the London Short Film Festival!
Running from the 12th until the 21st of January, this should prove to be full of entertainment, creativity and culture and hopefully will have something for everyone!
Tickets range from £8 - £12 and are in various venues across London for 10 glorious days.
For more information and for all the films, check out:
Recently, current affairs have been overloaded with so-called gender gaps and lack of diversity in many industries. In fact, it is rarely out of the headlines, with particular focus on board management and those in senior positions.
Here at Brand Brewery, most of the team are female, however the industry suggests that although there are lots of women working at different levels within event management, many event agency boards are dominated and led by men in influential positions. An industry report launched in December 2017 pointed to ongoing gender inequality in the sector. However, gender does not play a role in an individual’s skill, hard-work or performance; all of which contribute to being a good event planner.
There are many qualities that a person must possess in order to be successful in event management. Like any other industry, it is an individual’s drive, meticulousness (some call it being a perfectionist!) and commitment that is the secret recipe for success. Amongst other things, being able to multi-task and time-manage should be at the top of the list… every event manager makes copious to-do lists right?!
Regardless of gender, each individual involved in event management brings new and different skills to the table, which almost always compliment others. Perhaps, the most important quality of all is the ability to be a team-player. Working in such a fast-paced environment, which demands work outside of the usual 9-5, requires your team to be supportive and adaptive to make any event a success.
Thinking about expanding your horizons in 2018? There are dozens of well-written books that can help you become a better event planner. And most of this list aren't about event planning at all!
Nowadays there are many ways to boost your knowledge: attend industry conferences, network with fellow planners, enroll in training courses, or in this case, curl up with a really good book.
Here are 5 favourites that every event planner should read. They'll help boost your creative thinking, make you think more strategically about your decisions and inspire you along the way.
Start with why
A fitting way to start the list is with Simon Sinek’s Start with why. This simple question has the power to inspire others to achieve extraordinary things. Any organisation can explain what it does; some can explain how; but very few can clearly articulate why. This book isn’t necessarily aimed at the event planners of the world but it has become a bestseller around the world for a reason. Start with why has been renowned to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers as well as creating a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. What better way to start 2018?
Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events
Now this one is for the planners. Regarded as informative and entertaining, this book is described as the blue print for making events happen! Judy Allen provides an approach that helps you ask everyone involved in your event the right questions - one’s you hadn’t even thought to ask!
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln
Events and public speaking work hand in hand, and this is an opportunity to learn from the best.
Learn from a range of some of the highest regarded public speakers throughout history on how to deliver extremely effective and engaging presentations and talks, unlock their secrets and learn how to wow your audience.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen's book on organisation and productivity might just change your life. And not just work but home as well. This book is more than just a love of checklists. It's a way of approaching every aspect of your life with a simple question: is this idea of mine actionable? It's easy to get overwhelmed and David Allen's system counteracts this, providing steps to make your tasks seem more manageable.
How to Win Friends & Influence People
Last but certainly not least is Dale Carnegie's famous How to Win Friends & Influence People, described as one of the best-selling self-help books of all time. This book is described as an influential piece for any leader in any industry. Key concepts in the book, such as ways to make people like you, techniques in handling groups of people, and methods on winning others over to your way of thinking, are all useful tools for planning events. When leading groups of people, such as event teams, you need to know how to win over those groups to work effectively. This book will teach you the “how”.
And if you’re too busy actually planning your events, why not try listening to the audible versions? There’s really no excuse. Happy reading!
Are you part of the growing number of people doing Dry Jan and struggling with what to spend your weekend's doing this month? Are you also like me and allergic to exercise - so can't even spend all your time at the gym?
If this sounds like you! I recommend heading to Namco Funscape a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping London attraction where you can become a big kid again! Arcade games, entertainment, bowling and more, all on London's South Bank. Enough said.
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Established in 2009, Brand Brewery was born out of a passion for brand experiences, using the knowledge that if done well they create unique and priceless face-to-face interactions for companies, inside and out. We just felt it was time that clients had an agency that could prove just how versatile and effective these experiences could be.
So here we are - see who writes the blog
Business Services Director
WORK: Olly is an experiential marketer with a wealth of diverse experience managing major B2C accounts such as Sony PlayStation, Aperol Spritz, Perrier, Cartoon Network and Budweiser. When Olly is not gaming, drinking or watching cartoons, in the name of marketing, he is leading teams of account & event managers across projects ranging from onsite film shoots to nationwide pop-up campaigns.
A sincere believer in the notion that 'no idea is a bad idea', he aims to continue to inspire the next generation of brand experience experts in London, after spending time in Dubai and Amsterdam over the past 10 years.
PLAY: Watching British films and dark comedies takes up a fair bit of Olly's spare time, as does writing, whether it's industry blogs, children's fiction or simply observations from the weird and wonderful world around him.
BREW: A proper builders cup o' tea served in a big and appropriately battle-scarred mug.