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Events: demystified Podcast

140 EpisodesProduced by Anca Platon Trifan | Tree-Fan Events LLCWebsite

As a seasoned event professional and podcast host, Anca Platon Trifan, CMP, DES champions women behind-the-scenes in AV, event production, and technology, advocating for mental and physical fitness as well as diversity in AV. She brings the magic of event production to the forefront, demystifying AV… read more

140 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

137: AI Demystified: Essential Insights for #eventprofs ft John D'Adamo (BizBash)

December 8th, 2023


Welcome to another episode of the Events Demystified Podcast with your host, Anca Platon Trifan! In today's episode, we're excited to welcome John …

136: A Take-Over of The Better Events Pod: Traveling for Events - The Event Pros Survival Guide

December 1st, 2023


Second part of today's take-over is this special episode of the Events Demystified Podcast with your host, Anca Platon Trifan, and my co-host, David T Stevens from Return on Wellness! Today, we're shaking things up as …

135: Better Events Pod Take-Over: Mental and Physical Wellness Tips For On-Site #EventProfs

November 24th, 2023


Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for a special episode of the Events Demystified Podcast like you've never heard before! Today, we have the pleasure of introducing Logan Clements and Mary Davidson, the hosts of Better …

134: Disrupting Advertising with AI: A Conversation ft Matt Swalley (Omneky)

November 17th, 2023


Welcome to another episode of the Events Demystified Podcast with your host, Anca Platon Trifan! In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Matt Swalley, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of Omneky. We're …

133: AI in Video Production: Scaling New Heights with Vikram Chalana, PhD

November 10th, 2023


Welcome to another engaging episode of the Events Demystified Podcast with your host, Anca Platon Trifan! Today, we have the pleasure of hosting Vikram Chalana, CEO of Pictory AI - an engineer-turned-entrepreneur with …

132: How to Harness AI to Stand Out and Drive Impact in the Event Industry ft Brian Monahan

November 3rd, 2023


Welcome to yet another episode of the Events Demystified Podcast's EVENTFUL AI season, with your host, Anca Platon Trifan! Today, we're delighted to spotlight Brian Monahan, Vice President of Business Development and …

131: IMEX America: The First-Timers Guide to IMEX (Interviews with top #eventprofs)

October 27th, 2023


New to IMEX? Seasoned veteran? This episode's got something for everyone. Your host, Anca Platon Trifan, sits down with the best and brightest of the …

130_S7: Redesigning the Corporate Event Scene by Shifting towards Eventful AI ft Kraig Kleeman

October 20th, 2023


Welcome to another fun episode of the Events Demystified Podcast! In today's discussion, we're thrilled to have Kraig Kleeman, Founder of Rock The C-Suite and a trailblazer in the world of corporate entertainment, as …

129_S7: Community, AI and Memorable Event Experiences ft Will Curran

October 13th, 2023


Welcome to another episode of the Events Demystified Podcast with your host, Anca Platon Trifan! In this highly-anticipated episode, we're excited to have Will Curran, Founder and Chief Event Einstein of Endless Events …

128_S7: AI in Pre-Event Planning: The Game-Changer in Modern Event Management ft Erica Maurer

October 6th, 2023


Welcome to another episode of the Events Demystified Podcast, hosted by yours truly, Anca Platon Trifan! Today, we're super excited to feature Erica …

127_S7: Unlocking Event Metrics-A Deep Dive into Unsupervised AI Learning ft Kalon Welch

September 29th, 2023


Welcome to another episode of the Events Demystified Podcast with your host, Anca Platon Trifan! In today's episode, we're thrilled to have Kalon Welch, the EVP of Business Development and Co-Owner of FastSensor, as our …

126_S7: AI and Collaboration: Crafting Unforgettable Event Experiences ft Clare Forestier

September 22nd, 2023


Welcome to a brand new episode of the Events Demystified Podcast! In this episode we dive deep into the world of event experiences and the incredible …

125_S7: Revolutionizing Event Tech with a Transformational AI Paradigm ft Massoud Alibakhsh

September 15th, 2023


Welcome to another episode of the Events Demystified Podcast with your host, Anca Platon Trifan! In this illuminating episode, we have the privilege of hosting Massoud Alibakhsh, co-founder and CEO of OMADEUS.


124_S7: Unpacking AI's Impact on the Attendee Event Experience ft Huong Nguyen

September 8th, 2023


Welcome to another exciting episode of the Events Demystified Podcast! Join us as we sit down with Huong Nguyen, Founder & CEO of Shiloh Events, …

123_S7: NEW SEASON: The Future of Events is AI ft Julius Solaris

September 1st, 2023


Welcome to a new exciting Season of the Events Demystified Podcast, the Eventful AI, as we sit down with industry luminary Julius Solaris, founder of …

122: 4th Yr Podcast Anni Bash: A Focus on Mental & Physical Fitness ft Podcast Host, Anca P. Trifan

July 29th, 2023


We're rounding off our 4th anniversary celebration of the "Events: Demystified" Podcast with the 3rd episode of our special mini-series! Join us on as we delve into the importance of Mental and Physical Fitness for …

121: 4th Yr Podcast Anni Bash: A Focus on Inclusion in AV Production ft Podcast Host, Anca P. Trifan

July 15th, 2023


Welcome to the 2nd episode of our 4th-year anniversary of the Events Demystified Podcast! Join us as we continue our celebratory mini-series, dedicated to our incredible listeners and the remarkable guests who have …

120: 4th Yr Podcast Anni Bash: Amplifying Diversity ft Podcast Host, Anca P. Trifan

July 1st, 2023


🎉 Celebrate with us as we kick off the 4th anniversary of Events Demystified Podcast! We're starting this special journey with you, our valuable …

119: Mastering the Art of High-End Client Management in the AV Production World ft Curt Johnson

June 23rd, 2023


On our last episode of the season, we're diving deep into the world of corporate AV production with industry veteran, Curtis Johnson. Originally hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Curtis found his calling in the bustling …

118: Embracing the Marathon that Business is: Moving Forward is More Important than Speed ft Channing Muller

June 16th, 2023


Hi there friends, ready to get a grip on effective marketing? Tune into this insightful episode with my special guest, Channing Muller. As the …

117: Transformative Entrepreneurship: Become a product of your product ft Cristy “Code Red” Nickel

June 9th, 2023


Get ready for a knockout episode! 🥊🔥 A true champion and titan of the health & fitness industry, Cristy "CodeRed" Nickel, is set to be our guest on this week's episode of our podcast! Get ready to dive deep with …

IMEX SPECIAL: Demystifying Wellness at IMEX Frankfurt '23 - a candid conversation

June 2nd, 2023


Get ready as we set out to "Demystify Wellness" at IMEX Frankfurt 2023. 💪🍃 In this special episode of the Events Demystified Pod, I get to talk with David T. Stevens®, PMED, the host of "Return on Wellness" about …

115: Build Unwavering Confidence with Events and Banish Self Doubt ft Reggie Johnson

May 26th, 2023


Get ready to hit the play button! 🎧 🚀 We're thrilled to announce that our next podcast episode features none other than Reggie Johnson, the versatile maestro behind some of the most unforgettable events and concerts. …

114: Demystifying out-of-the-box Web 2.5 Digital Events in the Metaverse ft Ali Robinson

May 12th, 2023


On today's episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing Ali Robinson, Director of Business Development at The LABZ, a virtual events platform based in Atlanta that specializes in creating immersive web, mobile, and …

113: Demystifying broadcasting sport events, TD role, cloud tools and fitness on the road ft Michael Lange

April 28th, 2023


With me on the air today I have Michael Lange - a Technical Director, vMix Op, and Broadcast Solution Architect, the owner of Lange Productions, …

112: Small business does not mean incapable, bigger is not always better ft Heidi Jacobson

April 14th, 2023


Super stoked about today's guest, a WOWman in event productions, Mrs. Heidi Jacobson, VP of Business Development in the Live Events Industry. Heidi is someone who brings to the table everything one expects in a dynamic …

111: Employing neuroscience and psychology knowledge and tools to improve our events ft Victoria Matey

March 31st, 2023


My featured guest today, Victoria Matey, an event psychology advisor and co-founder of Matey Events, provides science-based solutions for your event …

110: The Speaker-Poet-TEDx Alumni on a Mission to Educate, Engage & Empower ft Anthony DeMario

March 24th, 2023


Today's featured guest, Anthony deMario - "BE YOU" - is something else, he is a Speaker, Trained Peak Performance Strategist & Learning Experience Architect via Tony Robbins, and Certified Brain Health Strategist …

108: Mental Fitness, Wellness and the Digital AI Transformation ft Janice Cardinale

March 10th, 2023


Super stoked to have Janice Cardinale, a heart-centric entrepreneur and founder of Event Minds Matter join me on the air to demystify the concept of mental fitness, and share strategies for having and maintaining this …

107: In business and in events everything is "figureoutable" ft Andrew Ybarra

March 3rd, 2023


On today's episode, I get the honor to highlight another friend and event partner of mine, Andrew Ybarra, CEO of Lifted AV, Audio Visual Wizard, International Speaker, DJ & Live Event Expert. Andrew Ybarra is a …

106: The future is all about photorealism and data visualization ft Amy Gile

February 24th, 2023


Today I have the honor of talking with Amy Gile, CEO of Silverdraft. Entrepreneurship and high-performance graphics technology.

Amy began her career …

105: The Tinder for #eventprofs is not what you might think it is ft Merijn Van Buuren

February 17th, 2023


With me on the air today I have Merijn van Buuren, founder of Event Mender,  on a mission to make the world a better place together 🌐 by developing …

104: Participation-rich meeting and event design ft Adrian Segar

February 10th, 2023


With me on the air I've got a trailblazer in the meetings and events industry, Adrian Segar - the Founder of CONFERENCES THAT WORK. He has convened, designed, and facilitated hundreds of meetings over the last forty …

103: When people come together really great things can happen ft Anh Nguyen

February 3rd, 2023


Excited to have Anh Nguyen - head of customer success at twine, join me on the air and discuss in a very open and authentic way the future of work as …

102: Wellness and Fitness Tips from the Fittest #Eventprof ft David Stevens

January 27th, 2023


During the last episode conversation we focus on all the #behindthescenes AV professionals and the benefits of mental and physical fitness, today we're going to talk about the same topic, only focusing on #eventprofs, …

101: Start the new year as a Fit Wholesome New You ft Jason Brown

January 13th, 2023


Welcome to a brand new podcast season, a season that is focused on a much-needed topic: Mental and Physical Fitness. 

Why? Because of how important this kind of fitness is for any event professional out there that is …

100: Recap 2022: Where do we go from here? ft Podcast Host, Anca P. Trifan

December 30th, 2022


45th episode this year and the 100th episode of the Events: demystified Podcast!  

So many things to say, so much to be proud of and celebrate! 

So stoked about the impact the podcast has made, and especially the latest …

99: Scale Up your biz by creating a powerful & profitable Live or Virtual Event ft Shay Wheat (Grace & Ease Productions)

December 23rd, 2022


My last WOWman featured guest during our current running season "Women Behind The Scenes in Events and Event Productions"  is Shay Wheat, a Certified …

98: What is teleprompting and how it can add value to your events ft Michelle Michelson (Prompster)

December 16th, 2022


"Rehearsals are SO Important", "Generational gaps in tech crews can be so toxic at times", "Power struggles behind the scenes are real", "If you're …

97: The Unglamorous side of events ft Melva LaJoy Legrand (LaJoy Plans)

December 9th, 2022


This week's woman behind the scenes and in front of the scenes featured guest is someone I admire a lot, my new friend, Melva LaJoy Legrand, founder/CEO of LaJoy Plans, an event planning firm, a  self-made entrepreneur …

96: Adapting to a post-Covid pre-recession event landscape ft Melissa Park

December 2nd, 2022


I know you've been expectantly waiting for a brand new episode to drop after the LONG break in November (because November was crazy hot with back-to-back traveling for hybrid events) - and so, WE'RE BACK!! 

On this new …

95: Strong Back, Soft Front ft Jeniffer Bello (JB Experiences)

October 28th, 2022


One of my favorite upcoming featured guests highlighted during the current Events: demystified Podcast's "𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬" season, …

94: Sprinkle just a little bit of joy and see it coming back to you ft Cindi Cohn (Author)

October 21st, 2022


Continuing the conversation with some amazing 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, …

93: Creativity stems from limited resources ft Rumbi Chigumira (FOH Engineer)

October 14th, 2022


Tune into our newest episode ft Rumbi Chigumira, from Johannesburg, South Africa, and get a look behind the scenes in the world of a house of worship sound engineer and media tech who's equal parts passionate about …

92: Be Intentional. Be Impactful. Have Boundaries ft Erika Kulovitz (AKIRE Productions)

October 7th, 2022


On yet another episode of the 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 series, we're featuring another kick-a$$ fantastic guest, Erika Kurlovitz, President …

91: The Metaverse and how it can fit into your event strategy ft Valerie Bihet (VIBE Agency)

September 30th, 2022


As we continue into our 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 journey of highlighting amazing #behindthescenes women in events, tech and event …

90: The Best Event Experiences Were The Ones I was Most Afraid To Work on ft Annette Jukes (Small Prints)

September 23rd, 2022


Our new season, highlighting 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 continues with …

89: The world of AV & Pro Audio, flash news: it's all dudes ft Samantha Potter (Allen & Heath)

September 16th, 2022


As we continue with another kick a$$ woman in AV and event productions part of the SEASON FIVE - WOMEN BEHIND THE SCENES IN EVENTS AND EVENT PRODUCTIONS, it is my great pleasure to introduce to you, Samantha Potter - …

88: The fundamentals of Producing Epic Event Experiences ft Tahira Endean (IMEX)

September 9th, 2022


My next special featured guest on the Events: demystified Podcast part of the 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝟓: 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 is an #eventprofs

87: Kicking off Season FIVE: Women BTS in Events and Event Production ft Maggie Harker (Freeman)

September 2nd, 2022


It's with great honor that I have the pleasure to invite to join me as I kick off a brand new season: 

𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝟓: 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐈𝐧 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 …

Rant #11: Keeping healthy and fit during long show/event days

August 26th, 2022


"You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them".

As the world of events started to open back up, many #eventprofs (including …

85: What is Salesforce and why do your events need it ft Matt Frank (

August 19th, 2022


Coming up on the Events: demystified Podcast is our interview with Matthew Frank, the Director of Technology Evangelism & Product Marketing at

84: Changing the atmosphere around you with your abundant energy ft Angel Marie Monachelli (Shine On)

August 13th, 2022


Tune into this unique brand new episode to learn from our fire-cracker featured guest, Angel Marie Monachelli, the creator of the Shine On Movement, a ​six-time best-selling author ​known to many as the energizer bunny

Rant #10: Competent vs Likable - can a boss female be both?

August 5th, 2022


Women, unlike men, are rarely perceived to be both competent and likable."

Today's RANT dives deep into the likability dilemma for women leaders or boss ladies, competence vs liability, a topic very much inspired by a …

82: PR Tips and tricks for the event professional ft Meghan Ely (OFD Consulting)

July 29th, 2022


Tune into today's episode in which my featured guest, Meghan Ely, CWIP, a Certified Wedding Industry Professional, OFD Consulting owner that loves to …

81: Building meaningful connections while becoming a master communicator ft Brenden Kumarasamy (Master Talk)

July 22nd, 2022


One of my biggest pet peeves in personal and business relationships is poor communication. And so I started asking myself, how does one get better at communicating?  Is it nature or nurtured skill set? To answer the …

80: Not hired but inspired to produce events that transform ft Marlene Robinson

July 15th, 2022


On the show with me today I have Marlene Robinson,  event producer, and personal development expert who after 20 yrs in corporate America,  left her career job and moved to Idaho where she plugged herself into the …

Third-year Anniversary Podcast Kick-off: a recap reel

July 8th, 2022


Happy 3rd year anniversary “Events: demystified” Podcast! What a ride it's been and we're only getting started! 

In this kick-off episode of the 3 yr anniversary, I was thinking that one awesome way to thank many of the …

Rant #09: Saving Your Bacon ft Podcast Host, Anca P. Trifan

July 1st, 2022


"No expectations, no disappointments." - Unknown

Have you ever attended an event where the expectation was so high and you were left with this yucky aftertaste, because that was not what all that hype was made about, …

78: In life and in events, keep your "Yes, and"-ers close ft Megan McCaleb (Improv Team Culture)

June 24th, 2022


On today's brand new episode we’re demystifying the power of "Yes, And" with our featured guest, Megan McCaleb, Boise’s kookiest comedian.

Megan McCaleb is an award-winning author, and an engaging improv coach, as the …

77: A sustainable approach to Event Swag & Gifting ft Linsay Moran (unWrapIt)

June 17th, 2022


On the show with me today I have Linsay Moran, Co-Founder, Unwrapit - another Canadian, aside from Mahoganey Jones,  that is trying to convince me that poutine is the best dish there is, and since I haven’t yet tried …

76: Opportunities await those who seek them ft James Steadman (vMix op at Full EFX Streams)

June 10th, 2022


In this upcoming episode of Events: demystified Podcast, I have had the pleasure of interviewing James Steadman, my nerdy friend, a live-streaming production specialist and vMix operator extraordinaire, and dive …

Rant #8: Live Event Production vs Virtual Event Broadcast

June 1st, 2022


The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.― Socrates.

Let me ask you a question. What do you think of when you hear Live Event Production? Does that ring the same in your mind, with Virtual Event Production? …

74: It's ok to change your mind and keep evolving ft Jen Salerno

May 24th, 2022


“Evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.” Oprah Winfrey

My next featured guest on the Events: demystified Podcast is someone that …

73: Creating change in a segregated event industry ft Jason Brown (Vid-Live Events)

May 17th, 2022


On the show with me today I have my dear event production friend, Jason Brown of Vid-Live Events, a multi-faced individual, proud of his almost two …

72: Keep Up so you're not Kept Out ft Sarah Soliman (Soliman Productions)

May 10th, 2022


With over a decade of experience in Broadcast Journalism and Production, Sarah Soliman brings her producing and reporting experience into her own …

Rant #7: Toxic masculinity on display in AV event production

May 1st, 2022


Toxic masculinity refers to the notion that some people's idea of “manliness” perpetuates domination, manipulation, and aggression.

Ok, this Rant

70: The Importance of strategic partnerships to elevate the underdog ft Frank Carlisi (ExV Agency)

April 25th, 2022


On the show with me today I have Frank Carlisi, Co-Founder and Event Producer for the ExV Agency, where he continues to uplift and empower as many people as possible through his unique events strategies, creative …

69: Post-Covid Contracts and Negotiation Tips ft Brittney Shea Cobb

April 17th, 2022


On the show with me today I have a beautiful inside and out, equal parts sweet and sass, Brittney Shea Cobb,  a Global Meeting Planner with Innov8 …

68: The future of sustainable events is Regenerative Ag ft Jason Marmon

April 10th, 2022


Have you heard of the SEEDS Principle before? Neither have we until we met today's guest, Jason Marmon, Director of US Energy, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, & Social Entrepreneurship, a social entrepreneur …

Rant #6: Releasing Anca Trifan, version 4.0

April 1st, 2022


The April 1st RANT features 𝒂 𝒎𝒂𝒋𝒐𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆: Anca Trifan (/'treefʌn/) CMP, DES 4.0 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐩𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝟒.𝟎 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧! Join me on the Events: demystified Podcast as I celebrate someone I rarely …

66: Overcoming the fear of failure in events ft Thuy Diep, CGSP, DMCP, CSEP (Haute)

March 25th, 2022


During today's episode, you're guaranteed to get a fresh dose of energy and optimism from a pint-size nuclear energy bomb, my featured guest Thuy …

Rant #5: Event colors, emotions and moods

March 17th, 2022


"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions" - Pablo Picasso 

Did you ever feel anxious in a yellow room? Does the color blue make you …

64: Trade Shows and virtual, how well do they mix ft Nick Aldinger (IBL Events)

March 10th, 2022


Almost to the date, beginning of 2020 I was sitting down, in my studio, with IBL Events co-founder, Anna Marie Aldinger recording Episode #10 and discussing trade shows and the news of this new virus that we didn't know …

Rant #4: My Event Is Better Than Yours

March 3rd, 2022


"I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.” - William Blake

In the 4th rant brought to you by Events: demystified Podcast, I am getting a bit annoyed at everyone that pretends that their event is better …

62: Hybrid Events in 2022: same, same but different ft Megan Martin, CMP, DES, MPA

February 25th, 2022


During this episode, I get to sit down with Megan Martin of JUNO, an event strategist with advanced training and extensive experience in strategic meeting management, event development and planning, virtual and hybrid …

RANT #3: Must be aware of our choice of words

February 17th, 2022


"Words are free. It's how you use them that may cost you." - Unknown

In this 3rd rant brought to you by Events: demystified Podcast, I am repeating myself, not because I've got nothing better to do, but because I just …

60: Intentional Event Design that crafts meaningful event experiences ft Anthony Vade, DES

February 10th, 2022


Tune into this brand new episode in which we will explore and demystify several topics related to event design, including:

  • how and why intentional …

RANT #02: Flash-news: your crystal ball is broken

January 31st, 2022


"Trying to predict the future is a loser's game." - Ken Liu

In this 2nd rant brought to you by Events: demystified Podcast, I am questioning the logic behind some of the event decisions made to go back to in-person …

58: Setbacks into comebacks, authenticity and imposter syndrome ft Courtney Stanley

January 25th, 2022


“The tougher the setback, the better the comeback.” ― Bernard Osei Annang, Life, The Theory of Everything: Succeeding in the 21st century and beyond

This is by far, one of the hardest lessons to learn during a …

RANT #01: Who the heck have I become?

January 17th, 2022


“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Welcome to Events: demystified Podcast's NEW series: "She …

S4_56: Well, hello there 2022! Here's my manifesto ft Anca Trifan, CMP, DES (V)

January 10th, 2022


First off, Happy New Year (crossing fingers it's still "happy"). Secondly, welcome to our FOURTH Season, how awesome is that!

Since I decided to do something new and get off the hamster wheel where every podcast in this …

55: 2021 Year in "Rearview" Thoughts ft Anca Trifan (Tree-Fan Events)

December 30th, 2021


As we approach the final days of 2021, I am incredibly grateful, inspired by, and proud of the remarkable people who make up the event industry. In …

54: Mitigating risks with virtual and hybrid events ft Jazmyn Breanna (V)

December 20th, 2021


Tune in this brand new episode of Events: demystified Podcast as your host, Anca Trifan, CMP, DES will be demystifying with her featured guest, Jazmyn Breanna - a passionate, skilled, and established live event producer …

53: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Events & Small Businesses ft Andrew Roby of Andrew Roby Events (V)

December 10th, 2021


Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of …

52: Show Calling & Production Roles for Virtual & Hybrid Events ft Heather Sharpe (Sherpa Group)

November 30th, 2021


I am exceptionally giddy today to be talking about a topic near and dear to my heart: calling a virtual or a hybrid event as a show director. With the continued prevalence and increase in virtual and hybrid events, a …

51: Tapping into the power of emotions at events ft Deanna Nwosu (Deanna Camille)

November 20th, 2021


How is it going, friends? Welcome to another episode of "Events: demystified" where we aim to demystify the world of in-person, virtual, hybrid event …

50: Being Prepared for the Unexpected ft Mahoganey Jones (Events Specialists)

November 10th, 2021


During today's episode we are honored to be joined by Mahoganey Jones, CMP, DES, HMCC - founder and CEO of Events Specialists, a Canadian turnkey event management and production company. Our conversation today focuses …

49: Making Sustainability a Priority Again for Events ft Nancy Zavada (MeetGreen)

October 25th, 2021


The ever-growing concern about the environment and climate change has accelerated the demand for conscious consumerism and sustainable initiatives. However, for event professionals, creating green events can be quite a …

48: Stop leaving hot leads on the table during/after Events ft Ike Singh Kehal (Social27)

October 18th, 2021


In today's episode, you get the chance to meet Ike Singh Kehal of Social27, who's passionate about Virtual Events that Make an Impact, and bringing the best part of in-person events to the virtual world for a greater …

47: The Importance of A/B comparison testing in Events ft Miguel Neves (EventMB)

October 10th, 2021


In today’s episode, I have the pleasure of hosting Miguel Neves, EventMB’s Editor-in-Chief who likes to describe himself as a "curious creator and caring curator of computerized content and a conscious connector of …

46: Living life leading with passion ft Carey Smolensky (CSP Worldwide)

September 25th, 2021


With me on the “Events: demystified” Podcast, I have Carey Smolensky, a Husband, Father, "Papa C" to his grandchildren, Dynamic Businessman, Event …

45: Community Over Competition ft Mary & Logan, Hosts of Better Events Podcast

September 10th, 2021


On today's episode of “Events: demystified” I have the honor of hosting not one, but TWO featured guests, good friends of mine, event professionals, live-streamers and podcast hosts and discuss what "Community Over …

44: The Secret Weapon to a Successful Trade Show - Virtual or Hybrid ft Jim Cermak (Tradeshow University)

August 25th, 2021


On today's episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events,  your host, Anca, and her featured guest, James Cermak, host of the Tradeshow University Podcast are discussing best strategies that event …

43: Branding Tips and Tools for your Virtual/Hybrid Events ft Swire Ho (Garuda Promo)

August 10th, 2021


On today's episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and your host, Anca, we are tackling all things promotional, branding and marketing and ways in which event organizers can deliver ROI to …

42: Starting & Funding a Nonprofit or a Charity ft Travis Johnson (The Nonprofit Architect)

July 30th, 2021


This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events with your host, Anca.  When you have a cause you care about and have gone as far as you can on your own to champion it, it might be time to start your own …

41: Experience Design for Virtual & Hybrid Events ft John Pistotti (Endless Events - at the time)

July 23rd, 2021


This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events with your host, Anca. While the work of a good planner is to make sure the event goes off without a hitch, the work of great event designers is to make …

40: Elevating your Fundraiser from Virtual to Hybrid ft Samantha Swaim (Swaim Strategies)

July 16th, 2021


This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events with your host, Anca, and on today's episode I have the pleasure of interviewing Samantha Swaim of Swaim Strategies. Sam, as friends and friendors candidly …

38: Kick-Off our Podcast's Two Year Anniversary from the Woods ft Anca Trifan (Tree-Fan Events)

July 2nd, 2021


“Events: demystified” Podcast turns TWO this month - can you believe it?! With that, we're kicking off the anniversary celebration with an amazing line-up of featured guests that you won't want to miss! Tune in in this …

37: The Makings of Great Communities IRL & for Hybrid Events ft Dan Berger (Social Tables Founder)

June 25th, 2021


This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and I'm your host, Anca. On today’s episode I have Dan Berger, the Founder and former CEO of Social Tables - and if you’ve been in events for at least a …

36: Standing in your power as a female live-streamer ft Marisa Cali (Live on Social Now)

June 10th, 2021


This is “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events  with your Host, Anca. On today's show I have Marisa Cali,  a virtual event producer from San Diego who supports the advancements of women in sports and …

35: The call for transparency in Virtual and Hybrid Event Production ft Andy Johnson (AndX)

May 25th, 2021


Well hello there! And welcome to a brand new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events.

For some refreshing honest truth, authenticity, transparency in event productions - mixed with laughter -

34: Transitioning gracefully to in-person fundraising events ft AJ Steinberg (Queen Bee Fundraising)

May 10th, 2021


In this brand new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, I have the honor of sharing the airwaves with the wonderful …

33: Out-of-the-box Hybrid Event Experiences and Models ft Will Curran (Endless Events)

April 25th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca. In this episode, I have the honor of interviewing a special guest: Will Curran, Head Einstein at Endless Events. …

31: The Importance of Time Management & Friendors when Planning Virtual Events ft Emme Pumarega (EJP Events)

March 25th, 2021


This is Events: demystified brought to you by Tree-Fan Events  and I'm your host, Anca. 

On the show with me today I have Emee Pumarega of EJP Events, a veteran of the hospitality and event industry, who began working …

30: The New Role of a Benefit Auctioneer in Virtual Fundraising ft Zack Krone, BAS (Idaho Benefit Auctions)

March 10th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca.

To celebrate our 30th episode in style, I’ve invited with me on the air, a featured guest that knows how to have …

29: If content is King, Engagement is Queen for Virtual Events ft Bruce Rosard (ARIVAL)

February 25th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca.

Today's episode features an incredible event professional that's been around the event industry for a while, …

28: The Business of Virtual Weddings and Events ft Ashley Hawks (Forever Bride & EideCom)

February 10th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca.

Today we get to tackle the subject of virtual weddings and events, uncover marketing strategies for weddings, …

27: From an Event Producer's Corner - a conversation ft Tim Blackton (former Nike EP)

January 25th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca.

In today's episode, we're diving into the …

S3_26: Event Technology Trends of 2021 ft Anca Trifan, CMP (Tree-Fan Events)

January 10th, 2021


Welcome to a new episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca. Now that 2020 is behind us, welcome to 2021

25: 2020 Year in Review in Virtual Events: Soundbites_part 2

December 20th, 2020


Welcome to part 2 of our 2020 Year in Review episode of “Events: demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca. Hopefully you …

24: 2020 Year in Review in Virtual Events: Soundbites_part 1

December 20th, 2020


Welcome to our last episodes of 2020 of “Event AV and Lighting, demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events and your host, Anca.

Happy “You’ve just made it through 2020” to you all!

In this episode we wanted to …

23: Overcoming Virtual Event Challenges, a 2020 Recap ft Lynn Edwards (Proper Planning)

December 10th, 2020


Welcome to a new episode of “Event AV and Lighting, demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca.

Today I have the pleasure of inviting with me on the air a rockstar and veteran of the event …

22: Virtual Fundraising on Fire in 2020 ft Beth Sandefur (Beth Sandefur Events)

November 10th, 2020


Welcome to a new episode of “Event:  demystified” brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca. 

Today I have the pleasure of inviting with me on the air a special guest, Beth Sandefur of Beth Sandefur Events

21: Strategies for Choosing a Virtual Conference Platform ft Mark Woodworth (Peerles Events)

October 10th, 2020


 In today's episode, I invited on the air my colleague, Mark Woodworth, an expert in enterprise grade virtual conference platforms to discuss the …

20: Virtual Event Glossary: must-know terminology in 2020

September 10th, 2020


Welcome friend to a new episode of “Event AV and Lighting, demystified brought to you by Tree-Fan Events, with your host, Anca, recording this episode somewhere in the deep woods of Idaho, finding her way home. Well, …

19: A helpful fundraising platform for your upcoming Virtual Fundraiser: Auctria

August 10th, 2020


Welcome to our new episode this month!  Today my goal is to introduce to you a helpful tool with a great number of features to assist in raising much …

18: 2020 Virtual Events Overview ft Johnna Lee Wells, a Fundraising Advocate & Ambassador

July 31st, 2020


As this month is coming to an end and with it our one year anniversary celebration, which if this is the first time you’re listening, we’ve celebrated this entire month with weekly featured guests that honored us with …

17: 2020 Virtual Events Overview with a Production Manager & A/V Integrator (Hackler Productions)

July 23rd, 2020


Welcome to another episode of Events: demystified Podcast, where we're featuring several event professionals with different experiences and perspectives in this reality of planning and producing virtual events!  If …

16: 2020 Virtual Events Overview ft a Live-streaming Production House (The AV Dept)

July 17th, 2020


Ok friends, this episode is BIG big! We're having a conversation today about Virtual Events that strive to make a difference in today’s pandemic, …

15: 2020 Virtual Events Overview from a Production POV ft Brent Berg (Valiant Prod)

July 10th, 2020


In today's podcast episode, I get to speak with Brent Berg, the self-proclaimed "very important guy" at Valiant Productions located in Boise, Idaho, …

14: 2020 Virtual Events Case Studies ft a Non-Profit Fundraising Expert (Raise Agent)

July 3rd, 2020


A virtual conversation about Virtual Events from a Nonprofit Fundraising Expert Point of View, because this month is a huge celebration for us! We’re …

13: Event Details to share with your Virtual Event Producer & AV Partner

June 10th, 2020


To say that a lot has changed in the event space over the last few months is an understatement, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel and we'd like to share with you a few important virtual event details that …

12: Virtual Event Technologies to sustain your events and your business through a pandemic

May 10th, 2020


First off, a warm and very virtual HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you mothers out there! Today is a day for honoring all the women in our life who support and nurture us, from our sisters to our grandmothers to our …

S2_11: Coronavirus Chronicles and what can be done about it

April 10th, 2020


Four weeks indoors as a family can make a few things clear. You will know if your marriage is stable and if you truly love your children. You will …

10: How to prepare for a successful trade show event ft Anna Marie Aldinger (IBL Events)

March 10th, 2020


In this episode, I have the honor of interviewing IRL, Anna Marie Aldinger, the president, and owner of IBL Events, one of the largest producers of consumer trade shows in Idaho. We will cover topics such as personal …

09: Questions to ask your AV Provider/Partner

February 10th, 2020


In this episode I will be talking about ways of getting the most out of your AV partner,  I will be discussing AV RFPs or proposals, what it takes to …

08: Event Technology Trends of 2020

January 10th, 2020


Happy New Year to all of you event professionals out there! May this year, this decade even, signify the greatest successes and achievements of your life! May it be a year filled with plenty of closed deals and …

07: Ten Event Project Management Tools [Review]

December 10th, 2019


During today's episode, our last episode of 2019 (!), we will uncover some of the best event project management tools, and dive into ten options for …

06: Behind the scenes with an Idaho-based Non-Profit ft Jen Barth (Nights of Unity)

November 11th, 2019


In today’s episode we get to speak with Jen Barth, the founder and director of a non-profit organization located in Boise, Idaho and serving the women of the Treasure Valley. Jen has an amazing heart for the women in …

05: Five Tips for staying healthy during the busy Event Season [BONUS]

October 10th, 2019


The levels of stress an event professional goes through are pretty incredible. CareerCast made event planning the 4th most stressful job of the year. …

04: Best Practices for Sound, Video, Graphics and Lighting for Events

September 11th, 2019


I come to you today to have a conversation about Best Practices for Sound, Video, Graphics and Lighting for Events because rarely would you plan an …

03: The makings of good Sound for meetings and events

August 10th, 2019


In the spirit of understanding each other better, let’s start with the importance of good event sound in a venue for meetings and events, the …

S1_02: Why is AV so important for events? ft Anca Trifan (Tree-fan Events)

July 26th, 2019


 If this is your first time listening to this Podcast, my hope is that you will walk away after this episode with some relevant and helpful …

S1_01: Introductions - Who is Anca Trifan, CMP (aka Tree-Fan Events)?

July 20th, 2019


 I can’t believe that weeks and months of planning and strategizing have led to my very first podcast! I’m super excited to be bringing this content to you! My goal and desire over the years have always been to empower …

00: PROMO 2022 - Events: demystified Podcast

July 10th, 2019


A veteran woman in event productions demystifying the Audio-Visual, Lighting, Technology, and Production behind In-Person, Virtual, and/or Hybrid …

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