We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandy Nissou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandy, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Charisma is the most important factor behind my success. Charisma inspires. I inspire my clients to make a Dream Wedding their own. I am inspired mostly by my clients and other successful business owners. I like to listen to my client’s stories and how they met and what brought them to meet me. I like to learn about successful business owners’ journeys and know that persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievements. I read and listen to self-improvement and business development content knowing that we can’t become what we want by remaining what we are. Nothing grows in your comfort zone, and great things come from pushing through challenges which make you grow. This philosophy can be applied to any business and to life lessons in general, which in turn helps me connect with my clients at a completely different level. Each bride and groom are unique; they have their unique story and vision for their wedding day. And with a wedding comes a symbol of a new beginning, and thus so much goes into making that day magical and perfect for the couple. I feel successful and inspired when I see the joy and gratitude in my bride and groom from making their vision come to life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
How did you get started in the industry? My passion for all things weddings and events started in my teens. When I was 15 years old, I would volunteer at our church teaching catechism and at the same time I would plan and setup events for our fundraisers to raise money for our youth programs that I eventually ended up directing. I started with small fundraisers that raised a few thousand to larger events that raised close to $30,000. The first wedding I planned was at 18 years old. I was in high school and planned an entire wedding from A-Z and enjoyed every minute of it! In 2005, within 7 years of graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering, working, planning weddings and events, conventions, fundraisers, seminars, etc. I decided to build a business from my passion. Without a doubt, it remains one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I definitely enjoy the entertainment industry all together; engaging with couples, working with vendors and clients, networking, planning and managing events and weddings. I love working with clients that appreciate exquisite taste, trendsetting design, and detail driven organization. I personally oversee the planning process for every wedding or event, ensuring that my client’s dream wedding or event becomes a reality. Exclusive Planning & Management has grown over the years and am very excited to see it keep growing and flourishing in the years to come. “I love what I do! I don’t come to work to plan a wedding, I come to work to create memories… An experience to remember for a lifetime. I inspire my clients to make a Dream Wedding their Own.” – Sandy Nissou
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friend was visiting San Diego, where I live, I would definitely take her out to the beaches. We could always ride a bike along the boardwalk, ride jet skis or maybe even get on a speedboat for a fun ride. Downtown Gaslamp, Pacific Beach and La Jolla are some popular tourist areas to consider. There is plenty to site-see and visit here in San Diego such as Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village and much more. It would really depend on what activities my friend would be interested in doing and what kind of foods she loves in order for me to create an itinerary suited for her visit.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate a shoutout to my family, friends and clients for their support, love and encouragement. I’d like to also recognize other business resources, other successful luxury wedding and event planners and wedding and industry outlets for their efforts and mentorship. Some of my favorite business resources are planner’s lounge, wedding pro, wedding decor inspiration, luxury wedding pages, brides journal, inside weddings, and many more. I’d also like to dedicate a shoutout to the authors of the books I’ve read for adding to my success and what I am today. The following books/authors have inspired me to grow my business and personally improve and grow as an individual. These books have allowed me to fully understand that you attract what you stand for not what you sell. Start with Why by Simon Sinek, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Ask & It is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks, The Magic (The Secret) by Rhonda Byrne, The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and many others.
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