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The Event Calendar Every Autograph Collector Needs to Create

If I had a dime (or better yet, an autograph) for every time I found out about a celebrity appearance the next morning…

Event organizers know there’s no better way to drive ticket sales than to have famous names on the guest list. As I pointed out in a previous post, these are some of the best places to get autographs and meet celebrities. Unfortunately for collectors, many are small affairs that aren’t widely promoted. There’s nothing wrong with a charity dinner or awards gala flying under your radar—but there’s no excuse for missing the same event two years in a row.

Because special events are typically scheduled around the same spot on the calendar each year, you can (no, you NEED to) create your own master event list to remind you what is coming around again. For example, if a local football player has hosted a charity bowling event during preseason each year, you’ll know to start looking for details in late July.

Depending on the size of your city you could have dozens of events to track throughout the year. I suggest using a spreadsheet to keep everything organized. It’s simple to setup but requires diligent maintenance. Each time you uncover a new detail (even if it’s for an event you missed), update your document for future reference. While it’s an extra item on your to-do list, think of it as an investment. I guarantee the return will be well worth the effort.

To make getting started even easier, I’ve made the Excel template I use available for download. How do you keep track of the events in your area? Leave a comment.

Download my event calendar template.

Autograph University Event Calendar Template

About the author: is the founder of Autograph University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Connect with him on Twitter at @mattraymond.

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