The event planning industry has long evolved since the time kings and queens held banquets at the great hall. What used to take months or years to plan now still take equally as long, but with so many more nifty tech and tools to make things easier. However, there are certain non-negotiables in event organizing that have withstood the test of time.
Paramount among which is making sure the event starts on time. You see, keeping to a schedule and being on time is a show of respect to the people who set aside their own personal time for your event. As an event organizer, the ability to execute everything according to schedule is crucial. It helps assure that the activities will go seamlessly and that people will be hiring you again for their future occasions.
Here are three other event planning tricks that never go out of style.
- The event is for your audience/client; not for you
The sooner you acknowledge that the success of your event is determined by your client (and not you), the sooner can you map out a plan to make things happen. Remember that your customer hired you to mount an event for them, so you should make them happy.
If you’re organizing a concert or a trade show, consider the people who will be attending. What do they like? What will make them happy? What will make them want to attend another event by you? Listen to your audience. You might have some awesome ideas, but a two-way exchange and making sure that all parties are happy with the final decision is more important.
- Keep everyone on the team on the same page
Make sure your entire planning team is in on the strategy and the entire campaign so that if one aspect fails, the others can easily come to the rescue. There’s nothing more divisive (and annoying) than not knowing who is in charge of certain things.
Assign point persons for every detail so there’s just one person who will be controlling the matter. Too many cooks spoil the pot, as the saying goes. If one of your clients asks that an issue be solved on site, the last thing you want to happen is to have your teammates pointing at each other because they don’t know what to do and have no idea who to approach to make decisions in case something goes wrong.
- Word of mouth is powerful
In the past, gossip is one of fastest ways to spread a message. These days, we have social media, TV, text blasts, and more to have your event reach the most number of eyes possible — and the effects are so much faster. That said, be careful about what you release on the Internet, because it has the power to reach millions in just seconds.
After The Event
When the event is over, conduct a survey and ask those who attended about what they think. This is to avoid similar problems from happening in the future, or to identify things that went right so you can find ways to improve and make it gain more impact. There are also certain online feedback that can be keyed in real-time through a tool. That way, you get a sense of how things are being received by your audience as the events unfold.
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