15 Event Ideas for Young Professionals

Engaging young professionals can be tough, especially when it comes to events. Throw the word ‘networking’ out there, and people seem to run for the hills.

But you know what makes networking a lot less intimidating and a lot more appealing? When there’s an activity to break the ice. (And no, nothing cheesy.) Remember, young professionals want to connect — but you’ll be much more successful at engaging them if you can help them do so in a way that’s going to be fun.

The next time you are planning an event or event activity for young professionals, keep these ideas in mind:

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[Template] How to Write a Professional Event Planner Bio

Event planners represent their event and their organization — to vendors, their audience, sponsors, etc. — so whether you’re a beginner or seasoned, in-house or agency, professional development should still be top of mind.

One thing that all event planners should have on hand is a quick bio. You never know when it’ll be needed! If you’re trying to figure out where to start, we’ve got you covered: check out this basic template to follow so you can knock out a professional biography in ten minutes or less. 

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7 Often Overlooked Event Planning Details

When it comes down to it, event planning is a game of details. That’s because there are SO many to keep track of. Between your multiple audiences (attendees, vendors, volunteers, sponsors, staff) and their various needs, plus all of the typical logistics...it’s enough to make any event planner’s head spin!

So, what details in particular tend to trip event planners up the most when onsite prepping for an event or the day-of? Here are seven to keep in mind, whether you are a veteran or are planning your very first event:

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How to Say Thank You to Your Event Sponsors

If you’re trying to find some simple ways to make a great impression with your event sponsors, look no further! Check out how you can say thank you (without much effort) and keep your sponsors coming back year after year.

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Straight from the Pros: 5 Event Planning Tips

There’s a lot to juggle with event planning and sometimes, you just need a refresher. So we have asked a few fellow event planners — what are some of your MUST-KNOW tips and hacks for planning events?

Check them out:

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Does Your Event Registration Form Do These 8 Things?

If you’re wondering what an online event registration form is meant to do beyond collecting registration data, you’re overlooking some seriously strategic setup opportunities! Used wisely, your registration form can be your biggest weapon in driving registrations and putting on a memorable event for everyone involved.

From our experience, there are eight things all online event registration forms should be doing in addition to collecting data:

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5 Virtual Event Attendee Engagement Ideas

As event planners start tackling their first all-virtual event, one crossroad they tend to come to is...how do I harness the energy of an in-person event, and recreate that in an online environment?

It’s true that some of the activities you would normally execute in-person just aren’t possible with a virtual event. That said, there are a ton of ways to translate those activities into a virtual experience, or execute something completely different!

Here are four ideas — could any of these work for your virtual event?

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How to Build Your Virtual Event Value Proposition

Part of trying to decide on pricing for your virtual event is first determining exactly what attendees will get out of joining. The value of the event plays a huge role in how much attendance is worth!

And not only that, understanding how to build a strong virtual event value proposition will keep your team aligned during the planning phases and encourage more attendee engagement.

But how, exactly, do you do you do that? Here are four tips:

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Pricing Your Virtual Event: 3 Tips

If you’ve hosted or are planning to host a virtual event in 2020 (or beyond), let me ask you...did you charge or are you planning on charging for attendance? Many organizations are reluctant because virtual events lack several of the components in-person events offer (face-to-face networking being a primary one). 

But here’s the thing: While your virtual event might be different than your in-person event, that’s not to say it’s any less valuable. You’re likely still offering top-notch content, and possibly even continuing education opportunities. That’s worth something! 

But the question is...how much? How exactly do you price a virtual event, particularly when you’ve never hosted one before? 

Well, for every organization — and even every event — it’s different. But here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re trying to price yours:

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How to Keep Attendees Informed and Engaged from Start to Finish

The main goal for any event is getting people there in the first place — so you probably have a pretty solid plan for promoting it to your audience and generating registrations.

...but, that said, do you have a plan for communicating with your attendees? The people who’ve already signed up? You ABSOLUTELY should. Whether you’ll be face-to-face, all online, or some combination of the two, keeping attendees informed and engaged is imperative to event success.

That’s why you’ll want to put together an attendee communication plan that takes into account what you should tell them about before, during, and after the event. Here’s an idea of what kind of messaging you should focus on during each phase:

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