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 their must know tips and hacks for events. Check them out below:
Look at the entire 360 degree experience
Taking the time to meticulously plan out every touchpoint that your organization has with attendees - from the moment they register for the event to event itself to post-event communications, every interaction matters and has an impact on the overall experience that you create.
Don't fear the negotiation process
When you're planning an event, there are many things that you will have to negotiate - from the food and beverage to the audio visual services. When you're engaged in this process, don't be afraid to push back a bit - there’s always wiggle room and it could save your organization a chunk of change.
Adequately prepare your staff and assign specific responsibilities
If everyone knows exactly what they are supposed to do during the event, it will give you the utmost confidence in the execution of logistics and alleviate a ton of stress - for you and the staff.
Treat your sponsors like gold
They are paying to be there and this is a relationship that should be nurtured from the moment they sign the dotted line and hand over a check. Make sure to collect their feedback after the show so you can get an idea of how much value you were able to deliver, address any concerns, and continuously make event sponsorship an exceptional experience that vendors want to be a part of.
Actively track your budget
Numbers aren't always fun, but if you are keeping track of your expenses as you incur them then you have the power to control where you're spending money and ensure that you are staying on track with your budget. I would recommend creating both a "projected" and an "actual" budget to keep you in line at all times,!
Now these are just a few tips for event planning, we recommend using an event planning software to help or check out our guide, 9 Steps to Event Planning.