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What You Can Learn from Event Statistics

Taking a look at the event statistics from event to event can help you learn a lot about what works and what doesn't work for your attendees. Your goal, over time, should be to improve your events so that attendees stay satisfied with what you have to offer. Not only should the same people come [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|Development|

How to Spot a Horrible Event Venue and Avoid It

Choosing the right event venue can make or break your event. One of the first things you want to do is eliminate possible problematic and even horrible venues. Watch for red flags that immediately alert you to issues you might encounter. There are others tells that might be too subtle for you to catch. Signs [...]

By |July 10th, 2017|Planning|

Party Theme Ideas for a Spectacular Conference

Evening parties are anticipated by attendees who are ready to relax and have fun after a day of classes, workshops and training sessions. The last thing you want to do is disappoint them. Party theme ideas can help you meet those expectations. Party Theme Ideas Choose a fun and exciting theme as a treat for [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Planning|

Transforming Your Office into an Event Venue

If you are having a hard time finding an event venue that will work for a smaller gathering, you may be overlooking a place right under your nose. Your own office may serve as just the right place to host your event attendees. Plus, you are already leading or buying the space, so the only [...]

By |March 15th, 2017|Newbies|

Best LinkedIn Groups for Event Planners

Previously, I talked about joining Facebook groups for online networking and brainstorming opportunities with other event planners and now I'd like to talk about the same thing but for LinkedIn groups. Meeting in person isn't always doable for event planners. First of all, you are busy seeking new clients, planning your event, and working at [...]

By |March 7th, 2017|Planning|

15 Minute Stand-Up Meetings for Event Planning

There are many advantages to stand-up meetings, particularly for event planning. These meetings are also called scrum meetings, flash meetings, and 15-minute meetings. They can run anywhere from five minutes to fifteen minutes, but the key is to keep the meeting short, to the point, and on topic. Using Stand-Up Meetings for Event Planning Stand-up [...]

By |December 20th, 2016|Planning|

7 Characteristics of a Successful Event

What is it that defines a successful event? Attendees should walk away feeling they got great value for their time and monetary investment. Workshop presenters should hope to be invited back. The overall event should pay for itself so it doesn't lose money and can be put on again in future. 7 Characteristics of a [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Planning|

Crash Course in Event Project Management

An event planner is also a project manager. The beginning of a project sets the stage for the rest of the processes to unfold through event project management. Traditionally, there are five basic disciplines or steps from the beginning to the end of the project. Step #1 Initiation of Project According to Meeting Professionals International [...]

By |July 4th, 2016|Planning|

How to Best Leverage Your Time Management

Time is one of those things that slips away, especially when you are busy juggling multiple tasks. Events seem to converge to a point where there aren't enough hours in the day for even the best time management expert to get everything completed. However, there are some ways you can leverage your time better, so [...]

By |June 7th, 2016|Planning|

What Is the Best Time to Host an Event

Event planning takes time. Part of this time involvement includes deciding on the best time to host an event. It’s important to get the timing right. Whether you decide on a time during the morning, afternoon, or evening, do your research first. This means asking questions like: Should you schedule that movie event in the [...]

By |May 30th, 2016|Planning|