Listen in on this awesome interview with the amazing Denise Griffitts on Your Success Radio. Topics included Do’s and Do Not’s for Event Success, improving your event manager skills and so much more. Entertaining and often humorous, this special podcast was a delight to be on. Enjoy and learn! http://tobtr.com/11502457
Remember the book and the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff?” If you are in the event business, you absolutely must sweat the small stuff. From your donors to your sponsors and everyone in between, a simple mishandling of a situation can tank your event for that individual in a matter of seconds. If that person is a major sponsor, it could ruin future sponsorships for additional events. Yup, the details matter and here’s why…
There’s a hurricane off the coast of Florida. Having spent a fair number of days planning for its’ arrival, got me to thinking about the potential event planning. How do you prevent a potential storm from swirling around you, your team and your event. There is a method, a plan, a strategy that will ensure success IF you follow it.
It is ridiculously frustrating when you are being paid as an event professional to do your job and manage the “noise” that is swirling around you. Difficult and sometimes toxic personalities can take a fabulous event and reduce it to rubble. The ripple effects from this sort of situation can be devastating, for you as the event planner and for the organization. The monetary losses can quickly add up and will create major issues down the road. What to do in this situation? Sounds like an obvious decision but it is not easy…
Let’s talk about accountability. Accountability to your board, to your donors, to your staff, to your volunteers. It is crucial. All of those things add up to create a really great event. What accountability really means is that you as the event planner or event coordinator or development director, are keeping everybody in the loop. You’re letting everyone know whether it’s monthly board meetings, weekly staff meetings, organizational software like Slack, Trello, Smartsheet, exactly where the event is in the progress.
Do Ethics Really Matter? Most everyone says, “Absolutely.” Yet, so many organizations simply give lip service to that idea and continue to operate as usual. In this episode, there are are a multitude of reasons why that is a bad idea. Everything from boards not having “board insurance” to those that give a board position to anyone that donates a significant amount of money. Here’s why all of those ideas are inherently bad.
Relaxing and Silent Auctions. Oxymoron to say the least. Who relaxes during a silent auction? Lots of folks that shouldn’t, that’s who! Tune in for some awesome suggestions to keep everyone on track and sharp through the silent auction check out. Don’t have your guests/attendees last memory of your event be a bad one. You would not be surprised to find out how many attendees have left an event with an unhappy memory of your silent auction checkout. Make yours fantastic!
If there is one thing that all event planners, coordinators and development directors need, it’s time. At the very least, organization takes time. The true, sit down at your desk, close the door, turn off the phone type of planning and organization that is needed. Now a days, with the plethora of distractions available to all of us, this is a challenge. Did you know that the average event person in an organization receives more than 150 emails per day regarding events they are responsible for? Yikes! How do you keep track of all of that? Listen in for a few great hacks to help you navigate the average day as an event person.
Do you walk your event before it takes place? I mean, really walk through your event? Or do you sit at your desk and go through the event in your head. We’ll go through a number of different techniques to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.