Organizing any event demands a fair amount of logistics: from defining the budget, booking a venue, ensuring accommodation and catering to making a definitive list of officials, crafting an engaging program, and figuring out the best activities that would fit into the networking phase. Organizing corporate events requires even more precision and proactivity, given the fact stakes are a lot higher and you need to take care of both your employees and guest lecturers (in case of conferences, for instance) or potential business partners.
However, if you are truly determined to ace the event organization and coordination, we have good news: you just need a system.
Define What You Want to Achieve
Every corporate event has to have a clearly defined goal. Is the main purpose to educate your employees, while giving them an opportunity to mingle and network? Maybe in addition to that, you’re looking to bring something back to the community or get some PR coverage? Then you’re organizing a seminar or a conference. Perhaps it’s something completely different, such as informal gathering, to promote great company culture and healthy relationships at work? Then you should focus on organizing a team building or a holiday party. The type of event dictates all the other details.
Be Smart With Budgeting
When crafting your budget plan, you need to take in mind dozens of different costs. This is why it is crucial to list everything you need and investigate the price range for each item. Depending on the number of funds you have on your hands, you may be forced to make compromises so prepare yourself for some decision making. Summarize projected expenses, but always take in mind the possibility of some unforeseeable situations occurring. Be smart, make an emergency fund.
Start On Time
When it comes to event preparations, it’s all about starting the whole process of organization early enough, so that you can map out every single segment and slowly work towards scratching things off the list. Simply by allowing yourself the luxury of time, you can predict potential stumbling blocks and come up with a plan B, just in case. We often overlook that having an alternative can be a lifesaver, thinking nothing can ever go wrong. Just by having a plan B, you’re acting like a responsible event manager.
Think About the Details
They don’t say “the devil’s in details” for nothing. Details are exactly what will make your event a memorable experience. Aim at exceeding the expectations of your guests and make them feel like superstars. Think about how they will register for the event, where they will leave their coats, the type of music, decorations, and especially the type of activities. Go an extra mile to make them feel comfortable and welcomed: organize small gift packages and hire extremely pleasant and communicative staff. And did you know you can rent cell phone charging stations for events? It is a fun add-on to the event and will certainly be appreciated by guests who are, for example – tweeting about the event or spending a lot of time on their phones.
Clearly Divide Roles
Just because you have a great team full of highly competent people does not mean everybody should do everything. Distribute tasks and make sure everyone knows who is in charge of what. For instance, have one person responsible for curating and greeting speakers, one taking care of catering, and one managing PR activities. For the sake of better organization, you may print the responsibilities for each member of the team, so that everyone has a task list on their hands.
Notify the Audience Of the Event
You need to define what your marketing approach is. Most importantly, it has to align with the tone of your event. Take enough time to promote the event and notify all possibly interested parties, as well as the guests from the list. When it comes to choosing media partners, it’s far better to focus on relevance and quality, than quantity. Also, every big event needs a tagline or one key message that will stick with your target group. Consider consulting an expert copywriter or a creative professional to craft it for you so that it truly captures the main idea of your event.
And the final takeaway? Make sure to ask your guests for feedback after the event is over. Evaluation is an important part of the process, as there is always room for progress.