Many businesses are required to hold public events for a variety of reasons. It might be to promote a new product line, or perhaps to reward loyal customers, but whatever the reason, the event must be carefully planned and implemented. Of course, there is a lot of pressure on the organiser to provide a smooth platform and ensure the event is a success and achieves its objectives, and even the most experienced of event managers can suddenly be confronted with an unexpected problem, so you really do have to think outside the box. If you are new to the game, or would like to brush up on your knowledge, here are a few helpful hints to ensure the event is successful.
- Outsourcing – If, for example, you are about to host an event, conference audio visual is an essential service that must be covered, and with the right content and a dynamic presenter, the stage is set for the show to begin. Outsourcing is an event manager’s best ally and most venues would have all the necessary media already installed, but either way, the audio visual must be the first thing to secure.
- Have a Back Up Plan – Things can suddenly change, for no apparent reason, so it makes sense to have a back-up plan. Make sure there is at least one laptop that could be used in the unlikely event the main machine malfunctions, and if wireless mics need batteries, then have more than enough standing by. The live music might be late, and with a pre-set playlist, you can keep the feeling going until the artists arrive. Nothing can be taken for granted, as a live event has much at stake, and with the company’s reputation on the line, it must be well presented and professional.
- Create a Master Plan – This would have all of the contact numbers of the many services you are using, and with timing being the critical factor, reliability is a must. If you have used a service before and were less than 100% satisfied, there are alternatives, and with some online browsing, you will soon find a local service that might offer a better deal. Sticking with a company that always delivers on time cuts down the risk of any issues, and many event managers would never dream of using anyone other than their regular provider. Of course, your budget is always at the back of your mind and the plan would clearly list all the expenses, and would be a constant reminder of how things stand.
- Timing is Everything – With a live performance, timing is critical, and every sequence should be carefully timed, and allowing for changes, the total time should be carefully choreographed, with adequate breaks to allow your guests to relax a little.
Planning is crucial and with an adequate budget and some clever outsourcing, your event will be a hit and your company will receive a welcome image boost as a result.