One of the important points behind every successful event is the reliability of your vendors and suppliers. The last thing you want in any event is a vendor or supplier that fails to meet their delivery dateline! So how do you go about building your list of reliable and efficient vendors and suppliers? Here are a few industry standards that you can use in your selection of reliable vendors and suppliers. Remember that one of the points to keeping a good relationship with them is to be a good paymaster. There are a few points below that are fairly important in your selection criteria.
26 June 2012
Well, you have successfully secured a great event. You have gone through the part of convincing the client about your successes in holding great events and managed to get the prized contract. Securing the contract is only the beginning of a big and stressful headache if you actually have bad organizing skills! Once you have secured the contract you will be involved with the event planning and event management stages. This means that you will have to work with set up crews, suppliers and vendors, venue owners, food and beverage serving teams etc. All these people will be considered your team. Here you will need to be very skillful with people management methods. It is also a very stressful time especially when the event date draws near.
Event organizing, like any other business requires contact and communication with the client. This is more apparent for event organizers as a big part of the business involves understanding the client requirement, communicating ideas, visualization and execution of ideas. There is a lot of people contact in this line of business as well as stages to getting things done. Creating a successful event is dependent on how well you have managed your interpersonal skills with the client as well as the team and people around you.
22 June 2012
So you have decided on a career as an event management consultant and organizer. A very exciting career choice with plenty of opportunity for you to interact with a huge cross section of people and companies. However, in order to succeed in this field of work, you would have to possess certain skills and organizational capabilities. Experience is another important criteria. The more experience and skills you have, the better your prospects.
20 June 2012
The event date is set, you have the theme, setup and all preliminary works nailed down to the core. What do you do about the guest list? Simple as it may seem, there are protocols to adhere too, wording for the invitation cards, RSVP, seating arrangements. All these need to be organized too. Knowing which step to take first and how to inform the guest is an art in itself. It could be for a happy occasion, a product launch, convention or a networking session.
18 June 2012
The nitty gritty of hosting an event! Potential and unforeseeable problems that can crop up at the last minute! A great set back to any event planning and can sometimes be disastrous. What are the common pitfalls that are most likely to happen? How can you minimize this and prevent it from happening?
13 June 2012
Running an event management company or planning to open one? Those who are involved in event management will know how much preparation is required prior to an event. The massive amount of work and organizing can sometimes be too much to handle. There are many stages to the completion of an event. From the planning, set up, vendors to deal with all the way to the event day itself. The traditional way of handling all these stages would be by pen and paper. That would be a ton of paperwork, documents and instructions being misplaced as well as poor communication. All these can lead to delays and problems along the way.
Want to make a great impression in your events and get a reputation for being one of the great organizers? This is not an easy feat but one that can be built step by step, slowly and surely. As they say "Rome was not built in a day". So how do you keep your customers coming back for more? The key to great and successful events is in organizing skills and creativity. Having a good design team and execution team is only part of the success story. Client interaction and keeping organized so that things do not go wrong is as much an art form requiring great skills in management and interposal client relationships. Every event requires massive event planning stages and communication. Relaying the information on time and getting things done within stipulated time frames is a crucial aspect.
4 June 2012
Congratulations! You have successfully acquired your first event. Before you pop that champagne bottle or feel totally out of this world, have you considered your next step? The field of event management involves a lot of back-end activities and preparations before the actual event date. Getting all these things organized and prepared requires good management skills and a lot of creativity. As it is your first secured order, you would most naturally want to deliver the best and make an impression. This is where your skills in organizing and team work comes into play. Getting and keeping this organized is no mere feat, there are a lot of stages to look into such as catering, vendors list, delivery dates and financial matters among others.
30 May 2012
Thinking of going into and dreaming of organizing your first event? You will first have to decide how familiar you are with event organizing. Have you done it before and did you enjoy doing it? What type of event organizing field you would like to be involved in? What is actually event planning and which category you would like to be involved in? Deciding on the category of events that you would like to delve into, you would need to know your experience level. You would have to distinguish your area of speciality. You would also have to consider the business prospect of the event type you are considering and is it in demand. Once you have that worked out, focus on a particular core competency. Decide on what you can or cannot do and will you have the supporting team to manage what you are not able to do.
25 May 2012
Great news! You secured yourself an event! Now, what do you do about getting organized? You have all your other things worked out. You know how to execute the event BUT what about your suppliers and vendors? There are so many items to consider before sourcing and selecting your suppliers and vendors. Among some of the issues are budget constraint, style, specialized items and your setup crew. Yes the last item falls in the same category as your vendors! Make a list of what you require to organize the event. There are normally a few staples such as food and beverage, stationary, sound system etc. If you have planned events before, you will probably have an existing list.If you are just starting out then you would have to search for your vendors from a few sources. This could be by recommendation or looking up the local yellow pages and the internet. It is a good practice and tip if you could get some of your vendors in place before you even have an event. This cuts down time sourcing when you have a dateline to your event.
24 May 2012
Everything being as commercialized as it is today, event organizing is no different. Everything is matter of fact and professional. Everyone integrates like polished clock work. Lost in the world of professionalism is the element of a personal touch. True there are different types of events, some impersonal and some very much requiring the individual attention. However, clients being clients, always feel that they are special when the organizer pays close attention to them. So how do you give every event you organize a personal touch?