Budgeting Tips for Events

Budgeting tips are a hot topic right now at many networking events. Seems everyone is looking for that silver bullet. Many meeting planners select an event venue based on its budget. Now don't get me wrong, budgets are important but knowing how to budget an event can mean the world of difference for the event's success. There was a networking conversation, in particular, that caught my attention. It occurred in a LinkedIn group. In that … [Read more...]

3 Crisis Management Tips for a Meeting Planner

Oh yes, crisis management. For a meeting planner it's become part of the job. Or has it? Many planners think that by covering disasters on an insurance disclaimer they've covered crisis management. While that may be true from a financial aspect, many would fail big time if an actual crisis occurred during their business meeting. My, and my company's, crisis management experience was put to the test on 9/11. We were operating a business meeting … [Read more...]

3 Simple Ways to Select Venues

Venues are a vital part of a meeting's program. Typically event venues are used for the social components of a meeting. They are also what takes up a considerable amount of time when proposing to a meeting planner. Often the venue is off-site, meaning that you are taking the group from their hotel to a specific venue for a specific function. From a suppliers point of view the venue selection is the creative portion of a proposal. And it's often … [Read more...]

Information on How to Become an Event Planner

The number one question that I get asked is always about how to become an event planner. There really is no one answer that is applicable to that question. Yes there are the standard answers such as go to college, get an internship or start working at an established event planning company. I am a huge proponent of post secondary education. I really do feel that if someone is interested in becoming an event planner, meeting planner or party … [Read more...]

Event Feedback – One Word Evaluations

Obtaining event feedback can be challenging 1.   Filling out an extensive survey at an event takes time.  Participants may not wish to allocate this time, especially if they have paid to attend the event.  Sending an event feedback survey after the event may result in a relatively low return rate.   I’ve often suspected that the most and least satisfied people may be the ones most likely to respond, resulting in not having responses from the … [Read more...]