Event management is going to be one of the most tremendous tasks that will ever come your way. It will take up a lot of your time, pressure you to perform on an often times limited budget and subject you to stressing over seemingly little things that all add up to an entire event. If you have a team of event management experts or enthusiasts, then you can stop worrying about every single thing and channel your efforts into delegating tasks and making sure that communication lines are always open.
The following are event management practices to be implemented to ensure the success of every event you organize.
1. Build your list of preferred suppliers.
As event management specialists, you will be asked to get in contact with a variety of suppliers. You will need convention center services, transportation providers, hotel staff, printers, caterers, contractors, florists and other vendors whose services you will need each time you organize an event. Instead of searching the yellow pages each time you need them, create your own list of suppliers you’ve had previous relationships with and consult your list each time you need them.
2. Create a master plan and share with your teammates.
Organization is crucial in event management. You have to be able to keep track of several various pieces of seemingly unimportant information and immediately get access to them when you need them. A master plan is a valuable asset every event management team should have. This provides all team members a quick update and reference guide to meetings, deadlines, schedules, expenses and contact information of various people involved. This can also serve as a blueprint for organizing similar events in the future.
3. Be flexible.
Every event management specialist knows that change is an inevitable part of this industry. Even when you have gone to the ends of the earth to make sure all the little details are taken care of, something unexpected will always happen. The speaker may be experiencing delays. The caterer may be running late. The outdoor venue may be now all wet because of this morning’s unexpected rain shower. Relax, breathe deeply and keep your cool because change is at the heart and soul of event management.
4. Make decisions based on your goals.
Without a clear goal to serve as the anchor that holds you grounded, your event is nothing more than a bunch of people put together in an overly decorated venue. All successful events must have a goal, and this goal is simply more than what the event organizers want from the event. It is more about what the participants are looking for. What is it that they will take home after the event has ended? What will make this short-lived moment a lasting memory for them? Always keep in mind that the events you organize are not for your own fulfillment as organizers but for the achievement of the goals of the participants. This will help you make better decisions when needed.