Your guide to successful event planning in 2016

your-guide-to-successful-event-planning-in-2016As the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December, millions of people around the world will vow to hit the gym more often, be kinder to themselves, or run a 10km (among other things). It’s no secret that the majority of New Year’s resolutions fall flat, often due to the fact that merely having a goal won’t ensure success. In order to make good on any resolutions, you need to have a plan of action. Event planning is no different – the more prepared you are, the higher your chances of succeeding. While we can’t help you stick to your vow of visiting Virgin Active three times a week, we can give you the tools you need to meet your 2016 event planning goals.

Great event planners are first and foremost, great leaders

In our blog, How to up your event planning leadership skills, we looked at the best ways to grow your ability to confidently lead a team. There’s a big difference between merely managing people and leading them towards success; while a manager typically designates tasks and micro-manages, a leader inspires and motivates each team member to fulfil their potential. In addition, great leaders are able to see the bigger picture, are comfortable with change and are always on the lookout for ways to better their team. Give your leadership skills a head start and read the full blog over here.

Being able to confidently pitch to clients is a major aspect of the event planning role

Confidence is the name of the game when it comes to securing business. Presenting your ideas to a client can be nerve-wracking – and even more so if you’re ill-prepared. In short, researching the client, making a good first impression, following the brief to the letter and constructing your pitch in the most convincing way possible are all ways to up your pitching game. Get the full run down, here.

A SLA is a crucial part of the event planning process – yet many event planners fail to give these the attention they deserve

A service level agreement (SLA) acts as a safeguard for both your clients and you – which is why it’s a non-negotiable aspect of the event planning process. Making sure that everyone – your clients, vendors and your team – is on the same page when it comes to expectations and deliverables is the only way to ensure that your event runs smoothly. Read about the ins and outs of SLAs, in our blog Why SLAs are a crucial part of the event planning process.

Event planning is a continual learning process; that said, there are some fundamentals that we swear by

In our blog The most important things we’ve learnt about event planning, we talk about the lessons we’ve learnt from our years in the industry. It’s an exciting time to be an event planner – with a plethora of new technology at our finger tips – the eventing landscape is rapidly changing – for the better. As well as making use of Event Management Software, there are some golden event planning truths that will always apply – no matter how many apps and tools there are at our disposal. Read about the essential event planning lessons we’ve learnt, here.

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