How to run an exceptional conference event

Determine the perfect audience
Is it a members only conference? Or is it an open public conference? Ensure you have the right audience for the right conference.

Set a budget
Estimate your expenses and confirm you have enough money for the things you need.

Set a location and find the best facilities
Shop around for the best value and compare rates between different venues. Remember things like microphones, lecterns, screens and sound production. “Is coffee and tea included?”

Attract major speakers or presenters
Consider someone who will mingle with crowd, not dash in and dash out.

Publicize the event
Facebook it, Tweet it, email it or send it in the post. Whatever platform you use (if not all), do it well and keep it consistent. Include a monthly countdown.

Prepare for the worst
No event is perfect no matter how much you plan. Maintain strong communication with your team and don’t let anything fall through the gaps.

Meet and greet your guests
Wear a smile and treat each guest like a celebrity. Make them feel welcome and create a strong first impression.

Parking
Reserving car parking is small compliment that will make a huge difference to the event. Even better send out a map of the area and venue.

Choose a theme
This is not always an easy task. However once you have decided, remember the way the theme is carried out is far more important than the actual theme itself.

Create a detailed running sheet
This document ensures the night runs on time and in a smooth manner. Keep it in hands reach at all times.

Evaluate your event
Get guests to fill out a short survey whether this be online or on paper. The feedback will help for a bigger and better event next year.

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