Event Management Checklist

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  • Meet with people you are managing the event for, and discern what type of event it will be, as well as their needs and expectations.
  • Find out how many guests to expect.
  • You should be able to work out a budget and have it approved and funded.
  • How much space to you need, and what type? A hotel conference room could work for small seminars, or you may need to book dining venue for a fundraising dinner.
  • Will guests need to travel to get to your event? Price travel information.
  • If the event is more than one day or lasts well into the night, guests may need to stay over. Price hotels and motels in the area.
  • Coordinate your venue and guest arrival so you can secure shuttle service if possible.
  • Price caterers in the area, and ask for a discount for a large event. Make sure the caterer you hire can handle it.
  • You'd be surprised at how much stuff you can get for free if you offer to let local businesses sponsor the event.
  • A good band or DJ can bring a feeling of energy to your event.
  • Try to get someone famous or semi-famous to make an appearance - even if it is just a brief one. A local dignitary can often be prevailed upon to say a few words.
  • You can book local security, or contact the local PD to see if any officers are up for moonlighting at your event.
  • Coming up with a great theme doesn't have to mean holding a luau or an '80s night'. For high power business events, find a way to promote the corporate vision in a fun, engaging way.
  • You can't go wrong with flowers, and a local florist may give you a discount in exchange for displaying advertising. Don't overdo on decor - keep it simple and elegant.
  • There should be an extremely available contact who can field calls from invitees about the event.
  • You may have a marketing guru ready to hand. Otherwise, hire a advertising or marketing firm to promote large events.
  • Hold a short introductory session, then set up leaders for different groups to carry on training.
  • You should have plenty of help setting up for the event; your job as event manager should be supervisory.
  • You want to be in control of every step of the event, from hanging signage to overseeing equipment set-up and seating.
  • If not ushers, then greeters - there should be a few appropriately dressed and recognizable staffers to mingle and answer questions.
  • Carry your cell phone and consider using a handset on a set frequency to communicate with key staff.
  • You are ultimately responsible, so delegate, supervise and double check.
  • Pay any outstanding invoices, balance the budget, and summarize for the powers that be.
Scores 4.81 with 234 votes

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