A corporate event is a chance to network and to make connections, to learn from the words of wisdom offered by the guest speakers, and to share and gain insights into your industry. However, for the planners and organisers of such an event, it is a chance to succeed or a chance to fail.
To make sure that your event resides in the former camp, you need to plan! Know what you want to achieve, have contingency plans in place if anything goes wrong, and enjoy a great event that goes off without a hitch.
Fortunately, we can help you with this. We have years of experience in providing the very best public speakers for a wide variety of different events, so we know how the little details can change a failure into a success and vice-versa. We distilled this experience into this definitive guide to corporate event planning, for your benefit.
Our guide will take you from the initial planning stages of your corporate event, through the venue selection, the creation of an appropriate theme, securing the perfect guest speaker and handling of the promotional work. In short, we will accompany you from the start, right up to the event itself.
We will cover many of the issues that planners commonly face as they aim to lay the groundwork for a great corporate event, including marrying the theme with the tone and ambience, getting the word out there effectively and finding the perfect and appropriate guest speaker to deliver the oration at the event.
Read on for our definitive guide to planning an unforgettable corporate event.
Chapter 1: What Are Your Event Objectives?
Chapter 2: Selecting The Perfect Corporate Event Venue?
Chapter 3: What Should Be The Best Suited Theme For Your Event?
Chapter 4: Hiring/Inviting The Best Speaker For The Event.
Chapter 5: How Important Promotion Of Your Corporate Event Is?
Chapter 6: How To Gage The Engagement Of Your Audience?
To make your corporate event a success, you must first define exactly what success means to you. Too many people rush into their event without setting out a clear objective; don’t be one of them.
Instead, approach your event pre-armed with everything you need to succeed. Begin with a preliminary planning meeting, outlining the aims for your event, and work from there. What constitutes a successful event? What do you want your attendees to take from your event? What sort of topics do you want to cover and to what extent? Answering all these questions will give your team a clear understanding of what needs to be done.
Getting each and every member of your planning team on the same page and reading from the same script early on will prevent some major headaches later in the process.
Treat all new knowledge as a valuable resource. Recording everything gives you something to analyse after the event. When planning a corporate event, it is a given that something is going to go wrong at some point. Don’t worry about this; learn from your mistakes and keep progressing along the event-planning learning curve.
The venue in which your event is held is almost as important as the event itself. You can plan everything down to the finest detail but, if your venue is below-par, then your event is going to fall flat.
Start with a thorough assessment of precisely what you need from a venue and work from there. You already have your clearly defined objective from section one of this guide, so how does your venue fit into that vision? The location needs to be easy for your guests to find, big enough to accommodate all attendees and kitted out with all the facilities necessary to accomplish your aims. Make a checklist covering everything you may need before you start to scout out locations.
Only once the planning is out of the way and you know exactly what you need, should you begin to visit potential venues.
Check out this recent post on “How Event Planners Can Choose An Innovative Venue”.
A beautiful article which is designed to help event planners directly in how to select an innovative event theme.
A theme is an effective way to bring cohesion to your event and to provide a relevant link between each of its components. When selecting the theme, it is important to once again refer to the objectives you outlined in section one of this guide, and to make sure that the theme does not get in the way of your goals.
For example, if you want to give your attendees the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight from your guest speakers in the form of a seminar, then the theme should reflect this. Creative themes with activities that see your attendees working together as teams to accomplish tasks can really boost the feeling of co-operation and development during your event.
If your event is to be a more light-hearted affair – such as an end of year get-together or an annual awards ceremony – then an appropriate theme can be adopted to complement this. Fancy dress, specially-chosen foods and decorations are all effective ways to create this kind of theme.
Choosing the right speaker can turn a good event into a truly great one which lives long in the memory. No pressure, but this really is an important part of event planning.
For starters, you need a speaker with the skills and experience that are relevant to your industry and event theme. Our speakers database enables you to compare speakers according to their specific field, giving you the opportunity to land a great guest orator who is able to deliver the inspiring talk you need.
The database also helps you to quickly and easily examine the strengths and attributes of each speaker, making it even easier to find the perfect match for your event. Make sure that you book well in advance of your event to avoid disappointment.
With the event planned to perfection and the guest speakers lined up, the promotion work needs to begin. An event can only be truly great if it is well attended, and this requires some promotional legwork.
Conduct meetings and devise a strategy aimed at getting information regarding your corporate event under the noses of as many people as possible. There are 1,001 ways to do this, and a combined approach usually works best.
Start with the basics: your event’s description. When a potential attendee’s eye is drawn to a flyer, advert or a webpage, it is this description that could make or break that engagement, so it needs to be bold, evocative and positive. When writing the description, explain the benefits that the guest will take away from the event, and focus on how attending your event is the best way to receive those benefits.
The audience is the boss at your corporate event. Keep your audience engaged and your event is likely to be a success; fail to achieve this – or lose the audience’s attention half way through – and it will fail.
So, how do you keep a roomful of people engaged during the course of your event? Well, hiring a good quality public speaker is a great start. The best public speakers have the oratory skills, the inspiring stories and the engaging insights to keep an audience rapt, so this should be high on your list.
But the most successful event planners don’t put all of their eggs in one basket. Instead, they use a variety of different methods of engagement to provide their attendees with an incredible and inspiring corporate event. Read on to learn more about this;
Planning a great corporate event may seem overwhelming at first, but with the right team alongside you and the right planning in place, it needn’t be. By bringing your planning team together and maintaining close communication throughout the process, you are immediately avoiding many of the pitfalls and drawbacks which can affect corporate events, and dramatically boosting your chances of success.
Creating a corporate event can be something of an emotional rollercoaster, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride. Put the time in, put the effort in and – at the end of the day – you will create something that you can truly be proud of.