Administration aids that can benefit any company

As a creative personality, administration has never been my strong point. I have always worked very hard at not falling behind in admin tasks, as the stress of sitting and sorting it all out a few months down the line is not worth it for me – I just don’t have the attention span! As…

Managing events-related administration

Eventing is known for involving a fair amount of paperwork – pre, during and post-event. To be honest, I detest paperwork with a passion, and for this reason, I make sure that I have a team who are brilliant at it. This frees me to get involved in the aspects of the process which really…

Standard events operations procedures

Putting documented procedures in place is vital for any business, not just events-related ones. As a small business owner, I have until recently been guilty of not having any formal, written procedures for new staff to follow – what’s the point, if it’s just me doing it – right? When your business starts to grow…

Basic business plan template

Putting together your first business plan shouldn’t be a totally over whelming and daunting experience.  Below is a fool proof guide to creating a basic, yet comprehensive business plan for any business. Business Plan OWNERS Business name:           Your Business Name Address:                      Address Line 1 Address Line 2 City, Province, Postal Code Telephone:                  +27 11 777…

Great giveaway ideas

Promotional products such as stress balls and branded pens are easily discarded and forgotten. Make your exhibition stand extraordinary by handing out innovative and useful giveaways. Exhibition stands and everything they entail are constantly evolving, including the smaller aspects such as what kind of items are used to promote a brand. Giving away useful promotional…

How to increase your event attendance

Every single event practitioner wants to ensure that their events are well attended. Terry Sutherland shares her top tips on how to ensure great event attendance. Whether you’re tasked with running an exclusive product launch or a high-profile awards evening, your event is nothing without its guests. If you want to avoid the embarrassment (not to…

The event planner’s guide to audiovisual

From boardroom meetings to gala dinners and international music concerts, audiovisual plays an integral part. Martin Hiller brings you all the info you need to create a masterpiece. Meetings and events are communication tools and therefore nothing is more important than the presenter and/or entertainment being heard. Visuals need to be clearly seen. Audiovisual is…

Pump it louder!

Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” For Barine Steynberg and Larry Pullen, any event without music would be a mistake. Most of the time, if you ask delegates what they remember about an event, you will be told it’s the food and the music. Since we are no food experts, let’s…

Hiring a great speaker

Michael Jackson, internationally renowned professional speaker, master of ceremonies, writer and specialist, on how to choose the right speaker for next event. What five things should an event planner consider when booking a speaker? WELL KNOWN Choose a speaker with a good reputation PROFESSIONAL The speaker’s professionalism should reflect on their introductory documentation TYPE OF SPEAKER…