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10 tell tale signs you are in events management

A tongue in cheek note from a local events manager – see how many of these apply to you too. Wardrobe filled with mostly black clothing? You are not boring or funereal. Nope, you are an events manager. You can totally rock black every day for the next 3 weeks, without doing a load of laundry. Alternatively you may also have an extensive...

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 and you start building a team...

12 tips to finding the perfect event venue

Selecting the right venue is critical and according to event professionals on LinkedIn, when asked what they would consider the most important points to keep in mind for choosing a venue for their events, here are the most frequent responses: Budgets – Cost is usually the main item that people focus on when considering or eliminating...

Cool event décor ideas

Whether you are organising a party, fundraiser, awards dinner or other event, budget is one of the biggest things to keep in mind. You want to create an amazing look and feel, but not overdo it from a cost perspective. One of the great things about décor and decorating is that by merely being creative you can often overcome any budgetary hurdles....

Different types of conference attendees

Everyone attending a conference has a reason to be there. Although this article is written tongue in cheek, there are some truths to these different types of attendees – see how many you can recognise. I know as a conference organiser I have met almost all of these in varying shades and shapes over the years. Be it the Business Networker, the...

Event management software

If you are lucky enough to be able to afford professional events management software to track tasks, develop programmes, handle registration and marketing etc then there are a variety of options available to you – but we suggest doing detailed research and reading up on the pros and cons of each of your top options. I have been involved on...

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 resonate with me. Pre-event paperwork usually involves...

Venue enquiry email template

Use the basic template below for your follow up email to the venue, once you have made telephonic contact. I always suggest phoning and speaking to someone first, as sometimes emails can get lost in the many others that the venue coordinators receive, and they know to look out for yours. If its urgent, stress the urgency both on the phone and the...

Venue booking checklist

Although I created this template to help my staff asking the right questions in client meetings for predominantly speaker events where product sales and the like take place – this can be adapted to any event. Sit down and work through every question you may need to ask a client the first time you meet them, to structure their event...

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,...

Basic event budget template

A basic budget template to get you started with your events. Remember to put the name of the event, the date and the venue at the top of your document. This can be done in an excel document, with a page for projected budget and one for actual budget. Event Name Event Venue Event Dates DESCRIPTION QTY COST TOTAL VENUE Boksburg Convention Centre 1...