There are so many elements to consider when planning a corporate or charitable event. Unfortunately, organizations often get so wrapped up in the logistics that they forget the most important piece of the puzzle: FUN.
“What’s our fundraising goal? How many sponsors do we need? How many tickets have we sold? Chicken or Beef? Is the event photographer booked? What will I wear!?” Sound familiar?
All of a sudden, it’s show time. The guests appear and begin sipping on cocktails as they listen to the opening speeches. Next, they sit through a mediocre dinner, bid on an item or two and finally the moment they’ve been waiting for arrives – home time.
The attendees might come again next year, if they have to, but no one leaves a dry event thinking, “I can’t wait to do that again.” Don’t get caught in this position. Instead, ensure that you’re guests are entertained by applying these simple tips.
Put together an exciting & diverse committee.
The best way to determine whether your event is going to be fun is to look at the people planning it. Your committee is the face of the event and social branding can drive attendance. By building a committee of people who come from different professions, ages and groups, you’ll attract various different networks.
Think outside the box.
Allow your imagination to run wild and get your creative juices flowing. What can you do that has never been done before? When it comes to entertainment, it is better to create a buzz that keeps guests talking than it is to play it safe. Don’t be afraid to be daring and different. Innovation is key to event success.
Transform your venue.
Customizing your space is crucial to creating the right atmosphere, so if attention to detail isn’t your thing it may be wise to bring in a professional to handle décor. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a room that is too big. Fill the space with a crowd of people and turn down the lights. This creates the perfect atmosphere with lots of action.
Set the tone.
The right attitude sets the tone for the entire event. If the committee and volunteers are having fun, it gives guests permission to do the same. Even if things aren’t going as planned, keep it light and go with the flow. Enjoy the moment. You earned it!