I’m currently in the midst (actually down to the wire) of planning the first really big LIVE event I’ve ever planned. I’ve hosted or spoken at small workshops, talks, biz expos, breakout sessions and seminars and have always wanted to hold a really big event.
When I first started my business in 2002, I was even more of a local networking fanatic back then and my thinking was that I’d gather up about 4-8 chambers of commerce and get them all to coordinate or go in together for one gigantic networking event here in the Sacramento area. But I soon found out that the chambers weren’t really open to playing nice with each other, too many chiefs for sure.
So I had attended numerous bigger live events, conferences and workshops around the country and I’d seen what they did, watched their processes and their marketing and took notice of what was going on in the room during the event for sure. I even got the inside scoop from one of my coaches events, Alexandria Brown and her Online Success Blueprint Workshop (which is coming up in November 2008 by the way – fabulous event, I’m going again!). I learned what her event planner Joy was doing along the way since I was in her high-end coaching program.
Yet when my friend Richard Ruckman (CEO of TGIF Networking) and I sat down in March this year, I think it was, I somehow let a lot of that knowledge and understanding get thrown out of the window!!
We actually brainstormed this EntrePalooza event together which is turning out really great but I must admit a few mistakes along the way as well as “I’ll never do that again” things that I want to warn you about in case you might be thinking about holding your own LIVE event in the near future.
No, Richard and I didn’t make all these mistakes but we came close to many and did a few. Since this topic was so top of mind with me at the moment I thought I’d share these points I’ve learned with you. I hope you find it helpful. Next time, I will share with you 10 more tips on what NOT to do when planning a LIVE event. –Kat Out ===========================================================
The 20 Things NOT to Do When Planning Your Own LIVE Event:
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No, Richard and I didn’t make all these mistakes but we came close to many and did a few. Since this topic was so top of mind with me at the moment I thought I’d share these points I’ve learned with you. I hope you find it helpful. Next time, I will share with you 10 more tips on what NOT to do when planning a LIVE event.