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Project Planning

Project planning

Project Planning

Project Planning an event requires for thought, insight and experience. It is not about what you’re planning to happen, but the things or incidents you didn’t plan for. It’ s these “things”  requiring contingencies and understanding.
The simplest lesson we have learnt is core to our project planning process.  Team members need to know where we were within the plan, what each of us need to do, and when each task is due.

 

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Project planning starts with brain storming

When starting a new project – we spend time thinking about the theme or the idea for the project, event, conference or video.  We then start getting into the detail – what will project or event look like; how much would we charge and adding new lines to our base schedule if this project, event or conference was going to be different to the last.

  • Identify the objective or goal of the event or project
  • Identify the target audience
  • Identify project contraints
  • Identify team members &stakeholders
  • Set deadlines & Milestones
  • Track your progress
  • Communicate with everyone involved
  • Choose a time, date, location or venue
  • Plan your budget
  • Plan the experience
  • Determine how you will measure success of you project or event.
  • Show leadership & confidence

Project Planning – the steps involved in planning an event, conference or gala

If you were planning a conference, gala dinner or awards night you may want to start with the theme. However the list below is generic and will vary according to the nature of the event and guests who will attend.

Project Planning – Theme

  • Generate theme ideas
  • Work with professionals to develop the creative concept in line of you brand
  • Agree on a theme
  • Create theme description
  • Create a theme “hook” or sound bite to promote the theme or event
  • Get advice from those in the know

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Project Planning – Graphics & Multi-Media

  • Create logo or graphics to support this theme
  • Have backdrop or screen content holding slides to match theme

Project Planning – General

  • Appoint project planner or event manager
  • Agree on pricing (if a ticketed event- such as a charity gala)
  • Create event plan
  • Produce event agenda
  • Produce event schedule & detailed plan
  • Create event budget- with categories for each area of event delivery
  • Agree on event budget

Project Planning – Venue selection

  • Identify dates you would like to have you event
  • Identify candidate venues
  • Get venue quotes and availability
  • Inspect potential venues and look at their terms & conditions
  • Agree on venue & date of event
  • Sign venue contract
  • Decide on menu and beverage selection
  • Check on Av provisions and terms available through the venue

 

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Project Planning – Decor & Styling

  • Consider Table linen, chair covers (if a sit down event),
  • Centre pieces
  • Furniture selection & hire
  • Room looks, draping & lighting
  • Props & accessories
  • Stage Set design & styling
  • Graphics & Multi media
  • Draping, prints and wall treatments
  • Consider option available and shortlist
  • Obtain quotes for the above based on the budget allocation
  • Short lists suppliers of decor & styling
  • Agree on suppliers, contract and coordinate delivery

Project Planning – Set Design & Theming

  • Understand the budget available for set design & Styling
  • Consider the options available, suitable to your theme
  • Shortlist the options
  • Decide, commit & contract suppliers

 

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Project Planning – Speakers & Entertainment

  • Identify list of potential speakers, hosts or entertainers of interest
  • Draw up shortlist
  • Invite quotation from speakers, entertainers, musicians & performers
  • Assess viability of over all costs then shortlist entertainers, performers and speakers
  • Decide on speakers, performers and talent and contract
  • Obtain speakers & talent biographies & suitable introductions for the mc
  • Identify the “flow “ of the event and moments that the performers or speakers will set serve the audience.

Project Planning – Event Marketing

  • Communicate the event name, date , theme at any other events leading up to this one
  • Put event information on the website or intranet (if suitable)
  • Write copy or scripts for this event
  • Create “press release’ or staff communication- save the date
  • Design & send formal invitation to target audience
  • Commence advertising (if public ticketed event)
  • Publish event on social media, send out press release and otherwise promote

 

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Project Planning – Event Delivery

Project Planning – Post event evaluation

  • Seek Feedback from attendees and suppliers
  • Acknowledge it is information and try not to take it personally!
  • Evaluate the feedback and its sources.
  • Contemplate, decide and plan the next event based on this information.

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