Tasked with planning your company event and not sure where to start? Start by answering the following six questions.
- Who is it for?
Are you throwing the event for your team of twenty-something engineers or your C-suite execs from around the globe? Different audiences=different parties.
- Why are you doing this event?
Do you want to reward your sales team for a great quarter? Celebrate a company milestone? Inspire teams to work together? The “why” of the event is the inspiration for everything that follows.
- How much can you spend?
Though you can throw a great event on just about any budget, your job will be a lot easier if you know from the get-go what you’ve got to spend.
- What kind of event?
Once you know the why, who and how much, you should think about what the best type of event will be. Is it a tuxes-only, five-course dinner? Or a wear-your-shorts salsa-making fiesta?
- Where will you host the event?
Your venue defines the experience, so if you want to host an event to remember, go for a more unique location like a park, warehouse, pier or yacht!
- What do you hope attendees will think, feel and do after the event?
Every event should have some sort of a goal, even if it’s as simple as “We want our employees to feel like we really care about them.” (Actually, that’s a pretty awesome goal–feel free to take it!)
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Make sure to also take a look at our How to Plan a Party While Staying Sane blog post for a comprehensive guide to planning your event.
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