Events can be exciting, thrilling, nerve wracking, heart rate rising and all round amazing but one thing is for sure, they are always a lot of work. For those who are doing their first time events, here are 7 random tips just for you (because I've got your back).
1. This is a rollercoaster. Hold on.
You will be up, you will be down, you will be upside down and around. Throughout the whole planning process, every emotion inside of you, you will feel. And that's ok. Actually, it's more than ok - it's normal.
2. Your time management skills will be tested
Weeks 1 - 3 you will do a whole lotta work. Weeks 4 - 6 you will feel like you are on autopilot. Weeks 7 - 8 you will be crazyrunningaroundwhatwasithinkingihavesomuchtodoohmygod! Use my toolkit and be dedicated to be consistent and forward thinking in your actions as much as possible.
3. Your expenses will blow out
Just like renovating, just like holidays, just like your grocery bill, your event could cost you more than expected (did you factor in AV, your travel and parking, printing, gifts, flowers, getting a blow dry or even that new dress you just had to buy for the day?). When you first do your budget, just add on a little buffer for your unexpected expenses.
4. There will be times when you promote that you will feel icky/tired of it/like a broken record
You will feel like people are getting sick of you putting it out there or that you are repeating yourself over and over or you will feel like you are spamming people. You're not. In fact, even if you go out guns blazing with your promo, you will STILL have people come to you saying, oh I wish I had known about that earlier! Le sigh.
5. You will remember to do everything else, but you'll probably forget to practise your presentation
You'll organise the venue and the catering, pick up the goodies and the gifts, organise the thank you emails and social media posts and even do your powerpoint presentation or attendees worksheets, but you will probably forget to practice what you are going to say, when you are going to say it and how you are going to say it. Knowing it in your head is different to saying it out loud so if you have limited experience in presenting or speaking about your topic, please don't forget to run through the whole thing a minimum of three times to get comfortable and confident.
6. You will always think to yourself, I could have done that better
I've been doing events for 10 years and I STILL think after every single one that I would change at least one thing for the better. Whether it's to do with the venue, the food, the timing, the content, the delivery - it could be anything - you will never walk away thinking wow that was absolutely perfect and faultless! Even if it was amazing, incredible, heart warming and off the charts, you will still want to change something the next time around. Don't let it stress you out, just take it on board for the next one.
7. When it's finished, you may get post-event blues
This is a real thing! Especially true for bigger events that take months of planning, you may find yourself in the hours or days afterwards crying (with or without wine in hand - in my case once for a HUGE event, it was vodka orange and I was in the bathroom!), you'll feel happy-ish but kind of numb, you'll really wonder what people thought of it and you'll just hit a wall and energetically feel super low. Baby, it's all adrenalin based. What goes up, must come down so like I always recommend, take a few days off, clear the diary, only do super simple things or things that give you enjoyment like going to the movies or having lunch with a friend and let yourself process everything that happened. Be prepared to feel a bit weird for a little bit and be ok with it.
And my bonus tip - take time to celebrate!!! When it's all said and done, book yourself in for a massage, treat yourself for a lovely, long lunch with someone special and give yourself a high five in whatever way you choose. You did it! So remember to acknowledge the incredible work you did to make it happen.