Some of the most common events are Conventions, Festivals, Corporate Events, Event Seminars, Business Meetings, Fundraisers, and Charity Events. Whether you are a beginner or veteran events planner, you still need to start on the right foot. The event ideas we mention here are intended to help guide you to success. Although there are many ideas, we will stick to a few popular ones.
Business Meeting Ideas
Creating meetings around various themes helps to give participants a sense of direction. Since a business meeting is supposed to be more work than play, music may not be a good idea, but a short documentary could crystallize company focus.
Building Something Great Together – Makes everyone involved feel needed and a part of the company’s future. It opens the floor for constructive input enhancing company goals.
Please the Customer – have participants focus on what makes the customer happy and how to improve in service with a smile.
We Shall Overcome – Encourages attendees to persist and reach for success despite perceived obstacles.
Be creative when kicking off meetings to motivate and inspire.
Dart Board – Start off the meeting by allowing some shots at a dart board. Best shot gets to start off the meeting, appoint the moderator, or make the first suggestion about the topic at hand.
New Vocabulary – Ask your group to bring seldom used or obscure words to the next meeting. Have them use it in a way that applies to your business.
“If I Ran the Show…” – This can provide some insight into feasible changes that can improve things in important areas. Ask your staff what they would consider the perfect job, location, and work environment. Now that you have them thinking without boundaries, ask them what project would they work on or what special thing would they do if they ran the company, office, or department.
Fund Raising Ideas
Consider the following suggestions:
BBQ’s – Everyone loves a BBQ, they can be a fun way to rally support for your cause.
A Raffle – There are many fashionable products that would strongly attract customers.
Car Wash – When the price is right a car wash is a valued service that can easily raise funds.
Charity Event Ideas
Promoting awareness as much as possible is paramount to your charity event success.
Dinner – Awards are distributed to honorees that helped to achieve landmark milestones for the organization. Tickets can be sold commercially or through your network of friends and supporter. Invitees attend a dinner where presentations are made regarding the organization’s accomplishments and goals.
Bake Sales – A prize is awarded to the baked item voted as first place, second place etc. by attendees. Every one of the organization’s members and their families can participate in producing their favorite specialties and these can sold at a profit to the organization at the “bake-off event”.
Auction – Many favorite goods or services can be auctioned off to raise money for your non-profit organization. Another approach is to involve local businesses to donate merchandise, time or even money to start your auction with a bang.
Corporate Event Ideas
There are some interesting twists to freshen up the atmosphere with entertainment. Motivation is very important in a corporate environment, so celebrating anniversaries and achievements will boost inspiration on all levels.
Comedians – Comedians use specific appropriate topics that help put the audience in the right mood.
Live music or Professional sound system – It is essential to select entertainment that is suitable for your guests and your business personality.
Magic Shows – Can be a pleasant introduction that provides a playful atmosphere.
There are various styles in which a meeting can be conducted. Choosing the one that fits the current working climate can help propel everyone in the right direction.
Human Resource Seminars – Offer all sorts of employee performance training, management, and career development seminars. Help build up the proper work environment in your business or company by coaching, succession planning, key employee identification, and organization development.
Sales Training Seminars – Can assist your sales force to hone their salesmanship abilities and educate them about new software or tools to become more adept in their sales role.
Management Seminars – Refine leadership qualities and exercise management abilities to help your executives and managers increase their performance.
These are entertainment-only functions, and can be geared to provide fun for families and groups of all kinds. Themes can be tailored to make any social event exciting and interesting.
Fun Foods – Pizza, Popcorn, Potato Chips, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries, etc.
Prize-Winning Games – Ring the Coke Bottle, Basketball shots, Shoot down cans w/water gun, Gaming wheels, etc.
Ride Rentals – Large and small Bounce houses, Choo-Choo Train, Ferris wheels, Roller coasters, Spin rides.
Conventions bring vendors and customers together in an open forum where contacts are made, new products are introduced, big ideas are discussed and new sales leads are developed.
Entertainment – Sound systems playing appropriate music, Live musicians or even stage performers.
Promotional Products – Key Chains, Picture Frames, Award Gifts, Bags, Pens with logo, etc.
Exhibition Tools – All shapes and sizes of displays are used to share space and provide maximum visibility.
A conference can be quite intense and needs slackening of tension at regular intervals.
Participants meet in order to discuss, consult, or exchange information about related fields.
Give Prizes – Prizes should be awarded to the people who have done something that helped the conference to be a success, whether something funny, silly or just plain helpful. If your conference is small, contributions to success can be rewarded after the conference.
Reception – Should have pleasing interior decoration, door prizes or gifts, etc.
Stand Up/Stretch Breaks – Play some music, have someone lead the break showing everyone how to twist, do aerobics, dance, or just a good march in place. Keep people energized and attentive. Have breaks between speakers.
Keep Up the Momentum – If you put on a grand finale it will make a lasting impression and may influence your participants decision to come to your next conference.
Plan surprises for attendees at least on par with your welcoming reception. Don’t let the conference lose color towards the finish – even if the staff has to fake it, keep things going. Have entertainment and ‘walk out’ music. Organizers should be present at the door to thank the participants.
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