Timelines. Budgets. Contacts. Deadlines. Menus. Speakers. Transportation. ROI. Décor. Entertainment. Audio Visual. Invitations. Status Reports. Debriefings.
It’s been a lazy, hazy summer week here in Philadelphia. I don’t know about you, but these days are an absolute drain on my productivity … I go from daydreaming about being outside on a sunny, albeit very hot, day (not productive!) to daydreaming about doing nothing because it’s too hot to even think (not productive!). Neither one of those scenarios lead to important things being checked off of the to-do list (not good!).
We are seeing a new trend in the events industry: very short lead times! Sure, we have some clients that typically have 12-18 month planning cycles (we love that!), but we are now seeing most events with a 90 to 120 day lead time. Every meeting planner we know will freely admit to loving the long planning cycles and loathing the short lead times, but we know (secretly, of course!) that most of us also thrive on the intensity and challenge of planning those quick-turn events too.
Wow, today really is July 3rd! If you are like many of us, you are busy cramming in all of the work you have to do today so you can enjoy the July 4th holiday and at about, oh, 11:00 tonight, you'll realize that you forgot to plan your contribution to the July 4th parties/picnics/BBQs/gatherings that you are planning to attend! No worries - here are 3 ultra-easy and festive ideas to make you look like you've been planning this for weeks!
Planning an event when the first time you’ll see your selected site is when you step through the doors to deliver the program? That’s enough to trigger panic and a cold sweat in planners.
But it happens. A lot.
It happened to Perfection Events a few months back.
We’ve been watching the story about the New York Hilton deciding to ditch room service for the past week or so to see what industry reaction would be, and if any other hotels would follow suit.
We spent some time in Miami Beach last month, planning for an upcoming client event. It’s Miami Beach, so of course, some of our functions will take advantage of beautiful outdoor spaces. But as beautiful and lovely as those outdoor spaces are, they bring a whole host of new challenges that need to be handled during the planning process.
A week at home. No planes. No packing. No rushing in airports. No red-eye flights. WOW! What a difference a week makes!
Planes, packing, rushing, red-eyes defined the month of May. It was a busy month on the road traveling with clients and producing some great events, and in spite of the inherent stress of travel, it was an exhilarating month filled with new experiences that I am excited to share with you.
Ahhhh, back home to Philadelphia! After almost an entire month on the road, I am so glad to be home and grounded, at least for a little while. My May travels took me to Miami Beach, Spain, San Diego, and Myrtle Beach and I can’t wait to tell you all about my experiences, but that will have to wait until another day!