We all know, it’s not easy to be an event planner. You spend the majority of the day focused on your job. Have you already think about your resolutions? Can you make it easier in a year ahead?
This time, put an effort to set more realistic New Year’s resolutions. Just to be clear, it’s wonderful to be ambitious and push yourself to the limits. However, at the end of the year, you have one more chance to ensure you reach your goals. This is a great time to step back, recharge your batteries, relax, and think about what you have (or haven’t) accomplished.
Therefore, ask yourself:
What was successful? Where did I fail? Why?
Consider the coming year as a fresh start, and make some brand new changes.
Here are the event planning New Year’s resolutions we’re making for 2020:
Better work-life balance
First, take a break. Being an event planner is one of the most stressful jobs in the world. Therefore, 24 hours a day sometimes isn’t long enough to get all of your work done. However, it’s more than crucial to refresh yourself from time to time.
Take a short break around every 50 minutes. We know it’s not easy to take a break while juggling in front of the fire, so the best option is to move away from your desk to disconnect, walk around, and take in the moment.
One of the New Year’s resolutions should be to get healthier, as well. Think about the little things: don’t forget to eat and hydrate, avoid junk food and leftovers, and drink less caffeine (swipe it with herbal tea, for instance).
Improving your organizational skills as one of the New Year’s resolutions? Why not? There are always a lot of things you can work on and be more productive.
Start with meetings. In 2020, try to avoid pointless ones. Call a meeting only if you need one. Don’t waste any more of your and your people’s time. Everyone will appreciate this. However, when you call a meeting, try to set the length of the meeting to a sensible timespan. Do you want to finish your meeting in less than an hour? Stick to it. Before every meeting, prepare yourself privately in a proper manner. Don’t do your last-minute preparations in front of attendees.
Want to improve your time management skills to ensure performance, productivity and overcome stress? Check out one of our previous blog and easily organize your working hours.
Embrace new technologies
Virtual reality is becoming so popular and soon will be a regular part of our daily lives.
It’s time for event planners to start experimenting with these new technologies.
Don’t be afraid of #eventtech, because technology can improve almost every stage of the event planning, as well as engagement.
Digitize your meetings and events. You probably already know what your audience is doing on your website and other channels – but do you know what they are doing at your event? Ask your team to think more like marketers when planning, promoting, and managing your events and ask them to track the digital impressions your attendees leave while onsite.
There are plenty of event management software options as a part of event technologies that can help you manage events, like Whova or TicketTailor for example. Whova’s All-in-One Event Management Software helps event organizers create the most engaging and organized events ever by improving attendee engagement, increasing networking opportunities, and making event planning much easier. With TicketTailor you sell tickets online. It’s a fully-featured platform, easy to use for events of all sizes.
Get the most out of social media
Social media is one of the most important parts of raising awareness of your event and bringing traffic to ticketing and registration pages. It’s very important to include it in all of your promotional activities in 2020 and come up with a huge social media marketing strategy.
Struggling with how to get more people to see your profile and follow or like you? Use your website, blog or email newsletter to boost awareness of your social channels. Try with organizing giveaways like ticket giveaways through social media. It’s a great way to grow your audience, sell tickets, and increase excitement about your event.
When organizers don’t have time to attend live networking events, they rather choose to be active on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter and Quora.
Remember, the world of social media is changing daily, so be sure to keep up with the latest trends and updates.
If you want to learn more about how to use social media to promote your event, read our blog.
Learn new things
We know it’s easier to do things like last year instead of trying something new, but only 15 minutes each day in learning different techniques will pay off in the long run. The more tips and tricks you learn, the more valuable you’ll become to clients. There is no end in the learning process. Seek inspiration from your attendees and feedback forms, other competitors and colleges. You can learn many things, from finding a new approach to organizing your events, taking advanced specialization courses (like event decor for example) or trialing a new venue or event space. It’s up to you and your affinities. Just remember, there is no end to the learning process.
Be the best you possibly can
Whether you are just a beginner or a professional, practice makes perfect. Experience in organizing different kinds of events is the best way to improve yourself. There are lots of things you can do to improve your skills. Attend events organized by others and learn from them, their methods and visions. Read newspapers and be active on social media. Read blogs, forums, and free reports guides and reports on youtube.
No two events are the same so try to think of at least one thing you can improve on at the end of every event, however big or small.
Have you heard about the idea of “No meeting days?” By Atlassian infographic of time-wasting at work, people attend 62 meetings per month, and half of the meetings are considered time wasted! So, why not you enable your employees to work without being requested to attend a meeting?
Fewer meetings equal more maker time. So, how to make no meetings days?
Adapt to your teams’ style. Try with “e-mail only in a case of emergency” day or with a “having no meetings time” (instead of the day) in the morning or at the end of the day. And finally, when you do meetings, try to have better and more productive ones.
One of your New Year resolutions should involve adopting a positive vocabulary. Focus on changing the kinds of words you use. You’ll feel much calmer and in control when stressful situations showed up.
Being an event planner is one of the most stressful jobs in the world and an extremely rewarding career, as well. You organize events that attendees will remember for their entire lives. Focus on the experiences you want to create in 2020 and use the above resolutions to help you in reaching your goals. Be the best eventprof to yourself and everybody else.