Event Budget Health Check

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One of the most important tools to control any event is the event budget. Despite it being just a humble document the budget is what underpins every successful event. Core Skills Events Management admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual AssistantIt’s normally just a simple excel spreadsheet or perhaps its a page on your accounting software.

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What is the right platform for your virtual event?

Practically Perfect PA

What is the right platform for your virtual event? As Assistants, we organise a wide variety of events. From small office parties and get-togethers to the annual sales conference, events have and will always be part of our role.

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Thinking about taking your events online?

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We know that many Assistants are heavily involved in organising events. Events Management for Executive Assistants

2020 170

Tech tools to organise any event

Practically Perfect PA

When it comes to managing an event, there are so many moving parts and so much to think about. Using technology to help manage your events will make the task so much easier. Here are our favourite tech tools to organise any event. Tech tools to organise any event On-site communication My number one tech […].

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How to network at any PA event

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I organise a lot of events, and I also attend a lot of events so I get to see a lot of networking take place and I can tell you straight away, most people find networking scary. That is why people avoid it at all costs, they either don’t go to events at all, or […]. Career Development Featured Networking admin administrators assistants Career EA Events Networking events Office manager PA Personal Assistant social networking VA networking Virtual Assistant

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10 points to consider when visiting a new events venue

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As we all know, when it comes to organising events there are a million decisions that have to be made. The venue choice is a significant consideration and something that can make or break an event. Core Skills Events Management Featured admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Skills TasksFrom catering through to goodie bags and badges, there are a ton of things to think about.

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Event feedback form

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Congratulations, your event is finished. Feedback from the events you organise is really important for a number of reasons. Firstly, your organisation will have spent substantial amount of money on the event and the feedback will help demonstration the return on investment. Secondly, the feedback will help you organise the next event and will help make it better. Here is my event feedback template. Event Feedback form. Did you enjoy [the event]? .

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The ten best Event Management blogs for Assistants

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Assistants are asked to organise a lot of events; this is nothing new! But the events we organise are getting more and more complex with lots of moving parts, technology and ever-growing expectations. Event management is a full-time job, and we have to juggle event planning with all our other tasks. Core Skills Events Management Featured admin administrators assistants EA Events Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Venues + Events Live 2019

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We are delighted to invite you to attend Venues + Events Live this Autumn (18-19 September, Old Billingsgate, London & 24 September, Manchester Central) where you will discover the best tips and tricks to help you plan your next event. We understand the busy life of PAs and EAs and how spending your time as […]. Featured Sponsored posts admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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7 Tips to Plan a Successful Event

Small Business CEO

Planning a successful event takes months of preparation, a lot of dedication, and a willingness to remain flexible to make sure that you’re equipped to deal with any pitfalls along the way. Use these seven expert tips to plan and organize an event to ensure that yours is a success.…

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Managing High Stakes Projects, Programs, & Events

Team ELS

Managing High Stakes Projects, Programs, & Events. Admins a nd EAs are ground zero for high stakes programs, projects, and events.

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Nine steps to fantastic events

Practically Perfect PA

Here is a snap shot of the Practically Perfect PA questionnaire, which has now been filled in by almost 300 of our readers, it shows that one of the main functions of an assistant’s role continues to be events management. Events will continue to be an arena in which assistants can showcase their core skills. However like many other areas within our role we are not trained event organisers. It covers every possible type of event.

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Event Schedules and Speakers

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Organising an event is a tricky tricky thing with lots of moving parts and details that have to be well managed. In this blog I want to share some tips on two aspects of the event management process. Here are my top 5 tips on putting together an event schedule and dealing with speakers. Event scheduling. Programme content will depend on the event itself but there are a few rules that are universal. Event Speakers.

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Squaremeal Venues + Events Live

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I have also used both the website and the Squaremeal guide for numerous events, from small external meetings to week long residential conferences. Squaremeal Venues + Events Live. Squaremeal organises one of the largest exhibitions for event organisers and assistants and this year is no exception. A panel discussion comparing routes into the events profession, transferable skills and what you can do to fast track your career.

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Event Management for PAs – how to create the basic plan

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As a PA/EA you already regularly organise meetings and minor events. However, event management is a skill that is a little, ok a lot more specialist. Core Skills Email Management Featured Writers admin assistants Events Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal AssistantYou probably organise the social aspects too, certainly the office Christmas party! If you have been asked to organise a conference as part of your role, know that this […].

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Ep 142: Planning Events in a Post-Covid World with Lacretia Adamski and Meagan Strout

Go Burrows

My friend Meagan Strout (CEO of Tack Advisors – the leading provider of management consulting and recruitment for administrative professionals) agreed to share the recording of this recent webinar she hosted with Lacretia Adamski about planning events in a post-covid world.

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Organising the best team building event ever

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Organising team building events seems to be one task that most assistants are asked to manage, which is not much of a surprise considering we are pretty awesome at organising events! Firstly, you have to know exactly why your team needs building – getting objectives for any event can be really difficult. So, how can you go about organising the best team building event ever? Organising the best team building event ever is not easy!

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Eventfulness

Productivityist

First off, I''d like to thank everyone who turned up or messaged me during my book event at Chapters Victoria last week. Finally, I''ve got events lined up every week between now and mid-July, so the writing here will be no more than twice per week during that timeframe. You can check out all of my event appearances on the Events page -- and sign up for several of them through the links provided for each.

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Joining instructions for company events

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Most of us will be involved in organising an event at some point in our career particularly if your company does not have a dedicated events department. When I first started as an assistant I was helping with events fairly quickly and one of the first tasks I was asked to complete was writing and sending out joining instructions for in-house training courses. General information about the event programme. Contact details of the event organiser or trainer on the day.

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Social Engineering – The “Coronavirus Event”

Brilliantly Better

This will probably go down in history as one of the biggest social engineering events of humanity, probably one that will mark the beginning of a new era.

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Planning music for business events

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All business events, from client socials and staff parties to corporate awards dinners, benefit from a considered soundtrack. When it comes to organising a work event, the expectation for the music extends beyond your a personal playlist. Your selection of band or DJ, scheduling for the event and the invited attendees all need to be co-ordinated. Get it right and it will be a runaway success and raise the bar for future events.

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Technology to make events simpler

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Assistants are using technology to help them manage their events and also to make their events better. So I thought I would ask William the Curator of Tech Fest a conference and event technology showcase which takes place at ExCeL on the 19th June to explain how five very different types of event technology can help those assistants who are involved in events stay on top of their events. Mobile Event Apps have come along way in the last couple of years.

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Eventfulness

Productivityist

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who turned up or messaged me during my book event at Chapters Victoria last week. Finally, I’ve got events lined up every week between now and mid-July, so the writing here will be no more than twice per week during that timeframe. You can check out all of my event appearances on the Events page — and sign up for several of them through the links provided for each.

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Great venues for your 2015 events

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It goes without saying that the venue is a crucial part of an event, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered before you book the venue but the number one priority is that the venue suits the event that you are holding. If you have already been asked to organise an event for next year, thanks to Function Fixers, we have a great selection of venues to share with you. Here are eight great venues for your 2015 events.

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Virtual Events that Could Help Drive Growth Within Your Business

Small Business CEO

Did you know that online virtual events have their roots back in the early 00s? Fast forward to 2021, and virtual events are not only considered the norm, but a standard practice across a multitude of industries. Information Technology virtual events

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Tips for booking entertainment at your events

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Over the years I have booked many different types of entertainment for events I have been asked to organise. So all in all I can definitely give you a few tips when it comes to booking entertainment for your events. When it comes to booking entertainment you must think about the type of attendees that will be at your event. I’ve been to a few events where the band are way to close to the audience and it is uncomfortable for both the audience and the band.

2014 179

Using social media when organising an event

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Yesterday I attended the BNC Global Event Show and on a number of occasions I was asked if I work in the event industry. I do not work in the events industry but a strange voice irrupted from my month with the answer ‘yes…well sort of… I’m an EA’. With that answer I had a few knowing people nod back because they understood that assistants organise a lot of events and you know some of us take that side of our professions seriously. Event page on LinkedIn.

How to increase social sharing at events

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So here are my top 11 tips on how to ensure that your attendees share the content and the excitement at your event. Display the rich feed during your event. At your event you can now display the “twitter wall on steroids!” There are many ways to display the rich content at your event. A rich event feed can show videos, pictures and text based social media updates. It feeds beautifully in to your rich feed at the event.

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How to negotiate when planning an event

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We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Well to be honest there is a slight chink in my event armour; I’m not the best at negotiating. So how did I overcome this weakness when I first started to organise events? The post How to negotiate when planning an event appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. Pin It.

Organising the best team building event ever

Practically Perfect PA

Organising team building events seems to be one task that most assistants are asked to manage, which is not much of a surprise considering we are pretty awesome at organising events! Firstly, you have to know exactly why your team needs building – getting objectives for any event can be really difficult. So, how can you go about organising the best team building event ever? Organising the best team building event ever is not easy!

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The wonderful world of events – roundup

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing a series of blogs on events, well more specifically how assistants can organise and run great events within the context of their role. I wanted to give you a quick round up of the issues discussed and some additional tips that I think you will find useful when running your events. Here are the links to my previous blogs: How to negotiate when planning an event. So you’ve been asked to organise an event… now what?

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Five top tips for using a unique event space

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Event Management is now one of the main tasks for assistants – practically every assistant I talk to has organised something! Be it the office Christmas party, team building events, off site board meetings and committee to large scale global conferences. Finding venues that cover all of the different types of events we organise can be tricky. Here are my 5 top tips for using a unique event space. The best unique event spaces in London.

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How to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation

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I would imagine that most assistants have been asked to arrange a social event for their team or organisation as we do tend to be the focal point for social activities in the office. So here are some tips on how to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation. As I’ve said many times before every event should have objectives. Even social events! This is because the objectives will inform every aspect of the event design.

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How to make your event more environmentally friendly

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Sustainability certainly hasn’t been a priority for assistants organising events, particularly as we often have to manage events alongside our actual day job and the budgets we have to spend on events are still quite a bit smaller than they were a few years ago. Sustainable events don’t need to be expensive events. Here are a few examples for your events. Really, truly, go paperless during the event. Embrace online events.

2014 183

Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier

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We used a combination of iPads and Post-it notes to ask our workshop attendees questions about what makes an event supplier great, and what makes them not-so-great…. What does a good event supplier do? What is frustrating from an event supplier? Event supplier ‘Red Lines’ – things to avoid! The post Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish. Well to be honest there is a slight chink in my event armour; I’m not the best at negotiating. So how did I overcome this weakness when I first started to organise events? The post How to negotiate when planning an event? Pin It.

20 do’s and don’ts for team building events

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Over the years I’ve organised a variety of team building events from week long forums to after work drinks in the local pub. it is also so important that we get team building events right. So here are my top 20 do’s and don’ts for organising team building events: Do use team building events to solve any problems faced within the team. Link the challenges faced by the team with the challenges you set them during the event.

2013 203

Five Reasons Why Attending Live Events is a Must

Step It Up VA Coaching

For those who work virtually, and even some who don’t, we can easily get stuck in a comfort zone of learning and networking solely by email, phone, teleclasses, and internet and don’t always find a way to get out to a live marketing, networking, or educational event or workshop. And there’s SO much more that one can get out of a live event that you can’t get from online networking and learning. Chances are the other folks at any live event you attend share some common goals.

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8 Easy Contract Changes to Make for More Sustainable Events

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We can however use the events industry to make small but significant changes. Think of the amount of food waste during any one event. Whether it is a corporate dinner, a lunch buffet or a mass participation sporting event. Wherever you are planning your event ask your venue to ensure they buy local food and drink product and wherever possible use local suppliers. Developing our future event professionals is key to ethical sustainability.

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Our Event Management Training course is two weeks away!

Practically Perfect PA

I just wanted to remind you that our Event Management Training course is two weeks away! The first course is for assistants who organise events for their organisations. Events Management for Assistants. One of the main challenges for PAs when organising events is demonstrating that there is a process to organising the event. This training workshop is specially designed for any assistant involved in the delivery of events. Event design.

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