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The key to a successful event is simple—proper planning. Unfortunately, simple and easy are not the same thing. The more time spent envisioning and planning the event before it happens, the more smoothly it will run. Event planning involves moving from the high level issues down to all facets of implementation. When planning any event, from a small meeting to an international conference, there are some fundamental points to consider. Determining financial and marketing objectives, budget, location variables, accommodation, food and beverage considerations, technical needs, transportation and accessibility issues, registration concerns, guest entertainment, etc., along with the creation executable timelines for all these needs, will ensure the success of any event.

Even the smallest event creates a number of variables to consider. One unlucky corporate organizer booked a hotel meeting suite for a small gathering of out-of-town executives at the same time that the hotel was booked for a rowdy sporting convention. The meeting’s productivity was hindered by noisy groups of happy partiers wandering the hotel’s hallways. In this case, had the organizer checked what other groups had booked the hotel, a little more money would have reserved the penthouse boardroom, avoiding the noise issues.

The scale and type of an event will determine the needs of the project plan, but here are some basic components that hold true for many events (this is a departure point for more detailed plans)

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