I love live events! Don’t you?
Its great to meet people you only work with online and mingle with new folks. If you have been holding back on having a live event, there is no better time than today to begin planning it. It’s easy to have a successful live, in-person event if you prepare. And yes, they do require a little more work than a webinar or teleseminar but they are much more profitable and fun. Follow these tips you’ll be well on your way.
4. Consider Hiring an Event Planner – The cost of an event planner is more than worth it when you consider all the little things that need to be done to ensure your event goes smoothly. An experienced event planner can actually save you money by helping prevent costly mistakes.
5. Recruit Volunteers – Once you know that the event is going to happen and you’ve sold a few tickets, it’s time to recruit some volunteers. The best volunteers are those who have signed up for information about your event but for whatever reason cannot afford to go but fit within your demographic.
6. Market Everywhere – Well, market wherever your audience lives, plays, works and socializes. Your marketing should be directed and specific in order to get a good response. You can have Google Hangouts, webinars, articles, blog posts, eReports and more to promote your event. Everyone involved should be promoting the event with these methods. Also consider advertising your event in the local paper to attract new people who might not find you online.
7. Collect Leads – During your marketing, find ways to collect leads because the people you market to via email directly are more likely to sign up for your event than people who find your information in other ways. Consider allowing affiliates to market your event too.
8. Land Sponsorships – If you can land a well-known sponsor for your event it will make your event seem even more impressive when you say “sponsored by xyz corporation” if that corporation or entity is well known and trusted by your audience.
9. Choose the Right Venue – One of the most important decisions you’ll make is where your event will occur. Ensure that the space is right for the size of your event. You don’t want people to feel too crowded, or as if they are swallowed up by the venue. You also want the style of the event to fit in with the style your audience has in terms of them worrying about what to wear and how to present themselves.
10. Get Technical Help – Even if you are great with technology, monitors, computers, microphones and what-not you really want someone else to take care of these issues. You want to be a personality at the event, not the technical person because it will take away from some of the fun for you. You’ll have enough things to do as it is.
11. Practice the Performance – Your speech, the order of the talks, the use of the technology and so forth needs to be completed on site at the event location when possible to avoid any issues with lighting, technology or even walking up a step or two to get to the podium. This will make you all look more professional and avoid mishaps.
12. Test Technology – It’s been mentioned more than once in this list, but that’s how important it is. You should ask speakers to send you a copy of their presentation prior to the event so that if something happens you’ll have a copy, they’ll have a copy, and put a copy in the cloud just in case. But do not assume the internet will work. Have back up plans.
13. Allow for Breaks – Don’t forget to put realistic breaks into your event so that your participants do not get too fatigued or uncomfortable. Even interesting talks can put people to sleep if they are uncomfortable, hungry, or need to use the restroom.
14. Ensure the Temperature is Comfortable – A very important component of a successful event is how the environment feels to the participants. You don’t want it to be too cold or too warm in the location. If there is an issue, ask it to be fixed on behalf of your guests.
15.Serve Healthy Food – It’s tempting to go crazy and serve heavy food that will shock and awe the participants but you really want them to focus on your message and not their full and possibly sick and over fed stomachs. Give options for different types of people. You can survey those who purchased a ticket to ensure the food choice fits most people.
Good planning and plenty of forethought will help ensure your event is a huge success. Not only that, but you’ll be able to create a profitable and fun outing for everyone involved.
I can't wait to hear about your first live event!
First, What NOT To Do:
Some of us like to fly by the seat of our pants, thrive on spontaneity and “go with the flow,” I get it. But when you’re planning your VIP day, freeform flexibility is the kiss of death. Your VIP day has a goal, and in order to reach it, you have to stay on track. And that, of course, requires careful planning. Trust me, I love VIPS Days, but know they can easily go over on time and loose focus.
Begin By Making an Appointment Schedule
Every minute of your day should be planned out, from when and where you’ll be having breakfast, to the exact minute of departure. By leaving nothing to chance, you’ll eliminate the possibility of running overtime, and never have to worry about missing an important lesson or learning opportunity.
In addition, your attendees will know exactly what to expect as well, so they can be prepared ahead of time and make the most of your day together. A page from any appointment calendar will work for mapping out your day. Begin with the non-negotiable:
If your VIP day is actually two or three days, then you’ll also want to include time away from the main location.
This may seem like very little time is left for actual coaching, but if you keep your VIP day focused on a single outcome, it’s more than enough to give all your attendees the attention they deserve.
Publish Your Schedule
Don’t forget to share your schedule with your VIPs. Having this document in hand before they arrive will help them prepare for the event. They’ll know ahead of time what questions they want to be sure to ask, what documents or other information they should bring with them, and even what to pack.
Not only that, but planning your VIP day well in advance leaves no room for rabbit trails and other unproductive time. You want to be sure your attendees get great value from their day with you, so keeping everyone on track is important, and will ensure a great event!
Hello from the Bliss Wellness Retreat!
We are having an amazing time relaxing in sunny New Mexico!
For the next 3 days my guests will enjoy daily massage, reiki, yoga and meditation.
We also have a field trip to a sacred spot planned and a few speakers who are going to share their wisdom of essential oils and healing herbs with us.
Don't you wish you were here?
The next Retreat will be in July - click here for info and to grab your spot!
Clear Stress With a Wellness Retreat!
Are you ready to sleep better? Feel better and find your balance again?
The word retreat means to withdraw to a place of refuge. The Bliss Wellness Retreats are meant to be both restorative and nourishing. We will focus on a deeper level, releasing the old and gently helping you to raise your vibration and move into balance and wholeness.
Most of us are familiar with the idea of a "vacation" but have you ever been on a personal retreat? Unlike a hurried vacation where one tries to "see" and "do" as much as possible a wellness retreat is totally different, it's all about slowing down, relaxing and healing.
Usually, people tend to go on retreats alone, but this Bliss Wellness Retreat welcome couples or you can bring a friend. (We have special pricing for couples and friends - just ask!)
But remember the point of a wellness retreat is to go "within" and reach a state of relaxation.
When: May 26-29, 2017 (1:00 - 8:00 pm each day)
Where: Las Lunas, New Mexico. USA
What's included: *Shared accommodations and 3 Vegan meals per day. Water, herbal teas and snacks included.
2 spots are still available, but book soon!
Click here to reserve your spot today!
See you there!
We are currently on day 3 of the Bliss Wellness Retreat and it's been AMAZING!
This Retreat is intended to be a relaxing, healing, stress free experience and boy is it delivering! I’m getting such good feedback from our guests! I will be posting up comments later this week and answering the number question I’m getting most often, “When is the next retreat?!”
Do you know the difference between a retreat and a vacation? Well, both are supposed to be fun and relaxing, but usually one NEVER IS!
The Bliss Retreat is different from a vacation because we advise you to slow down and relax. We take the stress out of the time your here, give you options on a flexible itinerary and help you find your balance again.
Now I think we have all been to events that promise relaxation, but instead you are shuffled around from one activity to another, forced to get up at the crack of dawn and fall into bed well after 11:00 pm every night, exhausted and stressed out.....This is NOT what a Bliss Retreat is.
We offer daily yoga (if you wish to attend) daily private massage sessions (also optional- like everything on the agenda), Reiki, personalized meditation, Healing Classes, Crystal Therapy and a field trip to a scared native American Site, note this is not a tourist site. We have amazing staff, great accommodations, healthy food, friendship and space to relax. Plus more-you can actually read more about the retreats here.
We keep the groups down to a small number of like minded people - so you can relax, unwind and return to calmness during the 3 and one half days you are with us. If this sounds like something you want to experience, please sign up to our mailing list. It’s the best way to keep up to date with events, retreats and workshops around the world.
(Don’t forget I will be in New York City late January if you want to connect with me there.)
Love and Light,
"My zone of genius is around mentoring, guiding and coaching inspired, creative, conscious and spiritual entrepreneurs and individuals to connect with their deepest desires and values so they can rise with grace. I believe in treating the "whole person" and with simple energetic shifts they can reach their highest potential and serve from a place of inner peace and fulfillment."
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― Maya Angelou
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