Are you afraid of organizing an event? In this article, the author asks 5 professionals, specialised in event planning for their tips.
1. Listen To Your Audience–Right From the Beginning.
The last thing you want is to throw a conference, then find that there’s no interest in the topic. The best way to keep in touch with your audience? Survey them at the beginning stages of the event.
2. Let Your Fans Spread the Message
It’s easy to set your fans up to tell the right story. You just need to call upon them, keep them accountable, and make it easy for them to share.
Make sure it’s easy for everyone to use the same hashtag. Pre-fill your event’s Twitter hashtag into your mobile event app. This way anyone tweeting with the app will automatically use the same hashtag.
3. Ask your “event insiders” to live-blog
When executed well, live-blogging is a great way to get people excited about the sessions and attractions at your event. Keep posts short and media-rich, and aggregate blog posts into an RSS feed.
4. Send push messages for immediate attendee updates
In addition to a headset for communicating with your internal team, use your mobile event app’s push message capability to send urgent updates to all attendees.
5. Use a feedback tool to stay on track
And if someone has feedback they want to share? Provide an official place for event feedback in real-time.
6. Keep things in perspective
Even when things get hectic, you have to trust your team. You’ve all worked to get to there together!
First of all, we should start by accepting the following proposition: lying is a cooperative act. Any lie’s power emerges when someone else agrees to believe it. Furthermore, we’re against lying, but we’re covertly for it in ways that our society has sanctioned for centuries and centuries.
According to her, the key is to combine the science of recognizing deceptionwith the art of looking, listening,exempting from collaborating in a lie. Doing so we may signal to everyone around that we are not going to cooperate in any lie.
Maximising time is about properly prioritising things and doing what is really important. But how to do it? Here are some tips:
1) Work out where your time goes: once you have identified those points in the day where time is clearly being wasted then this will assist you in setting priorities.
2) Set targets: having a firm idea of your targets will help you know where to put in all your efforts.
3) Compile a list to tick: free your mind by making a list of all the things that you need to do, that way you can look at it and tick stuff off as you go.
4) Get your priorities right: Avoid the temptation to do the easy stuff first, rather than the tasks that actually are the priorities.
5) Nail it first time: Do a job when you are in the mood for it, rather than trying to squeeze it in your day when you are tired or hungry as you’ll only end up doing half a job.
6) Don’t procrastinate: try to distance yourself from all those potential distractions that could put you off the tasks you should be doing.
7) Be organised: declutter your home and working environment and give everything a permanent place where you know you’ll be able to find it.
8) Delegate more: free up some time for yourself by enlisting others to do the tasks for you. Passing over tasks that someone else can do, particularly if they can do them quicker and better than you, makes sense.
9) Multi-task: by combining tasks well you can make the most of your available time.
10) Say ‘no’ more frequently: saying “no” will help you avoid overload and potential burnout and you won’t be dumped with additional tasks to look to delegate.
11) Avoid distractions: avoid those things that could distract you unnecessarily.
12) Take time out: taking time out will fully charge you both mentally and physically and you’ll be able to work more efficiently.
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Experts agree: the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness.
Here are some tips suggested by experts to help you find the balance that’s right for you:
1. Let go of perfectionism: the healthier option is to strive not for perfection, but for excellence.
2. Unplug: by not constantly reacting to the updates from work, you will develop a stronger habit of resilience.
3. Exercise and meditate: exercise, yoga or meditation are effective stress reducers. They pump feel-good endorphins through your body.
4. Limit time-wasting activities and people: identify what’s most important in your life and make sure it truly reflects your priorities. Then, draw firm boundaries so you can devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.
5. Change the structure of your life: instead of trying to do it all, focus on activities you specialize in and value most. Delegate or outsource everything else.
6. Start small. Build from there: taking on too much too quickly is a recipe for failure, so start with small changes.
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