It’s that time of year - time to reflect on the last 12 months and prepare for the new year. It’s been a remarkable year with so many memories – In fact, November marked the three year anniversary of the founding of KOB Event Solutions. These 36 months have flown by, I need to remember to pause and take stock of where how far we’ve come! We’ve met many new people, learned so much about running a business, and stretched my meeting planning talents farther than I thought was possible. …
Have you ever hosted a workshop, national sales meeting, incentive trip or even a dinner party where something didn’t go quite right? Roadblocks come in many shapes and sizes. Some impact entire communities, others only a small group of people. Some involve weather, others are related to schedules, people and resources. Some make headlines and others never show up in print or on our newsfeeds. When you are hosting an event, sometimes the smallest thing can result in what feels like a crisis, or worse… a disaster. A key benefit of hiring a professional Event Planner like KOB Event Solutions is that you have a trusted partner to lean on when unplanned situations arise. No matter what kind of issue occurs – the safety, security, and comfort of your guests is my primary concern.
Somedays I wonder if I should change my job title – from “Event Planner” to Creative Solution Provider – after all, isn’t that what my clients are looking for when they hire someone in the event planning industry? I’m glad they do, because it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. There’s not a day on the job that I don’t create a solution for my clients. Some small and others big.
As a savvy business leader, you know the value of spending time and energy negotiating a good deal. Whether you are buying or selling on behalf of your company, you look to extract the highest value out of your relationships. As a professional Event Planner, I follow the same guiding principles – extracting the most value to deliver the best experience for my clients. It seems straightforward: a discount on the rack rate for hotel rooms, or a break on the cost of a per plate meal; yet professional event planners know how to dig deeper with vendors to get the biggest bang for your buck.
Think back to the last event you hosted for your clients, employees or partners. Do your memories focus on all the promising connections you made with top performing clients, high potential employees, or valuable colleagues? Or, instead, are you flashing back to the last-minute adjustment to the menu, issues with a too small venue, or an AV system that didn’t work? Worse yet, did your guests only remember the mishaps because you were preoccupied with the behind the scenes details?