Event Budget Health Check

Practically Perfect PA

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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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

Practically Perfect PA

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

Thinking about taking your events online?

Practically Perfect PA

We know that many Assistants are heavily involved in organising events. And right now it is likely that some of you will be facing a headache around the decision to take your event/s online.The impact of the continuing COVID-19 outbreak may mean that you have to look at your upcoming events in a very different [.]. Events Management for Executive Assistants

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10 points to consider when visiting a new events venue

Practically Perfect PA

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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Easy event management

Practically Perfect PA

We recently worked with Gallus Events who managed our Assist Travel event in London. The event management was seamless and one of the main reasons was because they used an online event registration / management platform called Eventbrite. I’ve mentioned Eventbrite a few times on the blog and it has been my ‘event tech of the week’ So good is the system that I wanted to highlight it to you guys. Eventbrite Event Management.

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Venues + Events Live 2019

Practically Perfect PA

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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Event feedback form

Practically Perfect PA

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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Event Management for PAs – how to create the basic plan

Practically Perfect PA

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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Why Virtual Events Make A Lot Of Sense

Dumb Little Man

Are virtual events the future of events? Much of our lives has moved online, and going to a big event just doesn’t seem appealing anymore. This means that all the huge events like continuing education seminars and conferences are going to be in trouble if they don’t adapt. Oftentimes, huge conferences and events draw exhibitors and vendors from many different related fields. Benefits Of Virtual Events. Learn more about the shift toward virtual events !

2020 148

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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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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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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Technology to make events simpler

Practically Perfect PA

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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Joining instructions for company events

Practically Perfect PA

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.

2013 168

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. Read more Social Engineering – The “Coronavirus Event” The post Social Engineering – The “Coronavirus Event” appeared first on Dragos Roua.

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Planning music for business events

Practically Perfect PA

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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Great venues for your 2015 events

Practically Perfect PA

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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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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Tips for booking entertainment at your events

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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The 2019 Top Tech Events to Attend for Your Business

Dumb Little Man

For business owners in the UK, there are a number of interesting technology events happening this year that are worth attending. However, the opportunity to network with other business people, which may lead to possible joint ventures in the future, and learning about the latest technology developments, are important reasons to go to at least one event. It runs from April 24th to 25th in the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

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How to increase social sharing at events

Practically Perfect PA

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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Using social media when organising an event

Practically Perfect PA

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 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 appeared first on Practically Perfect PA. Pin It.

How to Plan Events Your Team Will Love (Without the Stress)

Eat Your Career

The benefits of team events are well known. Whether you’re managing the company holiday party, setting up your employee programming for the season ahead, or planning a last minute summer get-together for your team, organizing events that are creative and engaging can feel like an added burden on top of your day-to-day operational and administrative responsibilities. Before you launch into planning, define the purpose of your event. Choose a venue that fits your event.

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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

Practically Perfect PA

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.

2016 131

How to organise a fantastic social event for your organisation

Practically Perfect PA

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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Conference for Administrative Excellence – Gala Event

Office Dynamics

Since administrative professionals are usually the ones planning events, managing catering, speakers, binders, and AV/tech, it was wonderful to celebrate their learning achievements through a great event celebrating each of them as a stellar assistant! The entire event, start to finish, was high-quality entertainment befitting an event to honor administrative professionals. When YOU come to the conference, don’t miss the Gala event!

2018 153

How to make your event more environmentally friendly

Practically Perfect PA

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 173

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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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.

Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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

Practically Perfect PA

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.

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8 Easy Contract Changes to Make for More Sustainable Events

Practically Perfect PA

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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Seven tips: What to look for in an event supplier

Practically Perfect PA

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.

Attending an Assistant industry event? Best to be prepared!

Practically Perfect PA

If you are going to attend an Assistant industry conference, you will get much more value if you spend a little bit of time preparing correctly for the event. We all know this, and yet all too often an event pops up on our calendar for the next day, and we think, is this tomorrow […]. Career Development Featured Training admin administrators assistants Career EA Education and Training Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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The art of finding the perfect venue for your corporate event

Practically Perfect PA

Organising a business event or corporate hospitality can be a tricky and time consuming task. The art of finding the perfect venue for your corporate event is never easy. When there’s never quite enough time, or you don’t feel you have sufficient insight to plan the event the way you would like to, you should give Carrie at Function Fixers a call. The post The art of finding the perfect venue for your corporate event appeared first on Practically Perfect PA.

2017 128

3 Rules For Live Music At Corporate Events

The Small Business Blog

When planning and booking live music for corporate events, as the organiser you will need to ensure you’ve done research and planned your entertainment in conjunction with your venue and needs. Live music, unlike a continuous soundtrack from a playlist, is a far more impressive way to add music to a corporate party or networking… Read the full article here: 3 Rules For Live Music At Corporate Events on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 164

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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