5 Things I Learned After Hosting A Live Event!

So I never in my WILDEST dreams imagined that I would have hosted an event and been a speaker/presenter at said event…but hey you never know what the universe has in store for you…..

So the picture above is of me at my first event, The Ultimate Vision Board Party, that I had almost a week ago. It was fun and definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone! I want to share with you what I learned! 

1. Venue Choice Matters!

Take into consideration the amount of people you anticipate or want to attend, the budget that you have to work with and the location! When I started my search for venues I had no clue what I was doing. I didn’t know what type of venue to even consider ! I ended up going with a hotel meeting space because: 1. The size of the room was intimate, yet comfortable, for the amount of guests that I wanted to attend. 2. The price was within my budget and the location was ideal. 3. They provided some decor, the manpower needed to set up a space, and all of my A/V needs

2. Collaborate,Collaborate,Collaborate!

Who you collaborate with matters! When choosing speakers/presenters be sure to choose people that have brands that align with yours. Do a bit of research on those that you decide to work with because people will associate you…you know birds of a feather type of thing. Also, when you collaborate with people you are getting your event and/or brand in front of their audience. This may be 100s or 1000s of eyes that you wouldn’t have received on your own! So think about working with people who have an audience similar to yours.

3. Start Registration ASAP!

As soon as possible, even if you don’t have all of the details worked out you can start having people register for your event. You can release the details and send out updates as you go along. I wanted everything perfect and as a result, I wasted TONS of time! Don’t be like me…start that registration!

4.Expect The Unexpected!

I just knew I had everything together ….then when it was my turn to present, I couldn’t find my notes. CRAZY RIGHT? You never know what may happen so try to think of as many things that could possibly go wrong and alternatives.

5.Be Nice…..To Yourself!

You already have enough going on so don’t add on more unnecessary stress. I was so hard on myself about what didn’t go right or what I didn’t do and when I received feedback about the event everyone loved it! Your attendees don’t know that the balloons you wanted weren’t available, or that you rushed left your speech before you got there…just relax, enjoy the moments, and pat yourself on the back….YOU DESERVE IT ❤️ Tell me about the first live event that you hosted, or plan to host, in the comments!

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