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6 Mistakes to Avoid at Your Association or Chamber in 2019

When we talk about the new year and what that means for us - both personally and professionally - we often talk about what we’re going to do. But to achieve success, sometimes we need to pinpoint the activities and behaviors that are bad for us; the things we’re not going to do.

What mistakes should association and chamber professionals avoid in 2019? We’ve identified six:

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Just in Time for Halloween: 5 Event Planning Horror Stories for Association Pros

Posted by Callie Walker


Murphy’s Law says that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong – and boy is that true of event planning! In honor of Halloween, check out these five event planning horror stories for association pros, and more importantly, a few simple solutions for each:

1. No one shows up!

Solution: No-shows are a frequent issue at events. Even when people have paid for their tickets, there are always a few who can’t make it on the day. For that reason, try overselling your event just a tad. For smaller events where every head counts, try sending out a reminder email closer to the event date and asking people to let you know if they can no longer make it.

2. There’s a technology mishap.

Solution: Be sure to leave time for a run-through prior to the actual event. It’s also not a bad idea to have a solid AV partner on site. Depending on the type of venue you’re using, there may be a designated AV person on staff, so be sure to ask about that when booking.

3. The weather is, well, a disaster.

Solution: When planning an outdoor event, always, always, ALWAYS have a back-up plan. In case of inclement weather, either have sufficient waterproof coverings available at your venue or have a back-up, indoor location ready to go. Even if there’s just a slight chance of rain, be sure to let your attendees know that there IS an inclement weather plan and that the event WILL go on.

4. There’s not enough food.

Solution: Prior to the event, keep track of registrations in case you need to make any last-minute food adjustments. And if your budget allows, try ordering a few extra hors d’oeuvres just in case.

5. The lines are long.

Solution: It’s easy for lines to build up – even at small events. To prevent this from happening, make sure you have enough staff at your check-in table at the start of your event. The crowd will likely taper off as the event gets rolling, so feel free to relocate your staff as needed.

Want more tips for event planning success? Download our free event planning guide below!

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Topics: association management, event planning, Small Staff Chatter

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