It is not easy organising a conference especially if you are expecting people coming from different places. They have different concerns and you need to cater to all of them. Logistical issues must also be addressed in advance. This is why conferences are usually prepared months or even a full year ahead. If you are tasked to head the organisation of a conference, here are some things you need to take into consideration.
- Communicate constantly
The first step is to advertise the event. You need everyone who could be potential attendees to know that something is going on and they could be a part of it. You must prepare all the details in advance. Make it easy for them to register if they are interested. Make sure all the necessary details are available online. Just avoid sending too many emails; the emails could eventually go to their spam folder.
- Logistics must be a priority
You need to know how the attendees will be arriving, where they will be staying, how they will move from one place to another and if they have other special requests. You will be dealing with hundreds of guests for a large conference and you have to make sure they are all safe throughout the event. They should also easily reach the destination and leave whenever they want. Put up information online for transportation options and other details they need to know.
- Create a team
You can’t do the job yourself. You need to delegate some of the tasks to your staff. You can even outsource some of the services if you think they are too much to handle. Again, there are hundreds of people to be serviced and you can’t do the job without assistance. Not only will this lead to errors, it could also irritate the guests. There should be people in charge of the technical aspects, food, transportation options, VIP guests, and other details. Your role is to simply coordinate with all these individuals and provide help whenever necessary.
- Finalise the schedule
A comprehensive schedule is better as it provides your guests with ideas about what to expect. This includes the details of the activities and their respective speakers, locations and time. They must also have options for touring around the city. The information should be available online or through their conference prospectus.
- Find the best venue
Ultimately, the success of the event depends on the venue. There are high-quality large conference venues out there that would be perfect for big events such as the one you are organising. Check the cost and what services they cover. You may have set your budget but make sure you don’t settle for anything less than top quality, especially if you have important guests coming.