Keeping your meetings fresh with interesting ideas is always a good idea. It is a way to set you apart and add that extra bit of something. Here are a few ideas for you to include in your next event:
- Have some inexpensive t-shirts made up for the staff. The t-shirts can have the name of the event, a company logo, or the meeting’s mission. Here is another fun idea – if you are having a cocktail party with passed hors d’oeurves, have t-shirts made up with the name of the hors d’oeurves being served. Whatever tidbit that server is responsible for serving is printed on their particular t-shirt. Sure to spark some conversations. A good place to order some inexpensive t-shirts is Custom Ink.
- In the planning stages of your annual event? Get the attendees involved! Ask a handful of previous attendees if they would be willing to provide some insights and feedback on last year’s event, as well as take part in a conference call to discuss possibilities and ideas for the next event. Conference calls are very easy to set up, you can even record them to listen again after the call and make sure you have not missed any pertinent information. Many on-line companies offer this service for free! Check out Free Conference Call.
- Holding a small conference for under 50 people? Here is a fun idea to get them involved; sharing their ideas and information. Take five or so pieces of flipchart paper and hang them up around the room. Write a different engaging question on each and ask attendees to provide answers before the meeting begins. Questions can be focused on business or the meeting at hand; “What is your biggest business challenge?” or “What new information do you hope to learn today?” Or the questions can be lighter and more fun; “What movie should everyone see at least once?” of “What will the name of our autobiography be?”
- Wish you had a web site dedicated to your event? Check out My Event where you can put up an easy, informational web site for as little as $14.95 a month. What a great way to promote your event and keep everyone informed.
- Another idea is to create a Facebook Group for your attendees. You can set up the group to accept everyone who wishes to join or ask people to request to join; if you wish to keep it exclusive to attendees only. Not only will this help to drum up excitement about your event, but also provide a forum for people to stay in touch after the event.
Here are just a handful of fun ideas for you – do you have any to share with me? Please feel free to do so below! Thank you!