How to have a successful event from start to finish!

Step 1—

Know what you have to work with before planning. Remember, family, friends, faculty and staff members, students, and community groups are all resources.

 Step 2—Assess needs and interests

  • Who will attend?
  • What are their interests?
  • What are your goals?
  • What needs are you trying to meet?

Step 3—Brainstorm ideas

Think of every type of event that might fulfill the goals. Don’t evaluate ideas at this point, just list all suggestions. Once this is done, review each idea and assess it for feasibility.  Rate it on a scale of 1-5

 Step 4—Develop a time line

Make a list of everything that needs to be done to plan the event.

  • Sometimes it’s easier to work backward from the date of the event to the present.
  • Make a schedule that shows when each task needs to be completed.

Step 5—Reserve space

Reserve your space as early as possible.

Step 6—Develop a budget

Most likely you have a set amount of money available to spend on the event, or ticket sales may need to cover all the costs.

  • List all associated costs and allocate the available funds.
  • You may have to contact various vendors for cost estimates associated with their services.

 Step 7—The paper chase

Complete all the necessary paperwork including:

  • vendor services
  • room reservations
  • forms
  • permits

 Step 8—The people chase

Contact all the persons necessary for a successful event (many must have advance notice to schedule these individuals to work)

  • Performers
  • Speakers
  • Volunteers
  • Police


Step 9—Details

Complete and confirm all details pertaining to the event.


Step 10—The Event



Step 11—Evaluate

Write a brief synopsis of the event

  • participant and planner comments
  • attendance
  • suggestions for future events
  • final costs

 Step 12—Start planning the next event!

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