“The following is a continuation of my Event Development Series. Several years ago, I started the series with the first section, “Initial Development” The second section is entitled “Research and Preliminary Planning”. Now that you and your team have decided to proceed with the event, it’s time to get serious! As suggested previously, any thoughts and idea are more then welcome!”
Research and Preliminary Planning
7. LOCAL EVENTS – Another great research source is other local and regional event organizers. They have already gone through the development and thought process, so they can tell you where the pitfalls lie and where the help is. Remember, however, that their experience is related to their own event, so you have to take their information and put it into the context of your own event. Depending on the type of event you are holding, other organizers can tell you their experiences with suppliers, trades and services that they have used (or not used). They can also tell you about activities that they have tried and what their success was. I think most event organizers would be willing to share information with others. In this regard, I would strongly recommend membership in the industry’s voice, Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO). This is an excellent resource organization plus they have an informative annual conference that is usually held at the end of February.