I have had the privilege of attending and working with thousands of auction dinners throughout North America for over 20 years. Some had several thousand attendees, while others only had fifty or so. The articles that follow are meant to give an overview of how successful auction dinners are conceived, planned and managed.
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When decorating your facility create an ambiance conducive to the type of event you are holding. If it is a formal type of event, lower the lights (except at the live auction), have a live musician playing in the background or greet your guests in formal attire. If it’s a theme event, create an ambiance that enhances the theme. You want everyone who attends to become an intricate part of the whole event. When considering your décor, make a list of all the elements that could add ambiance to the event.
When developing your event, put yourself in the shoes of your attendees. As you walk into the room, how do you feel? Are you excited and ready to be part of the adventure, or are you bored before you even start? Think about how you would want to be entertained, what kind of prizes you would like to win, what food you would like to eat. Remember, you are not just creating an event, you are creating an experience!
(To be Continued)
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